Many calligraphers develop their own particular rhythm when executing a favourite letterform, and this rhythm gives a 'flow' to their work.
It seems to come more easily, so the results are often recognised as the work of that writer. Everyone develops a personal distinctive 'hand' and quite a lot of longhand lettering is already gestural in a loosely
open, sometimes disconnected way. In calligraphic terms Gestural writing stems from a recognised letterform in a freely moving open style with a rhythm extending from wrist, arm, shoulder movements.
There are no strict pen widths, pen angles or slope rules. Generally the x height is one of individual choice and is shorter than the majuscules.
Gestural writing involves adaptations of an alphabet with extension of strokes, variable letter strokes, sweeping ascenders and descenders, space and rhythm. There are some cursive letterforms that lend
themselves very easily to Gestural writing: Italic, Akim, Bookhand and Uncial.
Saturday 13 August - 1pm to 4pm. $10.00 - Sylvania Community Hall
Materials required, The usual calligraphy gear A3 layout, slope board, ink or gouache (please have the gouache mixed, ready to use) Writing tools soft graphite pencil, 2B or B biro fine liner 0.2 or 0.4 or both post office nib Optional nibs To give more emphasis on some strokes you could use an Elbow nib/holder Speedball C3 Mitchell 203