handwritten SignWriting

Tini Pel tinipel at ONLINK.NET
Thu Aug 25 22:37:11 UTC 2005

Hi Kim,
What does a Sumi pen look like?. After asking, no one knows about such pen
around here.
I would be interested in it, as I often "fiddle around" with Sign Writing
(practicing to write faster) as a relaxation. I use an ordinary pencil.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Kimberley A. Shaw" <kshaw at wellesley.edu>
To: <sw-l at majordomo.valenciacc.edu>
Sent: Thursday, August 25, 2005 3:01 PM
Subject: [sw-l] handwritten SignWriting

> Hello everyone:
> of those of you who SignWrite by hand, how many of you have tried using
> different kinds of pens/pencils/brushes etc to do so?
> I have just returned from a 2-week immersion in ASL at Gallaudet
> University, and kept a SW journal while there ... and have discovered that
> a brush -- in the form of a  "Sumi" pen (that is, a Chinese-style brush)
> -- is almost ideal for SignWriting! It does thick-to-thin lines much more
> easily than a fountain pen, and it is great to do different kinds of arrow
> heads (filled in or not) with one brush stroke, rather than having to go
> back and fill in white space after the fact.
> My class notes still are in ballpoint pen -- just too dangerous to have
> loose pens and ink when there's a class discussion going on! Have already
> spilled plenty of coffee, water, beer, etc while signing.
> But using a brush suits the SignWriting so much better than ballpoints.
> What do you all think, what have you tried?
> Best,
> Kim from Boston

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