Handwriting for Calligraphers by Phawnda Moore

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  1. Wendy Cowley says:

    A well-written post with lots of great examples.

  2. Geri Arkell says:

    Would love to win this collection……inspiring!

  3. Judith Halpern says:

    It’s really had to keep that relaxed grip, especially when worried about making a mistake! But it’s oh, so important. Thanks for this post!

  4. Kathy says:

    Excellent tips from a talented calligrapher! Happy Handwriting Day!

  5. Great article!

  6. Linda Radtke says:

    This article gives some wonderful advice on practicing and improving the skill of handwriting. I appreciate that she mentions the various tools she uses for a particular style.

  7. Marieanne Coursen says:

    I love to practice beautiful handwriting in everyday tasks.

  8. Judi says:

    Excellent tips and I will implement “slow down” immediately.

  9. A post that reminded me why I loved handwriting class so much in elementary and middle school. I keep a journal simply to practice handwriting but this post gave me some nice tips and reminders.

  10. Hunter says:

    I’ve always been fascinated with calligraphy and am about to start learning how to practice it! I would’ve already went by Paper & Ink Arts if I didn’t already have a pre-planned vacation.

    This article inspired me even more to get back home to Nashville & visit the retail space! Also, eager to take some classes.

    Thank you!

  11. Ann Cobb says:

    Great thoughts on this most important skill.

  12. Susie says:

    You have inspired me to create something elegant for National Handwriting Day! I love your article and the gorgeous samples, especially the formal script done with gouache.

  13. Tanya says:

    Thank you for your time in putting this article together. I find it difficult to change up my natural handwriting that I don’t like the looks of; I’ve been trying to come to terms with it! Printing included. But, I love papers, pens, and inks. Thank you for this chance ofwinning these fun items.

  14. Vicki Petersen says:

    Thank you the new (to me) implements you mentioned. Need to go shopping!

  15. Jane says:

    Thank you for this article. I keep a handwritten daily journal, in either fountain or gel pen. I think of handwriting as art, although calligraphy still eludes me. I like your comment that the pen will feel a too tight grip and react accordingly.

  16. dana says:

    Writing by hand is always foremost for me even with the vast amount of time spent on a computer.

  17. Linda Bowen says:

    thanks for the post! I’m going to have to try some of the supplies mentioned here.

  18. Mairin says:

    Beautiful handwriting and great blog post!

  19. Lee Thureson says:

    Thank you Phawnda, your passion for handwriting is inspiring. I wasn’t aware that January 23rd was so named National Hand writing day because it was John Hancock’s birthday!

  20. Elaine says:

    Great ideas for incorporating beautiful hands into everyday writing. Love it!

  21. E Coffey says:

    I’ve always wondered about what kind of handwriting was taught before computers. The Italic form mentioned is simply beautiful! I hope to learn this one day!

  22. Sandi Cormier says:

    Your handwriting article was most welcome and I feel it will be a wonderful notice to pass on to beginning writers. If it is a new challenge for them your gentle hints and notes will certainly encourage them to give it a try. Thank you.

  23. Thank you for your informative article. As a beginning calligrapher, and being self-taught via lessons accessed through blogs, I would love to receive your generous bundle of implements! Beautiful, handwritten notes are such a pleasure to give and receive. It makes me happy that this art form will continue through you, those like you, and those following like-minded blogs and articles.

  24. Linda says:

    Thanks for the great article. I appreciated the tips, and also that she gave some samples of pens she likes and why. It’s sometimes hard to choose new pens when you can’t try them out, unless you have a good recommendation. Much appreciated.

  25. Handwriting is very important! I love sending letters, they make people feel so special that you took the time to write them something by hand in this easy time for emails and chats.

  26. MyriamV says:

    Good article. A good reminder for me to practice more often.

  27. Chris Jerger says:

    Have always been drawn to pen and paper. Nice article

  28. Seth Bowden says:

    I work in public education myself, and even though handwriting is no longer a portion of our curriculum I make sure to emphasize with all of my students how important penmanship can be. I thoroughly enjoyed this post and cannot wait to celebrate on January 23rd!

  29. Nancy Dennis says:

    Greeting from the Lowcountry in Beaufort, SC. Just finished reading your post. Loved seeing the red and blue lettering, usually I see black. Would be intestered in seeing more of your beautiful hand. Do you have a websight I could go to? Thanks. Nancy D.

  30. Jessica Jenkins says:

    Great article! I definitely need to remember to relax with my grip… it’s like I’m always clenching for dear life lol

  31. Kera Tucker says:

    Inspiring. Thank you!

  32. Mary Richmond says:

    Really good article with great reminders and good product tips! Thanks so much!

  33. Sherry Springall. says:

    Great article that is so well written. My calligraphy practice has improved my handwriting as I think about the letters as I write.

  34. Barb Fuller says:

    Liked the tips and ideas. Wish schools would teach the proper way to hold a pen, if not handwriting itself.

  35. Kari Vandervelde says:

    Great tips! Would love to win.

  36. Kathy B. says:

    Thanks for this article. I love beautiful handwriting, and think of it as a basic personal art form for one and all.

  37. Melissa L says:

    This was an enjoyable read–thank you! It’s a challenge to bring mindfulness into our every day, which is probably why it’s so important 😉

  38. Hannah N. says:

    Thanks for the tips!!

  39. Ann Cumbie says:

    Enjoyed this post. I need to relinquish the death grip I have on my pen. LOL

  40. dotyuki says:

    Thank you Phawnda. Good article. I usually get asked where one learns about calligraphy, as if it is a one day lesson. More often than not, the questions are for learning Copperplate. Daily handwriting practice is a wonderful idea. We depend so much on our computers and may do handwriting infrequently.

  41. Eileen Brittain says:

    It was a great article and the relationship of “handwriting” to “calligraphy” is very interesting.

  42. Marisol Thornton says:

    I want to start journaling my dreams and practice calligraphy while I am at it!

  43. Robin West says:

    I’m so happy to hear someone teaching beautiful handwriting! It is such a joy to write lettering in any beautiful way. Even printing, as you mentioned.
    I have always loved alphabets, letters, calligraphy, and even making wood signs. I’m having real fun with the new supplies I got for Christmas from Paper & Ink Arts!

  44. maurelle says:

    Amazing! Thank you for sharing! Long Live Handwriting 🙂

  45. Sydney says:

    Thanks Phawnda! I will try these tips. I have dabbled a bit with calligraphy and wasn’t to learn more.

  46. plumafina says:

    Love you Phwanda and PIA! Great article. Was not familiar with the seven year old pen, and I thought I knew every tool ?

  47. Pam C. says:

    Wonderful article Phawnda! I believe that we’re on the verge of losing script & beautiful cursive writing which many of us had the good fortune to learn as children. Keep up the good work!

  48. Kara Falcone says:

    Thanks for keeping handwriting alive! My second grader is lucky to be learning cursive writing this semester. He came home last week, so excited to show me how he could write an “a”, instead of just printing it!

  49. Virginia Cook says:

    Getting back into calligraphy after loosing my husband this past spring. I love the art and hope to get inspired again. Thank you.

  50. Ruth McFarren says:

    I was told I should try calligraphy because I have neat handwriting. I’ve always enjoyed handwriting, but am just starting to learn hand lettering, taking a course I found via Instagram. I look forward to taking the time each day to practice. Thank you for your encouragement!

  51. Mary Scott says:

    Thanks for the great post. I thought of my mom in reference to National Handwriting Day.
    My mom had the most beautiful handwriting. She learned the Palmer method. I still have two of her certificates.

  52. Savannah Hickman says:

    I really enjoyed this article!

  53. Alicia P Rodriguez says:

    It is so important to show, share and encourage others to learn more about The Art of Beautiful Handwriting. Practice and proper sitting position using any number of the great pens and tools available now can be so rewarding and fun. I’m going to do my best to impress everyone I can!

  54. Lena Lee says:

    I’ve got to practice more! Thank you for the contest.

  55. Bev says:

    Love to win it

  56. Laura M. says:

    Let’s keep it alive!

  57. Debbie True says:

    Thank you for a great article! I am just beginning to learn calligraphy and this article gave me many helpful tips to try. Many of us are so busy in our everyday life and this will give me the perfect reason to slow down!

  58. Vicky G says:

    Thanks for the motivation! I should really thank my 3rd grade teacher who was a stickler for penmanship. She got me started!

  59. Sarah says:

    This is a lovely article.

  60. Judith Hicks says:

    Very nice article. Happy National Handwriting Day to all.

  61. June Maffin says:

    Brush markers – that’s a great tip – and article – Phawnda. I don’t have any brush markers (yet) but when I do, will give them a try and maybe I’ll find them easier to work with than pen and ink or gel pen or even ballpoint pen in writing letters. Thanks. 🙂

  62. Michelle Hotchkiss says:

    I did not learn penmanship in school and alway was embarrassed by my handwriting. Thnak you for advice on beautiful writing!

  63. Valorie says:

    I love calligraphy and have enjoyed lettering for several years.

  64. Gail Fournier says:

    I have heard of Clairefontaine paper, though haven’t used it, but know nothing about the Rhodia pad. I need to do some investigating and try both with different inks and gouache. Thanks for the ‘push’!

  65. Ellen K (GPP) says:

    Thank you for this inspiring post. I appreciate the tips and thoughts for improving my handwriting.

  66. kdbonnie says:

    Great Article! I’d sure love to win! Thanks!

  67. Marn Majeski says:

    Lovely article. I find the rhythm or sound the pen to paper makes is also soothing. With the handwritten letter forms, there’s such beauty that only comes through the energy of your hand to paper regardless of the writer’s skill level. The mere fact you took the time and effort to write a quote, card or note to send someone is such a special gift.. I also smile just imagining the receiver opening it when it arrives. Thanks for sharing.

  68. Thanks for the tips and the chance to win!

  69. Lori says:

    Thank you Pawnda. You are always an inspiration. Hopefully I am passing on my love for lettering on to my students. I’m one of the lucky ones who gets to teach high school calligraphy!

  70. I have been doing so much work lately that requires hand lettering. I’m not all that good at it and this kit and course would be just exactly what I need to help me get a handle on this part of my artwork!

  71. Isk says:

    Awesome. Thank you 🙂

  72. Ann Erickson says:

    This quote is very true for me. Why does lettering bring me such joy? It must be because it allows me to express myself and the thoughts of others both current and from ages past with beauty and grace. Hey! That is the definition of Calligraphy!

  73. Thank you, Phawnda, for sharing your love of lettering and calligraphy with the world! You inspire me so often when you share your work on FB! I am focusing on my lettering/calligraphy skills in 2017, as well, and beginning a class on calligraphy at a retirement home in my neighborhood! Looking forward to an awesome lettering year 🙂
    Joy Danielson/danielson.joy@gmail.com

  74. margaret says:

    Nice write.up. would love to win. I live in Edmonton, Alberta

  75. Chris Ewen says:

    Paper and Ink is my “Go to source” for all of my calligraphy needs ! I am always excited to see all of the supplies they bring to Letters California Style in Pomona, California. I am a perpetual lettering student and appreciate Pwanda’s dedication to the art of beautiful handwriting.

  76. Judith Hicks says:

    Hoping for a win. Thanks so much.

  77. Ann Erickson says:

    The Koch quote is exactly how I feel. Why do I find so much joy in lettering? I think it must be because it allows me to express myself and the thoughts from ages past with beauty and grace. I will be forever grateful to the intern teacher that retaught our entire class cursive in 5th grade. We knew how to form letters, but she encouraged us to make them beautiful! Happy Birthday, John Hancock!

  78. Laura Siegel says:

    I appreciate her reminder to FOCUS. I do much better work when I block out everything else that is going on and just focus on forming the letters. There is a meditative quality to doing calligraphy that is often overlooked.

  79. Would love to win this! Handwriting is such a lost art, thanks for such posts!

  80. Cheryl c says:

    Thank you for doing this

  81. Vicki Wright says:

    Wow! So nice, I would love this

  82. Carol says:

    I need to slow down and write better! Would love to win these inspiring tools!

  83. Ivan Hendricks says:

    As a newcomer to the art of calligraphy, this was a valuable read! Thanks Phawnda!

  84. Suzanne says:

    Lovely work. I’m a watercolorist and have been using my handwriting skills together with art. The two can be beautiful together but still learning the tools of the trade with handwriting. Thanks for offering this. Many happy letters in return!

  85. Pepper says:

    I must endeavor to write more slowly so that my script is neater. I must learn to savour each word, or indeed, each letter so I can master my writing 😉

  86. Anna B. says:

    I would love to win this giveaway! I love how Phawnda makes even gel pen writing look elegant! As a result of this blog post, I made sure to send a handwritten letter this weekend.

  87. ayzitodoydum says:

    I would love to win this giveaway! I love how Phawnda makes even gel pen writing look elegant! As a result of this blog post, I made sure to send a handwritten letter this weekend.

  88. charlotte says:

    Such a great blog! So many people nowadays don’t know how to write correctly anymore, much less spell correctly! Bring handwriting back!

  89. Lecture and visually perfect

  90. TINA M BARAJAS says:

    I’m now following your Facebook page and looking forward to your Monday tips!

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