handwritten SignWriting

Kimberley A. Shaw kshaw at WELLESLEY.EDU
Fri Aug 26 02:31:28 UTC 2005

Hello Tini:
the Sumi pen works like a felt-tip pen, only the business end of it is
actually a brush!
This one looks very much like the one I use (but mine is black ink, not
It is used in both Japanese and Chinese calligraphy.
Kim from Boston

sw-l at majordomo.valenciacc.edu on Thursday, August 25, 2005 at 6:37 PM
-0500 wrote:
>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
>> 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
>> easily than a fountain pen, and it is great to do different kinds of
>> 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
>> 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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