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Tools & Supplies / Re: BlueDew Flex Fountain Pen Review
« on: October 03, 2021, 08:14:31 PM »
@Erica McPhee Thank you for the detailed review!  Iím going to order one!  It will be great for airplane rides!

JANIS

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Alternative to dip pen
« on: September 10, 2021, 05:01:11 PM »
@Erica McPhee Will you please report back how you like it & how well it works?  Iím very interested!

Janis

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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 / Re: Going to Omaha?
« on: September 03, 2021, 07:55:41 AM »
@Erica McPhee I forgot to mention that there is always a cocktail party on Monday night.  The first time that I went, I took a little black dress & fit right in.  This year, everyone just wore what they had on in class. - T-shirts & jeans & shorts, etc.  If I had worn a cocktail dress, I would've stuck out like a sore thumb.  Not sure if that is some cultural shift or just because of Covid-19.

I also forgot to mention that are classes on Sunday for newbies.  You sign up separately for that.  I was pretty far along with Copperplate when I went to my first convention, so I didn't bother with the newbie classes and can't tell you how those classes go. 

Everyone of the "friends" that you make in class will ask you what class you're taking tomorrow & you then agree to save them a set and if you get there first, and they'll agree to save a seat for you if they get there first.

Two years ago, they had hall monitors who stood at the door of the classroom and checked your notebook that has your schedule on it, to very that you are registered for that class.  There were people right & left who tried to sneak in to Susanne Cunningham's flourish class and when they got turned away they burst into tears.  They generally only do that to classes that are in high demand & that registration closed before they registered for the conference.

Finally, I forgot to mention that there is a big banquet on Saturday night.  I've never been to it because I am tired and want to go home and maybe get 1 day of rest before going back to work on Monday!

Janis

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: The Calligraphy Podcast
« on: September 02, 2021, 09:45:42 AM »
@darrin1200 I'm going to do that!  Thank you!

Janis

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Tools & Supplies / Re: Going to Omaha?
« on: September 02, 2021, 09:44:04 AM »
@Aries M:  The conference was Monday - Saturday noon.  There was one class a day Monday - Friday (you could pick which class you wanted from 3 or 4 choices) & a class for 1/2 a day on Saturday.  Some of the classes during the week were what I call "drawing" classes, where you learned how to illuminate documents that you have calligraphed with flowers, vines & etc.  I don't have an artistic bone in my body & I will leave all of those classes to @schin & @Erica McPhee !  I have very basic Italic and Uncial, and I am not very interested in broad-edged calligraphy.  So, I tend to gravitate to the pointed pen classes.  The half-day class on Saturday was very well instructed, but should have been a full day, if not 2 days.  It was on a low-cost graphic design software, the name of which presently escapes me.  But, I will check my iPad & post the name tomorrow.  It is a one-time fee program which is a much cheaper alternative than Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.  The problem that I had with the class was that the instructor threw a semester's worth of instruction at us in 3 hours.  It was very well organized and clearly stated, but we flew through it so fast that no one could actually keep up or learn anything.  I plan on revisiting it soon, so that maybe I can actually learn the program.  Overall, it was a very, very good conference & I am glad that I went, even though I came away humbled.  If you can get yourself to a conference, you need to do it! 

One of my very best classes was on flourishing.  I am a newbie at flourishing & this was my second class with Suzanne Cunningham, who is a master at flourishing.  I came away from the class much more confident in my flourishing skills. 

With regards to meeting people, everyone was trying to social distance, so you generally only met the people who were sitting around you.  You could invite those sitting around you to go to lunch or dinner & generally your invitation was accepted, so that you didn't have to sit/eat alone.  The "experts" (master penmen) are generally very friendly & caring & will help you with a specific problem.  But, even they were in short supply at this conference, due to the pandemic.  Normally, you see them around all week, but this year they generally came to teach for their one day & then left.  I can't say that I blame them.  We are in the midst of a pandemic, as we all know.

There is an annual business meeting held on one of the nights & it is world-class boring.  There is a night where people can sell things that they have made (pens, nibs, t-shirts, paper, aprons, hand-thrown pottery, & etc.) & that is very interesting.  All-in-all it is always a good experience and I do recommend attending, if you can!

Janis

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Show & Tell / Re: Calligraphic Styles
« on: September 01, 2021, 10:31:15 AM »
Calligraphic styles
@Ken Fraser That is top-notch work, as usual!  Absolute perfection!  Is "Caroline" also known as "carolignian" calligraphy?  I've always called it the latter instead of the former. 

Janis

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Introductions / Re: Hi! I'm Clover!
« on: September 01, 2021, 10:19:09 AM »
Howdy, @Clover!  I'm in Amarillo, so I'm a fellow Texan.  Welcome to the Flourish Forum!  You're so lucky to live in a city with a guild!  And, I think that it's a pretty active one!  Lucky you!

Janis

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Show & Tell / Re: IAMPETH Atlanta Logo
« on: September 01, 2021, 10:14:58 AM »
Just WOW about your two proposals!  Both are lovely & strong!  Erica, I love your peach blossoms!  Mike, how did you know that Atlanta's symbol was a Phoenix??  I live in Amarillo & our symbol is a cowboy boot.  Lots of those around here!  ;D

Janis

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: The Calligraphy Podcast
« on: September 01, 2021, 10:05:24 AM »
@Erica McPhee :  Is there a way to "save" a post??  I don't have time today to listen to the podcast, but want to save it for later!  I don't see a "save" option anywhere!

Janis

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Tools & Supplies / Re: Going to Omaha?
« on: September 01, 2021, 10:02:07 AM »
@Erica McPhee I came away pretty "down". - I get to thinking that I am a pretty good calligrapher & then I go to IAMPETH and am reminded that I don't know diddly-squat and am just a hack.  I live in a very rural part of the State of Texas & I have no local guild, so getting any real instruction is challenging.  (OK, it's 2021.  Is there any "real" instruction that's not online even going on anywhere??)  I guess everyone needs a wake-up call like that from time-to-time.  My instructors were brilliant.  This year, instead of having lots of half-day classes, everything was full-day.  I guess to limit exposure of teachers and students??  Harvest Crittendon told me that my Copperplate is "excellent", but since I was trying to do Spencerian script, that's not much of a compliment.   ;D  It was well worth my time/expense/week out of my office.  Next year is in HotLanta, so I'm probably going to skip.  (Who voluntarily goes to Atlanta in July or August??) I can't remember where it's going to be in 2023, but I remember thinking that it was somewhere that I would be interested in going.  So, I did OK and learned a ton, but I was humbled.

In the spring & early summer, I was slammed with work. - Wedding invitations (pent-up demand from no weddings in 2020), baby showers, 50th anniversary celebrations, etc.  That has now all dried up, due to the increased rate of new Covid-19 infections.  It was fun while it lasted!  ;D  I'll be glad when we are past all of this!

Janis

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Tools & Supplies / Re: Going to Omaha?
« on: August 22, 2021, 08:03:01 PM »
I asked to see the submissions for the 2021 logo & was told that they would bring them out, but they never did. 
Janis
Hi @JanisTX .
Do you happen to remember who you asked about the logo submissions? I'll ask that person directly about them. If not, I'll email IAMPETH generally.
Glad you had a good time and came back safe.
I asked Mr. MacAfee

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Gouache opacity
« on: August 16, 2021, 08:41:03 AM »
@Ken Fraser  told me that he uses a scaplel (yes, a surgical scaplel!!) to remove errors, blobs, etc.  So, I ordered a box from Amazon & I use them to scrape off ink/gouache/Pearl-Ex/etc. that I don't want on my paper.  I worry about having my scaplel laying around with my grandkids, but I try to remember to put them up high when they are here.  Who knew that calligraphy could be dangerous?!

Janis

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Tools & Supplies / Re: Going to Omaha?
« on: August 16, 2021, 08:20:37 AM »
The convention was VERY small, compared to most years.  I saw/met very few international students.  I asked to see the submissions for the 2021 logo & was told that they would bring them out, but they never did.  The classes that I took were very, very good.  Wonderful instructors & great (small) class sizes.  Omaha is a nice town, but I don't know that I ever want to go there again.  After I got home, I received a notice that someone at the convention reported getting Covid-19 after going back home.  :(  I've been just fine, so I wasn't affected.  I told several newbies about the Forum & I hope that they will join!

Janis

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@Ken Fraser that is lovely!!

Janis

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