February 27, 2012 – Copperplate Class #6 at Sinai Temple

Today DeAnn had us practice flourishing.

The thick strokes of the flourish should be thinner than the primary stem stroke.

Remember: Flourishing is BIG.

Rehearse flourishing before you write it.

Flourishing text: try writing words without ascenders and descenders (see below, in black). Then come back and put on the flourishes afterward (see below, blue ink).

If a flourish doesn’t work, try again.

You never know what’s in the sentence below; you want to avoid descenders and ascenders clashing and creating a dark spot.

Typically, you know what’s above as you’re writing.

HOMEWORK: Practice flourishing capitals and also writing text and flourishing it. Try various flourishes even if it looks stupid.