Learn Cursive with Lunatic Engine – Lesson 02 –


The second lesson uses lines from a poem about, surprise, death – among other things. I suspect most of us are familiar with the concept of a cemetery in the middle of a city. Nothing unusual there, right? But how did those cemeteries get to be in the middle of cities? They certainly weren’t built there. I’ve seen the city I live in grow around the cemetery in which my mother-in-law is buried. She was on the outskirts, then came the freeway, and neighborhoods and the living city surrounding the dead.

I completed this sheet using my current favourite pen and ink. A baby blue Pilot Prera with a Fine nib. Most of the pens I own have steel nibs for the obvious reason that gold nibs are expensive. While most steel nibs are perfectly serviceable, Pilot’s nibs are out of this world. They are what I judge all new pens against.

And of course, I inked the Pilot pen up with Pilot ink for this sheet. When I saw this beautiful blue that Pilot released for its 100th anniversary, I couldn’t resist. The craftsmanship Pilot puts into the iroshizuku inks are as perfect as their nibs. This blue has a beautiful depth for such a light colour. It also flows smoothly through the nib. I have never experienced any hard starts or railroading.

I pretty much use iroshizuku inks exclusively in my jibun techo planner and I love the way it performs on tomoe river paper. I was a bit worried though that the ink would feather on the 24 pound resume paper I chose to use for this project, but as you can see it didn’t.

Neither the pen nor the ink are on the budget side of the equation but then neither are they on the luxury side – well, maybe the ink but luxury ink is much more affordable than a luxury pen. If you’ve got small handwriting and have ever considered spending $60 or $70 on a fountain pen I highly recommend the prera. You won’t be disappointed.

About Learn Cursive with Lunatic Engine. Each week, until my first book of poetry launches in April 2020, I am going to complete a cursive worksheet featuring lines from the poems in the book with notes on which tool I used. I will post the blank sheets as pdf’s below and here on the full explanation page for you to download, print and complete.

A new lesson with new lines will be added to the complete document so that by the time the book comes out, you’ll have not only had a chance to read a couple of lines from each poem, but you’ll have written them yourself.

So there you have it: Learn Cursive, with lines from Lunatic Engine.

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