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Introductions / Re: Hello from the Beautiful Eastern Shore of Maryland
« on: August 17, 2019, 10:43:29 AM »
Welcome Brad! I would love to learn and write Hebrew as well someday. Are you looking to write biblical or modern? Do you speak Hebrew?

Spencerian Script / Re: No drills club
« on: August 03, 2019, 08:44:51 PM »
Since I am self taught at engrossers script, I have not had an instructor to help correct my forms. It is very common for me to practice ovals until I get a few good ones, then I'll practice letters. If the letters aren't shaped right, in my situation it is because I didn't put ovals to muscle memory. I have good fine motor skills to make shapes good sometimes but not the consistently good that comes from drills.

Perhaps I should clarify my original post. I am happy  with the Hunt 101 and my personal improvement will come only with better practice. Out of curiosity,  I was just wondering if others have a nib they favor more than others while writing. However, having said that, I thank you all for the responses.  I got  better answers  than what I was originally looking for!

Thank you both! I appreciate your suggestions!

I've been using Hunt 101 with Sumi ink for my engrosser's script. I also tried the Zebra G but found it too stiff and the Brause Rose but couldn't  control it. What nib do you guys favor for engrosser's  and possibly  Spencerian?

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: How old are you?
« on: June 17, 2019, 05:53:23 PM »
43 in July

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Writing surface preference
« on: March 29, 2019, 07:34:39 PM »
@neriah, I also prefer the flat surface for engrosser's. I should clarify, I think the habit of using a flat surface today could be from when we were taught cursive writing in school. For me, writing engrosser's on a flat surface may simply be from my early years in school holding a pencil, so writing, even with a pointed pen just feels "correct" by using a flat surface.

I also agree that many hands can be done on a variety of slopes, some better for posture, some for paper rotation, some for thinner inks. I think everyone has answered with some great points.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Writing surface preference
« on: March 27, 2019, 03:51:44 PM »
RDS, I agree that a sloped writing surface is capable of allowing calligraphy in all forms. I think the idea of a flat surface for pointed pen is based on the penmanship masters of the past and the instructional manuals provided for students to learn the craft taught that sitting at a flat desk or table, with a specific relation of paper position to body position, etc., has been encouraged to learn handwriting, improve penmanship, and eventually to imitate the letters produced by the engraving by those who made prints of letters in round hand.
    Although great writing can be done on a verticle surface, I think the idea of a flat surface is preferred in an attempt to follow what was taught in the past so we can gain the skill to eventually be good enough to write on other sloped surfaces with the same accuracy and consistency.
     I think sloped surfaces are generally used for more seasoned writers.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Writing surface preference
« on: March 26, 2019, 09:56:40 PM »
I would think that posture plays a large role in preventing fatigue, such as sitting at a desk or table to write on a flat surface, sit or stand to paint on a wall or easle, or sculpt on a pottery wheel. Sculpting a statue may be a different technique but the idea to all creations of art is to not abuse our bodies if possible and allow time for rest, rather than a marathon creative event. Aside from emotionally driven art (anger, pain), normally calm or at least enjoyable frame of mind produces better work.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Writing surface preference
« on: March 26, 2019, 09:49:32 AM »
Hi Craig. I have provided a you tube link made by Paul Antonio. He is a great calligrapher and has lots of useful videos. This video is about posture, but the idea is that for the hands called "round hand, engrosser's/engravers (copperplate is an umbrella term) is that a flat surface is generally used. Hope this helps.

Introductions / Re: Hello from Colorado
« on: March 20, 2019, 05:12:28 PM »
Hi Kacy! Welcome to the forum. The topic of price for nibs is highly debatable. $15 may be on the high side for ANY nib, but if you're like the rest of us, who cares as long as it doesn't become an addiction! There are great resources in the forum. If you take some time to familiarize yourself with them, to they should greatly add to your know how, practice, and enjoyment!

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Where do you write?
« on: March 14, 2019, 05:44:37 PM »
Moose, all I can say is thank you for your openness. I also spend time on the couch with my cat beside me rather than the desk. I wish I had a quite coffee shop to do that. Sometimes it's nice to be alone, in public.

Tools & Supplies / Re: The Art of the Central Piercing
« on: March 10, 2019, 05:11:43 PM »
I didn't even know these existed. As always, nice research and post.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Where do you write?
« on: March 10, 2019, 05:09:51 PM »
This is my writing corner. I've mixed a modern office chair for comfort with a 1900's drop-front writing desk, and a poster to remind me to never let cursive disappear.

I'd love to see anyone else's creative space!

AAANDREW, next time I'm in the ' burgh maybe we could meet up and talk steel pens. I went to Pitt. Technical Inst. on Smithfield downtown before they moved, but I commuted each day from an hour north. I also still love the 'burgh! Are you aware of any antique shops that may have old inkwells, pen holders, desks, ect. related to penmanship/calligraphy?

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