Calligraphy by Stefanie Weigele

#latergram of a letter to a dear, talented and generous penpal far, far away, that finally arrived!

#latergram of a letter to a dear, talented and generous penpal far, far away, that finally arrived!

… and here’s a close-up from the previous post!

… and here’s a close-up from the previous post!

Here’s some quick pencil practice in Business Writing, I’m using the exemplar of Stephen A. Ziller. I admit that after many months of (rather casual) practice this starts to feel like actual handwriting!

Here’s some quick pencil practice in Business Writing, I’m using the exemplar of Stephen A. Ziller. I admit that after many months of (rather casual) practice this starts to feel like actual handwriting!

More Madarasz style minuscules. Haven’t started to dig into the caps. It’s a lot faster than I usually write … but I lose precision. It seems to speed me up!

More Madarasz style minuscules. Haven’t started to dig into the caps. It’s a lot faster than I usually write … but I lose precision. It seems to speed me up!

Trying my hand at Madarasz script! This needs a lot of work, spacing, width of the shades etc., but it’s a lot of fun!! In his own words: “Don’t be misled into practicing the slow, pen-lifting style …” – so let’s just say for someone who practiced that slow style a lot (and will continue to do so), this is very refreshing 😉. Ah, and I re-watched the “Prisoner of Askaban” last night, hence the Harry Potter references.

Trying my hand at Madarasz script! This needs a lot of work, spacing, width of the shades etc., but it’s a lot of fun!! In his own words: “Don’t be misled into practicing the slow, pen-lifting style …” – so let’s just say for someone who practiced that slow style a lot (and will continue to do so), this is very refreshing 😉. Ah, and I re-watched the “Prisoner of Askaban” last night, hence the Harry Potter references.

Some more pencil practice on a back side of a practice sheet – I’ve started to go again through all the Spencerian minuscules.

Some more pencil practice on a back side of a practice sheet – I’ve started to go again through all the Spencerian minuscules.

Honestly I just wrote in this cover-the-whole envelope freestyle just so I could show you the inside of this charming stationary, which is made of recycled maps – fitting to the nostalgic travel theme of the postcard.

Honestly I just wrote in this cover-the-whole envelope freestyle just so I could show you the inside of this charming stationary, which is made of recycled maps – fitting to the nostalgic travel theme of the postcard.

Lots of ovals (in pencil, as I realized my hands were not so steady … on the back are older warm-ups in ink), after some days where I wrote nearly nothing … I find it always frustrating to start after a break. Definitely not like riding a bike!!

Lots of ovals (in pencil, as I realized my hands were not so steady … on the back are older warm-ups in ink), after some days where I wrote nearly nothing … I find it always frustrating to start after a break. Definitely not like riding a bike!!

Outgoing snailmail … and I’m still owing letters!!

Outgoing snailmail … and I’m still owing letters!!

A beautiful gift from my sister in law – “The Gorgeous Nothings”, poems by Emily Dicknson (whom I deeply admire) which she wrote on cut or torn envelopes, both on letters sent and received. I love how the editors capture her writing by showing the silhouette of the actual paper scraps and transcribing if carefully. Each facsimile comes with such a transcription. You can see clearly that she was not only writing but graphically composing these poems. I am by no means an expert, I just enjoy very much to be able to see her work like this. 
Also as a designer and someone who writes a lot of letters in the last months, this is fascinating. All poems are written with pencil by the way, it seems she always had one in the pocket of her dress …
A gorgeous book, edited by Marta Werner and Jen Berbin, by Christine Burgin / New Directions in association with Granary Books. I just had to add the poppy, it seems to fit.

A beautiful gift from my sister in law – “The Gorgeous Nothings”, poems by Emily Dicknson (whom I deeply admire) which she wrote on cut or torn envelopes, both on letters sent and received. I love how the editors capture her writing by showing the silhouette of the actual paper scraps and transcribing if carefully. Each facsimile comes with such a transcription. You can see clearly that she was not only writing but graphically composing these poems. I am by no means an expert, I just enjoy very much to be able to see her work like this.
Also as a designer and someone who writes a lot of letters in the last months, this is fascinating. All poems are written with pencil by the way, it seems she always had one in the pocket of her dress …
A gorgeous book, edited by Marta Werner and Jen Berbin, by Christine Burgin / New Directions in association with Granary Books. I just had to add the poppy, it seems to fit.