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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Writing on gold leaf
« on: February 15, 2022, 01:57:35 PM »
Hello all!

Hoping to pick the great collective minds on a project Im being recruited for..

The artist has a vision for bold black lettering on top of wood birch panels that have been gold leaf. Immeditely I was hesitatant since I know nothing about gold leaf and can imagine its fairly difficult. Looking back in the posts I found some information from @Ken Fraser but alas the subject wasnt specific to writing on gold leaf, but rather writing small which happen to be on gold leaf.

From the little bits of research Ive done, it seems Ill need to know what/if she treated her gold leaf with? Does anyone have any suggestions on ink? Should I do anything special to my ink to make sure it adherese well to the gold leaf?

The x height Im currently working with is 5mm. We are leaning towards a broad edge script (likely foundational/roman so it can easily be read when all the panels and portaits are done). At this x height would a pointed pen make more sense on the gold leaf than a broad edge?

She isnt planning on hanging the pieces for a show until October so I have plenty of time to do some research. Appreciate any suggestions or pearls of wisdom. This is the trickest thing I have attempted in lettering and Id welcome any helpful hints you talented individiuals have discovered ;D

Thank you!

If your interested here are the portaits

And the panels to be callgraphied. Photos were taken before panels were gold leafed

Introductions / Hi from Oregon
« on: May 18, 2021, 07:12:00 PM »
Hello everyone!

My name is Aries :) I am very excited to be apart of this community (and the calligraphy community in general!). Calligraphy is such a calming, relaxing, time consuming, and sometimes exhausting hobby that has turned into a full blown passion for me as it has for so many others!

I'm a big fan of Harry Potter. I love the quills and the idea of writing with quills and ink. So I bought a fancy feather for my home office March 2020. After playing around with it and the ink it came with, I quickly invested in speedball set by June. I found and fell in love with point pen scripts (heeeello Copperplate! ;D) and it became my saving grace in quarantine. I love love love everything about it. The sound of the nib on paper, the smell of sumi ink, the never ending chase of perfection! All of these things have led me here in hopes of continuing to develop my knowledge and hand, as well as making friends with such an amazing group of people.

When I'm not writing and rewriting my letters, I spend a lot of time with my son and Wife out side enjoying everything the PNW has to offer. I look forward to getting to know all of you and making some new snail mail/pen pal buddies!

 ;D Aries

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