Thoughts on Writing

For the Modern Penman

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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Calligraphy Masters Podcast #004

March 4th, 2019 by D. T. Grimes

I was honored to be asked for an interview on the new Calligraphy Masters Podcast. The whole interview is about an hour and a half. We cover some interesting topics. Worth throwing on in the background while you practice!

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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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A Calligraphy Demonstration

December 1st, 2016 by D. T. Grimes

Last night, I had the unique opportunity to demonstrate my love of Engrosser’s Script alongside two of my incredible students, Mr. Brandon Bartell, and Mrs. Kimi Tang at a Portland calligraphy and design event hosted by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

While my hands are still recuperating from four hours of non-stop as-fast-as-you-can writing, I hope to explain exactly why I think things like this are important for your writing progress, how you can seek them out, and ultimately how to organize them.

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Building A Writing Program

October 21st, 2016 by D. T. Grimes

If we’re going to talk about ritualizing practice, we really should cover what practice looks like. Raise your hand if you’re guilty of sitting down with a pen and burning through page after page of frustratingly poor script only to feel overwhelmed at the end of the a writing session. The truth is, while that kind of thing is sorta necessary at the beginning, it’s also something that you can move past early on. Putting mileage on your pen is certainly one way to improve, but is it the best way? I don’t think so.

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Health and The Writing Environment

August 14th, 2016 by D. T. Grimes

One of my projects this year is learning to be more efficient in my study of Engrosser’s Script. To some, it may seem that the only way to improve your script is to sit down at the table and make marks on a page. And while I agree to some extent, there are deeper aspects to pursuing penwork, like becoming sensitive to what your body has to say about your writing on any day of the week.

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