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#1 Dr Charles Green

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Posted 08 April 2010 - 20:00

What do you write for practice when you are working on improving your penmanship?

Do you copy passages of poetry or prose from books?

Do you write Abecedarian Sentences?

Do you do penmanship exercises such as found in handwriting manuals?

I want to greatly improve my handwriting with my fountain pens and am interested in how others on the forum do it.

My idea was to do as the president does and use all my pens when writing; however, writing a paragraph or more with each pen in rotation to keep them all in use and me in improved writing mode.

Any suggestions?

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Posted 08 April 2010 - 20:02

Almost exclusively stream of consciousness. I found myself doing this so often that I finally broke down and started calling it a "journal", just so I'd have an excuse to use clean paper instead of packing piles of gibberish on to the backs of envelopes lying on my desk.
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Posted 08 April 2010 - 20:09

Poems I like and/or want to translate. As I said to a friend of mine who has been the recipient of copies I've made of said poems, it doesn't get any better than calligraphy practice, poetry reading and translation practice all rolled in to one :D
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Posted 08 April 2010 - 21:19

What do you write for practice when you are working on improving your penmanship?

Do you copy passages of poetry or prose from books?

Do you write Abecedarian Sentences?

Do you do penmanship exercises such as found in handwriting manuals?

I want to greatly improve my handwriting with my fountain pens and am interested in how others on the forum do it.

My idea was to do as the president does and use all my pens when writing; however, writing a paragraph or more with each pen in rotation to keep them all in use and me in improved writing mode.

Any suggestions?


Dear Charles,
for me the best way to keep on exercising on good handwriting, is just to keep an old reinessance Italian Cancelleresca manual
---have a look to http://www.scribd.co...9247059/Operina -- and trying to emulate the old masters...

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Posted 08 April 2010 - 22:09

Letters to friends.

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#6 MrMGWard

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 06:33

Letters to friends, quotes, random ramblings, but lately I have found a new favorite. I often have audiobooks, documentaries, or movies playing in the background, so I write pieces what I am hearing. important words or sayings from the dialog. It is neat to look back over the page afterwards and read through the paraphrased scenes.

I highly recommend giving it a shot.

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 06:53

I want to greatly improve my handwriting with my fountain pens and am interested in how others on the forum do it.

Most evenings, rather than just watch TV, I cover sheets of paper with totally random combinations of letters, as here.
I switch pens occasionally, also at random, and just enjoy the sensation of nib on paper, whilst at the same time (hopefully!) improving my handwriting.

Like Swavey, I sometimes write words or phrases immediately as I hear them on TV. The result produces pages of interesting prose!
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Edited by caliken, 09 April 2010 - 07:09.


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Posted 09 April 2010 - 15:26

Check out this old thread. Lots of treacherous words, and I've been too chicken to post :embarrassed_smile:
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Posted 11 April 2010 - 05:34

Letters to friends, quotes, random ramblings, but lately I have found a new favorite. I often have audiobooks, documentaries, or movies playing in the background, so I write pieces what I am hearing. important words or sayings from the dialog. It is neat to look back over the page afterwards and read through the paraphrased scenes.

I highly recommend giving it a shot.



I do that, usually it's the news!
I suppose that if I actually wrote this in a journal, it would be a very strange read of the times I live in... when referenced from the future!

Stream-of-consciousness stuff... often ended up with three lines then scribbles or flourished majescules practice. The three lines were pretty dreadful, to boot.

Meanwhile, still wishing I had something to journal about (or wished to bother journaling) but it seems that "thank you" cards are about the sum of it.

At least the calligraphy/writing practice helps my painting.

#10 Mr Ink

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Posted 11 April 2010 - 05:38

Most evenings, rather than just watch TV, I cover sheets of paper with totally random combinations of letters, as here.
I switch pens occasionally, also at random, and just enjoy the sensation of nib on paper, whilst at the same time (hopefully!) improving my handwriting.

Like Swavey, I sometimes write words or phrases immediately as I hear them on TV.

caliken


Wow...that's exactly what I do.

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 12:11

I started with Pangrams sentences and still use them sometimes. For the most part now I practice writing phrases I use alot in my writing. I give a lot of cards like Happy Birthday, Congratulations... ect, so I practice that the most.

Like Swavey I have written random things I heard on the TV for practice as well. That is actually alot of fun.
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Posted 16 April 2010 - 16:51

I started with Pangrams sentences and still use them sometimes.


This sounds like fun! I'll have to give it a go.
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#13 Mr_Dirt

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 17:43

I started with Pangrams sentences and still use them sometimes. For the most part now I practice writing phrases I use alot in my writing. I give a lot of cards like Happy Birthday, Congratulations... ect, so I practice that the most.

Like Swavey I have written random things I heard on the TV for practice as well. That is actually alot of fun.


I write Panagrams too!

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 18:00

Often I write my homework / university stuff... in that case I'm doing something usefull in both ways! :lol:

Edited by Edgar Allan Bo, 16 April 2010 - 18:00.


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Posted 18 April 2010 - 04:09

Sometimes poetry. Sometimes random thoughts. Or just characters I feel like writing.
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Posted 18 April 2010 - 20:22

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just write lyrics to my favorite songs.

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 17:59

...I often have audiobooks, documentaries, or movies playing in the background, so I write pieces what I am hearing. important words or sayings from the dialog. It is neat to look back over the page afterwards and read through the paraphrased scenes.

I highly recommend giving it a shot.

;) Swavey


I like to do this at times. I have also started a journal. This way, I have a lot of different words to write.

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Posted 22 April 2010 - 13:20

In addition to journals and personal letters:
The Constitution of the United States
The Declaration of Independence
The Magna Carta
George Washington's Rules of Civility
pangamic sentences
Arthritis in my hands keeps me from a lot of practice,though.
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Posted 22 April 2010 - 17:23

Since I've only recently rediscoverd FP's, in an effort to improve my penmanship, I've taken to writing what I hear on TV or in movies, literally practicing writing the alphabet, each letter and just writing down phrases that come into my head.

Using a FP is very enjoyable, but there's also an adjustment to be made after not using them for many years. I see some of the handwriting from members here and it can be discouraging. Mine is not bad, but some have elevated it to an art form.

I've also reviving my cursive after many years of printing, and that has been a challenge as well. I'm going to try some of the suggestions in this thread.
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Posted 22 April 2010 - 20:59

I used to write lyrics of music I knew well, poems I was forced to memorize in school, long passages from my favourite novels. 40 years on, I just write a piece of my mind. ;)
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