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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Stamps and Letters
« on: May 15, 2022, 05:25:39 PM »
LOL @Ashley K  - I was thinking the same thing about dusting off my old rubber stamp collection. And then I remembered I gave the entire tub away to a friend when we moved last year. Which is why I never get rid of anything. I always want it later.  ;D

Introductions / Re: Greetings from Oregon!
« on: May 14, 2022, 02:38:44 PM »
 Hi Ashley,
Happy to see you post an introduction and say hello! Thank you for being a supporter for so long. I agree, being a calligrapher can be a lonely venture sometimes. In perspective, we are a relatively small group worldwide so it’s great when we can connect. Let us know if there is something  you are working on that you’d like feedback on or of course, any questions. We have been pretty quiet as of late as people tend to rotate around what social media platform they are on. I’m always open for more calligraphy talk!

Thank you @GretchenC for mentioning that fabulous resource!  :)

2022 Exchanges / Re: 2022 Exchange List
« on: May 13, 2022, 07:33:49 PM »
Hi @Mabel,
I have just posted the sign up here. Happy you will be joining us!  :)

Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight... The sun will come out tomorrow... Well it's a marvelous night for a moon dance! This will be a good one - I'm already thinking of ideas. The Sun, the Moon, & the Stars - which one will it be, or perhaps all three!

The sign up form is here: Sun Moon Stars Sign Up Form

Sign Up Deadline: Wed, May 25, 2022
Post Mark Deadline: Mon, June 13, 2022



1. If you did not complete a past exchange you signed up for, you cannot participate.
2. If you will be busy and cannot meet your obligation, please do not sign up. It is not OK to think, "Life happens" and not fulfill your obligation. It is OK if circumstances require you to send your exchanges late, however, you will still not be able to participate in an exchange until yours are sent.
3. You must be a registered, activated member and you must have made at least one post, introductory or otherwise, in order to participate.

As always, the following guidelines apply:

1. Calligraphy should be used on both your exchange insert and envelope.
2. You will send a card to every member on your list (typically 7-9 members).
3. Must be related to the theme.
4. All skill levels welcome!
5. If you end up not being able to participate, please contact me ASAP. If you don't send your cards after the list has gone out, you will not be able to participate in the next exchange.
6. You must sign up before the deadline. No late sign ups.

Spencerian Script / Re: Trade Card
« on: May 13, 2022, 10:17:28 AM »
LOL! Well, now I can make my r’s likes that and call it mine.  ;D

Spencerian Script / Re: Trade Card
« on: May 12, 2022, 06:04:48 PM »
P.S. I particularly liked the curve on the top part of the r in Dr. It gives a nice character.

Spencerian Script / Re: Trade Card
« on: May 12, 2022, 06:03:16 PM »
I couldn’t resist and gave the second one a try. Could use a little work but it’s fun to try it. I am just in awe at how fine their hairlines are and the boldness of their shade.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Calligraphy auction
« on: May 05, 2022, 11:54:59 PM »
Fascinating! Thank you @AnasaziWrites for that detailed explanation. I have a few boxes of some vintage nibs - Hunt 22, Hunt 56, and Esterbrook 356. You are right - you have to go through a few to get back up to speed on the nuances of the nib. I would rather not get invested in a nib that isn’t readily available. More often than not, I find myself going back to the trusty Zebra G anyway.  ;)

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: teaching child tips .
« on: May 05, 2022, 01:17:26 PM »
Great! Also, I found this gem yesterday. Schin Loong has done a YouTube video on how to write like Meghan Markel’s cursive. It’s for adults but it may help you find the nuances to assist in teaching.

Schin also has a fabulous Write Cursive with Me series for adults on YouTube.  ;D

Tools & Supplies / Re: Calligraphy auction
« on: May 05, 2022, 01:10:52 PM »
Whoa - the 604 EF’s! Are they worth it?  ;D

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: teaching child tips .
« on: May 04, 2022, 09:56:12 AM »
When I was homeschooling two of my kids, I also was disappointed in what was available for cursive writing instruction and tracing. I found this one:
Click on her link for “Cursive Writing Worksheets” in the first paragraph. This style seems similar to Meghan’s traditional handwriting. Her “calligraphy” writing adds a sort of flourish to the tops of ascenders on letters like d and h.

We also liked this one, because you can
Create your own worksheets.

Eventually, we did Michael Sull’s American Cursive Handwriting but that was after they had developed some skill (and were much older).

Hope that helps! Good luck!

Tools & Supplies / Re: Diamine Inkvent 2021
« on: May 02, 2022, 12:55:30 PM »
Thanks for the tip @K-2:-*

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Stamps and Letters
« on: May 01, 2022, 06:37:49 PM »
Wow - what a FANTASTIC article! Thank you so much for sharing. I have purchased some and used a couple of times but I always forget. The one in the article are like an art form all on its own.  ;D

Thank you for this! Wow, so much has changed since this post… it has been so interesting to see the Calligraphy World change and grow in such a short time period. What is also interesting is to see how social media has changed so dramatically in the same period. When Flourish was started, Instagram was just getting popular. Now there are so many ways people are sharing their work and forming communities. I’m so happy to have been a small part of bringing people together “back in the day.”

Wonderful that we share the love and journey of photography. It will also be a passion of mine. Isn’t it interesting how the internet has brought the “doing” of art into so many people’s lives that either never had access to it and/or the opportunity to study it.

Thank you for your lovely comment.   :-*

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