Italian hand Copperplate dates from about the middle of the 17th century and has its origins in Cancelleresca cursive script. A sharpened pointed pen nib is used in such a manner that pressure on the flexing nib creates variations in the line thickness often at an extreme angle.

You'll note the ends of the straight strokes on the letters h, k, m, n, and w as well as the extreme angle that this hand is worked in.

This is a sample of Copperplate where each word is not written uniformly across an invisible line. You'll see that the letters go up-and-down within the word making this a whimsical version of normally very formal handwriting.

"Copperplate-Loops" is a wild and crazy variation of Copperplate that I would like to credit my friend Nick Cann with creating. Nick was the artist that did the journal movie prop for Tom Cruise's character Nathan Algren in the 2003 movie "The Last Samurai." Nick studied women's writing from the turn of the 20th century and came up with a highly flourished hand based on Copperplate script for this journal. He has since made it his own.

Like the other Copperplate hands mentioned here, a sharpened pointed nib is used along with some crazy imagination to execute both the minuscule and majuscule characters.

Spencerian Script is a truly American handwriting style that flourished (literally!) in the United States from 1850-1925. Most every American that studied at a public school up through the 1920's will show some hint of Spencerian in their writing style. For those of us that study and a ttempt to perfect this elegant hand, it has a wide range. Elegant and flourished capital letters can be combined with either simple lower-case letters or with Copperplate lower-case letters. You'll see in this photo that the upper most address is Spencerian while the bottom address is Spencerian mixed with Copperplate.

Engrosser's Script Variation - Engrosser's, Engraver's, and Copperplate, are all titles for the same style of handwriting. The variation I offer here looks very readable and perhaps a bit more like today's common "print" than the other samples of Copperplate you see on my website. This unique variation on the alphabet is still executed with a pointed pen, and it has both majuscules and minuscules.

"Engrosser's script is NOT handwriting, it is the equivalent of engraving on paper"
-Bill Lily

This pointed pen variation of Lady Rene is from a relatively new font (generated for computer and printing use) by Laura Varsky and Alejandro Paul. While you can buy the font and use it creatively, you'd have to generate labels for all your envelopes, which in the world of weddings, is a big no-no.

This hand is excellent for A9 envelopes or larger. Alas, it's also the most expensive hand I write in, each envelope takes up to fifteen minutes to execute.

Jessie M. King was a Scottish painter and illustrator who lived during the Belle Epoque. During the Art Deco era (1920's), many of her illustrations were accompanied by a fantastic hand that I have attempted to adapt for the pointed pen. It is a delight to draw and works on little enclosures such as A3, A4, A5, and response, and small square envelopes.

Weaver Style writing is completely different; it is airy, wispy and squat at the same time, and modern. Developed by artist Gwen Weaver in Norfolk Virginia after many years of studying calligraphy.

There are no capitals in this alphabet, ascenders and descenders are treated with lengthening lines, giving the over-all effect a balance of short and squashy round letters along side tall, wispy ones.

Weaver Thick 'n' Thin - description coming soon.

Lewis Day Ornament - description coming soon.