Thoughts on Writing

For the Modern Penman

The Socially Distant Penman’s Reading List

March 22nd, 2020 by D. T. Grimes

As the Covid-19 epidemic has taken foothold, many calligraphers are finding themselves with a rare surplus of time due to shelter-in-place advisory from state and city authorities.

In the hope of keeping your mind focused on the positive during this time, I’ve put together the following list of five fascinating, online books and articles to get you inspired and informed on the topic of historic American Penmanship.

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Calligraphy Burnout

September 18th, 2019 by D. T. Grimes

I have been posting my work online in some way or another since 2013. That’s five years of taking pictures, writing captions, and sitting around patiently for comments or likes to come in. Five years of my life I’ve been creating artwork with the sole purpose of fitting into a little window of attention that can be afforded to a stranger on the internet.

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Five Favorite Tools of a Professional Calligrapher

June 13th, 2019 by D. T. Grimes

Ever wondered about the little devices that you see in your favorite calligrapher’s photographs? Maybe you were curious about that little mechanism peeking out of the blurry background in a picture from your favorite writing manual? If so, you and I have something in common! There are hundreds of articles talking about which nib to buy, or where to find paper that won’t bleed, but there isn’t much around about sharing the more esoteric tools used by professional scribes from around the world.

Masgrimes materials

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Oblique Pen Holder Set-up and Adjustment

March 7th, 2019 by D. T. Grimes

So, you’ve just received your first oblique holder and you’re ready to start practicing calligraphy like it’s going out of style? I know firsthand how exciting a new pen can be. Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of writing with pens from many different makers and companies. I’ve written with pens that belong to hundreds of students. I’ve even made several dozen pens myself. The one thing that I’ve noticed about every single one of them is this:

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Working From A Historical Specimen

September 27th, 2018 by D. T. Grimes

Over the past few years, I’ve spent a lot of time accumulating images in a digital archive so that I can reference them when I work on designs of my own. Occasionally, I find myself staring at a historical specimen that seems like it could have been something I’d done myself. Whether it’s the sentiment, the execution, or something about the style or tastes of the artist, I try to listen to those moments of inspiration and my hand naturally gravitates to the pen.

Masgrimes Swipe File

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