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20+ years ago, I dabbled a bit with Roundhand, or copperplate as it was generally called at that time.
This particular piece was my favorite, my inspiration.
Do you recognize the writer?


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Introductions / Re: Warm Greetings from Atlanta
« on: June 18, 2014, 11:03:33 AM »
Hi Mike
Here is a picture of mine. Chris made just for the forum as part of a contest. I love it so much. Because of its balance, beauty and workmanship I will be working with him by the end of the year to make me another one.
Oh, beautiful pen. Thanks for the picture.
Great quote, too.

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Introductions / Re: Warm Greetings from Atlanta
« on: June 18, 2014, 10:52:39 AM »

I think I'm in love with copperplate at the moment, but only because mine is finally starting to look okay.  Otherwise I have focused on italic and uncials.  I can do a few gothic scripts but wouldn't say that I have mastered them (actually I wouldn't say I've mastered anything!)

If I had to pick an overall favorite, though, probably italic.

How about you?
The first serious attempt I made to learn some fine writing was copperplate about 20 years ago. I still very much like it, but didn't continue with it for more than a year or two, and haven't done any since. Never was really good at it, as evidenced by some practice sheets I still have from that time (I don't throw out much of anything). At the risk of embarrassing myself, here's an example:



  My first love now is Spencerian, which I am finally making an attempt to learn, after admiring it for years.
I did some Christmas cards in uncial just for fun about 20 years ago, and would also like to be able to do that script well too one day. But right now, it's Spencerian.

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Introductions / Re: Warm Greetings from Atlanta
« on: June 17, 2014, 05:37:58 PM »
Welcome to the forum and I'm glad you'll be joining the exchange! It's good practice! Enjoy Flourish! :)
Thank you, Sienne. I am glad to be here.
Lord knows, I need to practise. Fortunately, I love to practise.

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Introductions / Re: Warm Greetings from Atlanta
« on: June 17, 2014, 05:27:49 PM »
Welcome, Mike!

Perfect place for motivation and advice and support. Universal Penman was also one of my influences when starting out, as were Joe Vitolo and John DeCollibus. I look forward to reading your future posts and hopefully, your work.
Thank you, ultraQuiche, for the welcome.
Oh, The Universal Penman. I don't know how many hours I've looked at the reprint of this book. Bickham's skill as an engraver was as exceptional as the contributors to his subcription.
Love the Joe Vitolo interviews on Iampeth. And John DeCollibus--how can he write with both hands simultaneously? Incredible. I had the good fortune to pick up one of his early works on eBay some years ago. So nice.
As to my work, well, it needs work, and doesn't bear close inspection other than from the kindest hearts.

Mike

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Introductions / Re: Warm Greetings from Atlanta
« on: June 17, 2014, 05:14:38 PM »
Welcome Mike!  I used to think I was reticent to post on the internet too ... turns out I just love calligraphy too much to shut up!
Thank you, Moya, for the welcome.
That's great--by all means, don't shut up. Do you have a favorite for of calligraphy or are you a fan of all forms?

Mike

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Introductions / Re: Warm Greetings from Atlanta
« on: June 17, 2014, 04:11:03 PM »
Hi Mike,

Welcome! Don't feel bad about facebook or twitter - I don't like both mediums, I find it clutters the space and devalues many good old things. I deactivated my Facebook and only use them for specific purposes now.

I'm surprised at the number of people who directly contact penman masters and get guidances from them. It hadn't even occurred to me that they might entertain any request, much less send exemplars. I think I might pass out at my letterbox if I received a beautiful letter from any of the masters here and at IAMPETH.

I guess you're joining the summer card exchange! It's my first time too. I'm awfully new too, so if you have the displeasure of receiving one from me, please don't tear it up immediately. Allow at least a day or two of sitting in the box before ending its life :P
Thank you for the warm welcome.

Regarding contacting master penman, I've found they are all willing to help and are very kind. I wouldn't worry about not being good enough to send anyone you like a letter. My early postcard to Michael Sull, lamenting the dearth of modern penmanship schools, was so badly written his eyes are probably still burning. Nevertheless, he was still most kind.

If I receive a card/letter from you, rest assured I will very much appreciate it and save it as well.

Mike

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Introductions / Re: Warm Greetings from Atlanta
« on: June 17, 2014, 04:01:56 PM »

We're not far.  I'm south of Buckhead, North of Midtown.  Have you taken classes in Atlanta or are you a member of the guild or Penablers?  I've taken a couple of classes with Anne Elser and will take one with Emily Canter next month.

No classes in Atlanta.
Who/What is the guild and Penablers? I don't get out on the net much, in terms of writing.

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Introductions / Re: Warm Greetings from Atlanta
« on: June 17, 2014, 03:54:07 PM »
Are you also familiar with Yoke Pen Company. Christopher yoke make beautiful holders as well. The one he made that I have is so beautiful and very well balanced. It's a dream to write with www.yokepencompany.com
I was not familiar with Yoke Pen Company until I started to view this forum. Just went to his website--beautiful. I can see one of those in my collection in the future.
Do you have a picture of yours?

Mike

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Introductions / Re: Warm Greetings from Atlanta
« on: June 17, 2014, 12:35:33 PM »
mike - those beauties are from Mr. Brian Smith of Unique Obliques.  you can find his shop on Etsy.  his pens are beautiful in every way and he is awesome to collaborate with.  the two holders with mother of pearl grips we designed together.  he is on IG too, @uniqueobliques

Oh, I am familiar with Brian's excellent work, and have one of his Zanerian style pens. As time goes by, I hope to expand my modest collection of pen holders with more of his. Very nice guy, and very skillful.

Mike


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Introductions / Re: Warm Greetings from Atlanta
« on: June 17, 2014, 12:16:56 PM »
Welcome Mike! I enjoyed reading your intro. Very glad you posted hello and joined us for the exchange. You will love all the beautiful goodies you receive in the mail!  :)

You are in good company in terms of your love for spencerian. There are lots of us here with a penchant for it.  :)

Thanks, Erica,

Everyone here seems very nice, and the range of talent is very appealing. Were there not other beginners here willing to share/post their work, I would be more reluctant to participate. I've never posted any writing online before, preferring to admire at a distance the offerings from such talented ones as you. Very inspirational.

The letter exchange appeals to me as I've been encouraging handwriting letters and the use of those colorful little squares they call stamps for quite some time. It's such fun to receive a handwritten letter amongst the mountain of preprinted junk mail and bills. So rare these days.

Mike

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Introductions / Re: Warm Greetings from Atlanta
« on: June 17, 2014, 12:01:51 PM »
welcome and congrats on finally coming out to "play"!
the envelope are exchanges are GREAT!!!
Thanks Joi,

Really looking forward to it.

That's a very nice looking oblique pen you show on IG with the practice sheets. Where did you find it?

Mike

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Introductions / Re: Warm Greetings from Atlanta
« on: June 17, 2014, 10:07:05 AM »
Welcome Mike - you've come to the right place to begin your journey. We were all beginners once (I still am) but everyone here is so supportive and has a wealth of knowledge. I look forward to getting to know you :-)

Nickki
Thank you , Nikki,

I hope to always remain a beginner, as beginners continue to learn.

Mike

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Introductions / Re: Warm Greetings from Atlanta
« on: June 17, 2014, 10:03:16 AM »
Hi Mike!  Welcome to the Forum--this place is the BEST!  I'm in Atlanta, too.   :)

Great to have someone local.
My wife and I live in Virginia Highlands, about a mile from Piedmont Park.
You?

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Introductions / Warm Greetings from Atlanta
« on: June 16, 2014, 05:13:07 PM »
Hi Everyone,

Being naturally reticent to post on the internet (I may be the only one without a Facebook or Twitter account), I've been gently encouraged by one of the forum's wonderful participants to join in the fun here. I've had an interest in hand written letters for most of my life, and studied roundhand a bit in 1991(?) after I saw someone in a department store writing Christmas cards for gifts bought in the store. My inspiration was Bickham's Universal Penman. Such beautiful writing. After a few lessons from the Christmas card writer, I pretty much concentrated on copperplate for a year or two and pretty much put aside pen and ink when things got busy, as life can.  I'd address my Christmas cards, and ultimately my own wedding invitations (in 1999) but not much skill remained. Still it was fun. My other hobbies, particularly photography and running, took up most of my spare time. About 10 years ago, I began admiring examples of Spencerian done by the masters. Oh, what skill and beauty. I collected a few books, some original examples, looked into Iampeth and all they had to offer. Not being too quick to pull the trigger, I decided to take a stab at Spencerian myself in 2012. What's to lose? With a little encouragement from Michael Sull (and an exemplar from him), I bought all of his books and proceeded to massacre paper with a pointed pen. I'm still very much of a beginner, a slow learner, and legions of trees still give their lives to support my addiction (writing Spencerian). Today's deadline for the Summer letter exchange prompted my delurking at this point in time today. Nothing delights me more than a hand written letter in the mail. Let's have some fun.

Mike

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