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To Go Forward You Must Go Back
Wise words from Quaithe of the Shadow.
My main obsession these days has been to improve my calligraphy skills to the point where I don’t feel like an amateur when trying to sell my wares. At the end of the day, calligraphy as a side business providing extra income is my goal. But even though I’ve been dabbling in calligraphy for almost 2 years now, I feel like it’s about time I made a serious effort in improving my skills so that I can make a proper go of selling myself as proper calligrapher. Will I ever be able to open up a business and do this full-time? Probably not. Day jobs come with fun things like pensions and benefits, and steady paycheques. Very handy things for one to have when one has a family. But there’s no reason why I can’t make a pocket full of money on the side with my free* time.
So, taking advice fit for a queen, I’m heading back to the beginning with 5 Days of Practice Drills courtesy of Laura Hooper Calligraphy. She ran this online workshop on the facebooks last week and of course I was able to put aside 0 minutes to dedicate to it, and the only person who was disappointed by this lack of dedication was me. And I hate disappointing myself. So, even though the course is over, I’m going back to the beginning and completing the 5 days of drills.
Things I will be focusing on include:
- Relaxing my grip on the pen. Decades of using ball point pens have caused me to have a very heavy hand when writing. My new love of fountain pens has shown me that a lighter touch makes for more beautiful handwriting and also means that my hand won’t cramp up after 10 minutes of writing.
- Consistency. Building up the required muscle memory requires lots and lots of practice.
- Using my whole arm. Generally speaking, when a person writes, most of the movement comes from the fingers and the wrist. My brief study of Spencerian Script a while back showed me that I need to use my elbow and shoulder more. It will (hopefully) result in smoother lines on the page, and less hand fatigue.
Practice Challenge Day 1 Drills
*hahahahah! free time. because i’ve got soooooo much of that hanging around.
Paper: HP Printer Paper, Premium Choice Laserjet Copy Paper, 32lb
Nib Holder: Speedball Art Products Oblique Pen Set
Ink: Speedball India Ink, Super Black
Spencerian Script: Theory Book & Five Copybooks