28 days later

Handwriting course week 4

Handwriting practice with two Palomino pencils. 602 on the left and Pearl on the right. I will need to sharpen them again :) Handwriting practice with two Palomino pencils. 602 on the left and Pearl on the right. I will need to sharpen them again :)

Drills and letter practice continues...first Rhodia A4 pad is finished - that's 80 sheets of paper. WoW!

Fourth lesson was similar to third one. We did go over more drills and letters. When I think about it, the only ones left out are letters v, w, x, z. And capitals... I am very frustrated because of letters e and f :/ It would be a lot easier to write them with loops. E is square, pointy and weird. F doesn't look so bad, but connecting is impossible. Writing word fun is not fun at all.

Nevertheless, have to keep writing and using Angular Italic style just about everywhere ;)

Fragile in Italic style going out with Bureau mail Fragile in Italic style going out with Bureau mail

I had a little test-go at italic nibs again. Turns out, that I really have no idea how to hold the pen. In order to get the line variation it needs to be under strict 45 degree angle. One day...I will return to my Lamy2000, but it will take a lot of practice to get the grip. This picture shows how Iroshizuku Tsuki-Yo's metallic sheen (small "lion") and J Herbin Vert Olive's shading. Both amazing :) Honestly, using all these different pens and inks does help!

If you are subscribed to our weekly email, then you probably know that we are now stocking and selling Palomino pencils. I am so chuffed to have this pencil, you can't even imagine ;) There are now more and more of practice sheets done with it. I took Pearl to the class and I had to retrieve it several times from my peeps who simply couldn't put it down. Of course, I had to ask my tutor if it's OK to write with pencil rather than with pen, and yey! She has approved Palomino. The...truth...is...that...I...would...ditch...my...fountain...pen...for...this...pencil :O

To shine some light on Palomino items...there are 3 different pencils (602, Pearl, Palomino), spare erasers and sharpeners. Sharpener is an absolute must because these pencils go down quickly. 602 pencil is the firmest one, meant for writing. Pearl is softer pencil, meant for both writing and drawing. Palomino is the the softest one meant for sketching. My favourite is the Pearl. Yes, I am a shallow person who shops by the looks. I just love how soft it is, doing flicks is super enjoyable :) As you can see on the top picture, the difference between 602 and Pearl is barely visible, but Pearl feels softer and glides across the page like a silver surfer.

Best advice: keep your pens close, pencils even closer :)

Neat trick: Use tracing paper :) If you find a style that you like, see if you can copy it or trace it.

Shopping list:
Palomino Pearl Pencil
Palomino KUM sharpener
Rhodia A4 lined
Triomphe Pad A4

We won't have a class next week due to half term holidays, so I have decided to catch up with my letter writing. Put all that practice on nice letter writing Triomphe paper :) Keep in touch!

Mishka (^_~)


6 thoughts on “28 days later”

  • jeremy greene

    Mishka. congratulations on another excellent post. Your narrative just gets better and better. Have you thought about writing a novel or journalism ? Of course when you're not working at BD.

    Awesome, well done

  • Mishka

    Thank you Jeremy, your comment just made my day :)

  • Rosi Jarvis

    Brilliant idea about the tracing - now why on earth have I never thought of that... Next question, where to get good tracing paper? Love your handwriting blog, Mishka, it inspires me!

    • Mishka

      Thanks Rosi, I really appreciate your kind words. There are so many cool styles out there and I love 'borrowing' them ;) Any thin paper would do...

  • Catherine Lafarges
    Catherine Lafarges May 27, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Loving reading your blogs on the writing course. I too love writing with beautiful pens and boy did I get a bit nostalgic reading the previous posts and seeing the Seyes paper. I am French and so learned to write with these lines so they are really familiar.
    We still learned cursive writing in France when growing up and these lines were essential to get a beautiful, even writing hand. Forward a few years, University and working life after moving to this country and my writing is definitely scruffier. So I might well be taking a handwriting course to retrain my hand at beautiful writing. Thanks for the inspiration.

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