PRACTICAL CHANCERY CURSIVE (ITALIC) & HUMANISTIC WRITING
Written small and suitable for use in writing letters, notes, memos, cards, etc.

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Last updated: 16 May 2016

PRACTICAL ITALIC WRITING

Chancery cursive (Italic) writing Introduction

Letterforms based on those employed by the Italian Renaissance scribe Bernardino Cataneo in rendering his Chancery cursive hand and my adaptation of them.
Go to the Introduction page

Chancery cursive (Italic) Letterforms

"n" values, determining pen nib widths, constructs, slope, spacing, Majuscule flourishing, etc. Go to the Letterform Characteristics & Construction page.

Chancery cursive (Italic) writing exemplars

Selected examplars of my Chancery cursive writing that depict use of various types of pens, nibs, inks (including gouache) and papers. Go to my Chancery cursive (Italic) writing exemplars page.

Chancery cursive (Italic) flourishing exemplars

These exemplars depict my Chancery cursive flourishing which I delight in rendering so much. Go to my Chancery cursive (Italic) flourishing exemplars page.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Basic writing techniques & methodologies

Writing position, pen hold and guidelines, etc. Go to the Basic writing techniques & methodologies page

MY HANDWRITING JOURNEY

I was introduced to Calligraphy as a young boy in 1939 during Public School Arts and Crafts classes in Northern England and was taught the traditional skills. I relocated frequently after leaving school and only produced calligraphic renditions sporadically for several years.

I have always been captivated by Italian Renaissance Chancery cursive (Italic) and Humanistic writing hands and have used my adaptations of them daily for some thirty years to write love notes to my wife and letters to my friends and relatives.

I base my own Chancery cursive minuscule writing on the beautiful and elegant hand of Bernardino Cataneo (c. 1544-1560) and use my adaptation of it almost exclusively. I also derive great pleasure in flourishing Majuscule Chancery letters in the manner of Italian Renaissance scribes.

PRACTICAL HUMANISTIC WRITING

Roman Majuscule (Capital) Lettering

Classic Roman Capital Letterforms (Capitalis Monumentalis) which are at the Apex of the Hierarchy of scripts. Go to the Roman Majuscule (Capital) Lettering page.

Humanistic letterforms & writing

Humanistic minuscule (small Roman) and Majuscule (Capital) letter forms - the minuscule lettera antica of the Italian renaissance. Go to the Humanistic letterforms & writing page.

Bookhand writing

Featured here is a round hand derived from half-uncial letter forms which is notable for its roundness and evenness. Go to the Bookhand writing page

Humanistic writing exemplars

Selected examplars of my Humanistic and other round hand writing. Go to my Humanistic writing exemplars page.

PRACTICAL CHANCERY CURSIVE (ITALIC) & HUMANISTIC WRITING
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