Calligraphy with the Pelikan Script
Part 1

Teachers' Info will show you various applications for this pen and give you tips for handling this unusual writing instrument

 

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Calligraphy with the Pelikan Script - Part 1

New series at Teachers' Info:

We would like to present the new Pelikan Script. We have re-designed the colours but the tried and trusted Pelikan quality is still the same. Teachers' Info will show you various applications for this pen and give you tips for handling this unusual writing instrument. In the Teachers' Info action "Winter 2002" we gave you instructions for writing exercises, which you might remember or already be acquainted with. In the next issues we shall be presenting a few new ideas around the theme calligraphy using the Pelikan Script.

In this issue the following themes are awaiting you:

  • Warming-up exercise
  • Let yourself be inspired! Using the exercises from the last and current issue, develop your own characteristic letters.

1. Warming-up: Swing exercises required for characteristic letter groups

Download the swing exercise here. Print them and try out immediately. On the left-hand side the characters are shown for practising on the right of the sheet. Once you are in command of these characters you may commence with learning the groups of letters.

 

 

2. Swing exercises turn into letters

Example showing characteristic forms: the development of the letters f + j

 

The individual letters are put together using the elements shown in the first and this second issue.
The alphabet is divided into 5 groups whereby each group has its characteristic forms.

Allocation of the five Groups:
Group 1: i, a, m, n, h, r
Group 2: o, c, e, d, q
Group 3: l, t, u, b, g
Group 4: v, w, x, y, z
Group 5: f, j, s, special signs and symbols

 

Here are a few tips for the exercises:

  • Practise each individual letter. This is important for a good flow when writing.
  • To get a feeling for the proportions of the letters, we recommend practising on squared paper.
The proportions are easily recognisable on squared paper.
  • When writing rhythmically so-called serifs evolve from the movement of the nib at the start and the end of the stroke.
The proportions are easily recognisable on squared paper.

A remark on hand posture:

  • When writing, the angle of the nib should be less than 45o to enable the characteristic thick/thin ratio of the calligraphic nib to be shown to its best advantage.
For a characteristic ratio of the individual letters the hand posture should be less than 45°

At the end of our exercises in this issue from Teachers' Info, this is the way the complete alphabet should appear.