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In addition to the above, I can't resist the temptation to post this example of English Roundhand, later known as Copperplate.
Over many years this has been my favourite piece of Calligraphy by my favourite calligrapher, Willington Clark.  It is one of his many contributions to "The Universal Penman" by George Bickham. I don't know enough superlatives to describe this magnificent piece of writing. A framed copy is the only piece of calligraphy hanging in my work room. For years, I had imagined an elderly 18th century scribe at his desk carefully producing this masterpiece. I was astonished to learn recently that in fact he wrote this page before he was 20 years old!  This was written by a teenager!!
Willington Clark died when ne was only 39 years old. He burned brightly and briefly - what a talent!

To return to the topic - note the fine hairlines which balance perfectly with the weight of the downstrokes.
What a beautiful piece of work.

Clark's life was brief by standards today, but he fortunately did pretty well in early 18th century England. Average male life expectancy in England at his time was about 33 years, although it did dip to as low as 25 in the 1720's. Would that he could have lived as long as say, Ben Franklin.

Looks like fun. Hope to post something next week.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Diamine Inkvent 2021
« on: December 02, 2021, 05:32:23 PM »
Inkvent calendar in the house. I've opened two, but have not tried them yet, as I am attempting to get my Christmas cards out early (the recent holiday exchange card I sent to my wife at our address took a week to get here). Look forward to trying them out and will post here when I do.

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Re: Dante Commemoration
« on: December 01, 2021, 09:58:48 AM »
Wow, what a terrific project. Your use of color is wonderful, as always, and the idea of allowing the audience to participate in so many ways is a great way to inspire thoughts, insights, feelings, all with a common background. It should also show how a single image can provoke so many different reactions. A really fine teaching/learning tool. Brilliant. I hope it is in a place where it can be seen by many people, and that many will participate in adding to it. I'll also be looking eagerly forward to the "finished" (if it can ever be said to be finished) product. How long will it be available to receive additions? Although large at 2 by 6 feet, I wouldn't be surprised if it gets crowded, at least in some sections. I wonder where the most comments will be placed?

Were I the professor and you the student submitting this as a art/pedagogical project, you would receive an "A."

I may post something here in response (not to be placed on the work, of course) after some thought about it.

@Ken Fraser - Although beautiful, I am having trouble deciphering the letter after h. Is it a w? Or an n? Or a v? I have never seen that style before. Thanks!

This was a form of w in 18th century England. I think of it as the letter n with the second downstroke overlapped by the first stroke of the letter v. This example was written by Willington Clark - my all-time favourite calligrapher.

I should have guessed, knowing your fondness for Clark's work. Southwark from his Round Text Copies, page 90 (of the 1941 Dover reprint of the UP at least). Although not mentioned on the page, "Engrav'd by Bickham himself. This is a wonderful page, if anyone is looking for an exemplar of English Roundhand, you can't go wrong with this one.

@Ken Fraser - Although beautiful, I am having trouble deciphering the letter after h. Is it a w? Or an n? Or a v? I have never seen that style before. Thanks!
Oh, it's a "w" for sure, possibly from the "Universal Penman", either referencing George Bickham or by his hand, as he was known as the "Surrey and Southwark writing-master" at that time. Who else could both pen and engrave the work of others with such skill? Here is an introduction to his 1833 work entitled "George Bickham's Penmanship made easy (The young Clerk's Assistant)."

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Addressing Christmas Envelopes
« on: November 26, 2021, 11:57:34 AM »
Technology has come a long way from 1993 when I addressed my Christmas envelopes using a light box I made myself. No LED's back then, so I used fluorescent tubes for the light source. That thing must have been 8 inches thick, but worked pretty well. I'm toying with using this script for this year's envelopes, but time may rule that out, as each one took me a half hour or so back then, and I'm probably not any faster now. Then, I had less than a dozen to do, now more than a hundred. Anyone else using broad pen to address their holiday offerings?

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Medieval calligraphy
« on: November 16, 2021, 06:00:13 PM »
@Ken Fraser  @K-2
Ken Fraser has been admirably holding down the fort almost alone for the past few years in the broad edge section of the forum, so I thought I'd post a few things here to enliven the place. This is an envelope I did 5 years ago for my wife Kate. Any guesses as to what script this is?


Thank you and as I's a bit of fun.

The challenge was set by Ashok Giri (who I know is on this forum) in the FaceBook group "Copperplate Script For All". Erica is also a member there. The challenge was set for a bit of fun.

In that group I have just done a post which recommends Erica's forum as a place to visit but @Erica, if I've broken any of your rules with this reply I apologise and please delete it. :)
I see. Yes, Ashok is well known here. Very talented.
I'll have to pass on this challenge, as I have no facebook, instagram, twitter, etc. accounts, but will post a fun thing here bye and bye, perhaps in this thread.
I'm sure Erica would be fine with posting a reference to FF on Facebook. Might even get a few of the curious to post here.

I believe that we should all be having fun with our calligraphy regardless of the style(s) we choose to study. This is just a mad but fun piece for a challenge elsewhere.....just don't forget to have some fun in among all the discipline.

Nicely done.

Yes, it's important to have fun along the way--easy to forget amid these challenging times--as it provides a cushion for the unexpected hard times.

What is the challenge of which you speak (if it can be shared)?

There was a recent post regarding seeing "ordinary" handwriting over the years, to which I intended to reply, but can not now find, so am posting in this older thread on the topic.
I, too, enjoy examples of ordinary writing. I acquired this one just last week. This one from 1879 strongly suggests formal training in Spencerian, and used in a hastily written note. Probably the author's daily hand. It's written on lined linen paper (based on a watermark on the letter), probably like the notebook paper we have today (only of superior quality) for daily casual use.

Word of the Day / Re: Inktober 2021
« on: November 02, 2021, 09:41:45 AM »
@Erica McPhee - I'm going to be testing inks from the Diamine 2021 Inkvent Calendar for my own purposes, and I could post the results here on the Forum if anyone is interested in them.
I'm sure there are lots of people who would like to see these test results.
My process is as follows - I make a swatch with a broad edge script, a pointed pen script, a chromatography test to see how the ink bleeds, and a bleach segment.  Then I draw a picture with it (using the name of the ink as a prompt).  I do this with pretty much all of the inks in my studio collection, so that I can refer to them for various art and calligraphy projects.  It helps me know about their level of bleach reactivity and suitability for various sorts of lettering, drawing, and painting.
What paper are you using with these swatches? How about the drawings?

So here are two test swatches from the Diamine 2019 Inkvent Calendar with their corresponding drawings.  The inks are "Purple Bow" (a standard purple) and "Happy Holidays" (blue with a red sheen and a silver shimmer).  This year I'm going to do more rigorous test swatches though.

I know at some point the Forum decided that an ink thread might be more trouble than it's worth, given the variability of how color appears on different monitors and such.  But maybe this sort of experimental design might encourage other forum members to try out different types of ink in different ways.  Maybe some flourishers might even already be planning to get this year's Inkvent Calendar and could post their own work too.  I don't know - if you don't think it sounds relevant, I completely understand.
There are already some threads about ink in the Tools and Supplies section of the forum, and your swatches would be most welcome there I would think. The drawings would have wider appeal, and might be put best in the Open Forum section, or you could put the swatches with the drawings. What do you think, @Erica McPhee  ? You could confine the thread to "Inkvent Drawings" or open it up to something like "Drawing in Ink" where others might participate with other drawings or scripts with ink of various types. So many possibilities. I do hope you will proceed with this over time on the forum.

Word of the Day / Re: Inktober 2021
« on: November 02, 2021, 09:13:53 AM »
@AnasaziWrites I canít wait to see your Inkvent creations. I didnít get one this year, but a lot of members in our local FP club did, so I am sure Iíll get to see lots of samples.
I'm guessing you meant to address this to K-2, although who knows, perhaps I'll get the 2021 Inkvent as well, and join in the fun on the proposed thread.

Workshops & Conference News / IAMPETH Virtual
« on: November 01, 2021, 01:34:16 PM »
IAMPETH is offering demonstrations of 12 different calligraphic styles by 12 well known teachers on line November 18-19, 2021. The demos are offered in blocks of three for $45 or all twelve for $160 and you don't have to be a member of IAMPETH to participate. So, if you are interested in seeing how these styles are done, check it out. Looks interesting. Registration begins today.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / For your enjoyment
« on: November 01, 2021, 10:08:04 AM »
from today's paper.

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