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Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Why we write
« on: Today at 03:20:08 AM »
Why we write

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Humility
« on: December 07, 2023, 04:32:16 PM »

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: English Court Hand
« on: December 07, 2023, 04:32:44 AM »
Thanks  ;D

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Pen nib on paper
« on: December 06, 2023, 10:15:41 AM »
Pen nib on paper

Open Flourish | General Discussion / English Court Hand
« on: December 05, 2023, 05:56:33 AM »
This was written in the style of English Court Hand c1730

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Festive declaration
« on: December 03, 2023, 06:07:29 AM »
Festive declaration

Everyday Handwriting | Penmanship / Re: Family History
« on: December 02, 2023, 04:28:39 AM »
Oh I LOVE this! I am definitely going to do this. Thank you Ken! Also, what a fascinating history you have there. As a knitter I can only imagine what it would be like spending my days reeling yarn! Also, to be pregnant at the time of marriage in that day and age must have been quite the scandal! I canít wait to get started on this!  :-*
Great anecdote! I can see that your history is going to be full of colour and interest. There is another aspect of this project which is worth realizing. There is no time limit. I took almost the whole of 1980 to compile my 37 pages literally writing paragraph by paragraph as time allowed.
Your children and descendants will be very grateful for this project as most of the information would probably have been lost forever. It's worth remembering the obvious. Not many people know anything about their comparatively recent ancestors, without whom we wouldn't be here. It's great fun and a great use of handwriting, which gives it a truly personal feeling.

Everyday Handwriting | Penmanship / Re: Family History
« on: December 01, 2023, 10:20:24 AM »
This is a fabulous idea Ken. I am only at the beginnings of my search. But writing like this might actually be a great way to keep the names in my head.
Thanks, Darrin. Good luck with your research.

Everyday Handwriting | Penmanship / Family History
« on: December 01, 2023, 06:18:18 AM »
In the 1970s I became interested in tracing our family histories. I completed my researching ; myself back to 1798 and in my wife's case back to 1840 and could find no records earlier than that. I then spent 1979 compiling a joint family tree. This took a long time because I was working on it spasmodically between working commissions. As all my basic information was gathered in around 20 notebooks, I then decided to write it out in a form of family history and did this in 1980. I'd like to recommend this as a marvelous subject for handwriting and this is the purpose of this post

I read somewhere that long lines of handwriting can be difficult to read as you go from one line to the next  down the page so
I used a simple format of two columns to a page which seemed to work quite well. I started from the top of the tree and worked my way down to my children following the path of direct ancestors. I added dates where known and occupation information. I included all siblings with dates of birth.

There are no such things as genealogical police and you can make a family history as detailed or as simple as you want My children are now grown adults with children of their own, and they value this history book as an historical document which is a very personal legacy having been handwritten. Obviously, this isn't calligraphy, but written at a reasonable speed in my normal handwriting at the time. At an x height of 3mm it's around 40 pages long and this is a typical page.. It took me a long time to produce but it was very much a labour of love. I can think of no better use of handwriting and I know that, being personal it will be around with descendants long after I've gone.


Show & Tell / Uncial Calligraphy
« on: November 27, 2023, 10:10:07 AM »
Uncial Calligraphy

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Zapf handwriting
« on: November 26, 2023, 04:32:35 AM »
Zapf handwriting

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Poor Rudolph
« on: November 25, 2023, 05:33:30 PM »
Nasty Olive :D

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Modified videos
« on: November 24, 2023, 04:20:27 AM »
On reflection, my suggestion of a ban is a bit excessive. Also, it's probably impractical, as the practice is so prevalent. Better, perhaps, to point out from time to time that what you are seeing isn't necessarily real-time writing.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Modified videos
« on: November 23, 2023, 05:12:47 PM »
the exposure could inspire those who may otherwise never know or see calligraphy.
True, But speeded-up calligraphy can appear so difficult, it is more likely to dissuade the casual viewer. Much better to show it as it really is without artificial doctoring.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Modified videos
« on: November 23, 2023, 05:01:45 PM »
And, Iíll be honest, there are some that are so incredibly slow, I never make it past the first couple strokes because [yawn].  ;D :-[
I can see that very quick videos can be entertaining as they are obviousiy faked. My problem is with videos which have been slightly quickened. This is presumably to give the impression of greater skill. This must be misleading to the uninitiated and is simply a form of cheating IMHO. As Tom Gourdie once famously said "in calligraphy nobody ever won a prize by coming first".
I, personally, have no problem with slowly executed calligraphy which, if well done, can be beautiful to watch.

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