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Messages - Erica McPhee

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Tools & Supplies / Re: New/Old Ink/Nib Test
« on: January 16, 2022, 01:15:58 PM »
This is such a good point (did you see what I did there?  ;D) I used to have a hard time parting with my used nibs (thought I could do something productive with them). I try to get every last bit out of a nib which is never worth it because you end up with a snag or splat. So now at the first snag I will change it out. Some last longer than others for some reason.
Ink is the same - I rarely throw away unused ink as I go through it quickly. But if I have some in a dinky dip, I will end up having to stir it and use a few drops of water. Sometimes I like it better when itís been worn down a bit.  :)

@AnasaziWrites Do you have an ink stirrer?

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Hmmm
« on: January 16, 2022, 01:11:05 PM »
Wow - even more gorgeous! And what a great challenge!  ;D

Tools & Supplies / Re: Diamine Inkvent 2021
« on: January 16, 2022, 01:10:14 PM »
Such a hard decision! I think Stargazer and then Garland are my two favorites. But Iíve never met a teal I didnít like.  ;D

It looks like they donít have a website. Two different addresses listed for them:

Chesapeake Calligraphy Guild
PO Box 1320, Columbia, MD 21044


Chesapeake Calligraphy Guild
8861 Blue Sea Drive, Columbia, MD 21046-1413

Maybe sent a note to both and see if you get a response? Or hopefully someone in that area is on the forum.

Tools & Supplies / Re: L'Artisan Pastellier Illumination Ink..?
« on: January 14, 2022, 11:37:00 AM »
Nothing to offer but do share an image once you play with it!  :)

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Hmmm
« on: January 14, 2022, 11:36:10 AM »
Love this! If you cut it down into smaller pieces, it can be even more interesting!  :)

Flourishing / Re: Some Pen Play
« on: January 13, 2022, 12:57:26 PM »
That is how I do it as well. I am going to try to learn the other pen hold technique this year.

Flourishing / Re: Some Pen Play
« on: January 12, 2022, 12:30:39 PM »
Absolutely beautiful! Iím curious, are you using a regular pen hold or have you adapted the off-hand method of the masters?  :)

Introductions / Re: Hello! Salve!
« on: January 11, 2022, 12:49:03 PM »
Hello Franca!
There is a lot of great information to help you get started but donít hesitate to ask if you need help with something. Welcome to Flourish!  :)

Introductions / Re: Hello from Seattle
« on: January 11, 2022, 12:47:38 PM »
Hooray on starting your new business! Let us know if we can help answer any questions for you. There are some good tidbits in the Letter Business board.
Welcome to Flourish!  :-*

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Re: Italic variations
« on: January 09, 2022, 05:22:15 PM »
@Lyric Enjoy! And you may want to check out these free tutorials: Handwriting Success with Getty-Dubay Italic  :)

2022 Exchanges / Re: 2022 Exchange List
« on: January 07, 2022, 06:14:28 PM »
Hi! The sign ups have just been posted. You can find the link to the form here: Valentine Exchange 2022. Looking forward to seeing your exchange!  :-*

2022 Exchanges / Love One Another 2022 Sign Ups are Now OPEN!
« on: January 07, 2022, 06:11:24 PM »
Our first exchange of the year is now underway! Send a Valentine, love note, or just a sweet greeting to a Flourish Friend.

Sign Up Deadline: Mon, Jan 17, 2022
Post Mark Deadline: Mon, Jan 31, 2022

You must sign up via the Sign Up Form: Love One Another Sign Up



1. If you did not complete a past exchange you signed up for, you cannot participate.
2. If you will be busy and cannot meet your obligation, please do not sign up. It is not OK to think, "Life happens" and not fulfill your obligation. It is OK if circumstances require you to send your exchanges late, however, you will still not be able to participate in an exchange until yours are sent.
3. You must be a registered, activated member and you must have made at least one post, introductory or otherwise, in order to participate.

As always, the following guidelines apply:

1. Calligraphy should be used on both your exchange insert and envelope.
2. You will send a card to every member on your list (typically 7-9 members).
3. Must be related to the theme.
4. All skill levels welcome!
5. If you end up not being able to participate, please contact me ASAP. If you don't send your cards after the list has gone out, you will not be able to participate in the next exchange.
6. You must sign up before the deadline. No late sign ups.

Introductions / Re: Introduction
« on: January 05, 2022, 01:02:17 AM »
Hi Maya! We have a few tutorials in the Pointed Pen Nirvana section you may find of interest. We are also getting ready for sign ups for the Valentine Exchange if you want to sign up. The sign up form will be posted on Friday. Welcome to Flourish!  :)

2022 Exchanges / Re: 2022 Exchange List
« on: December 31, 2021, 11:33:31 AM »
LOLÖ I actually remembered on time this year @Aries M ! The Valentine exchange always sneaks up on me.  :-*

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