Fancy Handwriting Styles in Cursive Writing

Updated February 21, 2017

Cursive handwriting has a long history dating to 1495. An Italian named Aldus Manutius invented the first form of cursive writing. Cursive writing sped up the writing of letters. Over the years, cursive writing has taken on many changes, with various styles. Calligraphy takes cursive writing to another level as an art form. You can use several types of fancy cursive handwriting for everyday writing or for fancy calligraphy.

Zaner-Bloser Cursive

Zaner-Bloser cursive handwriting is an easy way to add some class to cursive writing. While D'Nealian, or the standard style of cursive, draws complete circle loops at the beginning or end of four letters, Zaner-Bloser cursive does the same with an additional 12 letters, not counting curves below the line needed to finish downward letter strokes.The lower case letters resemble traditional cursive fonts. This style uses many pencil lifts when writing, which can be more difficult to learn.

Getty-Dubay Italics

Getty-Dubay italics is a smaller font of cursive writing. When using traditional writing tracing lines, Getty-Dubay cursive does not come completely to the top line. The traditional circle at the beginning of most cursive letters becomes an upstroke line instead. The formation of the letters differs, with some having an upstroke beginning at the middle cursive writing line, such as the letter F. Other cursive letters, such as M and N, begin with a small upstroke curve at the bottom cursive line. The letters take on an elliptical shape. Also, many of the lower case letters have a slight upstroke at the end of the letters.

PM Ornamental Cursive

PM Ornamental cursive is usually seen as a font style in word processing programs but can be learnt for writing by hand. The upper- and lower case letters have an extreme exaggerated curve at the beginning and end of letters. When starting a letter, the writer draws an exaggerated circle or line, depending on the letter being written. This line goes above the standard cursive writing line. Letters are finished off with the same oversized curve or loop, with the finishing stroke below the bottom of the line and curving back toward the letter. Standard cursive, or D'Nealian writing, connects most letters to each other with a simple continuing connective stroke. PM Ornamental does not connect letters. Each letter is written as a stand-alone letter, with no connection to the next letter.

Bowmar/Noble Cursive

The Bowmar/ Noble cursive writing technique emphasises a larger size letter with rounded appearances. When writing in this style, letters are drawn above the standard top cursive writing line. Both upper- and lower case letters have a rounded look to them and are drawn with a rounded larger pen stroke, to create the oversized letter appearance. Both upper- and lower case letters are written in this manner. Bowmar/Noble requires frequent lifting of the pen or pencil before making the next letter. This makes this style harder for new learners.

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