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Tools & Supplies / Colored Sumi Ink for Pointed Pen
« on: September 02, 2018, 05:49:23 PM »
I am finally getting back to my pursuit of doing calligraphy after being forced to move a couple of years ago. I began working with my dip pens late at night before bed for a few weeks and the magic and thrill has come back. I'm a southpaw and it's been a bit of leap to use an oblique.

Anyway. I am absolutely in love with Moon Palace. What I want to know is that if I use a colored ink stick and grind it right can I expect to match the lovely character of Moon Palace in the different color. I expect the mixing will be a hurdle but that's always so with a liquid. It needs the right blending and that might be a practice to achieve. Any recommendation for sticks would be appreciated as they last so long and I want to make a wise choice. I'm looking for a rich blue and brown to add to my palette of inks.

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Letter Pixels / Scanner for calligraphy
« on: January 05, 2017, 02:17:48 AM »
Before my Christmas budget sidetracked, I was seriously looking at getting a scanner. My first use would be to digitize a whole lot of photographs. But I also want to use it for calligraphy. Would the Epson V600 be satisfactory for the latter? I don't expect to be doing anything giant size.

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Tools & Supplies / Easel/Table Suggestions
« on: June 25, 2016, 11:01:31 PM »
Just when I thought I could spend lots of summer hours practicing calligraphy, my landlord decided 25 years of being a good tenant wasn't worth spit when he could get three more Benjamins a month from a new tenant. So I am scurrying around packing, selling, tossing and looking for a new apartment. I've got a large desk that no longer makes sense  so I'm trying to figure what might work in the corner of a smaller desk. The folding easels look good, but I don't know enough to make a smart choice. Much of my day is computer related, but I want to be able to practice without needing a separate table.

Any ideas?

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Introductions / New kid from Illinois
« on: June 02, 2016, 04:20:33 PM »
Just a thank you and hello:
I'm a longtime pen enthusiast who is learning calligraphy out of a struggle with what chemotherapy did to me. I love pens and writing by hand, but chemo damage to my nervous system wreaked havoc with writing(and a few other things). I don't intend to go quietly. I would have settled for some dabbling with fountain pens, but I been smitten with learning to use pointed pen and like the challenge of doing things that are difficult. Other challenges include being left-handed and the curse of failing handwriting class.

So far, it's very gratifying as I learn and my penmanship is much better.

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