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HEIMA DESIGN DISCUSSION! 17 DECEMBER 2011!

!!T HE CRAFT ! !!T HE TOOLS ! !!P RACTICES & TIPS !

THE ART OF FINE HANDWRITING !

DECORATIVE HANDLETTERING !

!!VALUE HANDMADE ! !!D EVELOP DISCIPLINE ! !!E XERCISE THE EYE !

MIND ! STUDY !

&

MUSCLE ! PRACTICE !

Lessons in Ornamental Penmanship by C.P. Zaner!

THE PEN !
!! ITALIC OR EDGED NIB ! ! CHANCERY ! OLD ENGLISH ! OLD ITALIC ! UNCIAL ! ! !

WRITTEN WITH A SHAEFFER NONONSENSE PEN " F I T T E D W I T H A F I N E I TA L I C N I B . !

THE PEN !
!! POINTED PEN OR FLEXIBLE NIB ! ! SPENCERIAN ! COPPERPLATE ! ORNAMENTAL SCRIPT ! ! !

THE PEN !
!! POINTED PEN OR FLEXIBLE NIB ! ! LINE VARIATION IS ! DETERMINED BY THE ! PRESSURE PLACED ! ON THE NIB. ! ! !

W R I T T E N W I T H A V I N TA G E E D WA R D T O D D G O L D R I N G T O P " FITTED WITH A GOLD FLEXIBLE NIB!

S E T O F V I N TA G E C A L L I G R A P H Y N I B S S A N D A N I B H O L D E R !

THE PEN !
!! BRUSH ! ! SCRIPT ! FREEHAND ! COMIC ! !

F R O M C U S T O M - L E T T E R I N G . B L O G S P O T. C O M !

BY GUISEPPE SALERNO!

THE PAPER !
GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: ! !! SMOOTH ! !! TIGHTLY WOVEN FIBERS ! !! AROUND 90GSM ! !! TRIAL & ERROR ! !! SQUARED PAGES ARE MOST HELPFUL FOR PRACTICE !

THE PAPER !
!! !! !! !! !! !! !! PARCHMENT OR CALLIGRAPHY PADS ! HOT PRESSED WATERCOLOR PAPER ! CLAIREFONTAINE ! HABANO ! MUJI PLAIN OR SKETCH NOTEBOOKS ! STAR PAPER JOTTER PADS ! BLUE FEATHER !

THE INK !
!! FOUNTAIN PEN INK ! !! CALLIGRAPHY INK ! !! LIQUID ACRYLIC ! !! DILUTED TUBE PAINT ! !! INDIA INK ! !! SUMI INK !

WORK ON YOUR FORM !


!! HOLDING THE PEN ! !! MUSCLE WORK !
!! LITTLE FINGER AS THE GLIDER ! !! ELBOW AS ANCHOR !

WORK ON YOUR FORM !


!! PACE !
!! DO NOT RUSH! ! !! WRITE FREELY & GRACEFULLY !

! PROPER PACE & FORM = !


!! PROPER INK FLOW ! !! SMOOTH LINES ! !! PREVENTS CRAMPS! !

INCORRECT FORM / PACE = INK BLOBS AND JAGGED LINES !

PRACTICE THE STROKES !


!! TIP: DEFOCUS YOUR VISION, IT WILL ALLOW THE PEN TO MOVE WITH EASE. !
!! YOUR PEN WILL ALWAYS MOVE FASTER THAN YOUR EYE. ! !! SO LET IT. !

PRACTICE THE STROKES !


!! TIP: THE ENTIRE EDGE OF AN ITALIC PEN SHOULD BE PRESSED ONTO THE PAPER FOR IT TO WRITE SMOOTHLY. !

PRACTICE THE STROKES !


!! TIP: ON A FLEX PEN, RELEASE PRESSURE ON UPSTROKES & APPLY PRESSURE ON DOWNSTROKES. !
!! APPLY VIA WRIST AND FOREARM, KEEPING FINGERS RELAXED. ! !

PRACTICE THE STROKES !


!! TIP: DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE CURSIVE WORKSHEETS AND USE THESE TO PRACTICE WITH YOUR PEN. !
!! ESPECIALLY HELPFUL FOR FLEX PENS. ! !! STUDY UPSTROKES & DOWNSTROKES !

PRACTICE THE STROKES !


!! TIP: LOOK AT SOME FONTS YOU LIKE. !
!! DONT TRY TO DUPLICATE ! !! STUDY THE MOVEMENT ! !! THEN INSPIRE YOUR HANDWRITING !

THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR PRACTICE IN CALLIGRAPHY. IT TAKES TIME TO DEVELOP THE FOREARM, WRIST, HAND, AND EYE COORDINATION REQUIRED TO LETTER BEAUTIFULLY. !

Chapter 5: Calligraphy, Illustrator Draftsman Executionable Practices Vol 3!

HELPFUL SOURCES: !
!! www.fountainpennetwork.com ! !! www.iampeth.com ! !! www.papertemplates.net !

WHERE TO SHOP !
!! Fountain pens for everyday jotting: National Bookstore, Scribe, Ofce Warehouse, Fully Booked. ! !! Fountain pen ink: National Bookstore, Scribe. ! !! Calligraphy ink and nib holders: Scribe. ! !! Italic calligraphy pens: Lamy (National Bookstore & Scribe) and Schneider (Ofce Warehouse). ! !! Vintage pens (italic and ex): log onto www.fountainpennetwork.com and check out the marketplace. Some sellers ship globally. ! !! Modern exible pens: the Noodlers Flex is available at www.gouletpens.com (ships globally). ! !! Nib holder & set of nibs: Speedball set available at http://www.deovirarts.com/products/Speedball-CartooningProject-Set.html (nib #512 is exible). !

HEIMA DESIGN DISCUSSION! 17 DECEMBER 2011!