Author Topic: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogereychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch  (Read 271 times)

Offline Ken Fraser

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Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogereychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
« on: February 19, 2018, 05:47:59 PM »
The longest town name in the world is in Wales, and translates as :- "The church of St Mary in the hollow of white hazel trees near the rapid whirlpool by St. Tysillio's of the red cave".
It's written here in condensed Blackletter to shorten the length overall.

« Last Edit: February 19, 2018, 05:50:02 PM by Ken Fraser »

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Re: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogereychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2018, 08:59:57 AM »
@Ken Fraser
That's a very attractive, well executed script.
How long did it take you to write this name?
What nib did you use? Did you use a second, finer nib for the tails?
Well done.


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Re: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogereychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2018, 10:37:37 AM »
Bravo! This is beautiful, entertaining, and really interesting! Thank you for sharing Ken!  ;D
Truly, Erica
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Re: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogereychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2018, 04:24:49 PM »
@Ken Fraser
That's a very attractive, well executed script.
How long did it take you to write this name?
What nib did you use? Did you use a second, finer nib for the tails?
Well done.


With the nib edge at about 45 degrees I draw down the basic stroke as in fig 1. With the nib edge at approx. the same angle, I then turn the paper clockwise at right angles, and draw in the second stroke fig 2. I usually turn the paper after writing a paragraph and fill in all the second strokes, at the same time for consistency.
I don't like the traditional method.  I've always found that twisting the nib and creating the shape with the left corner of the edged nib to be unreliable and unpredictable.
I find that the method I described, easier to do with consistent results. It isn't necessarily any better - just a different approach. In the end, it's how it appears on the paper that matters most.
It isn't always appropriate, but IMO depending on the specific form of the script, the forked ascenders can add a bit of 'sparkle' to the text.
It took me around an hour to write. I wrote the text at the large size with a square-edged Mitchell dip nip no.2  I could, of course, have written it out again at the smaller size but this seemed a bit pointless. I scanned it and joined the sections together by computer at the reduced size before producing the composite which you see on the screen.

« Last Edit: February 20, 2018, 04:41:29 PM by Ken Fraser »