Numbers!

The pointed pen numbers tutorial is now available in the Pointed Pen Nirvana section of the forum! Hooray! Numbers don’t really get the attention they deserve. But poorly executed numbers can really ruin an otherwise beautiful piece of calligraphy whether an envelope or invitation. Some day I hope to offer a full workshop on just numbers!

In the meantime, you can watch the tutorial! I have included an exemplar and a guideline sheet just for numbers as well.

I hope you enjoy!

Truly,

Erica

Pointed Pen Number Tutorial available only at theflourishforum.com!

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Lesson 5 is now available!

I can’t believe January is almost half over! Where does the time go?! I am really excited this lesson completes our minuscule letters! Soon we will be working on numbers and then beginning the Copperplate capitals.

Remember, you must be a member to view the Pointed Pen Nirvana board. But membership is free!

I also wanted to point out, subscribing to the blog emails does not register you for the forum. You must register once you click on the forum link.

Thank you all for the great support!

Truly,

Erica

Copperplate Tutorial Lesson 5 - e, c, r, s, x, & z

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How to Mix Gouache

Hey Letter Lovers,

A quick tutorial on how to mix gouache is now up in the How To Tutorial Category. Click here to check it out or watch it below. This is just a small sample of some of the tutorials we offer in the forum.

We have been adding members like crazy and having so much fun talking calligraphy, lettering, design, etc. The new year is off to a great start! Thanks for making the Flourish forum such a great place to share!

 

How to Mix Gouache tutorial

 

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Lesson 4 – Pointed Pen Copperplate Calligraphy is now available!

Happy New Year to all you letter lovers. Tomorrow is the first Monday of 2014 so I thought I would share the next tutorial in our Pointed Pen Calligraphy series to brighten up your day!

We will be wrapping up the miniscule (lowercase) letters with the next lesson. We’ll then be doing a lesson on numbers! Yuck! I mean, Hooray! (Does anyone else not like numbers or is it just me?) In any event, we’ll do a full lesson on copperplate numerals and then move on to majiscules and modern calligraphy!

The lessons and membership are offered free of charge but you have to be a member to see the Pointed Pen Nirvana board. I have lots of great things planned for this year so I hope you’ll join us in the forum!

Lesson 4, Learning l, h, k, b, & f

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Ten Tips to Self-Critique and Improve your Calligraphy

What better way to start off the new year but with a resolution or goal to improve your calligraphy. Improvement takes lots of practice and careful observation. As I have said before, no amount of practice of bad letterforms will improve your lettering.

So I have written ten tips to help you critique your lettering, be kind to yourself, and accomplish your goals of improving your calligraphy in 2014!

Click here to view this article in the forum.

Best wishes for happy lettering in 2014!

Truly,

Erica

Ten Tips to Self-Critique and Improve your Calligraphy

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Happy New Year!

I just want to take a moment to say Happy New Year to all my calligraphic friends, silver and gold. The Flourish Forum has brought a new spark into my life and I am so happy for all the wonderful people who have contributed and I whom I can now call friend.

I have big plans for 2014 so I hope you will join us and continue to enjoy all the contributions from the fabulous Flourish members!

May 2014 be your best year yet, filled with all you love and cherish!

Truly,
Erica

 

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New Tutorial: How to – Contemporary/Modern Calligraphy

I”m really excited to share some “How To’s” for Contemporary/Modern Calligraphy. Originally, I intended to go through all of the Copperplate lessons before starting contemporary calligraphy. However, I recognize we have varying skill levels and interests here at the forum. So I want everyone to have something to enjoy.

This is only a handout tutorial, however, I think you will find it has some good information to get started. In the near future, I will be sharing video tutorials as well for members only. Membership is free so sign up now!

Let me know your feedback or if you have any questions! Enjoy!

Truly,
Erica

Contemporary/Modern Calligraphy Tutorial

 

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L Letterpress for Holiday Cards

I am really pleased with how my holiday cards came out using the L Letterpress home machine. So I decided to feature the project on the forum. Click here to view. This little machine can really do some great things!

I had originally intended to have the card printed in reverse (dark background with white lettering). However, I did not allow myself (or the printer) enough time to get it done. Next year, I hope to plan earlier! Ha ha!

See more photos in the forum:

L Letterpress at home

How to Letterpress at home

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Virtual Calligraphy Christmas Card

I just want to take a minute to say thank you to all of the wonderful support for the forum. When I started this venture, I had no idea what to expect. There were a few rough spots, but overall, I am so happy I decided to jump in and launch the forum. I already feel like all of the work was well worth it and I have received back so many blessings in return. We have a wonderful group of calligraphers I am happy to call friends.

I am busy putting the finishing touches on the next pointed pen lessons. However, they probably will not be posted until after the holiday. Thank you for your patience. Clients and Christmas cards have taken precedent over the past two weeks.

So with that, I leave you with my virtual Christmas card. I’ve been practicing flourishing. I have a ways to go and maybe some day I may actually get this balanced but in the meantime, this is the best I can do! I’m sorry the video isn’t better quality but this took long enough!

To all who celebrate, a very Merry Christmas to you and may you have many blessings and much good fortune in the year ahead!

Truly,
Erica

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