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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Benjamin Franklin Documentary
« on: April 06, 2022, 01:55:30 PM »
Hi!  Did any of you watch the Ken Burns special about Benjamin Franklin on PBS this week?  It was very interesting & very well produced!  Ben Franklin was a printer & during the show, they showed various documents from his day, some of which he printed.  I noticed that on most of the documents, the letter "s" resembled what I identify as an "f".  Anyone know when letter like that was the norm? 

There's an older insurance building across the street from the courthouse that has "Insvrance" carved in stone along the top, front of the building.  I know that at one point in time, "u" was written as "v".  My son was asking me about it, as it bugs him.  I couldn't tell him what era the use of the "v" for "u" was accepted.  Anyone know when that was?  Just wondering aloud here! :-)

Janis

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Tools & Supplies / Mixing Gouache as Ink
« on: April 05, 2022, 12:03:37 PM »
@Erica McPhee I know that once-upon-a-time, you made a video about how to mix gouache as ink.  I've searched for the video, as I have an upcoming project & want to mix up a pretty robin's egg blue as ink.  I can't find the video!  (Probably, that is user error, but the end result is the same! - I can't find a link!)  Any suggestions on how/where to find it??

Thanks in advance!

Janis

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Hi!  Iím looking for some advice here!  I have calligraphed some place cards & need to mail them to the client. (24 total place cards.). I used Pearl-Ex ink, so the lettering is raised, above the surface of the paper. I took one & threw it in my purse, with the intention to take it to my office & explore my mailing options. (I was thinking that a bubble envelope would be suitable.). Iíll admit that my purse is a hot mess, with WAY too much stuff in it. When I remembered the place card & pulled it out, I discovered that it looked worn, with the raised ink a bit smeared. Very shabby looking!  Iíve redone the place card, but am now afraid of mailing them to the client!  (The client is 9 hours away by car, so hand-delivery is not an option!). What do you think might best protect them? Iím thinking about going to Hobby Lobby & getting a small jewelry presentation box thatís just a bit bigger than the cards? Putting that soft cotton ďstuffingĒ stuff that you see in jewelry presentation boxes inside? (WHERE in the store is that stuff?). Maybe adding vellum as a ďbufferĒ between the cards??  Or, do you have a better idea??  Iíll just die if they show up smeared or shabby looking! What do you think?  Any ideas are welcomed!

Janis

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Workshops & Conference News / Madarasz Script by Schin Loong
« on: January 27, 2022, 12:12:49 PM »
Hi!  John Neal Books has a link to a course being taught by a member of the Flourish Forum, Schin Loong.  It will be virtual & recorded, so that you can replay the course later to be reminded of the course contents.     

Schin Loong - Madarasz Script - Mar 25, 26; Apr 1, 2 - AM and PM Classes

Schin Loong - Madarasz Script - Mar 25, 26; Apr 1, 2 - AM and PM Classes

John Neal Books does not host this class.
Madarasz Script
with Schin Loong

Live online group workshop via Zoom, with live lessons recorded and available for replay.  There are morning and evening options.  (Replays at your convenience.)

March 25 and 26, April 1 and 2, 2022
9:00am OR 5PM Pacific Time
Registration opens March 6

I dug around to determine cost. - $195 USD for 5 hours of instruction.  If you are not familiar with Schin's work, she is a brilliant calligrapher and artist!  She has very fine Spencerian and also draws fantastic animals, etc., as flourishes.  I cannot recommend taking any class that Schin teaches highly enough!!  You will learn a lot from taking her class!!

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / When did Flourish Forum start??
« on: September 03, 2021, 10:08:19 AM »
@Erica McPhee When did you start the Flourish Forum??  It just occurred to me that I have no idea when the Forum was started.  I found it in the spring of 2014 & I *think* that I was an early adopter, but maybe I'm wrong about that.

Janis

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Tools & Supplies / Going to Omaha?
« on: July 27, 2021, 05:16:29 PM »
Is anyone going to IAMPETH in Omaha next week?  Do you want to meet up?  I'll be in a mask and I am fully vaccinated!

Janis

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Tools & Supplies / Pearl Ex Brilliant Gold Problems
« on: July 23, 2021, 10:32:22 AM »
Does Pearl Ex "get old"??  I'm in the midst of a huge wedding project & today, I cannot get the Pearl Ex to flow.  I've mixed it per the recipe (4 parts Pearl Ex, 4 parts distilled water, to 1 part gum Arabic) & it just will not flow. I've made 3 different batches. Usually, when I have this happen, if I add about 10 drops of distilled water, the ink flows nicely.  However, I've added a huge amount of water (about 5 drops at a time) & still it will not flow.  I've added more Pearl Ex and more gum Arabic & nothing changes.  Does anyone have any suggestions?  I've been at this 1 1/2 hours & I am extremely frustrated!  My friend, Google, doesn't have any suggestions.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

Janis

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Design & Layout / Centering
« on: September 22, 2020, 01:09:43 PM »
Let's start this discussion by me admitting that I am really bad about centering text.  I almost always start too far to the left.  I am having to center a bunch of names on some award certificates & I came up with my own solution to this problem!  It's not perfect or fool-proof, but it comes up with a result that is quite acceptable.  I use a font (Edwardian script) that is very similar to my Copperplate.  I type out the person's name, centered on the page.  (All of the names are on the same sheet of paper, resulting in a centered list.)  I adjust the font until it's approximately the size of my handwriting.  I then print the list.  I carefully fold the paper in half, vertically, so that I can determine where the center of each person's name falls.  My pinkie finger is about the size of my lower case/miniscule letters.  My index finger is about the size of my capital/majiscule letters and the space between the person's first, middle, and last name.  I put my pinky finger on the center of the line of the certificate & then start moving it to the left, once for each letter to the left of the person's middle letter.  I use my index finger for the uppercase letters and for spaces.  Once I get to the beginning letter of the person's name, I use a pencil to lightly mark the starting point.  I then letter the person's name.  I'm very critical about things being centered exactly & I am pleased with the results that I am getting.  This is a work-around that I can live with!  I hope that this helps someone else!   :)

Janis

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Tools & Supplies / Feathering
« on: June 20, 2020, 05:59:50 PM »
I am working on a project for my church.  I am writing the names and dates of service for each pastor to be placed on mats with a picture of each pastor, back to the church's founding in 1880.  I have completed one and  I have glued the paper to the mat and am pleased with how it looks.  I am using Noodler's Black Swan ink, as it matches closely to the interior burgundy mat. (I am using a Brause EF66 nib.  I experimented with several burgundy inks & gouaches.  The Black Swan is the closest color match.  I know that Noodler's is fountain pen ink, but I use it often & like the flow.)  Now, using the same ink on the same paper with the same nib, it is feathering like mad.  Does anyone have a suggestion?

Thanks in advance for any help!

Janis

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Our very own, Schin, is going to be an instructor at IAMPETH in Atlanta this summer.! As many of you know, Schin is an artist and also a calligrapher with beautiful Spencerian script.  She has a new book out (available at JNB, where I purchased a copy), teaching how to draw animals and incorporate calligraphy into the drawing.  Her class at IAMPETH is on that topic.  The brochure for the conference contains a beautiful tiger, with "Be Fierce" incorporated on his midsection.  This is a great opportunity and her class is advertised as being for "all skill levels"!  If you can make your way to Atlanta July 6 - 11, you will have a real treat if you can get into Schin's class.  I met Schin at Portland's IAMPETH Conference 4 years ago & she is a lovely, gracious person.  I couldn't draw my way out of a paper bag, so I don't know if I'll take her specific class, but I definitely would like to challenge her "all skill levels" contention! :-)  I'm going to be deciding in the next few weeks whether or not I am going to go to Atlanta.  (I went to Denver last year & enjoyed every day of it!  I couldn't believe how much I learned!)  At any rate, if you're on the fence about going to IAMPETH, I hope that Schin teaching will prompt you to get off the fence & sign up!

Janis

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Workshops & Conference News / Glass Engraving Workshop
« on: February 14, 2020, 10:19:19 AM »
Hi, all!

Carla Hagan, a Florida calligrapher, is holding a beginning glass engraving class in Dallas on 2/22/20.  It's entitled, "Introduction to Glass Engraving with Carla Hagan".  It's on February 22, 2020 @10:30am

Registration Closes 2/16/2020
 
Location

Home2 Suites
3301 Gaston Ave,
Dallas, TX 75246

If you are in the Dallas area, I hope that you will plan to attend!  If you want more information, PM me & I will forward you an email.  I am signed up for the class & I am really looking forward to attending!

Janis

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Calligraphy Book Reviews / Schin Loong's New Books
« on: August 11, 2019, 04:48:48 PM »
Many of you know Schin, a member here at the Forum.  She has 2 books available from John Neal Bookseller.  (I haven't checked, but they may also be available at PIA.)  One book is a study of flourishing.  Lots of good tips and tricks are offered!  I am not an artist, unlike Schin, who is a very fine artist.  However, I am really enjoying the flourishing section & I am going to attempt some of the simpler drawings.  (Fingers crossed!)  :)

The second book is The Declaration of Independence.  It is intended to be a Spencerian practice book.  The pages are each perforated, so that you can remove the page to write the words found at the top on the lines below.  I don't know if I have the courage to pull pages out of this delightful book.  Maybe I'll order a second copy that I can tear apart, since I don't want to disturb a full copy!  I've been working on Spencerian for 8 months & I'm getting better, but still nowhere near Schin's ability.  If you've ever received a letter from her in an exchange, you know what I am talking about!

I recommend both books to you & hope that you will buy them!  You'll be helping yourself grow in calligraphy & also helping out a very talented calligrapher!

Janis

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Tools & Supplies / Carrying Ink?
« on: July 13, 2019, 10:36:01 AM »
Iím packing up to go to IAMPETH. I canít remember how I transported ink to the last convention. Dinky dips? Bottles of ink??  Iím going for a whole week & surely will use a lot of ink. Any advice?

Janis

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Tools & Supplies / Ken Brown Calligrapher
« on: June 25, 2019, 03:00:45 PM »
I have a friend who went to a class taught by Ken Brown.  He teaches students how to calligraph on glass, using a dental drill.  His website is www.kenbrown.com.  The tools are expensive. - His website says a complete setup is $2,000.  He has pictures of his work on his website and he is a very good calligrapher.  So, now, I want to buy a dental drill.  Like I NEED one more hobby! :-)

Janis

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Tools & Supplies / Burgundy ink
« on: June 23, 2019, 04:19:12 PM »
Iím looking for a recommendation for burgundy ink. I have ordered 2 different brands of gouache, & they are on the way. I have Noodlerís Saguard Wine, but it has too much purple in it. Can anyone recommend a burgundy ink or gouache?

Thanks in advance!

Janis

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