A Scribal Handwriting Tip For Nick

Nick, I would say this is a tip for Nathan as well, but his looks pretty good. Oh, by the way, since you both posted the same thing at the same time, doesn’t that mean one of you needs to say "jynx"?

So Nick, here’s my tip to improve that downward sloping of your text. And I figure any trick that the scribes used to help them is fair game for someone who wants to work on their handwriting. Take a look at the pictures at the following links. Can you see the consistent handwriting aid they used?

  1. Page from the newly found sermons of St Augustine.
  2. Page from GA 1432
  3. Page from GA 2346
  4. Page from GA 2446

In some of them the lines are more faint, but you’ll notice that they all use guidelines. You will see examples of both vertical and horizontal lines. In most cases these lines are made by making indention into the parchment rather than the use of ink, like you have in our ruled papers. And if the scribes do it, you can too and it’s not cheating! And if you make the lines by indention, it actually adds some serious cool factor...


Nathan Stitt 2008-04-01 12:33:16

Wow, that Greek looks really old! I really need to figure out how to get that cursive style down. My Greek looks like some kind of weird printing/cursive hybrid and I can’t write it very quickly. The last three links in particular were very inspiring. By the time I perfect my style it will likely be complete illegible to all save myself.

Nick Norelli 2008-04-01 12:53:14

There won’t be a next time, but if there is, I’ll just used lined paper. ;)

Badotz 2008-04-09 04:00:40

What’s with the smiley face on the page from GA 2446?

Eric 2008-04-09 07:20:36

Badotz: To what are you referring? I glanced at it and didn’t see anything that looked like a smiley face. Which page? Which line?