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Tips for Lefties - multiple links!
« on: January 08, 2014, 07:51:33 PM »
I decided not to try to reinvent the wheel and instead go searching! Here are some great links for left-handed calligraphers, including videos. I hope you find these helpful.

IAMPETH Left-handed videos and links

Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society - tips and diagrams

Left-Handed Calligraphy book review

Facebook Group for Left-handed Calligraphers
« Last Edit: October 03, 2015, 11:44:11 AM by Erica McPhee »
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Re: Tips for Lefties!
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2014, 10:29:21 PM »
Wow.  Thanks, Erica!  I just spent over an hour checking all this out.  Great info!!
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Re: Tips for Lefties!
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2014, 11:53:16 PM »
I watched John De Collibus (left-handed IAMPETH Master Penman) on You Tube and he compleeeeeetely blew my mind. Look for his Dueling pens video... Guaranteed  :o  :o  :o

And PS Erica, the author of Left Handed Calligraphy (Vance Studley) was my college design professor!! He got me to love typography & lettering.  :D
« Last Edit: January 08, 2014, 11:56:21 PM by Linda Y. »

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Re: Tips for Lefties!
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2014, 01:16:04 AM »
Thanks so much for posting these, Erica! I read about a calligraphy teacher that wouldn't teach left-handed students unless they used their right hand -- yikes!

I do think (in my extremely limited experience as a pointed pen newbie) that being a leftie isn't as much as a disadvantage with pointed pen as it is with broad pen. At least I'm hoping that's true!

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Re: Tips for Lefties!
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2014, 03:54:09 AM »
I'm leftie !! I confirm that when you want, it's not as hard to learn calligraphy... Just have to place the paper correctly, LEFTIES GO ON !! - thanks Erica for the links  ;) -Nora

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Re: Tips for Lefties!
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2014, 10:23:19 AM »
Linda, WHOA!!!  That did blow my mind.  I truly thought he was making flourishes. 
When I was a kid I could write with both hands at the same time.  One of the wonderful things of life was that I didn't know lefties were "supposed" to write with their hand hooked and so I learned like every other rightie.  I didn't realize until middle school that I wrote differently from other lefties. 
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Re: Tips for Lefties!
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2014, 01:34:01 AM »
Thank you so much Erica for putting up this thread and I am currently checking out the links while at work! :D I can't help, it I am totally in love with Calligraphy. :)
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Re: Tips for Lefties!
« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2014, 10:31:30 PM »
Thank you for the links! Can't wait to get my left-hand into calligraphy!  :D
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Re: Tips for Lefties!
« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2014, 02:11:40 AM »
Cheers to lefties!  :)
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Re: Tips for Lefties!
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2014, 12:06:09 PM »
Hi Erica! Before I decided to take a calligraphy class using pointed pens, I was already following your posts here at the flourish forum 😄 I have a long way to go, since I don't get to practice often.  Thank you for all the tutorials you have prepared for newbies like us! God bless! 😃  hooray for lefties!

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Re: Tips for Lefties!
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2015, 12:15:29 AM »
Lefties UNITE! ha ha

I was telling my husband last night that it was a blessing and a curse to be a lefty in the world of calligraphy because I use only straight holders and it's the obliques that have all the fun! Blessing for my already weeping wallet, but a bummer there aren't more beautiful custom designed straight holders!!!

Plain jane plastic speedball is where it's at!
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Re: Tips for Lefties!
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2015, 05:36:28 AM »
This lefty says thank you! Can't wait to check out these links  :)

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Re: Tips for Lefties - multiple links!
« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2015, 03:54:02 AM »
Thanks Erica for the links!

As a lefty, I'm always looking to learn from left handed calligraphers and try different methods to improve my writing. John DeCollibus' videos definitely blow my mind too, but I can't seem to write at his angle with an oblique penholder! So currently writing underhand with a straight holder..

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Re: Tips for Lefties - multiple links!
« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2016, 11:12:06 PM »
Not sure how I missed this for So Long!! Yay For Lefties!! I'm a Lefty Too!! I currently use a straight holder but am contemplating an oblique! I love my straight for copperplate... But if I go too fast I smudge going over the top. I Just Recently saw Johns video and WOW! I learned to write sideways in a broad pen class I took 2(cough)5 years ago! I'd completely forgotten about it!! I'm currently taking Harvests Spencerian Class and am applying the sideways writing to it!! Still using a straight holder... For now... But Man!! What a Difference that Paper Angle Makes!!

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Re: Tips for Lefties - multiple links!
« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2017, 06:59:49 PM »
Erica - thank you for gathering and posting these left-handed links. The videos are particularly helpful. It is interesting to see how each left-handed calligrapher uses their individual pen and paper position.

I naturally write from 'underneath'. I have a small chalkboard and I am using it to practice from underneath and overhanded to see which feels the most comfortable as well as providing the best results before investing in a straight or oblique pen holder.

I am starting with the lowercase Copperplate exemplars I have seen on this forum.

I also want to thank all the lefties for their encouragement. This is a beautiful art form and I would love to be able to letter my own holiday cards this year. Practice, practice, practice. My new mantra!
"The expert at anything was once a beginner." - Helen Hayes