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Happy Fall – Halloween Exchange is now open for sign ups!

Hi Flourish Friends,

It has been quite some time since I posted an update for Flourish members. If you are receiving this message via email, it is because at some point you signed up for emails via the Flourish Forum blog. ūüėČ

I have just posted the sign-ups for the always popular Halloween | Day of the Dead Exchange. This exchange will work a little differently than previous ones. The lists will be set up according to skill level starting with complete newbie up through advanced.

I know some folks will be disappointed with this so there will also be a “lottery” in that each advanced skilled member will have one newbie/beginner on their list to send an exchange. This way beginners will still have a chance at receiving a more advanced skill exchange.

Sign ups can be found here: Halloween Exchange Sign Up post

Many new members, both experienced and beginners, have joined us over the summer. Although things have been quiet, we’ve watched some great improvements being made and continued to share new calligraphy related finds.

Most recently, generous member SMK (Salman) has begun sharing his fantastic Copperplate tutorials. These are very in-depth lessons with great detail. This is an incredibly generous and exciting offering from Salman and we are very lucky to have him sharing with us and giving so much of his time and experience. Salman’s lessons are in the Tutorial board which can only be accessed once logged in.

If it’s been awhile since you’ve joined us, I hope you stop in to say hi, share with us what you have been up to, and sign up, if you’d like, for the Halloween | Day of the Dead exchange.

Truly,

Erica

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Flourish Friends!

Just a quick note to say hope you all have a fantastic new year filled with fun, family, and flourishing! In honor of new years (and staying up late to wait for my teenager to come home safely), I created a mini-tutorial of Tips for Calligraphy & Design. I also added a new board called, Design & Layout where members can share their design tips, secrets, and examples.

Design Tips for Calligraphers

For all you new members, this is just one of many tutorials at Flourish. If you are a new member, please be sure to check out the Copperplate Tutorial video series in the Pointed Pen Nirvana section.

So grateful to all of the wonderful members at Flourish for answering questions, sharing information, and spreading the love of lettering! 2014 has been a great year!

Happy 2015!

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Fantastic Year at Flourish!

Hi Flourish Friends!

It’s hard to believe Flourish is now one year old! And what an amazing year it has been. We now have over 2,600 members and are growing daily. Our members are amazing. I am continually impressed with the gracious way in which everyone shares and cares here at Flourish, from welcoming new members, to helping with questions, to just being a friend. Calligraphers are the nicest people!

We’ve had a fabulous year with awesome tutorials and even better calligraphy exchanges. Every exchange is such a delight. We know getting beautiful mail is the best way to brighten someone’s day! Our holiday exchange was the largest to date with almost 100 participants! Next year’s exchanges look to be even better with some creative topics and fun ideas!

Now that the year is coming to a close, I hope to freshen up the place a bit in the very near future, so look for updates and additions soon. As always, I welcome any input for changes, improvements, etc. Just drop me an email or PM.

Lastly, if you haven’t ordered yet or you’d like to send a gift to a letter lover in your life, Dasherie Magazine is still shipping right up until the holidays!

Dasherie Magazine | Issue 2

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and I wish you all the best success, happiness, and good health in 2015!

Truly,
Erica

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Practicing with Precision

Hello Flourishing Friends!

For those of you interested in modern calligraphy, if you’ve been following along with our copperplate tutorials, you now have a general background with which to branch out into your own style. I hope this tutorial series has helped you understand how to use a pointed pen and the basics of learning copperplate.

For those looking to learn a more formal copperplate, I highly recommend Dr. Joseph Vitolo’s Script in the Copperplate Style ibook as well as IAMPETH for learning Copperplate a/k/a Engrosser’s Script.

For both groups looking to hone their skills, I have added a quick tutorial to our Pointed Pen Nirvana board about practicing with precision. This video outlines the next steps for studying a more formal copperplate, specifically how to square off the tops and bottoms of your letters. It also includes tips for paper, pen, and hand angles. It includes a detailed, slow motion, close up of how the nib creates the squared off tops and bottoms.

I hope you find it helpful. As always, you know where to find me!

Truly,
Erica

 

How to Practice Copperplate with Precision

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Final Copperplate Capitals Tutorial is done!

I can’t believe it but I have finally finished Capitals Q through Z. If you knew what I had to go through to finish this! First, my firewire cord stopped working. So I ordered a new one. Then that one wouldn’t work, then I tried uninstalling movie maker, then switched the cords around. Then I dropped my computer and voila – the firewire started working again! But then my scanner wouldn’t work!

Unfortunately, the version of movie maker I re-installed didn’t have narration capabilities (weird that Windows would remove that function in an upgrade!). So I uninstalled and reinstalled various versions of Windows Live Essentials FIVE times! When I loaded the final version, the “add narration” button was there but once it finished loading, it disappeared! What?!

So I gave up and just gave in to the fact my life is always full of these petty things trying to trip me up! GRRR! I used a separate sound recorder and finished! Hooray!

This completes our Copperplate lessons. I am so pleased to have accomplished this and to provide an introduction to learning. Remember the lessons are only available in the Pointed Pen Nirvana board which can only be seen if you are logged in. I hope you all have enjoyed the tutorials as much as I have enjoyed making them!

I’m off to work on Dasherie Magazine!

Truly,

Erica

Free Copperplate lessons at theflourishforum.com

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Lesson 9 – Capitals I through P – is now available!

Hi Flourish Friends!

I am so excited about my announcement of the upcoming premiere of Dasherie Magazine.  If you missed it, Dasherie will showcase exquisite, stylish, and contemporary calligraphy and lettering designs for a wide range of social events, home decoration, lifestyle, and marketing products. I hope you are all as excited as I am!

Meanwhile, I have been hard at work preparing the next tutorial in our Copperplate series. These tutorials are only available in the Pointed Pen Nirvana board which is only visible to registered members of the forum. The forum is free and so are the tutorials but you must be registered and signed in to see them. This lesson covers capital letters I, J, K, L, M, N, O, & P!

The forum is really flourishing with so many wonderful things all related to calligraphy and lettering. Thank you to all of our awesome members for the fantastic sharing and contributions.

Truly,

Erica McPhee

Learning Caps I through P at theflourishforum.com

 

 

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Capitals E thru H!

Hello,

Lesson 8 is a super quick video teaching capitals E, F, G, and H as well as spacing tips. It’s only about 4 minutes long but gives a few more letters to practice. You can never have enough practice of capital letters! I hope your calligraphy is coming along. Several members have posted their work for critique and received excellent feedback from our more experienced members.

If you aren’t a member, sign up, membership is free and is the only way to view the Pointed Pen Tutorials in the Pointed Pen Nirvana board! So click the “Enter the Forum” box, register, sign in, and learn calligraphy!

Truly,

Erica

Learning Capitals E, F, G, & H at the forum

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Donut Sunday – Modern Calligraphy Exemplar

I can’t wait any longer. :-) I intended on sharing this exemplar and demonstration video for Valentine’s Day but I just finished my Valentines for the forum exchange and I’m excited to share. Plus, I decided some of you may want to use this new alphabet to create your own Valentines so this gives you a little head start.

This is really more of a demonstration and an exemplar hand out, than a tutorial. There were many requests for a full exemplar of a modern¬†calligraphy style¬†so hopefully this will help. It doesn’t stray too far from a traditional Copperplate so those of you who have¬†been following along with the tutorials in the forum, should find it vaguely¬†familiar.

While it is fun to play with different styles, I always recommend taking a class in person if you can with an experienced calligrapher. There is so much to learn from seeing it done in person and having someone there to give you instant feedback. It speeds the learning process immensely.

I have posted the video and the handouts in the Pointed Pen Nirvana board. This is a member’s only board but membership is free. So if you haven’t signed up, this is a great time to do it!

And Happy (early) Valentine’s Day!

Truly, Erica Donut Sunday Modern Calligraphy ExemplarModern Calligraphy Exemplar

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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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Free Tutorial: Creating a Flourished Frame & Brush Preset with Calligraphy

I’m excited to announce this new tutorial on the forum. In this tutorial, you will learn how to use¬†your own calligraphy flourishes¬†(or the free ones¬†provided¬†in the forum) to create a flourished frame in Photoshop. You then learn how to turn this frame into a brush preset that you can use over and over again to create logos, gift tags, etc.

Free Tutorial: How to create a flourished frame and photoshop brush

Check it out and spread the word! Fun things are happening at the forum!

Truly,

Erica

 

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