To Do

This page is to help me keep track of what I'd like to add to this blog... If there's something you'd like to see, let me know.

Future Lesson Posts:

One of the primary reasons I started this blog was to have a central location for my "lesson" articles. I periodically teach classes at events, and wanted a place to send students to where they could learn at their own pace. I've completed a lot of what I intended to, but I continually think of additional subjects:
  1. Done on 12/26/13! How to use an AMES lettering guide. I've been asked to include a video as well...
  2. Done on 11/17/14! Setting up a writing slope.
  3. Revisit my gothic ductus and compare to the method in the model book of Gregorius Bock. (added 8/4/15)
  4. Add a ductus for gothic capital letters (requested). (added 8/4/15)
  5. How to size text & fit it into a given space.
  6. Tips for left-handed calligraphers.
  7. Hand analysis - compare & contrast multiple versions of scripts to learn & show how different scribes added their own personal touches.
  8. Tips on the secretary hands.
  9. Paper care and preparation.
  10. Parchment care and preparation.
  11. Nib care & maintenance.
  12. Cutting quills. (added 8/4/15)

My own education & experimentation:

I'm continually working to improve my own knowledge and skill. Here are some of the many subjects on my personal "to do" list.
  1. Period tools & materials:
    • Working with real parchment, and perhaps learning how to make it. 
      • 8/4/2015: I've completed several scrolls on real parchment now, and I love using it. Looking at the amount of work that goes into making it, that seems unlikely.
    • Using & making iron gall or other period ink.
      • 8/4/2015: I've been using Iron Gall ink for a while now. Love it. I have the supplies to make my own, but haven't yet.
    • Experimentation started 12/29/13. Using & making quill pens.
      • 8/4/2015: I'm getting very comfortable cutting and using quills. Almost to the preference of metal nibs. Cutting them is still a little hit or miss, and I can't tell if that's due to natural variation in the feathers or my technique. I plan on writing up a detailed page on how to cut quills at some point, but it will likely still be a while.
  2. Period language:
    • Abbreviations, symbols and ligatures. Learning when and how were they used.
  3. Calligraphy:
    • Cadels, flourishes and other pen-based decorations.
    • Knotwork & curved calligraphy.
    • Better reproduction of period hands.
    • Use guidelines in a period way at least once
      • 8/4/2015: Done! I scored guidelines into the parchment and floated my lettering between the guides on Astryda's Laurel.
  4. Period Knowledge:
    • A better understanding of the history of calligraphy.
    • Knowledge of period calligraphers and their styles.
    • Knowledge of period scribe's tools.
  5. Illumination:
    • Marginalia.
    • Rubrication.
    • Versals.

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