In this video I look at an original specimen of penmanship by J. J. Bailey that was published in the Business Educator in June of 1925. I look at both documents and analyze the strategies Bailey used to produce his best penmanship for reproduction.
I recently found out about the “RinG-Pen”, a pen that claims to eliminate writing pain and fatigue. It was an interesting looking contraption, so I decided to order one. In my latest video on YouTube, I take a look at this interesting little pen, do some writing with it, and give my thoughts.
In late 2020, I was asked to contribute an exemplar for Business Penmanship (aka Palmer Method) to the 25th Edition of the Speedball Textbook. The Speedball Textbook is produced by Speedball, one of the largest manufacturers of calligraphy supplies, and it is a comprehensive resource on calligraphic scripts. It was an honor to make a contribution, but more importantly, I was thrilled that an exemplar for Business Penmanship was being included in the Textbook for the first time ever.
A few weeks ago, I sent an email asking my subscribers to share their Palmer Method stories. I heard back from a number of subscribers with stories about themselves or a parent/grandparent and the Palmer Method.
I own a handful of fountain pens, but I never use them. I love the way fountain pens look and the way they feel on the page, but they are simply not practical for my everyday writing needs nor do they perform the way I need when writing the Palmer Method.
On December 15th, 2020, I was scheduled for my first day of jury duty. I secretly wanted to be picked and I had a strange feeling I would be picked. I brought my journal to take notes during the trial and document the experience.
In this excerpt from The Palmer Method Study Plan, I show you how the movements for the capital D are based off of the movements for the capital O. This snippet gives you a great sneak peek of what you’ll find in the Study Plan video course.
There was a time when I told myself that I wouldn’t be satisfied with my penmanship until it looked as good as Palmer’s. There isn’t anything wrong with that, but I would have quit penmanship a long time ago if that was truly my goal.
For me, it was because I wanted to learn to do something the right way.
I wanted to re-learn cursive, but the modern resources I found seemed like they weren’t really there to teach handwriting. They were merely accessories to a reading curriculum.
When I found the Palmer Method, I knew it was what I was looking for. I had finally found a resource that was focused on handwriting for handwriting’s sake. The Palmer Method was created in a time when handwriting truly mattered and I wanted to learn in that traditional context.
As time went on, learning something that was unique and “right” became less important to me, but I developed new motivations that kept me interested in traditional penmanship.
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