As the Penmanship sub-forum has grown over the years, so the wealth of information concerning the
various styles of hand lettering has expanded. Unfortunately, this information is scattered all
over the place and finding a particular lettering style to copy or study, has become very difficult.
The instigation of this ‘depository’ is an attempt to collect some of this information together and
to make it available in one easily accessible place.
If posters of exemplars follow this procedure, I believe that everyone will benefit.
If you intend to participate in this sub-forum (and hopefully you will) please take a couple of
minutes to read the following, in particular sections 1) and 2)
1) Original ‘exemplar’ posts to be structured, as follows :-
Each exemplar should consist of the title, the full alphabet comprising all the capitals, small letters and
numerals (if possible) and that’s all. The letters and numbers on the exemplar should be
reasonably large (certainly larger than normal handwriting) for easier examination and study.
The reason for the restriction on the content of the exemplar post, is so that it remains uncluttered and can be located easily by the post number which is conveniently supplied by FPN and is shown in the top right hand corner.
2) Each style must have a distinctive name, or be given a title, for future reference. If the style
is a variation of a previously posted style, say ‘Italic’ for example, the new exemplar could be
called ‘Pointed Italic’ or named for the post number ‘Italic #53' or named after the poster e.g.
‘John’s Italic’. These are just suggestions. As long as the name is unique and easily located.
If the post number (shown in the top right corner) is incorporated, this will provide the quickest
way to find a particular exemplar.
Once the thread is established, the beginner could be directed straight to the ‘depository’
thereby avoiding a great deal of time-wasting duplication of information.
The posting of alphabets by participants needn’t be in their own hand. Unless copyright is a
problem, any source material will be fine. The purpose is to make as many choices available as
If alternative letters or numbers for a particular style become available, they could be posted with
reference to the original posting number and style title, to which they relate. As mentioned earlier,
FPN postings are already numbered.
There’s no reason why a participant shouldn’t post an alphabet of their own creation - as
long as it’s named and complete.
--- Index of Exemplars started by WestLothian ---
English Roundhand (Copperplate) #2
Marking alphabet #15
Blackletter Rotunda #30
Gothic Batarde #35
Handwritten Kaufmann #39
Business Writing #42
Handwritten Clerestory #45
Foundational Hand #60
Zapf Italic #71
Blackletter Variation #73
Spencerian Ladies Hand #85
Niccolo Niccoli's Formal Script #103
Edited by Ken Fraser, 28 March 2014 - 14:56.