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Miranda_J:
hello all

I just started to let my child write spencerian month ago, i follow the spencerian script each letter, I fond in the end of word sometimes has extension curve for example on y, g  , s etc... the end of word letter extend the curve up or down on top of bottom the word your wrote.

is this part of the style on spencerian? when to use it? is it when ever i feel like it, or on the end of sentence or paragraph ?

D B Holtz:
It certainly can be used in Spencerian.  Have a look at

https://archive.org/details/NewSpencerianCompendium/page/n133/mode/2up?view=theater

especially the examples on pages 97-104, along with the rest of the book.  I think they are entirely optionsal; I only use them at the end of sentences.

HTH,
DB

Daniel McGill:

--- Quote from: Miranda_J on June 24, 2022, 06:25:54 PM ---hello all

I just started to let my child write spencerian month ago, i follow the spencerian script each letter, I fond in the end of word sometimes has extension curve for example on y, g  , s etc... the end of word letter extend the curve up or down on top of bottom the word your wrote.

is this part of the style on spencerian? when to use it? is it when ever i feel like it, or on the end of sentence or paragraph ?

--- End quote ---

First, let me extended my pride for you teaching your child Spencerian. It warms me to know you have such an admiration of the script.

My thoughts on the ending “flourish” is the same as stated above. It was something that was done by penmen to add a little excitement and personality to an otherwise rigid script. With that in mind, it is by no means mandatory, and is down to how you may feel in the moment.

Something I will say is that, in terms of education, these flourishes should be avoided at all cost, even punished (gently, of course) in their use. The script’s fundamental forms and rhythm must be established and maintained to a proficient level before any of them should be even thought about.

My best!

Dan.

Erica McPhee:
Fabulous resource posted by DB! Thank you!

And I agree with Dan - best to hold off on teaching anything beyond fundamentals for now as it tempts the hand to dance away. :D

On another note, I just purchased 8.8 ounces of maple sugar for $11.99. Compared to the maple sugar at $0.15 / pound, I paid $21.76 per pound!  :o

Erica McPhee:
Lastly, those types of end flourishes are typically used at the end of a sentence.  ;)

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