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No apologies necessary! All happy snail mail is well received.  :-*

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Re: Uncial variation
« on: March 01, 2024, 08:46:51 PM »
Oh I love that Ken! Thank you!  :)

Kind Critique / Re: Spencerian feedback + size question
« on: February 28, 2024, 03:50:48 PM »
I would choose one that resonates with you and then break it down trying to determine what it is about it that appeals to you. Then practice it and see what you would like to incorporate into your own style.

In terms of classes, for decades I have taken any and all classes in whatever style with a variety of teachers as I learn so many tidbits from each one. But classes are expensive and can add up so it’s best to select what seems like it will give you the most benefit. It’s a shame, I can’t find any advanced Spencerian classes for this year either. There is also the possibility of reaching out to one of your mentor’s and seeing if they offer private lessons.

I would also recommending watching Mike Ward (MGWard)’s videos on YouTube. He has practice sessions and they are so informative!
You will find a bunch of fabulous lessons on his website: MrMGWard.

Ornamental Penmanship seems the next step if you want to branch off into flourished Spencerian.  :)

Kind Critique / Re: Spencerian feedback + size question
« on: February 28, 2024, 01:48:10 PM »
This class with Harvest is recorded and you can watch until June. Spencerian Structures

Everyday Handwriting | Penmanship / Re: Eric Clapton to Layla
« on: February 28, 2024, 01:45:29 PM »
SQUEEEEE! Fascinating! I thought it in poor taste but Clapton has given his approval for her to auction the items. It’s a true love triangle. Boyd was married to George Harrison of the Beatles and Clapton was “dating” her sister. Pattie then divorced Harrison (for his multiple infidelities) in 1974, then married Clapton in 1979. All three stayed friends. Clapton wrote the songs “Layla” and “Wonderful Tonight” about her.

But I digress! What an artist’s soul he has. I would love to hear about how he developed his handwriting. It’s also interesting to see the differences from one letter to the next. Both were written in 1970, the second letter just a few months after the first.

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Re: Uncial variation
« on: February 28, 2024, 01:14:47 PM »
I really like this! Do you have any quotes done with it so we can see it altogether?

Kind Critique / Re: Spencerian feedback + size question
« on: February 28, 2024, 01:12:27 PM »
Beautiful! Your progress is fabulous! I would recommend going through some of the archives at Rare Books at IAMPETH . You will find a huge range of Spencerian styles and things to practice!

Flourish Forum News / Re: Is it Really Free?
« on: February 27, 2024, 01:31:37 PM »
That is so kind of you Loan! And I’m happy to see you here at Flourish!  :-*

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Re: Gothic Rotunda
« on: February 27, 2024, 12:15:21 PM »
This is lovely Ken! I have never seen this style before.  :)

Tools & Supplies / Re: My Favorite Nibs for Pointed Pen
« on: February 27, 2024, 12:12:59 AM »
Kismet! Love the Hunt 56! I have a small stash of vintage ones and whenever I use one I am reminded of how much I like them.

Do you think the Zebra G you are talking about is different from the regular Zebra G? I look on Amazon Japan and they have Nikko G, Zebra G, and the Tachikowa G. But I didn’t see any with a blue dot.

I find the Zebra G to be more flexible than the Nikko G anyway. You can get them on Amazon affiliate link .

Flourish Forum News / Re: Is it Really Free?
« on: February 26, 2024, 05:36:09 PM »
Thank you Liz! I love hearing this. And I’m so happy to see you back at calligraphy and here at Flourish!  :-*

Everyday Handwriting | Penmanship / Re: a confession (re: handwriting)
« on: February 26, 2024, 02:23:51 PM »
I highly encourage you to check out @anintran on Instagram. She is a fabulous calligrapher but has also done some amazing things with her penmanship.

Also, look at Roman Caps. This is a great way to play around with pens and it will also improve your handwriting. Those block letters you gravitate towards will come to life.

The other thing you may really enjoy is architectural lettering. This is also block lettering. I wrote an article for Calligraphy Crush Magazine “How to Write Like an Architect” and I am sharing a few of the images from it below. You can do so much with this lettering.

This is a great video of monoline calligraphy:

Spencerian Script / Re: Succession of m’s and n’s and of u’s
« on: February 26, 2024, 01:57:52 PM »
That is good to know @BrightStar - I should try it again. I have a giant bag of it just going to waste.

Introductions / Re: hello from a new and uncertain member
« on: February 25, 2024, 06:49:44 PM »
You should definitely be here!  ;D

We have a whole board dedicated to Every Day Handwriting.

Also, check out the Inktober Inktober 2022  and Inktober 2023 topics as they have some fabulous illustrations with writing.

Lastly, you may like Zentangles which are designs composed of various patterns. They’re extra fun to do with a fountain pen.


Introductions / Re: Hi everybody
« on: February 25, 2024, 06:44:41 PM »
Hi! Welcome to Flourish! You might want to see the recent Basic Strokes Handout for Engrosser’s Script (Copperplate).

Let us know if you have any questions or need help as you begin your calligraphy journey.  :)

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