The good, the bad and the ugly

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!

drills A4
One of my first drills

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 😀

Shopping list:
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

Mishka (^_~)

Click here to read the next chapter of my Handwriting course

Favourite drill
Favourite drill. Ink plays a big role 🙂

0 thoughts on “The good, the bad and the ugly

  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this article❤️❤️❤️ Have just ordered two books to improve my handwriting – they have exercise sheets in them too. Mishka’s writing looks wonderful – all the letters, curly queus, loops and swirls very artistic – reminded me of shocking stitches! So keep up the good work – we hand writing/pen addicts must hold the line in this age of technology! When all the PC’s breakdown WE will be in our element

    1. Thank you Kathy, you are so kind! Have you tried seyes books? I don’t want to spoil the next article, but….it’s bye bye dot pads!!! WE know what makes us happy, right?

  2. Hi Mishka, If you like orange ink I think you will really like J.Herbin Orange Indien. It’s a lovely burnt orange colour, not too bright. It also made me laugh that you couldn’t seem to resist doing one of your signature little birds when doing “esses”. 🙂

    1. Thank you Lee, you have a very good eye for detail! 🙂 I can’t help myself, this little bird has to go everywhere 😀 Orange Indien is one of my favourite oranges. Glad you like it too. Did you get a chance to try Lamy’s Copper Orange?

      1. Hi Mishka. Yes, I’m afraid I’m a bit of a FP addict 🙂 Part of my collection (obsession?) include 13 differently coloured Safari’s and 8 different Al Stars, including, of course, a copper orange one. Just bought one for my daughter for her birthday as well. She seems also to have the bug, this will be her third limited edition lamy 🙂

  3. Beautiful handwriting! I was just wondering where you found a tutor/ class? I’d love to learn to write better, but wasn’t even really aware that it was possible to actually do classes (I must be living under a rock or something!)

    1. Hi Lexi!
      Thank you for your kind words. There are many ways to get better…there is always youtube, books…what really works for me is to find something I like and copy it 😉 For classes, just put “improve handwriting classes +your location.” Good luck 😉

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