It is such a privilege that I am able to learn this script from many teachers, and that includes Master Penman Michael Sull and Master Pen Woman Harvest Crittenden and other talented friends, calligraphers and artists.
Early February 2020, I hosted a workshop taught by MP Michael Sull in Sydney, Australia. Michael shared one of the Doner scrapbook for all of the students so they are able to see, study, learn, analyze and be inspired by the beauty of Spencerian Script.
During a discussion with Michael, it is such an honor for me to be allowed to scan all of the Doner Scrapbook that he brought to Sydney, and share with all of you in here, and made it public for all of his students, my students, and you who are interested in learning or analyzing the script. We have no other purpose than to spread Spencerian Script in both penmanship and calligraphy than just merely a cursive handwriting.
The scrapbook of Penmanship Images from the Charles Doner Collection is strictly for Personal Study Only, and not for republication or any kind that is to be reproduced or reprinted for commercial purposes.
Images are used with permission from Michael Sull, Master Penman.
These handwriting specimens are the entirety of Master Penman Charles Doner’s (1875-1955)
personal Penmanship Scrapbook, which was gifted to Mr. Sull by Doner’s grandson, A. David Low, in 2000. They are herewith offered by Martha Laurens of Scribes and Beyond for inspiration, information, study, and encouragement.
/ Letter from Master Penman Michael Sull
To my Students and Friends,
The following images constitute The Charles Doner Scrapbook Collection. Through the generosity of Mr. Doner's grandson, Mr. David Low, I am very proud to share it with you!
February 10th, 2020, Michael Sull
Due to the huge file, we separated the files into different categories. Please make sure that you have a high speed internet service to download, or if you are living in Sydney area and would like to have the original huge files, you may send me your USB flash disk for me to download,
/ Spencerian Workbook
The digital Spencerian practice workbook to better understanding your traditional Spencerian script and to practice at home is available. Along with the workbook, I also have private courses, a mentorship program for your requested script, both introduction classes and intensive class for Spencerian, and also a lesson for Iampeth Certification in Spencerian.
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A place where Platt R. Spencer got his inspiration for spencerian letterform
It is a script style that was used in United States from 1850 - 1925. P. R. Spencer was the originator of the penmanship style and system, develop a unique 'oval-based' handwriting style that can be written very quick but legible.
The Script was continued afterwards by Master Penman Michael Sull,who was a Master Penman from Zaner-Bloser (former Zanerian College of Penmanship) and a former director of the Master Penmanship program IAMPETH. He then established an annual week-long seminar in Geneva, Ohio (P.R. Spencer's hometown) on 1987 as his dedication in the Script which named as Spencerian Saga. Continuing the works of Master Penman Michael Sull, Spencerian Saga is now fully directed by Master Penman Harvest Crittenden.
Martha started her art, design, lettering & calligraphy journey in oil painting in the 1990s and continued her passion for design in the fashion industry and western calligraphy in 2013 with cursive writing on her wedding day In New Zealand; she was then moved on to modern calligraphy & traditional scripts in the USA. Later in mid-late 2014 and early 2015, she started teaching modern calligraphy online due to her constant nomad life and travels. She also started a fully focused study in Traditional Spencerian Script and Engrosser's Script / Copperplate / Roundhand. In 2016, while studying the traditional script from several master penmen & professional artists in the US, she began adding her focus to logo and branding, graphic design, monogram design and, in 2018, gilding / Illumination design / traditional fine art painting. In 2020, She was the first IAMPETH (International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting) Certification in Excellence for Spencerian in Australia and one of the instructors for the IAMPETH VIRTUAL conference in 2021, Calligraphy Italia and Australian Society for Calligraphers.