Starting my greeting card and stationery business I have become more interested in the history of handwriting and calligraphy. I was recently able to sign up for a Spencerian Calligraphy Class that was run by the local Philadelphia Calligraphy Society in my area. I have had no formal handwriting or calligraphy training in the past (except obviously when I was 6). So, this was my first real attempt at getting my feet wet and learning the basics as well as some of the history of calligraphy as and art form.
The First Class we learned the difference in pen holders, nibs, paper and inks. Then we were given a history lesson on Platt Roger Spencer, the founder of the spencerian style calligraphy. Platt Roger Spencer founded this style in 1840. He lived in New York State near the finger lakes. His style actually became the standard for business communication and was taught in schools in the US until the 1920s (little did I know, that handwriting is no longer being taught in a lot of schools these days). The Spencerian style of calligraphy is written at a 40 degree slant. There is little to no embellishments on the lowercase fonts, all the embellishment is focused on the Capitals.
Here are some of my first attempts at calligraphy! I will definitely keep practicing and keep everyone posted on my progress. I am also super excited to learn modern calligraphy and take Molly Jacques skillshare class online in the next few months.
"Study as much as you practice.
Know what you want to execute.
Use only the best materials.
Keep your pens very clean.
Watch your slant carefully.
Master one style at a time.
Sit up, don't slouch, and breathe regularly."
- Louis Madarasz
Practice really does make perfect! Look at my progress only in 3 weeks!