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Spencerian Script / Re: Spencerian punctuation?
« Last post by Erica McPhee on August 06, 2022, 03:51:05 PM »
This is such a good question. I took a quick look at some of my Spencerian resources and did not see anything about punctuation. When I have a minute, I will look at some of my books.   ;D
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Spencerian Script / Spencerian punctuation?
« Last post by Zivio on August 06, 2022, 12:18:15 AM »
Iím looking for some guidance with making attractive punctuation marks for Spencerian script.  I know, I know, how hard can periods, commas and quotation marks be?  But other than some examples in various letters and other documents Iíve seen, I havenít encountered any instructions, per se, on writing them.  Iím curious if anyone has some tips or best practices on actually forming, shading and spacing them. 

Mine look the same as my third grade cursive.  Not. Good.

Iíve searched for specific information on Flourish Forum, IAMPETH and Google, but it hasnít yielded much of value for me. 
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Thanks for sharing this most excellent article!  The amount of information and research now available at our fingertips is such a marvel and privilege!
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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: "My First Lesson in Beauty"
« Last post by Zivio on August 05, 2022, 11:52:11 PM »
Happy to oblige, although I'm pretty shaky today, but I have a couple of pieces of scrap paper from a recent project on my desk that need using up, so here are two versions, one at x-ht 1/10th inch, the second at 1/16th inch. I'm posting these less than excellent bits of writing to encourage you and all others to post what they can do, and not wait 'till you think it's perfect or the best you can do. Give it a go.
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Well! I was pretty sure you knew I was just pulling your leg ... but, yeah, I was secretly hoping you'd take the bait!  ;D   Thank you for sharing it!

Rough and/or shaky, your writing is an inspiration.  I learn a lot examining the bits and pieces which help inform my practice and understanding.  Recently, too, I am recognizing and understanding that even those members demonstrating excellence in their product all had to go through a learning process.  Yes, this is very encouraging! 

Wishing you joys,
~Karl
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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Pointed Pen on Glass
« Last post by Erica McPhee on August 05, 2022, 09:35:49 AM »
After the first couple of posts.  ;)
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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: "My First Lesson in Beauty"
« Last post by Erica McPhee on August 05, 2022, 09:34:31 AM »
Bravo! My preference is the 1/10th height. You can see all the beauty and symmetry.  :-*
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Ooooo, I will definitely be checking that out, thanks!
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Copperplate, Engrosser's Script, Roundhand Calligraphy / Willington Clark
« Last post by Ken Fraser on August 05, 2022, 08:37:00 AM »
A Sense of Honour
This extract from page 60 of The Universal Penman was written by Willington Clark in 1736. and is my favourite piece of calligraphy.
Calligrapher Mike Moore (anasaziwrites) knowing my feelings for this work, kindly sent me this page from an early edition. It's the only piece of framed calligraphy on my wall. It is by far the most beautiful piece of calligraphy I've ever seen.  Now and again I've received accolades for an example of my Copperplate writing and before I get carried away, I only have to look at this page and I'm brought right down to earth. This is quite magnificent beyond words. I was astonished to learn recently that he was only 19 years old when he wrote this. How is it possible to produce such a remarkably, mature piece of work so young?
"Honour" an extract from The Universal Penman written by Willington Clark in 1736
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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: "My First Lesson in Beauty"
« Last post by AnasaziWrites on August 04, 2022, 05:17:32 PM »
@AnasaziWrites thank you for sharing this fine article!  Would love to see your Spencerian rendering of the "steal" quote.  ;D
Happy to oblige, although I'm pretty shaky today, but I have a couple of pieces of scrap paper from a recent project on my desk that need using up, so here are two versions, one at x-ht 1/10th inch, the second at 1/16th inch. I'm posting these less than excellent bits of writing to encourage you and all others to post what they can do, and not wait 'till you think it's perfect or the best you can do. Give it a go.
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Oh this article made my day! I want lapis lazuli in my dental plaque!  ;D

Lapis Lazuli Hidden in Medieval Woman's Teeth
It made my day, too. Thanks for posting it. I may send this article to my dentist.
Women did a lot more than they got credit for in history, I'd say.
As an aside, the article mentioned Hildegard Von Bingen. There is a CD done by the group Anonymous4 entitled Hildegard Von Bingen, 11,000 Virgins, Chants for the Feast of St. Ursula. "the fab four of medieval music" per the New Yorker. Absolutely my favorite chant CD. Heavenly, and good to do penmanship by.
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