Vivian Mungall: French Ronde

French Ronde
Vivian Mungall
Tuesday, August 3, 2021
All day

Vivian uses French Ronde for short poems and lines of emphasis on awards and certificates. The lettering style fits well for her work with its heavy upright strokes that have a round look and connecting hair lines. It is an interesting style where the letters are joined as in cursive. This hand has graceful curves and works well when stretched out or squished. Ronde script appeared in France at the end of the 16th century. It was popularized in the 17th century by writing masters such as Louis Barbedor. When the Parliament of Paris wanted to standardize writing of government documents, he was placed in charge of writing the reference copy of the La Ronde. In its original form, it borrowed some of its letterforms from the round Gothic style. This style of writing was still in use until the 20th century. It was used in French school manuals to teach the bases of cursive writing and by the scribes of the French Ministry of Finance until right after World War II.


Pilot Parallel Pen 3.8mm, Layout paper that you can see the guidelines through, Favorite ink that works on the paper above, Pencil, paper, eraser, plastic centering ruler, Micron Pen or similar type pen, Copic grey marker or similar type marker with nib about 2 to 3 mm wide, Gold metallic pen or other fine line pen with gold ink or Finetec, gold gouache with water container and brush and pointed pen, Favorite pointed pen and your favorite ink that goes with the color in your pilot parallel pen.

Optional Supplies Cobalt blue watercolor with water container and brush, 2 colors of watercolor – cobalt blue and permanent rose, Speedball C1 nib and pen holder.

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