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Flourish Forum News / And the winner is...
« on: November 27, 2013, 01:40:31 PM »
Anastasiasunshine! Please email or PM me your full name and mailing address so I can send you the zentangle coaster set! Congratulations! Thank you to everyone! I am so thrilled we have passed 100 members!

Thanks Wendy! Fun isn't it?! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Here is the handout in case some want to see it but not download.

Contemporary and Modern Calligraphy / Thanksgiving Contemporary Variations
« on: November 27, 2013, 11:16:30 AM »
Thought it would be fun to share some contemporary/modern calligraphy variations for Thanksgiving! Check out the handout attached below to see a printable version.

Real time version:

Sped up version:

Happy Thanksgiving!

Show & Tell / Re: Handmade Thanksgiving placemats
« on: November 27, 2013, 09:44:47 AM »
Thanks! My fave, too!  :D

Tools & Supplies / Re: Iron Gall Ink
« on: November 26, 2013, 08:10:54 PM »
I have never tried to Old World. I'll have to give it a try. Although at the rate it's eating your nibs maybe not!

I really like the grayish black of the McCaffery's and how it darkens to black afterwards. I read somewhere that if it gums up and molds, it's a bad batch. I have had bottles for years that haven't done that. But it's the newer bottles that are corroding nibs so fast.

The colored McCaffery's are GREAT! The indigo blue is my favorite!  ;D

Kind Critique / Re: words
« on: November 26, 2013, 07:56:07 PM »
Wow - you're doing great! Nice consistent slant and excellent spacing! Well done!

Doesn't gold ink just make everything feel better?!  :D

Introductions / Re: Hello everyone!
« on: November 26, 2013, 07:49:53 PM »
Hi Pam,
Congratulations on your new journey into calligraphy! Warning - calligraphy is addictive!  ;D Let us know if you have any questions along the way. This is a great group with lots of good advice to share.

Welcome to the forum and to the wonderful world of calligraphy!

Show & Tell / Re: Handmade Thanksgiving placemats
« on: November 26, 2013, 07:47:02 PM »
Thanks Wendy! Once you learn the basics, it's not too bad. But it really is a shoulder movement versus a hand movement. Also, it takes memorizing the flourish shapes too so they can be formed properly.

I copy some of the flourishes out of The Universal Penman and just practice over and over again.

At some point much further down the line, I may do a flourish online workshop somehow!  :D

Flourish Forum News / Re: Is it Really Free?
« on: November 26, 2013, 07:40:57 PM »
Thank you!!!  :D Happy Thanksgiving!

Show & Tell / Handmade Thanksgiving placemats
« on: November 26, 2013, 04:02:01 PM »
I had so much fun doing this last night! I couldn't actually use a pointed pen as the ink would bleed on the kraft paper. So I had to draw the flourishes with a fine point Sharpie. (How did we ever live before Sharpies?!)

OK, I am procrastinating cleaning. I work better under pressure anyway!  :D

Flourish Forum News / GUESS WHAT?! Today is the day!
« on: November 26, 2013, 03:58:36 PM »
Guess what my wonderful calligraphy friends?!

We have reached 100 members!!!

So at midnight tonight, I will draw the lucky winner of the Zentangle coaster set! Pop in tomorrow to see who won!

Introductions / Re: Howdy, and cheers!
« on: November 26, 2013, 03:52:06 PM »
LOL! We are at that! Creative, quirky, and kind calligraphers!  ;D

Flourish Forum News / Re: Is it Really Free?
« on: November 26, 2013, 03:49:11 PM »
Thanks Joy! I miss you!  :D

General How To's & Projects / Awesome tips for copperplate on this blog
« on: November 25, 2013, 06:18:54 PM »
My friend Maggie posted this amazing blog to pinterest. It has some VERY good instruction for copperplate calligraphy with multicolored examples. This is a "Don't Miss!" Thank you to DeAnn Singh for such an amazing share. If you ever have an opportunity to take a class with her, I would do it!

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: This is where we gather...
« on: November 25, 2013, 12:44:45 AM »
Thanks so much Jane! I appreciate your support! I hope you will stop in from time to time! I'll be seeing you on Instagram!  :D And thank you for the links!

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