I Continue to Practice Handwriting

You may remember my no-longer-secret ambition to improve my handwriting.

Here are a few recent samples – these from June:

and August:

I’ve got some thoughts on handwriting and what this quest has meant to me. But first, I’ll show you some of my tools.

I have learned a bit about pens and inks, enough to realize there is a whole world of handwriting that has been hidden from me until now. I now peruse pen and ink sites and read books on handwriting, not just how to do it, but also on the history of it. My tiny ambition has opened a whole new subject to me.

In my corner of the handwriting world, I have settled on medium nib fountain pens and rollerball pens as my favorites. Fine nibs and points scratch and drag at the paper for me. I like a nice thick flow of ink. Here is my current set of friends.

Top to bottom: Pilot V-ball 7 rollerball; Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen, medium; 2 different Lamy Safari fountain pens, both medium nib; a new pen I haven’t tried yet as I just received it in the mail today, the Pilot MultiBall rollerball medium; and the Platinum Preppy fountain pen medium.

I also am very fond of one of the cheapest pens around, too – Bic Cristal is my everyday go-to pen.

You may wonder about those pages of handwriting. I have developed a habit of practicing handwriting while watching television at night – I take notes on the show I am “watching” (when I’m not working a crossword puzzle or reading. You can see why I say “watching”.)

Anyway, I started the practice for…practice. But I have found handwriting to be a soothing meditative activity. I take my time and work to form the letters in a nice manner rather than in my hasty scrawl of the past. Writing has become a pleasant activity in of itself, not just something I have to do to get my thoughts on paper. I love seeing lines of nicely formed letters and words emerge and I love using a good pen full of quality ink.

Here is my ink filling station. I keep my inks on a shelf in the cabinet in the dining room.

And here are the ones I am using now. I can recommend all three of these inks. Beautiful colors and thick, intense color. That is what I like.

I am glad that at this later stage of life (I learned cursive handwriting in 1966) I can learn something new, I can improve a habit I was not happy with, and I can still stumble into an unknown world and find excitement in exploring it.

Handwriting is art to me now. I use it in my art, literally; I find inspirations in my handwriting practice for my poetry-writing; I enjoy the look of a nicely-written grocery list. I’m glad I took the step to try this handwriting thing out again.

About Claudia McGill

A person who does art and writes poetry. That's me!

12 responses to “I Continue to Practice Handwriting

  1. I am definitely seeing improvement in your handwriting. It has become more uniform in shape, form, and size. Are you pleased with the progress you are making?

    • Oh, that makes me so happy! Yes, I do think it is settling in. I can see my old handwriting in the new forms, and I am glad about that. But the overall effect is what I was hoping for – a more disciplined, calm, and very legible look. Plus, I just really like making the letters now. I enjoy sweeping through a word! Where before, I just scratched something out in a big hurry. Yes, I do like it. !!

      • I am so glad you can see your own progress. I know that sometimes we don’t recognise it because we are seeing it all too gradually. I like that you have retained the character of your handwriting while making it more polished.

      • Putting these pictures up and comparing pages from earlier notepads made a good contrast for me. And I do like that word – polished. That is what I am hoping for. A more polished appearance.

  2. Sincerely,Ann

    Your handwriting is absolutely stunning. I am jealous.

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