This website provides tons of information about learning to write with your arm, but it wouldn’t exist without the resources listed below. I’ve learned so much from the classic books published by history’s greatest penman, but I get much of my inspiration from contemporary penman that are sharing their passion, skill, and knowledge online.
Classic Books I Like
- The Bailey Method of Penmanship by J. J. Bailey – An excellent resource featuring practical forms written at a rapid speed by a master of business penmanship.
- The Arm Movement Method of Rapid Writing – When you’re ready to dive deep into the mechanics of arm movement, read this.
- Modern Business Penmanship – A beautiful collection of business penmanship plates by one of the greatest penman.
- The Champion Method of Practical Business Writing – This book is filled with unique drills and practical forms.
- Palmer’s Penmanship Budget – If you’re fixated on the Palmer Method, go with this book.
Note: there are many other classic books available online, at libraries, and through markets like Ebay. Go find them!
Websites to Explore
- InPursuitOfPenmanship.com – Michael Gebhart is one of the leading penman using arm movement and his blog has some excellent information that I suggest you read.
- Zanerian.com – A massive resource for information on traditional American penmanship including penman bios, links to penmanship collections and archives, and lessons on various types of traditional pen art.
- MrMGWard.com: Business Educator Lessons – Michael Ward has spent hours putting together lessons from one of the most popular penmanship periodicals of the Golden Age: The Business Educator.
- The Zaner-Bloser Digital Archives, University of Scranton Library – This digital archive features over 2,000 high-quality scans of original penmanship specimens by history’s greatest penman. Click here to see a video tour I made of this collection.
- /r/Handwriting – A reddit community dedicated to handwriting. One of the first places I found online where writing with your arm was being discussed.
YouTube Channels to Watch
Podcasts to Listen To
- The Calligraphy Podcast – I was the guest on Episode 12 of Season 1!
- The Ink Tank Podcast – Only a few episodes were released, but I’m hoping for more from these two brilliant penman.