I’ve been doing a lot of journal writing with my new favourite art pen, a LAMY Safari fountain pen (it’s apple green!)
Things I’m noticing:
The flow of the ink through the nib is directly linked to the quality of my attention.
If I get swept up in my thoughts the compulsive energy reveals itself in scratched, erratic script as the ink struggles to keep up.
If slow down too much, often a sign my mind has disengaged, the letters arrive saturated in ink.
When I notice either of these things happening, my hand adjusts to match the pace of the pen.
This really helps to build a rhythm between mind and eye and hand. When I offer my attention to the nib of the pen, everything aligns and the words flow beautifully onto the page.
The new pace changes the shape and quality of my thinking, as well as its speed.
Text loses its compulsive edge and arrives more considered.
Between thought and mark, each letter becomes shapely, elegant; just like in a life drawing where a simple line drawn to represent the nape of the neck contains a beauty and significance beyond it’s role as link between the head and the rest of the body.
Slow writing, slow art. Yes, yes!