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Lettering for Wedding stationery, place cards etc. A simple layout that works well with any names.

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Re: Manuscript pens
« on: February 25, 2021, 05:33:14 PM »
Thank you for the suggestion. I already have a set of Lamy with three different nibs, but I write down the Rotring Artpens in my list of next purchases. This kind of fountain pens are nice to have around when you don't feel to do all the set up for proper dip pen work. I also can recommend the Pilot Plumix, which is also inexpensive and come in four different nib sizes. It makes very crispy lines.
Thanks for the recommendation.

Design & Layout / Re: Centering
« on: February 25, 2021, 07:00:01 AM »
Like Erica I use the computer to speed things up.

Some time ago I wrote out a long line in Italic and then spent some time finding a font which closely matched my writing
(not necessarily in style) but in size and position.
I noted it and then did the same for various styles -  Foundational. Blackletter etc.

Now when I have to write involving centering, I type out all the information, centre the printed copy and then match the position in my final writing.

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Re: Manuscript pens
« on: February 25, 2021, 06:43:36 AM »
Thank you very much, Mr. Fraser. I caní't find this specific pen in their website. It doesn't matter anyway, as they only ship within the UK. I have other fountain pens with italic nibs of different sizes and I am quite happy with them. However you will agree with me that one has never too many pens  :)
Absolutely right! I have many and they are all different!
For broad-edged lettering Rotring Artpens are good as are Lamy pens, inexpensive and great value. :)

Henry van Dyke. 1852-1933, poet, essayist, author, clergyman.
Nicely done.
Thanks for the info

Thanks for the info.

I can't attribute this because I don't know the source.

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Re: Manuscript pens
« on: February 24, 2021, 03:53:05 AM »
The Manuscript site is

Definition of Copperplate

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Re: Manuscript pens
« on: February 22, 2021, 08:23:21 AM »
The Manuscript set comes with six square edged nibs of different widths illustrated in my post..
As far as I know, Manuscript took over from Osmiroid some years ago.
They are inexpensive, easy to maintain, reliable and great value for money.

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Manuscript pens
« on: February 21, 2021, 07:24:49 AM »
No affiliation, just pleased with my purchase!

Show & Tell / Logo
« on: February 21, 2021, 04:34:51 AM »
This logo combining Copperplate S with Roman H was produced by hand with gold leaf and acrylic paint.

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / You may never know..
« on: February 19, 2021, 04:40:20 PM »
You may never know....

When deciding which style of script to write e,g.  Copperplate (English Roundhand) or Spencerian it's important to consider this aspect which is often overlooked. At the same x height, Spencerian takes up more than twice the space horizontally.
In conclusion, if you want to save paper, don't write in Spencerian.  ;D

Copperplate, Engrosser's Script, Roundhand Calligraphy / Another comparison
« on: February 19, 2021, 07:33:02 AM »
Copperplate / Spencerian comparison

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