Tuesday, January 23, 2018

National Handwriting Day

Where does good handwriting start? Well, it should start with the study of calligraphy, Lloyd Reynolds, a professor of English at Reed college revived the art of calligraphy in the US - his simple but effective style, if taught to children when they are learning how to write, would have lead to much better handwriting. But Reynolds was a college professor and while he influenced many pupils, including Steve Jobs, it's been the adults who took up the study of calligraphy. Many calligraphers have sought to have calligraphy taught in school but (alas) their efforts have been not very successful. Hence the crabbed and often illegible handwriting that so many people have. 


His calligraphy up at uTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v22dewR4izg

Steve Jobs on Calligraphy at Reed: 

More books on learning calligraphy:

  • Reynolds, Lloyd J. Italic Lettering & Handwriting: Exercise Book. Portland, Ore: Champoeg Press, 1963. OCLC 2203545
  • Reynolds, Lloyd J. 1969. Italic calligraphy and handwriting: exercises and text. New York: Pentalic. OCLC 2203545
  • Reynolds, Lloyd J. Weathergrams. Portland, Ore: Society for Italic Handwriting, Reed College, 1972. OCLC 9319640
  • Reynolds, Lloyd J. Handwriting & Calligraphy. Oregon Rainbow: 4 (1976) 32-39.
  • Reynolds, Lloyd J. 1979. Straight impressions. Woolwich, Me: TBW Books. OCLC 5421847

Sheila Waters is a calligrapher and teacher. She was born in Gravesend, England and graduated from the Medway College of Art in Kent and at the Royal College of Art in London


Sheila Waters:

Foundations of Calligraphy: 100 pages of alphabets. The "must have" book in any calligrapher's book shelves


Sheila Water's Retrospective300 full-color images of Sheila's life's work, designed by Julian Waters (Her Son), presenting Sheila's Retrospective Show of 2009. A great companion to her instructional book, "Foundations of Calligraphy." Julian designed the typeface, which was used for the first time in this publication. 


The Calligraphy of Raphael Boguslav:

Lettering artistry with Jessica:

A thousand painted letters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_fcmDBatGA

Medieval Manuscripts Blog: http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/digitisedmanuscripts/

Medieval Blackletter:

Humanistic script - the answer to the crabbed medieval blackletter

Tips on teaching yourself: https://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelwmiller/youve-got-the-write-stuff-baby?utm_term=.knEr5wR3PV#.ts5DBMEX2m

For Supplies: John Neal and Paper Ink Arts



1 comment:

Carla Ives said...

I love calligraphy and it's something I've always maybe wanted to try but I can barely write my name these days. While I never had what is called Catholic School handwriting, I had very legible and nice handwriting until arthritis took over my joints. I can still make a few lines look nice if I go slowly and concentrate very hard, but I think this would be beyond me. It's quite beautiful, though!