If you want to improve your handwriting, you’re going to have to practice writing – there’s no getting around that fact. So … What do you write when you’re practicing? Well, why not write about the journey and your struggles to improve your handwriting? I’m going all out – and striving towards a nice Spencerian look; to that end, a number of my letters needed to be modified from the way I originally learned them. In this article I demonstrate and discuss this journey in detail. Take a look. Continue Reading →
This morning, I was doing what I seem to be doing a lot of lately – practicing my penmanship. And, I was using a new ink – which is quickly becoming one of my favorites. It’s gorgeous! Have a look: Continue Reading →
Apache Sunrise from Noodler’s Ink is at the top of any list for maximum color-variation inks. In the fountain pen world, this ink characteristic is properly called shading. In a recent article I wanted to highlight that characteristic with a YouTube link – but, I was surprised to find that most YouTube videos just showed different uniform colors from different pens. (I.e. how the color might vary from pen to pen.) However, it’s easy to get the total range of colors from a single pen that has a flexible nib. This allows the ink to pool for deeper reds, or thinly for the lighter yellows . The banner image shows a magnified detail section from the image below – which demonstrates this shading nicely. The original page is a joy to view. Double click to maximize the image to full resolution, and note how single letters exhibit the total color range of this wonderful ink! Continue Reading →
I’m making a little progress towards learning Early American Spencerian Handwriting. I’m going through the Spencerian Theory and Copy workbooks. Here’s a recent sample of my progress: Continue Reading →
It really looks as if this Fountain-pen thing is not just some passing fad. As ridiculous as it may sound, this new hobby has been quite a blast; I’m finding that I’m writing just for the fun of handwriting – I don’t know – perhaps an hour or so a day? I’m not timing myself.
Over the weekend, I added a few inks and pens to the collection:
Today, we had a Tuff Shed installed; and, I couldn’t resist making a time-lapse video of the installation. Even with a late start (didn’t start from the beginning), it turned out rather well. Enjoy. Continue Reading →
This is the last bird photo from the dead tree in our front yard. We’ve enjoyed all kinds of birds frequenting this tree – I hated to cut it down – but down it went. It was rotting to the point I had no choice.