Spencerian Handwriting Review

Spencerian HandwritingSpencerian Handwriting Review
Gifted by: Ulysses Press
Reviewed by: Dana Byerwalter, Editor,

Did you know students are no longer taught cursive? Don't let this skill fall to the wayside! One of the best DIY projects for a bride-to-be is making her own invitations, and you can write them beautifully with Spencerian Handwriting. This new release from Ulysses Press includes a wellspring of information for precise cursive writing. As it states on the cover, this is "the complete collection of theory and practical workbooks for perfect cursive and hand lettering."

Pratt Rogers Spencer developed this new form of handwriting to be more legible and faster than earlier methods. If you've perused an eighteenth century book at your local library, you might have noticed the letter s looked like today's letter f. Spencer's system replaced this old way in more ways than one, and it is the cursive we are presently familiar with...or that we might need to refamiliarize ourselves with!

Everything you need to know about proper penmanship is included in this handy guide. The biggest quality that sets this book apart from other handwriting guides is that it is the first comprehensive primer plus workbook. Learn fascinating principles like proper pen positioning and finger and arm movement; this book goes in depth on these topics and more. I've never actively thought about finger and arm movement when writing, but Spencerian Handwriting covers this information and so much more.

In terms of the actual writing, Spencerian Handwriting examines heights and widths of letters as well as the spacing between letters and words. The precision of instruction included in this book cannot be matched. Spencer has seven principles to proper writing: a straight line, right curve, left curve, extended loop, direct oval, reversed oval, and a capital stem. Master these shapes and the world of proper penmanship can be yours for any of your DIY wedding needs. Write your own invitations, place cards, and thank you notes using impressive cursive that will reflect the elegance of your special day.

Sharpen your penmanship and master the art of Spencerian Handwriting! Your guests will hardly believe you wrote your own invites when they see the precise and stunning curves of your cursive letters.

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