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Introductions / Re: ..but it's a dry heat
« Last post by Erica McPhee on August 24, 2019, 03:05:18 PM »
Welcome @JonB !
We have that in common - my grandmother used to say "jack of all trades, master of none." But I like it that way - keeps things interesting! And I learn lots of new things and go back to or stick with what I like.

Don't be discouraged, too, if after some time you go through a glitch where you aren't happy with how things are turning out. That's usually when your about to make some good progress. Just push through it.

LOL - on the dry heat. I once went to the desert in Yuma Arizona where it was 125 in the shade. I asked the folks at the drivethru how they lived there and they said, "it's a dry heat." ...But it's still 125!
Introductions / Re: Hello from the Beautiful Eastern Shore of Maryland
« Last post by Erica McPhee on August 24, 2019, 02:56:57 PM »
Hi @Brad
Welcome! You may want to check out this thread:

And this: Lesson to Learn the Hebrew Alphabet in an Hour

Drawing and calligraphy go hand in hand - the more you practice either benefits both!  ;D
Introductions / Re: Hiya all
« Last post by Erica McPhee on August 24, 2019, 02:33:08 PM »
Hi Nathan,
Welcome! It is inspiring to hear about how you have worked on improving your handwriting. Believe it or not, my handwriting still isn't great after 30+ years of calligraphy so I have recently started practicing my handwriting again. Since it seems like you really enjoy the practice part of it (I agree, it feels meditative), I would definitely recommend trying Spencerian.

In terms of switching between styles, I try not to do that as I find it confusing and it makes my letter forms suffer. So I usually practice one style at a time for awhile and then move to a different one. With the exception that Palmer and Spencerian work well together because Spencerian is like a business hand with sparsely added shades.

Looking forward to hearing more about your journey.
P.S. You're a good friend for writing to your mate in prison. Not many people take the time these days.
Introductions / Hiya all
« Last post by NateJ on August 24, 2019, 12:01:01 PM »
Hiya all,

My name is Nathan and i am from East Sussex, England.

All my life I've had bad handwriting and low self esteem so have always been disappointed with my efforts! Then 6 months ago a good friend of mine ended up in prison and this motivated me to pick up my pen and write to him in prison. This lead to me starting to write a journal and suddenly a desire to improve my penmanship developed. I printed of some handwriting guidelines and some google searches later on 'cursive handwriting' lead me to some great improvements in legibility and consistency. Along the way I've accidentally found a real pleasure in practicing and have found it to be very calming and almost meditative.

Anyway, found this forum due to having some questions and looking for advice if any one can help!
One question is: would you recommend continuing to practice a simple cursive; vaguely Palmer style to begin with and later on give Spencarian a try (it looks very appealing with the uppercase flourishes ;)?
And another question following on from this is: does your brain easily switch between styles in a similar way that a multilingual can switch between languages, once you have perfected a new style of handwriting?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!

Introductions / Re: Hello from the Beautiful Eastern Shore of Maryland
« Last post by handmadeletters on August 22, 2019, 10:30:11 AM »
Hello Brad, welcome to the calligraphy world! You should check out Eunice Kim-Port, who runs a calligraphy business in your neck of the woods.

Eunice and I (I'm in Washington, DC) are both members of the Washington Calligraphers Guild. Consider joining and/or taking a workshop. Workshops cover a wide range of styles and levels. Also, the guild is open to suggestions for class offerings. Perhaps you can request a future workshop on Hebrew lettering. (Btw, just saw on the freelancer page, there's a Hebrew letter and arts specialist. Worth checking out her website:

Thank you very much for your generous offer , but I actually have an extra copy which remains unopened as a back-up. :)

I would have mentioned it, but it seems like obsessional overkill. :o

Introductions / Re: ..but it's a dry heat
« Last post by lizt2 on August 20, 2019, 09:05:24 PM »
Hi Jon! 

Nice to have you here.  I think I've tried lots of "creative" experiences during my life but calligraphy is something I've come back to also.  You'll find a lot of good info and support here.

Introductions / Re: ..but it's a dry heat
« Last post by KacyBG on August 18, 2019, 11:00:13 PM »
Hi, Jon, and welcome!
Calligraphy is an amazing, restful art that forces the practitioner (emphasis on practice) to admit mistakes as part of the learning process. Glad your inner critic is silent and allowing you to enjoy relearning copperplate. 
They were in a class of their own; the ultimate Writing Masters.

They would have welcomed you.

I'm on my third copy of The Universal Penman. My first two copies of this wonderful book, fell apart with use  ;D
Let me know if your third copy is in danger of wearing out. I have more copies than I can wear out in two lifetimes, and one will be on your doorstep.
Written in the Roundhand style of 18th century English Masters

they were the best, right ;)? Very beautiful, @Ken Fraser !
Perhaps the best so far. But there is a long future ahead. Genius knows no bounds.
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