Last night on March 1st, George Dorsey led us through the steps of making the Spencerian capital stem stroke. Check out our pictures of the meeting here.
George’s demonstration was very insightful – many of us hadn’t realized that there’s a subtle in-movement twist of the barrel of your holder as you apply pressure to the tines to create the shade of the stem stroke. By twisting slightly to the right as you near the baseline, only the right tine moves outward, creating the shade. Pen manipulation is a beautiful thing, and mysteriously maddening to conquer, when you are just learning.
Of the many profound pieces of advice George had to offer us, this one moved me most, “Each hand you learn not only gives you practice time for the new techniques of that hand itself, you are also improving your skills in OTHER hands, techniques, and with other tools as well.” He is absolutely right. This is why once you get started in calligraphy, it’s best to simply submit to the slippery slope of wanting more.
Thank you, George, for taking time out of your busy schedule and spending it with us – sharing your knowledge, passion, creativity and generosity and in the spirit of fun – as you always do.
We’d also like to thank Maria Turk for bringing her expertise in the Spencerian hand and to the fabulous Victoria Lansford, for starting the evening off with the story of Spencerian, it’s timeline, and inspiring examples of the hand in a slide show she prepared for us. It was such a fun way to start a meeting.
And to all of our Penablers for participating and bringing such yummy snacks. Each of you provides a strong contribution to our group and we are grateful to have you!
If you are wondering why we’re all of a sudden doing the Spencerian style, there’s a really good reason. We’re preparing for Heather Held’s workshop “The Story of Spencerian Script” in April! Seats are selling fast and there are only a handful left. Sign up for Heather Held’s Spencerian Workshop in April here. And you can read more about Heather in her exclusive Penablers interview: The Peace Behind the Pen.
Stay tuned for more information about our next meeting in April, The Inventive Inkwell, where we’ll learn to make a cardboard inkwell with laser cut precision!!