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#1 httpmom

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 07:44

Well, I am currently on a quest to improve my penmanship. It all started with finding a few old Sheaffer School fountain pens in the attic. (I loved those pens). In the 50’s, I had perfect penmanship in elementary school. I was actually quite good at 'Chancery Italic Hand' with a dip pen and India ink back then. (I missed many a boring class while my hand was put to work for the greater good). However, high school and college note taking ruined my cursive and got me started printing in order to take fast notes in class. The printing was acceptable. But the advent of the internet and e-mail has reduced my practice to nothing but household lists. Alas, I find my old School Pens and the race is on!

I found Goulet Pens!  3   Sheaffer   School Pens, 2 Lamys (medium), 2 Pilot Metropolitans (fine), 1 Pilot Varsity (don’t know how that happened), and a Platinum Nice Limited Edition Century 3776 coming to me from friends in Japan.

For calligraphy (which I hope will help improve my everyday hand) I purchased a Speedball Deluxe Oblique Pen Holder, a Cork Tip Pen Holder, a handful of nibs, 2 styles of ink, 2 books, Rhodia Paper, 2 reams of HP Premium Choice Laserjet Paper, and other accoutrements. I already had a light box.

I can't decide if I should take up 'Copperplate' or 'Spencerian Script. I am leaning toward Spencerian because I have always loved to look at it.  Also I am confused by what is being called 'Modern' or 'Contemporary' Calligraphy on the Internet. Not sure what it is exactly. Calligraphy without rules?

 

A Retired Graphic Designer in her 60’s,

Casey (Typography Junkie) Haven

 

P.S. Any advice on a good flexible nib fountain pen would be much appreciated.

 


"You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger darling.” "Forever optimistic with a theme and purpose." "My other pen is oblique and dippy."

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#2 VirtuThe3rd

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 13:56

Hi! Welcome to FPN. :W2FPN: 
I'm really glad you've joined us.
 
Enjoy! 
 
Best wishes from Japan,
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#3 Clancy

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 14:09

Hi Casey. Greetings from just up the pike in Mendocino county and a warm welcome to FPN. It's great to have you here with us.


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#4 zaddick

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 14:18

Hi Casey. Greetings from the island city in the bay.

Plan on attending the SF pen show the last weekend of August in Redwood Shores. There will be flex pens there that you can try, people who are wonderful to talk to, and more opportunities to spend money on pens than you can handle. :)

Great to have you here. You'll find lots of help and encouragement in the handwriting section.

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 14:22

Hello and Welcome to FPN!! Glad to have you as a member!!


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#6 Sasha Royale

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 18:32

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Verweile doch, du bist so schön ! 


#7 minaa

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Posted 21 March 2015 - 03:22

Welcome fellow newcomer and bay area native! :) I'm in the south bay, and I'm also enjoying this hobby. 

 

Best of luck! 


Looking for Japanese and French language pen pals!

 

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#8 Chudgins50

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Posted 21 March 2015 - 03:39

Welcome to FPN I am also polishing my penmanship skills.

#9 ac12

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Posted 21 March 2015 - 23:35

Casey

 

The SF Pen Posse meets in Millbrae.

Meets are posted in the club section of FPN.

 

Block your calendar for Aug 28-30, for the SF Pen Show in Redwood City.

And start saving your $ for pens and ink.


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#10 httpmom

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 07:40

Casey

 

The SF Pen Posse meets in Millbrae.

Meets are posted in the club section of FPN.

 

Block your calendar for Aug 28-30, for the SF Pen Show in Redwood City.

And start saving your $ for pens and ink.

Thank you for this information. I will soooooo be there.


"You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger darling.” "Forever optimistic with a theme and purpose." "My other pen is oblique and dippy."

#11 i4sgeorgiev

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 19:35

Hello and welcome to FPN! Enjoy your time here...  :)



#12 H1N

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 20:17

Hello and welcome to FPN



#13 RMN

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 22:23

Hi Casey, welcome.

I'm sure our calligraphy department can give you enough inspiration to get more practice.

 

 

Also have a look at the topic: don't tell us which pen.........  which is a pinned topic in: Fountain and dip pens  first stop.

Some very nice handwriting there, and some nice artworks in between..

 

Enjoy

 

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#14 tbickiii

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Posted 23 March 2015 - 09:30

Hello and welcome from Baton Rouge, Louisiana...Enjoy your time here


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Posted 29 March 2015 - 18:04

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