E :: See flourishing process by swiping please 😉 … If you also feel that adding a flourish to a word can be a bit daunting, here are some hints that work best for me to prepare and relax myself:
1) I always do some warm-ups and drills – like lines of ovals, chains of spirals, and loops.
2) I make sure to know what I want to write – for example by drawing pencil sketches, if I'm planning something more complex; or by forming a mental picture of the flourish in my mind. That means studying and analyzing A LOT of historical exemplars beforehand to build my repertoire!
3) I »write« in the air, before I pen a line, to get a better chance that the ink lands where I want!
4) I try to write in the rhythm of my breath.
5) I avoid tracing – a sketch helps me a lot to know where to go with the pen, but while penceling design variants is a great layout technique, that gives security and control, I seem to lose that certain spontaneous fluidity that only comes for me when I write without a sketch directly under my paper.
None of these tips are new. You can find such ideas for practice (and more) in many old penmanship books!
So do you have any favourite method(s) how to approach flourishing?
Btw he inspiration for the »S« was a glorious capital written in 1740 by Joseph Champion, one of my favourite penman of all time – I’ll add it to my stories. It’s from page 198 in The Universal Penman. :: #calligraphy #kalligrafie #kalligraphie #caligrafia #copperplate #englischeschreibschrift #englishroundhand #flourish #flourishing #verzierung #schwungbögen #weddingcalligraphy #hochzeitkalligrafie #calligralove #calligrafriends #calligratips #flourishforum #federflugcalligraphy