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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Just a little excited...
« on: November 11, 2015, 03:46:53 PM »
Congrats!  :)

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Let's talk ... in calligraphy!
« on: November 11, 2015, 03:03:19 PM »

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Scribe museum in France
« on: November 10, 2015, 06:44:11 AM »
Looks fascinating; I would have loved to be able to visit it. Thanks for sharing.

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Thank you very phonetic
« on: October 25, 2015, 11:20:26 AM »
Fan queue.

 ;D Why didn't I think of that?

Great contributions, all. Any more?

Show & Tell / Re: Calligraphy Cat Club
« on: September 25, 2015, 06:21:21 AM »
I'm also part of the company of the cat-owning calligraphers. Here's my three:

This is Grace, at 17 the grand old lady of the household.

Stacy, 12 the sweet and vocal one. When she comes in she will call until I reply her way of locating me.

Leila, at five is the "baby" of the house. A boy with a girl's name, he is not a slender kitty his previous owners misread the gender cues, and we decided to keep the name (except when we call him "tubby" or "fatty").

Digital Design / More calligraffiti
« on: September 25, 2015, 01:53:40 AM »

A quick recap of the technique:
  • Get rid of the background by making white transparent
  • Find a suitable texture to use as a background.
  • Create a new layer for the lettering
  • Adjust the lettering layer's  transparency until it looks right.
  • Change the transparency type to "fractal" to get the uneven fade effect.

Joining the bandwagon here's mine:

Digital Design / Re: INKredible --Android calligraphy app
« on: September 16, 2015, 01:45:54 PM »
I have the iOS version of this. It is fun to use, not just for calligraphy but also for sketching, note-taking, etc. On the downside, it seems to be a bit hard on my iPad's battery.

Digital Design / Re: The writing is on the wall
« on: August 22, 2015, 05:41:35 AM »
Thanks you all for your kind comments  :)

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: On the endurance of skills
« on: August 15, 2015, 07:37:54 AM »
What app do you use to Calligraphy doodle on your Ipad.  I have an ipad and I would like to doodle sometime.


Sorry for the delayed reply I was out of town for a few days.  I use Calligraphy Art on my iPad I reviewed it here if you want to know more.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / On the endurance of skills
« on: August 10, 2015, 06:00:06 AM »
Recently, while calligraphically doodling on my iPad, it occurred to me how ironic it is that I would use a tablet computer that costs hundreds of dollars to simulate something that I could do on paper with a dip pen that would cost a few dollars at most.

It didn't take long before I realised that opposite was true as well: how wonderful it is that modern technology would not only allow me to practice an ancient skill, but also conceivably introduce the art of calligraphy to a wider audience.

I readily admit to being a technophile. I have great appreciation for the way in which technology has enabled and enhanced the revival of my long-lost interest in calligraphy, with the likes of this board, Pinterest and Instagram (to name but a few) giving me ready access to an international community of people who share my passion – something I didn't have in the isolated South Africa of the 1980s.

In her post "Sad state of affairs?" Erica said:

I was at one of my favorite places yesterday. Of course, I'm speaking of the post office. Three young teens (around 16 or so as one was a driver) came in behind me. The postal lady that helps people in line came over and asked if they needed help. One boy held out a form and said, "I need to send this piece of paper to NY. How do I do that?"

Call me old fashioned, but I think that is sad. I began writing letters to my grandparents and great aunt around 3rd grade. We corresponded for over three decades. I suppose email has replaced that these days. But there is nothing like digging out one of those old letters, seeing their handwriting, and reading a memory from a sunny summer day in Maine.

Yes, it is sad that writing letters has become another victim of progress, but many of these "old-fashioned" abilities have proven extremely resistant to modern technology. Calligraphy itself has survived the invention of the printing press, the desktop publishing revolution and the ubiquity of e-mail. Despite these "killer apps", calligraphy – like other age-old skills – continues to be enjoyed, appreciated and admired.

Perhaps we shouldn't be sad that some children today don't know how to read a clock or write and mail a letter – perhaps we should be happy that there are ways in which they, too, can tell time or communicate with others.

And along with that, we can celebrate the fact that there will always be the few who are capable and passionate enough to ensure that craftmanship will continue to endure.

Completed/Past Exchanges / Re: Offhand Flourishing Exchange Results
« on: July 07, 2015, 07:36:33 AM »
Stunning absolutely STUNNING!

Digital Design / The writing is on the wall
« on: July 02, 2015, 05:54:03 AM »

This originally started as a black-on-white piece I did simply because I liked the contrast between the formality of the letters and the "street"-ness of the wording. When it was done, I thought it would look a lot better on a wall. Since I'm not the sort to go around tagging walls, I opted to do it digitally.

Here's how I did it:
  • I used a vector app called Xara, but the same basic steps should work in Photoshop or Illustrator as well.
  • First I got rid of the background by making white transparent
  • Then I changed the colour of the letters to dark red.
  • I found a suitable wall texture to use as a background.
  • I then created a new layer, on which I placed the lettering.
  • I adjusted the lettering's  transparency until it looked right.
  • Lastly, I changed the transparency type to "fractal" to get the uneven fade effect.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Resurrecting old topics
« on: June 28, 2015, 04:08:33 AM »
What we have here, is a vast, living encyclopaedia of everything relating to our specific interest...

Ken, this is so true, and a fantastic way of looking at the forum.

As for everything else you said, I will unapologetically respond a year from now.  ;D

Congrats, it looks good. Love the Blackletter N made up from the letters of your name.

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