Next meeting July 15

Our July meeting of Bridger Mountain Scribes will be held on Monday, July 15, 2019 from 11 AM to 1 PM at the library in the small conference room.

And while you’ve got your calendar out, also mark your calendars for the August meeting on August 12, same time, same place.

This month we are continuing to study gothicized italic. If you like, continue with the guidelines given last month. If you’re feeling confident with that practice, I challenge you to expand your study in any or all of these ways:

  1. Continue with the model but change your paper, writing fluid, and/or pen nib. If you change your nib size, you can either writing the same size for a larger or smaller pen-width size, or you can change your lettering size to keep the same pen-width x-height.*
  2. Choose another model, and rinse and repeat: trace, then copy. Depending on the size of the model, you may choose to blow up the model to fit your pen, or select a pen size that fits your model.
  3. Make a finished piece ini gothicized italic. Choose your a quotation, make a few thumbnail layouts, choose one, and do it! Remember that, because this hand is so compressed, the space between lines can also be very small.

Next month, please bring your work — practice pages and any completed pieces. We’ll discuss what is working, get answers to any questions, and mull over what improvements might be made.

And we always like to see whatever else your working, including .. the year-long project (remember that?). I’m finally making some progress on mine.

* A note about pen-width size. The “boldness” of a letter form is measured in the ratio of the pen’s width to the height of the lower-case letters. This image shows a pen-width x-height of 4, with ascenders and descenders to be written at 2 pen-widths high. The smaller number of pen-widths per x-height, the bolder the letter.

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