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Spencerian Script / Re: Imperfection
« on: October 22, 2021, 07:54:18 AM »
You might notice here ghosts of other letters. As I use both sides of practice paper, work from another day is on the back of this piece of paper. I generally fill one side and put it aside to dry and use the second side another day. No sense wasting paper.

I do this too, Mike. If you hold the paper to the light/window, the serendipitous placement of the two-sided letters and strokes makes for a cool design.

Go one step further and up-cycle your practice sheets to wrapping paper. :)

@nicole.t Your exchange letter came back to me. It seems that the post office gets confused when I put my address on the back, thinking that is the recipient address -- even though your non-DC address and stamp on front should be clear signs!

Sigh, I'll re-stamp and send this on its merry way. I hope that the rest don't suffer the same fate.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Looking For White Ink Recommendations
« on: October 17, 2021, 09:40:41 AM »
Like Erica, my go-to is BPW too. I also really like McCaffrey's White and Ivory. The inks are thinner in consistency and thus not as opaque as the BPW, but you can get really beautiful hairlines with the McCaffrey's. The one advantage is you can use it straight out of the jar. Just watch out for the mold and clumps that sometimes form between use.

I'm not a fan of the Daler-Rowney Pro-White -- avoid that one. It's good for more expressive/gestural work, but I wouldn't recommend it for fine and delicate pointed pen use.

Good luck!

Open/Active Exchanges / Re: Iridescence Exchanges - So Well Done!
« on: July 26, 2021, 08:56:37 AM »
Just got back from vacation and I can't wait to open all of these beautiful envelopes. I agree with Michael--this was a very fun and inspiring topic.

Thanks for sharing and organizing, Erica! These FF exchanges are still my most favorite way to practice after all these years. <3

Design & Layout / Re: Centering
« on: June 03, 2021, 10:32:03 AM »
This is a nice trick, Elissa. Thanks for sharing it!

I keep thinking that the more I do centering, the better I'll get at it and it will come naturally. That is definitely not true!

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Contest: Who wrote this?
« on: June 03, 2021, 10:28:49 AM »
That's an F, duuuuh! Ha, this was fun, Mike! It really is a cool though offbeat style of writing.

You have great control on the flourishes too -- confident and elegant. Thanks for sharing!

Just a gentle reminder: there are 6 days left to register for Michael Sull's Spencerian Saga on Zoom.

Michael shared on Instagram that he'll be teaching some new Spencerian and Ornamental Penmanship techniques and methods.

We've had a wonderful response and the course has over 200 students from 29 countries. Although the class is large, there is a Slack forum for classmates to share and discuss work and mingle on a more one-on-one level. Hope you'll join us.


Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Contest: Who wrote this?
« on: May 27, 2021, 08:06:01 AM »
I have no clue. It's so cool and abstract.

S.E.R. Pinnad or Pinnat
I keep seeing "Spinach" as the last name, but I know that's not right. ;D

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Flourishing on guns
« on: May 16, 2021, 01:12:42 PM »
Oh wow, this is cool. I had no idea they did this kind of engraving on vintage firearms. Thanks for sharing, Jean!

The Washington Calligraphers Guild is very excited to host Michael Sull's first-ever Spencerian Saga on Zoom.

The Zoom webinar will take place on four Wednesday evenings, starting June 2 through 23 from 7:30-9:30 EDT.

You do not have to be a WCG member to sign up. Registration is $140 USD.

If you cannot attend live, that's totally fine. The Webinar will be recorded and you will have access to the recordings between classes and for an additional month through July 22. We also plan to have a Slack forum for students to share their practice and stay motivated between class sessions. Even if you cannot attend the webinar live, you'll still have a chance to interact and engage in real time with your classmates.

The class is listed as intermediate to advanced, but I encourage anyone who is interested in Michael Sull's work, Spencerian, flourishing and ornamental penmanship to sign up. You'll learn about the history of Spencerian and ornamental penmanship, get fantastic handouts from Michael, and have access to the class recordings for rewatching.

For those who dreamed of learning with Michael at IAMPETH but couldn't, this is the opportunity for you. Wherever you are in the world, come join us.

More details and registration link can be found here:

If you have questions, feel free to ask me here or send an email to [email protected].

Thanks for reading and hope to see you there!
Janice (WCG Registrar)

Whaaaaaat, wow, that is so cool! And you know what, I just smelled it and there was the faintest scent of eucalyptus.

And of course, my husband walked in the moment I had your letter up to my nose, haha! Thanks, Alba! That's a treat!

@Inked botanicals Alba, yay! I got your beautiful letter. Love that quote. I'm adding it to my book of quotes to letter. And how cute is that leaf postage stamp. I wish our postal service was a bit more experimental with its stamps!

Show & Tell / Re: Watercolor Quote
« on: April 29, 2021, 09:41:43 AM »
This is so lovely, Erica. I especially love the subtle watercolor choices, but that pop of pink is perfect: not only as the color of breast cancer awareness but it just lifts the whole piece with hope and positivity.

Oh Alba! Yes, I'm missing yours, Gloria's and Jennifer's, but I figured with international post. It was going to happen.

Let me know if you didn't receive mine. Happy to share a photo... sadly, I spent so much time on it, I wouldn't be able to recreate it easily.  :(

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