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Spencerian Twist

A fun Spencerian Variation for Beginning Intermediate - Advanced study, following the rules in Spencerian to create your Spencerian Style.

Why Spencerian Twist?

This hand is actually the result of a fun project that I did after learning so many scripts. The script is based on the historical hand from the 15th - 18th century with my favourite Traditional Spencerian Script from the 19th century.

/ Elegant Spencerian Style

"Platt R. Spencer, studying the lines of beauty as drawn by the hand of nature, wrought out that system of penmanship." James A. Garfield, 1869, artist and a student of P. R. Spencer's Pupil. 

Who Can Join

This class is designed for intermediate to advanced students who have experience in Spencerian Script or for those who are planning to learn how to move your hand naturally in a flow with confidence in this variation.

If you are a beginner in Spencerian or only have Copperplate knowledge, you may try to join the class, we will still learn about the rules in basic Spencerian Script, but we will not study the script intensively.

Having knowledge of Spencerian might help you, but it is not mandatory.

We Will Learn

  • The basic strokes of the lowercase/uppercase letterform in this twist from the history

  • The combination of the Twist to the variations,

  • Hand movement, & pen grip, pen rotation 

  • Variations in the hand, 

  • The oval theory, 

  • Letterform composition and movement writing in upright form shading and spacing in a lot more detail in flourishes and its variation.

  • Tips and tricks to writing more naturally

  • How to break the Spencerian basic Rules.

  • How to create an artwork with this hand.

Class Fee: AUD 250 (3 Days / 12 hours total) -- with possible additional hours for the last assignment

Click bold sentence above to sign up. IF the link above did not work, means the class is fully booked.

Class is first come first serve basis, the space for each workshop are limited to 5 to 6 students ONLY for a full cover of teacher - students time during each session as if I was there in front of you, please send me an email to directly for class availability, instalment payment or any other payment methods.

Martha Laurens

Martha started her art, lettering & calligraphy journey in oil painting in 1990's, continued her passion in design in fashion industry, and western calligraphy since 2013 with cursive writing on her wedding day In New Zealand, she was then moving on to modern calligraphy & part time learning on traditional scripts in the USA. Later in the mid-late of 2014, early of 2015, started teaching modern calligraphy online due to nomad life, and travels constantly, so she also started fully focus study in Traditional Spencerian Script and Engrosser's Script / Copperplate / Roundhand. In 2016, while still continue study the traditional script from several master penmen & professional artists in the US, she began adding her focus study to monogram design, and 2018 in gilding / Illumination design / traditional fine art painting. In 2020, She is the first IAMPETH (International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting) recipient from Australia who received the Certification in Excellence for Spencerian, and currently the chairwoman of Sydney Scribes Society in Australia.

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