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Bonjour / Hello ,

 

I'm a young french student who wish to learn how to improve his penmanship. I don't really know anything about this art except that looking at some samples here on this forum has a very pleasant effect on my mind. I've decided that I would like to master the Spencerian style and I've just bought on Amazon the books by Mott Media (picture 1). I however have some questions regarding the pen i should use to start. Since I've never used a dip pen in my life, i don't know if it would be better to start the copybooks i've just bought with one (if yes, which one?) or if i should better use a pencil, ballpoint pen, or my fountain pen. I owed a parker fountain pen but i don't know anything about the size of its nibs .. (picture 2)

 

Would someone be kind enough to answer my questions ? Or to give me the ressources to check for beginners on this topic ?


Have a nice day,

 

 

Valentin

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Welcome home. Pull up a stump and set a spell. Hopefully someone with knowledge about Spencerian and modern Parkers will be along soon.

 

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Greetings and a warm welcome ! Nice to hear you are improving your handwriting, shows hope for the younger generation to use traditional tools.

Retired, twice. Time to do more things, writing being one.

 

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Welcome to our little corner of the universe from a pen user in San Diego. I'm glad you are here!

Do remember that the items on your bucket list have an expiration date.
 

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Greetings and welcome! No better way to begin honing penmanship than with a fountain pen.

 

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...The history, culture and sophistication; the rich, aesthetic beauty; the indulgent, ritualistic sensations of unscrewing the cap and filling from a bottle of ink; the ambient scratch of the ink-stained nib on fine paper; A noble instrument, descendant from a line of ever-refined tools, and the luster of writing,
with a charge from over several millennia of continuing the art of recording man's life.

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Welcome !

 

Use whichever is comfortable for writing. Write slowly, and concentrate on shaping each character as you desire it to appear on paper. Speed will follow, as your control improves. Use the copybooks, but invent opportunities to write -- notes to yourself, shopping lists, letters to friends and family. Write with your pen, rather than email. Write with your pen; scan the letter into your computer; sent the scanned letter by email.

 

Be patient with yourself. Pour a glass of wine and play music while writing ! Make it enjoyable.

 

Write with joy.

Auf freiem Grund mit freiem Volke stehn.
Zum Augenblicke dürft ich sagen:
Verweile doch, du bist so schön !

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Welcome to our warm nook of the internet, where you can share this beautiful hobby with good and friendly people. Or as we say in low Saxon: Mooi a'j dr bint! (Good you're here.)

Forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them so much. - Oscar Wilde.

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Hello and welcome to FPN.

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Hello and welcome to the Fountain Pen Network. Glad you have joined us. You have made us better just by joining us, This is now your place as much as it is ours. Please don't be shy. Ask all the questions you have and don't hesitate to state your opinions. I hope you enjoy your time here.



-David (Estie).


No matter how much you push the envelope, it will still be stationery. -Anon.

A backward poet writes inverse. -Anon.

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Hello and welcome to FPN.

Recite, and your Lord is the most Generous  Who taught by the pen

Taught man that which he knew not (96/3-5)

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Greetings and a warm welcome ! Nice to hear you are improving your handwriting, shows hope for the younger generation to use traditional tools.

 

To answer to Beauport who said "Nice to hear you are improving your handwriting, shows hope for the younger generation to use traditional tools." i want to say the following :

I've realised one day, when my computer crashed during a lecture that i was not able to hold a pen decently anymore. I looked around and saw that nobody was using a pen. It really made me sad. Since then I decided that i've to work on it. Now i'm keeping a personal diary that i fill every evening. And god, I feel so good after dropping all my thoughts on the paper. Writing without a computer or a cellphone but with just the power of your brain for 30 minutes was really hard at the beginning. I made a lot of horrible grammar/spelling mistakes that usually are taken care of by my laptop. I realised that I had a big concentration problem. Now i'm going back to these traditional tools : writing on paper, reading paper books instead of online ebooks and i feel that i'm really improving myself. I'm not saying that computers are bad - proof is I'm using one right now - but just that a lot of people my age have forgotten how to live without ...

This gave me ideas for a future novel I could write :)

Now, as Sasha Royale advised me, I will "pour myself a glass of wine and play music while writing". Probably some songs by John Denver - they are very appropriate for me when I write.

Have a nice day,

Valentin

Welcome !

 

Use whichever is comfortable for writing. Write slowly, and concentrate on shaping each character as you desire it to appear on paper. Speed will follow, as your control improves. Use the copybooks, but invent opportunities to write -- notes to yourself, shopping lists, letters to friends and family. Write with your pen, rather than email. Write with your pen; scan the letter into your computer; sent the scanned letter by email.

 

Be patient with yourself. Pour a glass of wine and play music while writing ! Make it enjoyable.

 

Write with joy.

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

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Hello Valentin. Welcome to FPN, from Cape Town (South Africa).

To sit at one's table on a sunny morning, with four clear hours of uninterruptible security, plenty of nice white paper, and a [fountain] pen - that is true happiness!


- Winston Churchill



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