C is for consistency. This is what I am aiming for with my calligraphy practise now. I think I am going to have to change my routine a little. I always start with the lowercase letters – which, with the odd exception, I am quite pleased with now. By the time I get to the uppercase letters though I often find I am getting rather tired or it it getting late! I will have to alternate what I start with I think in order to give all letters a go. There are also more variations with the uppercase letters so more forms to practise, although I am finding I prefer some forms over others. Lots of fun still being had! Pity about the ink stain I always seem to end up with!!
I must say that forming the letter B is rather satisfying. It seems to have a nice combination of strokes. It is interesting to see favourites developing – and they are not necessarily your own letters as you may have thought/wished. Funnily enough both K & S were and still are a bit of a challenge for me! Oh well, as they say, practise makes perfect – so I’ll keep on keeping on!
I think it would be far to say that right now I am rather obsessed with calligraphy. I have always been envious of those with nice penmanship and am sad to admit that my everyday handwriting is not very good – at all. But I am hopeful that learning and practising calligraphy will see all aspects of my writing improve!
The first calligraphy course I took, a couple of years, ago focussed on the Italic hand. This proved a great starting place and taught me many of the fundamentals of calligraphy. This hand however did not inspire me greatly, (I don’t want to say it is boring but it is not particularly expressive), thus not a great amount of practise was done.
More recently, through the wonderful thing that is the internet I became aware of calligraphers using much more modern hands – that inspired me. That is how I would love to write. And so began a journey – a most enjoyable one! I find myself constantly wondering when I will have time to do some practise.
I have noticed that I am rather heavy handed. I will try other nibs to see if I can get finer upstrokes and keep practising!