For the week including the 4th of July, I went with quotes from the founding fathers of the United States of America. I wasn’t trying to be political, but some of the ideas expressed in these quotes seem in contrast to our modern political climate.

Mon, July 03, 2017

There! His Majesty can now read my name without glasses. And he can double the reward on my head! - John Hancock

Pen: Franklin-Christoph 66 CC 1.5 nib
Ink: Franklin-Christoph Sweet Maroon
Paper: Fabriano Eco-Qua

All of this weeks quotes were laid out on the computer, printed, and then traced with the aid of my LED light table. The layouts and typeface choices were all mine. For the founding fathers, I added a copy of their signatures as well. And what signature is more famous than John Hancock? Plus, I found a quote about his signature.

This nib worked well for the lettering with the cursive nib lending a little character. I have made adding a closeup of the ink a standard part of thought, pen, ink and paper for the day. In this case, a part of the H in Hancock shows the shading and character of the Sweet Maroon. The Fabriano Eco-Qua is a great performing paper at a reasonable price. Of course you can get them on-line, but I have found art supply stores tend to carry them as well.

Tue, July 04, 2017

Those who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. - Benjamin Franklin

Pen: Pilot Metropolitan F nib
Ink: Blackstone Black Stump
Paper: Tomoe River

This quote, like most of the week’s quotes, required a larger piece of paper. I have a couple of pads of letter size Tomoe River, so I used that here. The typeface with the thin lines is called London. I knew I needed one of my pens with the finest lines. The Metropolitan F nib just beat out my TWSBI 580 with an XF nib. The other typeface is called Aniron and reminds me of the style used in the Lord of the Rings movies.

I think it may have been the style of the time to not dot your i’s in your signature. I saw the same thing for George Washington.

Wed, July 05, 2017

If ever the Time should come, when vain & aspiring Men shall possess the highest Seats in Government, our Country will stand in Need of its experienced Patriots to prevent its Ruin. - Samuel Adams

Pen: Pelikan M205 m nib
Ink: Lamy Dark Lilac
Paper: Rhodia DotPad

I’ll just let the quote stand on its own.

You see three different looks from one ink here. First most of the text, like the first line, is just writing with the pen. The line Seats in Government is multiple passes with the pen. The large text is outlined with the pen and then using a small water color brush dipped in water the ink from the outline flows into the water to fill the characters.

Thu, July 06, 2017

A fondness for power is implanted, in most men, and it is natural to abuse it, when acquired. - Thomas Jefferson

Pen: Carolina Pen Company Aiken
Ink: Seitz-Kreuznach Dark Orchid
Paper: Clairefontaine Pupitre

This style is Learning Cursive. It is not far from the letter forms I use in my handwriting. If my handwriting was more consistent in size, spacing and shapes it might look this good.

I always love this color. But if this is Dark Orchid I wonder what Bright Orchid would look like?

Fri, July 07, 2017

I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong. - George Washington

Pen: Scriptorium Literati with Esterbrook 2048 nib
Ink: Noodler’s Generals of the Armies
Paper: Clairefontaine Basics

I had recently received a sample of Generals of the Armies and decided it was a good color for a George Washington quote. Zoom in to see the shading better. The Esterbrook 2048 has some flex which gave me the nice thin line needed for the small text but still filled out the larger text. The word safe is the only one I had to fill out with multiple strokes. Look at the a and e’s in whatever to see when the fine line was really needed.

You may notice that I pretty much ignored the lines on the Clairefontaine Basics paper. With the quote already laid out I just couldn’t adjust to the lines.

p.s Try to write something people will remember.