American Cursive

There are a few different names for this kind of script. You can find it under American Business Writing, Tamblyn (Style) Penmanship, Palmer Method, or American Cursive, to name a few.

I have long wished to be able to write a script with a monoline pen, one which is somehow beautiful. Most monoline scripts I find uninteresting or boring. Of course there is elegant handwriting, but that’s different.

I liked the letter shapes of the American Cursive a lot, so I did research online to find models to study from. Finally I bought a copy of Tamblyn’s Home Instructor in Penmanship and worked my way through. I wrote page after page, going faster and faster and faster. The method uses “drills” with loops and rhythm for warming up and becoming consistent.

Finally I found my own interpretations, so some uppercase letters are not in the “correct” form. I adjusted them for my own pleasure, because they suit me better and add my personality to the style. For this kind of calligraphy (after all it’s not my usual personal handwriting), I thought it would be ok not to perfectly follow the original model. At least the lowercase letters are as close as I could get them.

Writing Tools

Once I reached a certain speed, my writing tools had a hard time keeping up: The stroke was “starving” after a few words, as the ink didn’t flow quickly enough. I had to shake the pen, which interrupted the fluid writing rhythm. After testing various combinations, the best so far is HERBIN (perle noire) ink with an ONLINE fountain pen and nib EF (extra fine).

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