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Hello to all...

I'm looking into learning a simple script however after starting my research I'm as confused now as before I started!!!

There is American Cursive, Business Penmanship, the Palmer Method and Spencerian.  Are there any others?(!)

Are any of these good beginners scripts? 

Then I was looking at exemplars and found Kelchners Complete Compendium of Plain Practical Penmanship and the Champion Method...are there any others I should look at?

I truly admire the simple elegance of Dr Josoph Vitolos work so that is my inspiration...and I intend to enter the world of fountain pens so it must be a script compatible with FP usage so Spencerian is probably out...

What is confusing?
How do you want your handwriting to look? Find an exemplar with that look.
Have you tried asking Dr. Vitolo? I think he writes with fountain pens.
As for the books/methods, just pick one. If you don't like it, move on to the next.
Everything is compatible with fountain pen. You just need the right fountain pen  ;D

A Smug Dill:

--- Quote from: himasf on September 07, 2018, 03:19:27 AM ---Everything is compatible with fountain pen. You just need the right fountain pen  ;D

--- End quote ---

I'm not sure about the validity of that blanket statement, but I do appreciate that a fountain pen can be fitted with a nib that Joe Random-Passer-By cannot necessarily buy on the spot wandering into a pen store, that has certain features and/or can produce certain effects desirable in calligraphy/lettering. Whether that requires custom/manual modification to a nib, or just ordering a nib that is never already factory-fitted in an SKU, is a different question.

A simple script that would work for every FP and every nibs you can possibily find is italic.

Since you are a Dr Vitolo fan, follow him on IG.  He posts his exemplar there and on the

American cursive (aka Business Penmanship) have many manuals.  Each person is drawn to a particular penman.  The instruction are all the same, differ only in technique of teaching.  Some will find Palmer's Budget more detailed, some find ECMills more refined, some find Dr Vitolo flourished BP interesting, and still other wants to write their own manual.

FP ia a tool.  You can do monoline handwriting or ornamental, drawing etc... It takes practice.  You can collect as much tools as you like or use the simpliest tool to do the one thing you want...chirography.

Erica McPhee:
I'm a fan of the Palmer Method and Ornamental Penmanship. Here are two free resources:

Palmer Method

Zaner Lesson in Ornamental Penmanship


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