It is hard to imagine that proportions are of any importance in writing. After all, those foolscap we used in school only come with a single line height per pad (ie 0.7cm spacing between every horizontal line). *Read more about the origins of the term "Foolscap Paper" at the end of this post!Read More
Working as a calligrapher, I often receive compliments on how beautiful my writing is, or how beautiful my ‘final piece’ is. The fact that there appears to be a distinction between "writing piece" and "final piece" always makes me ponder.Read More
I have been learning Spencerian for about a year, and English Roundhand for just over two years now. I spent most of my journey learning on my own, and never went for a workshop or calligraphy meet. After all, there are quite a number of instruction manuals which I have picked up - Eleanor Winter's "Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy" for ERH, and PR Spencer's "Spencerian System of Practical Penmanship", both sufficiently describing how to sit, hold a pen, and ultimately write. Learning on my own, I have managed to pick up both hands well enough that I am confident enough to use them in my written correspondence with others.
However, an incident a few days ago got me thinking.Read More