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#101 CatBookMom

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 22:19

As Salman (smk) noted in his kind review of my latest efforts (Post #93), the round-nib hand (Lamy M nib) is looking much better than the italic nib effort. The italic was written with a Parker Duofold with a CI nib. I'm noticing that this is an ongoing difference, and I'm wondering if anyone has suggestions as to how to eliminate the problem.

The finer cursive-italic nibs I have, the Duofold (< 1.0mm) and my ArtPen 1.1mm and Pelikan Script 1.0mm, all seem to be less effective than when I write with a plain nib or with my Script 1.5mm. The text I write isn't as good a hand, even though I try to hold the smaller nib at the same sort of angle to the page as I would the larger ones.

I feel as if I'm not explaining my question very well, but I hope that some of you more-experienced cursive-italic writers can offer some suggestions.

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 22:21

sorry; hit enter twice.. :embarrassed_smile:

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 18:52

CatBookMom - I think I understand your question. I believe I had a similar 'issue'.

What I found was that when I wrote slowly, or with broader nibs, I was closer to the ideal 5-7 degree slant (from vertical) recommended for italic. When I wrote quicker, or with narrower nibs, my slant increased and I lost most of the italic-ness of the script.

Compare the script you wrote with the 1.5mm nib to the narrow nibs' results and see if the one you like is more upright. Also, try writing a little more upright with the narrower nibs and see if you like the results.

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Posted 08 April 2011 - 00:39

I joined here about four years ago, asking if anybody could identify the pen I'd just inherited. Now, having been inspired by members of this forum, my handwriting has actually improved somewhat. It wasn't something I'd really thought about before I came here. I work in IT; I don't need to use paper and pens!

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#105 CatBookMom

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Posted 08 April 2011 - 04:17

I joined here about four years ago, asking if anybody could identify the pen I'd just inherited. Now, having been inspired by members of this forum, my handwriting has actually improved somewhat. It wasn't something I'd really thought about before I came here. I work in IT; I don't need to use paper and pens!

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That's a big improvement in legibility, especially if you've maintained it for such a time! Well done!

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Posted 08 April 2011 - 12:41

I joined here about four years ago, asking if anybody could identify the pen I'd just inherited. Now, having been inspired by members of this forum, my handwriting has actually improved somewhat. It wasn't something I'd really thought about before I came here. I work in IT; I don't need to use paper and pens!

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I find your handwriting to be very nice actually. Very personalised and beautiful. Keep up the good work. This is one of the reasons why I prefer italic handwriting. Before, my handwriting on each page or even between paragraphs would be very different. Now, I can keep my handwriting consistent over many pages. Sure, the handwriting on each page will not be identical, but they will not be very very different either.

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Posted 08 April 2011 - 14:25

Here is my example. I beleive I have a lot of work to do, but I really enjoy practicing and seeing my writing progress. As I said, it's been years since I have written in script, and it's only been about two weeks since I started practicing again. Let me know what you think, and what I should concentrate on. Thanks guys!

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#108 CatBookMom

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 20:06

Here is my example. I beleive I have a lot of work to do, but I really enjoy practicing and seeing my writing progress. As I said, it's been years since I have written in script, and it's only been about two weeks since I started practicing again. Let me know what you think, and what I should concentrate on. Thanks guys!

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Your present sample is quite legible and the spaces between words is generally regular; based on my own experience of handwriting practice, some more time will give you a more consistent slant, which to my eye is the most irregular part of your hand. Plus like you, I enjoy the practice time; I find it rather soothing.

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 20:16

I've been practicing a lot and I think I'm seeing some improvement. I'm still having a lot of difficulty with an edged-pen italic, so I've been working on shapes. I discovered that I have been writing italic so much this spring that I'd nearly lost my original handwriting, the Palmer-type that I learned in the 1950s. So I've been working on that a bit, too.

So here are my current samples of monoline italic and 1950s schoolgirl cursive. The excerpts are from a Brother Cadfael mystery.

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Edited by CatBookMom, 29 April 2011 - 20:17.


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Posted 30 April 2011 - 00:18

^ I like the print a lot :thumbup:
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#111 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 20:03

I've been practicing a lot and I think I'm seeing some improvement. I'm still having a lot of difficulty with an edged-pen italic, so I've been working on shapes. I discovered that I have been writing italic so much this spring that I'd nearly lost my original handwriting, the Palmer-type that I learned in the 1950s. So I've been working on that a bit, too.

So here are my current samples of monoline italic and 1950s schoolgirl cursive. The excerpts are from a Brother Cadfael mystery.

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You have a very nice handwriting :thumbup: neat and clean. thanks for sharing
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#112 CatBookMom

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Posted 25 May 2011 - 20:21

double-post. :embarrassed_smile:

Edited by CatBookMom, 25 May 2011 - 20:26.


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Posted 25 May 2011 - 20:23

You have a very nice handwriting :thumbup: neat and clean. thanks for sharing


Thank you for the kind words. I seem to have hit a plateau, but one that I'm pretty happy with. So I'm just writing now for the pleasure of using my pens and inks. I've put the CI nibs away for a bit, and I'm finding that I'm producing a decentish imitation of italic at good speed. Here's a snip from last night, with my new Pelikan M400 (M nib);

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So sorry for the double-posting.

Edited by CatBookMom, 25 May 2011 - 20:25.


#114 GClef

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 11:57

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 01:30

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So pretty! :thumbup: Thank you for the eye candy; nice sentiment from R. Frost, too

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 15:54

outstanding work gclef :thumbup: :notworthy1:
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Posted 09 July 2011 - 17:47

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Beautiful, what pen did you use?

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 19:27

Beautiful, what pen did you use?


Thanks! I think it was my Conklin 25P Crescent.
It's the only nib I have that'll have the variation.

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 19:48

Beautiful cursive, Catbookmom! You should be proud of that hand. Your italic is good, too. It's a real change after learning copy-book cursive, isn't it?

GClef, your handwriting is exquisite, too. It looks so beautiful with that pen and the ink chosen. The flex nib looks so good

Well done, both of you!

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 21:04

Beautiful cursive, Catbookmom! You should be proud of that hand. Your italic is good, too. It's a real change after learning copy-book cursive, isn't it?

GClef, your handwriting is exquisite, too. It looks so beautiful with that pen and the ink chosen. The flex nib looks so good

Well done, both of you!

Hetty


Thank you; you are so kind. When I compare my hand to the elegant ones, like GClef's, I blush in embarrassment.




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