Copperplate practice (January 2014)

Here we are, this month’s practice. For comparison here is last month’s.

I think my flourishes are surer and less wobbly. The trouble is that I’ve run out of lessons to imitate, and have resorted, variously, to quotes from Taylor Swift, Robert Louis Stevenson, Miley Cyrus. Oh, and I even included a particularly fun-to-write name of a friend. This month, I even did an entire page of quotes from Nietzsche — that was fun but not as pretty. I can post that too if anyone wants to see.  My favorite capital in copperplate is W. N is very nice too, though.

Copperplate practice

I’m making it a goal to keep myself honest by uploading a scan of my best attempts at copperplate practice each month. Here is this month’s:

I particularly enjoyed “November” and in general find practice to be very zen.

I think I write better if I am imitating than if I am just writing something I have no model for (comparing the first line and last 4 lines to everything else). Maybe the point is to eventually have a good model in my head.

I need to work on spacing and on the letters p and f. Also, my consistency of slant is poor and my flourishes are shaky. Your critique is more than welcome. Please help me improve!

Quote: Third Star
Lessons: EL Brown
Ink: Higgins Fountain Pen India Ink
Nib: Hunt 101
Paper: Clairefontaine (from a French supermarket, apparently commonly used by middle schoolers)