I thought I'd share this with you all. Some of you may have seen my mini rant on Facebook about fountain pens and the fact that I really can't write with them, despite being a fully grown adult, who was made to use a fountain pen at junior school.
About 6-12 months ago I bought myself a cheap Pelikan fountain pen to try to get some practice in and learn to write with a fountain pen - preferably legibly.... I bought a Clairefontaine exercise book as I'd heard that they are great quality paper and have a great line layout that is perfect for writing practice. I thought that I'd finally get that "Eureka!" moment and be away - clearly I was a tad over-optimistic.
I was lying in bed writing a few weeks ago and mentioned to my other half (many would say my better half) that I find it tricky to write with thinner pens as I find it harder to grip them. At which point he pointed out that if I didn't hold the pen so close to the nib then I would find it easier, and that this was probably the reason that I couldn't write with a fountain pen - aha!!!
Being a bit obsessed with all things stationery I obviously decided that I should get myself a new fountain pen to try out this theory and see if I could make myself hold the pen higher up the shaft (*snigger* - yes, I am that childish) :o)
Having seen many people write about their Lamy pens, and having spied one in Office World I decided to treat myself to a pink Lamy Nexx.
|It has it's own little Lamy case|
|Next to my pink Pelikan|
Although the Lamy is more comfortable for me to hold, it was feeling a bit scratchy. I tried writing more upright as that tends to be my style when I'm writing more neatly, but the Lamy didn't like that too much. The Pelikan on the other hand was actually quite happy with upright writing.
However, although it worked, my writing looks like that of a small child just trying to do joined up writing for the first time (my tendency is not towards joined up writing which probably doesn't help).
Then I added some writing with my BIC, just because I can use it comfortably and don't even have to think about it.
|ARC by Staples|
This morning I was browsing through the FF for Philofaxy Fans group on FB when I saw a link for the Palmer Method of writing circa 1935 (thanks Gemma for posting that) and had a quick read. It is full of exercises to improve your penmanship, and the first part is all about making sure that you are in the correct position for writing for the correct muscles to have free movement for correct writing. It was all a bit confusing at first read-through (that's what happens when you skim-read instead of paying attention), but I think it could help me significantly improve my writing, so I will add it to my list of things to do.
I would love to dive in straight away (as I so often do), but I know that I would be better waiting and planning all my tasks so that I can give myself proper time to dedicate to the cause.
Maybe one day I'll even fall in love with joined up writing and fountain pens, then I can have super posh looking journal pages that I won't be ashamed for people to see :-)
Do you use a fountain pen? And do you have any tips that may help me?