you tell me the difference between Copperplate and Spencerian?
Are they related? Do you use the same pen and ink?
can explain it best by giving a little history of both. "Copperplate"
is a name given this round hand style originating from the 17th
century French "Ronde" which was written with a pointed
quill which was flexible and gave a difference in stroke width.
English adopted and adapted this legible and quickly written
style for commerce. At this time, it became widely used and
many copybooks were needed to teach it. These copybooks were
using a metal burin (stylus) to engrave the letters into the
copper plates to be inked, rubbed off, then printed onto the
page. This process brought about excellent engravers who embellished
the letters and made flourishes and shades in places inconsistent
with the pointed pen. Over time, penmen tried to copy these
forms with pens and found "drawing" them to be the
only way to reproduce them. What resulted was a more static
form of writing.
the 19th century many forms of ornamental penmanship were popular.
Probably all were influenced by Copperplate.
Rogers Spencer was a dynamic individual who developed the form
of handwriting named Spencerian Script. It was intended to teach
to the masses and was widely taught throughout the U.S. It is
written faster with more individuality than Copperplate. There
are fewer shades to the lower case and the Capitals are very
fluid and flourished. Both alphabets are written with an oblique
pen and flexible pointed nib & the same inks. Certainly
after learning either of tehse letterforms the other can be
learned pretty easily. They are both beautiful, graceful and