Charming and fascinating are the graceful and harmonious
curves produced, when, wielded by some trained and skillful
hand, the pen becomes an instrument of beauty. As by the power
of speech, men may pass from the common tone of conversation up
to the melodious strains of music, or may soar in flights of
oratory into the sublime, until the multitude is entranced; so
the capabilities of the pen are not limited to the common uses
of life, but may take on forms of beauty in elegant outlines of
bird, or landscape, or graceful swan or bounding stag.
Ornamental writing is not a practical art, and has no
connection whatever with the practical business of life. It is
in the realm of poetry. The imagery of graceful outlines must
first be seen by a poetic imagination. While the great masses
may acquire a good style of plain, practical penmanship, few
have the necessary conception of mind, combined with the skill
and dexterity of hand to become successful ornamental
The ornamental pages which follow are given, not as models
for imitation or practice by the learner, but merely to show
the possibilities of the pen in the hand of a master, and as a
fitting closing to this, our chapter on penmanship.
To any one who may have an artistic quality of mind, and
delights in beautiful lines and harmonious curves, these pages
of ornamental penmanship will serve as models for practice and
imitation, and every attempt at such an exercise as the one on
this, or the following pages, will give greater strength and
freedom of movement, and better command of the pen, so that it
will conduce to an easy, flowing and elegant style of plain
business writing, while affording a most pleasant and
profitable employment in the cultivation of the taste.
Various beautiful designs or pictures may be made with the
pen, in the hands of one that possesses the skill of a penman
and the eye of an artist.