*crossposted from Seven Deadly Divas, click through to see their handwriting too!*

A few varieties of handwriting memes have been making their way around the web – there are tumblr and flickr ones, as well as the one I stumbled across from a pen and ink link list.

I, being a pen freak collector, was intrigued and thought it would be fun to see the various Diva handwriting styles that write here in text form.

A few quirks about my personal writing style (much of which will be no surprise for those of you who read my Fountain Pen post):

  1. I am VERY picky about pens. I write with a variety of fountain pens, but also like UniBall Signo (preferably Micro), Sarasa Clip Retractable Gel pens and UniBall fine point Jetstream pens for times when a liquid ink pen would be, shall we say, a liability. Like at work or on an airplane.
  2. I’m also very picky about paper. Paper should be smooth and thick, have no show through to the other side. I like writing on both graph and lined paper, and have journals of both types.
  3. I also collect journals made of really good paper (Clairefontaine, Pomegranate, Black n’ Red)
  4. My handwriting started out terribly as a child, when I regularly failed penmanship classes. Since I started doing calligraphy, it’s improved some, and I continue to work on it regularly. My favorite hand is Italic, and my general handwriting tends towards cursive Italic, a modern variant that’s both fast and easy to read.

Anyway, the general idea is for you to write BY HAND the things on the list that follows, scan it in, and post it for all of us to look at. No judgments please, your handwriting is yours, whether you think it’s awesome or not. (True fact, I’ve spent YEARS working on my handwriting and I still think it’s sloppy and not very nice.)*

I’ll be writing both with my fancy flex nib pen and with another fountain pen, because I like pens. Nyah.

The meme is as follows:

Write ‘Hello!’
Your name/blogger name
Your blog name/URL
Write ‘The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.’
Favorite quote?
A number
5 words
Favorite music?
A really awesome website you read
Anything else you want to say?

And here goes!

Apologies both for the compression (I’m still learning my new scanner) and the fact that my purple ink looks black. I’m also still learning that flex nib pen – as evidenced by the letter inconsistency – and the Noodler’s Purple Martin is too saturated to show up as anything but purple-black unless you look REALLY close at it. Really saturated inks like that do better in a drier writing pen, like the Lamy Safaris, where flex nib pens apparently like an ink with more shading.


Anywho, pen nitpicking aside, it’s your turn!

Take all (or part) of the handwriting meme, scan it or take a picture, and leave the link in comments! I’m curious what some of my readers might submit. It only takes a few minutes, and phone pictures are fine!

* If desired, I can do a follow up post on “handwriting triage” – some ways to make your handwriting more legible and more like what you want. This post is just for curiosity and sharing!

**Also, I seriously considered titling this post “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours” but figured it was inappropriate…

Can we read your handwriting?
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5 thoughts on “Can we read your handwriting?

  • April 14, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    If there’s one thing I’ve learned from grading fifth grade essays, it’s that cursive should not be taught in grammar school, and should not ever be used except by professionals for work submitted to other people. *shudders*

  • April 14, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Not a comment on Anna’s beautiful writing! Just on the fact that it’s generally MUCH harder to read. 😉

    • April 14, 2011 at 10:18 pm

      Well, and my writing isn’t cursive, at least not in the way that’s “taught” in schools. That cursive is a Palmer script derivative, usually D’nealean or the one starting with Z that I forget. My handwriting is based on a script that was designed for legibility and that doesn’t have the “all the letters are different” issue. It’s also MUCH easier to learn than American block printing, which was designed by a bunch of printers, not people who actually had to write it. But that’s another post….

  • April 15, 2011 at 7:52 am

    The really terrible thing is the cursive essays are frequently quite good. These kids have just had it hammered into their heads that cursive is used for formal writing, and it’s all but illegible when wielded by a fifth grader. So it makes it very hard to be sure you’re understanding them properly, and takes forever to deal with.

    I do love a good cursive Z though. XD

    • April 18, 2011 at 4:40 pm

      Zaner-blosser is the other style of script usually “taught” (I use that word loosely) today. It’s the one that has the awesome Z, and the funky, loopy Q.

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