Feathers & Flourishes: Jake Weidmann Gives Traditional Bird Flourishing New Life

While there have been countless subjects depicted through flourishing, birds have risen to the top as the favorite subject of the pen flourisher throughout the ages. Birds are the icon of grace and whimsy. “They’re a great subject to depict with the fine strokes of the pen because of their aerodynamic form,” says Jake, my bird flourishing expert. “Birds are full of life, and that vitality can easily be given to the bird on paper through flourishing. The art form matches the subject.”

Early experimental penmen found there were endless possibilities in showmanship with off-hand bird flourishes: the small and feeble sparrow composed of a few simple strokes or the powerful eagle designed with more complexity. As you look over the pages of history, every bird carries the distinct personality and signature of the penman who created it.


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I have always longed to do beautiful handwriting. My father had beautiful handwriting, which was part of his school curriculum in England. I think Jake’s work is riveting and oh so beautiful. It inspires me, even at 71 years old, to get out the pen and start practising again. God gave you a wonderful gift Jake that you have used to bring joy to others. God bless you.

Kim August 29, 2017

I am new to the art of calligraphy but have absolutely fallen in love with it. Jake, your art is amazing and there are truly no words to express the appreciation I have for your God-given talents.

Ronnie Potts February 17, 2017

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