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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Boogie Board Calligraphy
« on: August 27, 2019, 04:08:32 AM »
Whoo Hoo! I love it, too! Iím ordering one right now! Great video, Erica. Iím already drooling.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Hand carved pen holder
« on: March 14, 2019, 09:14:51 AM »
I thought you might get a good laugh from my so-called pen holder, fit for the trash can. Too bad it works so well. I just have to suck up the embarrassment and enjoy the journey, right?!

Oh, yes! The restoration of my grandfatherís Zanerian Fine Writer was wonderful, and I remember crying when Chris sent me the video. Itís the only thing I have left of my grandfatherís.

Thanks so much! 


Ps. You really knocked it out of the park with your gorgeous pen holder!

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Hand carved pen holder
« on: March 14, 2019, 02:30:14 AM »
Okay, here's my clown holder!


Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Hand carved pen holder
« on: March 14, 2019, 02:23:01 AM »
Oh, shoot. It wonít accept my iPhone photos. Iíll go convert it to png on my desktop computer and post my funny looking pen so you can get a good giggle, Diane!

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Hand carved pen holder
« on: March 14, 2019, 02:21:24 AM »
Diane, I am SOOOO impressed!  Yours pen looks like a work of art. Now, I have a giggle for you. I remade a pen, but I was too embarrassed to post it, because it looks like something out of a horror flick. I wanted to try an ergonomic pen holder, but wasnít sure it was for me. So I took a wad of kneadable eraser, wrapped it on a pen holder, and squished my hand around it so it would have an impression of my normal grip.

This worked fine for short quotes, but was too soft to hold up very long. Jean Wilson gave me a great idea about trying Crayola Model Magic, a soft squishy modeling material for kids that hardens after 72 hours, but remains somewhat spongy to the touch.

Viola! It works like a charm, and while it may be the fugliest pen holder on the planet, it fits my hand like a glove and is actually very comfortable to use. But, it IS the funniest looking thing I have EVER seen! 

Keep up the class act, Diane ó and Iíll keep the circus going here, and look for a clown outfit to go with my funny fugly pen holder! 

Iím so impressed with what you made. Way to GO!!!


Copperplate Tutorial by SMK / Re: Copperplate Minuscules - Group 4
« on: March 08, 2019, 08:47:01 PM »
Dear Diane,

Please label me ďDUH!Ē  That was indeed meant for Kristin. I was just writing while thinking of you and the spacing, and how much your latest practice sheet had improved. Sheesh, Iím such an airhead. Iíd like to blame it all on autocorrect, but I canít. Hah! SORRRRY! 

And Sorry, Kristin!

Scatterbrained Debi in Las Vegas.
Itís all the the neon lights. Iím sure they did it...*grin*

Thanks, Kristin!

Thatís my grandfatherís Zanerian Fine Art Writer. I was only 10 years old when he died, and when the family cleaned out his home, they threw away all his penman things. I pilfered this from the trash can because I thought it was pretty. It then kicked around in my pen and pencil drawers for 60 years, until I pulled it out when I joined the Flourish Forum, and posted to ask if anyone knew what it was! It was Salman who quickly identified it as a collectible, and I ended up getting it repaired and refurbished by Chris Yoke. Itís so cool that itís a part of my history, and Iím only sad that all the other things were thrown away, and that I never got to ask my grandfather more about his work as a penman. He was Polish, and didnít speak much English, and I didnít speak any Polish. But now, I treasure this pen holder, and itís all I have of my grandfather to to connect with.


Copperplate Tutorial by SMK / Re: Copperplate Minuscules - Group 4
« on: March 07, 2019, 02:20:14 AM »
Diane, Thank you for the idea of lighter slant lines, to see it if tricks my brain into relaxing, and not cramping up the letters so closely when I get near the slant. Hereís my try. I made other mistakes, but I think in general, the idea worked well! The slant looks more consistent and a bit more relaxed to me.
Even if other elements are still wonky. *grin*

Thank you again for the great idea!


Copperplate Tutorial by SMK / Re: Copperplate Minuscules - Group 4
« on: March 07, 2019, 12:27:02 AM »
Hi Kristin!

Thanks So much for jumping in. Itís always great to get another personís perspective on the problems Iím having, and I appreciate your take on the slant issues. I do realize I start to cramp the letters, but I never noticed that it might be an unconscious thought that the slant line is coming up. Wow! Astute observation!! Iíll give your suggestion a try, and now that Iím aware that Iím doing this, Iíll try to relax more and not let my letters cramp up and become so upright. Great idea, and I thank you so much! Please, donít hold back your thoughts and comments. There is no Ďthemí and Ďus.í There is just us, and weíre all trying to learn. When we can reach out and help someone else, that extra set of eyes is a terrific help.

Thank you again!


Copperplate Tutorial by SMK / Re: Copperplate Minuscules - Group 4
« on: March 06, 2019, 05:39:25 PM »
Hi Diane,

Sorry for the lateness of my response!  I think your slant is so consistent, and far, far better than mine. I struggle with that slant constantly, unless Iím using grid paper with lots of slant lines. You are way ahead of me. Keep up the good work!


Copperplate Tutorial by SMK / Re: Copperplate Minuscules - Group 4
« on: March 03, 2019, 09:44:58 AM »
Oh, Diane. The spacing looks very nice to me. Easily readable. I think you did a great job!

Copperplate Tutorial by SMK / Re: Copperplate Minuscules - Group 4
« on: March 02, 2019, 11:08:42 AM »
Jean, you make some very heart-warming points that hit home to me. While I am very diligent about practicing the basics, I reward myself afterwards by doing something thatís just creative and fun, and takes no concentration. I spent several hours on your blog last night (so much for sleep. Itís overrated), and just marveled over the envelopes and how much creativity came alive. I also saw the post about Viola, and spent the next hour following links about Telegrapherís script and train order operators. What fun!

I just finished a card and envelope for a gentleman named Joe Cuba, who turns 100 in a few days. His wish for his birthday was to receive 100 cards. Iím sure, since it went viral, that heíll receive thousands. It was great fun practicing my copperplate and combining it with alcohol ink abstract art. Yes, envelopes are highly addictiveóand SO enticing!

I want to thank you once again for joining in here to help us on our journey through these basic letterforms, and itís always a thrill to find encouragement from a Calligraphic Rock Star!

I will be emailing you about other things I found of great interest on your blog ó itís so comprehensive! I donít want to post things not directly related to Group 4 of Salmanís tutorial, so Iíll say thank you once again, for all the gems of wisdom you have shared. This journey of initial learning is so important, and I feel I need a solid base before anything else. Thank you so much for your invaluable input! I am certain Salman will be smiling when he gets back here, and appreciate that you jumped in to help us with our questions.

Have a lovely weekend!

Debi in Las Vegas (no, Iíve never met Schin, though we live in the same town. But one day, if I ever get past minuscules, I hope to write her a fan letter!)

Copperplate Tutorial by SMK / Re: Copperplate Minuscules - Group 4
« on: March 02, 2019, 08:10:57 AM »
Jean Wilson! 

A thousand thank youís for adding your words of wisdom to this tutorial. What an absolute THRILL to see your name and face pop up here. I feel like I just received an autographed Mickey Mantle baseball card!

I canít thank you enough for taking the time to help us with spacing problems. Itís enormously helpful, and so very kind of you to share such a cohesive post, with all the information so nicely laid out. I have found your posts on The Flourish Forum extremely helpful, with valuable tips that have made my fledgling efforts with the pointed pen much easier. Finding your blog just the other day was a cornucopia of delight, and certainly a grand motivation to keep pushing through the basics, so that one day I will be able to dance with my pen, too. Your work is immensely inspiring.

Thank you again, Jean. You are so thoughtful and kind!

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Dinky Dip Quick Filler
« on: March 01, 2019, 08:17:57 PM »
Hi Moose!

Iím a big Pipette fan, too. I use them a lot for adding drops of distilled water, or to add gum Arabic to pigments. I mainly use the little bottles for refilling ink, and itís handy for me, as I tend to add some gum Arabic to my ink, and this way, I donít have to mix it each time I want to top off the inkwell. I also use the little bottles for alcohol ink, which I use for abstract art work. But wait, it slices, it dices, it even juliennes! Hah...apologies to Ron Popeil. I use the little bottles in the kitchen, for food coloring, some hot sauces, and liquid spice mixes; and use them in the bathroom for peroxide, isopropyl alcohol and vinegar/alcohol mix for drying out inner ear canals. These little buggers are handy! And oh, yeah, I also have pipettes in every room, as well.

Copperplate Tutorial by SMK / Re: Copperplate Minuscules - Group 4
« on: March 01, 2019, 04:31:46 PM »
My first posting of ďbe not afraid.Ē Itís a start, but still see problems, especially in the upright Ďdís, and the upright Ďy.í Yet, I see SOME progress. Iím just not where I hoped Iíd be by now. Consistency is still a struggle, and there are no graceful words yet. i get more flow when I write freely, not worrying about the letterforms, but then, the letterforms are horrid. So this is a compromise. Clunky.

I must remember (since Iím getting tired of writing this particular quote now!) ...Ēin time, the grass becomes milk.í

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