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Foundational Hand Traditional Calligraphy

——   Created by Mary-Jane Roussel

Also known as Bookhand or the Formal Manuscript

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The Foundational Hand is also known as Bookhand or the Formal Manuscript.

This is a complete course that will take you from A to Z (quite literally) in learning and mastering this fundamental style of calligraphy. To quote a master (Edward Johnston), once you learn a round-hand (like this one), mastering other scripts, be they straight or sloping, will be relatively easy!

But, let's not put the cart before the horse. We'll study the Foundational Hand, letter by letter. The alphabet is broken down into groups and the letters are presented out-of-(alphabetical)-order. The idea is to study similar letters together. After a brief introduction and some must-have technical information, you'll do some warm-up exercises before going on to learn each of the 26 letters of our alphabet, first in lowercase, then in uppercase. And, so that you'll be able to address an envelope or write a phone number in Foundational Hand, we'll also learn how to write numbers in this style of calligraphy.

The course doesn't end there, though. You'll have samplers to work through and a pangramme to practise writing. After that, two short and simple projects are illustrated, to give you an idea as to how to use your newly acquired skills.

Grab your pen and let's get started!

The course project

Once you have mastered writing the letters of the alphabet in Foundational, you'll be all set to make a Birthday greeting card or a gift-certificate (or cheque) holder for Christmas. These projects are proposed in Lessons 18 & 19.

21 Lessons

1 min
Instructor says hello
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5 mins
Foundational hand
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4 mins
Technical info
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4 mins
Warm up
5 mins
Lowercase letters part one
5 mins
Lowercase letters part two
5 mins
Lowercase letter part three
3 mins
Lowercase letters part four
6 mins
Lowercase letters part five
5 mins
Lowercase letters practice
4 mins
Uppercase letters part one
4 mins
Uppercase letters part two
4 mins
Uppercase letters part three
4 mins
Uppercase letters part four
2 mins
Uppercase letters part five
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About the instructor

Mary-Jane Roussel

Hello. Allow me introduce myself: my name is Mary-Jane Roussel. I’m Canadian -- and French! I come from the Kawarthas (in Ontario) and live in …

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