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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Calligrafair 2019

October 10th, 2019 by D. T. Grimes

This year’s gathering of calligraphers in Monrovia, California will be the third time I’ve ventured south to see my friends and enjoy the knowledge and company of my peers. Each time I’ve made the trip I’ve told myself: “This is a long way to go for just popping in for an afternoon.”, and I have regretted leaving as soon as my contribution was complete.

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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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Mini Lesson in Script with The Happy Ever Crafter

August 2nd, 2019 by D. T. Grimes

I am feeling very grateful to Becca Courtice for giving me a chance to talk about my passion for Engrosser’s Script on her Youtube channel this morning. Engrosser’s Script is a very exciting and technically demanding style of pointed pen calligraphy and I hope that this lesson introduces and piques the interest of some of you out there.

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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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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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Student Feature: G. N. Caldwell

February 28th, 2019 by D. T. Grimes

Gretchen Caldwell is a mother, biochemist, paramedic, dog-trainer and a Merit Student of Dreaming In Script set to graduate in 2019. Over the last six months, We’ve watched Gretchen struggle and grow with a number of different projects and skills as she has progressed into quite the penman! We’re proud to present a student feature about her progress and thoughts on her calligraphic journey and hope that it inspires and encourages those of you working on developing your own skill. Gretchen is a generous, humble, and enthusiastic friend and we feel very fortunate to call her one of our hardest-working students.

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Plans for 2019

January 14th, 2019 by D. T. Grimes

For the last decade, I’ve watched January 1st come and go with apathy. I’m not the kind of person that likes to make bold claims and promises about what I can accomplish in the next calendar year. That being said, our studio is finally growing to a point where we can put some real muscle behind certain efforts. I’m excited to talk a little bit about what may be in store for Masgrimes, but first I’d like to say “Thank you” to each of you who have been so supportive of this journey. I wouldn’t be where I am today without people like you.

If you’ve been following along for some time, you might know that over the last five years I’ve gone from being a complete novice to teaching around the world. Five years isn’t a lot of time in the grand scheme of things. I know plenty of calligraphers who have been in the industry for 20+ years, and that has me thinking: If I want to continue to grow, produce, and innovate, what are the foundations upon which I should be building? In 15 years, what do I want to look back on and be proud of?

I’m a firm believer that clear direction instigates productive growth. In the spirit of that, here are five big things I’m hoping to accomplish, or at least make progress on, in 2019.

Masgrimes Dreaming In Script - Engrosser's Script

Improving course offerings

At the point of writing this, we are in the home stretch of our first time through the Dreaming In Script – Engrosser’s Script. What started off as a twelve-week outline has become something much, much bigger. I’m excited to get a chance to go through and edit large sections of the course while finding the best ways to optimize it. The Second Edition of this course will come sometime this year, alongside another launch campaign and a slew of examples from the first students to complete it.

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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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