Thursday, January 19, 2012

When Penmanship Was Romantic

Along with all the other projects I've been working on, I've been seriously considering getting a dip pen and trying my hand at letter writing. After looking at old family photographs, I realized how beautiful and difficult it was to write. There is a little added romance to writing done with a dip pen.
As I was researching pen nibs, I came across this image on wikipedia.

How fun would it be to write with a nib that is in the shape of a hand or eiffel tower? There is only two things that are really keeping me from this project. 1. I don't know who to write. 2. I don't know what to write. I suppose those are two very large barriers, but in my mind I am already blotting the excess ink off my paper.
Anyone want to be a pen pal? (Be warned, this could be a fleeting fancy.)

4 comments :

José said...

Hi !
come across your blog every now and again, love your knitting and stuff...
and think handwriting is bliss :-)
so if you're serously looking for a penpal... if only you don't expect it to be written with the kind of pen you mention here... ( being lefthanded I can recollect a load of smudges from my schoolcareer... stick to ballpoint usually... )

kiwiyarns said...

My daughter had a craze for dip pens for a while - she even used one at school, much to her teachers' bemusement. I used to always use a fountain pen to write my personal journal. Ink seems so much nicer than ballpoint.

Alina said...

This is an awesome picture! I agree, fancy pens/writing definitely have an added level of romance about them...

AC said...

My husband taught himself how to write in this gorgeous calligraphy script with dip pens when he was in grade school (he grew up in a really boring town, can you tell?). It's actually something entertaining to whip out at parties.

I'd be your penpal, but my letters would be in chickenscratch.

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