Handwriting course week 1
Hello, my name is Mishka and I am an fountain pen addict. That's how it all started, with fountain pens. I have many and I love using them. Perhaps some of you know/feel a blissful sensation when a smooth nib lays down a wet line of ink on the paper... All this leads to handwriting. Many of my pen-pals have beautiful 'hand.' I have decided to do something about mine and started a handwriting boot-camp... 5 weeks of loops and hoops, drills and writing. Here is what happened so far...
First lesson was of all about posture, grip, paper, hand and finger movement. I got tested, my writing analysed... This stage is absolutely crucial and perhaps the main reason why I wanted a tutor: to get the second opinion (because there is so much you can learn from Youtube).
The good news: my posture is good and my pen grip perfect. Thanks Lamy ;) Ridges in the Lamy Safari fountain pen section might not be for everyone, but it sure does help to write with fingers rather than your wrist. Using a fountain pen helps with speed and pressure too. My initial goal of slowing down has been crushed because I can only do 28 words per minute. I tend to get shaky when I write too slow, not sure why that is...
Next up: choosing the right instrument; well this is where I shine because I have plenty to choose from :) Lamy Safari is my first choice...I was told not to use broad nibs (my writing looks awful with fine) and to avoid italic nibs (because I don't know how to use them): well, that's not going to happen because the custom grind Lamy 2000 fountain pen is my best writer and I refuse to give up on it.
What happens now? Write, write, write and practice drills. I already have the ones I like and dislike. Loops turning into number 8 are hard! But I think I can feel the rhythm in letters m,n and u, so that's improvement!
Neat trick I picked up: One I'd like to share is about tilting paper. Some people have it straight, some tilt...here is how to decide what is right for you: Start with your paper straight in front of you and draw a horizontal line. Is it straight? Keep your paper that way. Does your line slant upwards? Tilt your paper slightly. This trick works like magic :)
Best advice: Use different colour ink for drills. Ink and pens are the main reason why I am doing this, so my tutor nailed it ;) These squiggles look actually pretty cool and I get to use multiple pens :D
Lamy Al-star Ocean Blue fountain pen with 1.1mm nib
Lamy Safari Neonlime fountain pen with fine nib
Lamy T10 turquoise ink cartridges
Clairefontaine handwriting book seyes stage 5 exercise book
Rhodia A4 lined notebook
Papelote green strap A4