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I would also consider what your end goal is.  If it is Certification through IAMPETH, I believe it is judged by Ann Camp’s Pen Lettering.  I think you may be like me, in search of the “Gold Standard Exemplar”.  Coming from a science background, not having a gold standard is unsettling!

To throw more into the mix, I’ve seen well known and respected calligraphers use anything from a 3 to a 4.5 x-height.  That can change how letters look also.

I practiced on and off for quite a while from Sheila Water’s book, but the most improvement I made was by taking an online class.  I still haven’t learned the capitals!

I am only a hobbyist, and mostly only do pointed pen… but I do feel like knowing your goals and also what looks good to you will steer you straight .  Follow your heart and have fun!

Faith and forgiveness really do go a long way!

2023 Exchanges / Re: Love Letters 2023 Valentine Exchange
« on: March 08, 2023, 08:38:16 PM »
Wow!  Those are really beautiful!

Mmmm…..  Has calligraphy helped me with handwriting in any way?  When I as in high school and college my handwriting was pretty decent.  As time went on I think I started printing more than writing for some reason.  Consequently, when I started calligraphy my handwriting was not that great anymore.  I do feel like after I started learning Copperplate, my handwriting slipped even further.  I think it was because Copperplate is more “drawn”, and coupled with the fact that a I wasn’t actually writing that much, my brain could no longer seem to navigate the smooth strokes of handwriting.  My handwriting now seems very choppy and jerky.  Recently I have been learning Spencerian, which is very similar to the cursive writing I learned in school.  Interestingly, my hand and brain are still separating writing cursive from writing Spencerian.  I think in order for my Spencerian to help my handwriting, I am going to have to make a very conscious effort to combine the two.  I am not sure if this helps in any way, and maybe ( probably) I am just an oddball, but it has been my experience.  Good luck with your dissertation…. Keep us posted!

2023 Exchanges / Re: 2023 Flourish Forum Exchange List
« on: February 17, 2023, 09:14:57 PM »
Ohhhh….these are all very interesting!

Show & Tell / Re: Cover Art
« on: February 16, 2023, 09:13:44 AM »
Congrats!  Very nice!

That is quite nice, particularly the P.  I’m sure she will love it!

Show & Tell / Re: Wedding Vows
« on: February 01, 2023, 06:26:29 PM »
Wow!  That is really really beautiful!  I am sure it will be treasured for many years.

2022 Exchanges / Re: Holiday 2022 Exchange Sign Ups are Now Closed.
« on: January 02, 2023, 10:22:37 AM »
Absolutely no worries!  Something to look forward to in the longest coldest most dreaded month of the year!!

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Calligraphy Goals in 2023
« on: January 01, 2023, 08:48:34 PM »
My engraver is also from INKMETHIS.  I haven’t gotten a chance to do much more than try it out yet, but I think it will be a lot of fun to use!

I received mine I believe the day before yesterday…so absolutely beautiful!…and the back was equally gorgeous!  Thank you Erica for all you do running the forum…It is so very much appreciated!  Happy New Year everyone!

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Calligraphy Goals in 2023
« on: December 30, 2022, 03:40:07 PM »
One of my daughters (it was actually her husband’s idea…bless his heart) gave me an engraver for Christmas!!… and my youngest daughter is getting married this fall!…so I think I have too many goals to count! LOL!

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Hurricane Ian & My Family
« on: October 05, 2022, 10:08:19 AM »
Oh my goodness…. Prayers Hugs and Love to all of you.

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Re: Script to go with illuminated letters
« on: September 02, 2022, 10:24:11 AM »
I really like that Foundational with the Illuminated letter….so clean looking.

2022 Exchanges / Re: Stuck on You Exchange Sign Ups are Now Closed.
« on: August 22, 2022, 07:18:04 PM »
Thank you everyone for the wonderful stickers for this exchange…. It never even occurred to me that I could make my own!  The envelopes and all were great…I learn so much from these exchanges.  I’m definitely thinking of ways I can up my game!  So much inspiration!  For anyone that hasn’t participated in an exchange….go for it!  They are so much fun!

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