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Tools & Supplies / Writing on unglazed gingerbread?
« on: November 09, 2022, 09:15:01 AM »
Hi friends!

I've got a client who wants names on 300 tiny gingerbread cookies on site. I'm talking TINY, the room for the writing on is 3x4cm (1.18x1.57 inches). The gingerbread will not be glazed and the writing should be in white.

Do you have any idea how I could manage that?
Chocolate and a brush? How do I keep it melted?
Sugar glazing?

I really want to make this happen but I'm not sure it's even possible.

Thanks for any help,

Coffee & Nib-bles / Milonguera (Debbie Martin) – (10/4/1952-11/2/2020)
« on: November 03, 2020, 02:26:20 PM »
Dear friends,

I don't really know which category to post this in. Many of you know Debbie ( @Milonguera on the forum and on Instagram) from the forum, from IAMPETH or from various classes, online and offline. It breaks my heart to say this but I thought you should know that she passed away yesterday. She had been battling cancer for a while and she had made her peace with it.

If you would like to send a condolences card to her husband, please write me an e-mail at and tell me where you know her from and I will gladly give you the address, since I do not want to post it publicly. I believe her husband will enjoy knowing how loved she was within the calligraphy community as well. She was a beautiful person inside and out and the world will be a darker place without her light.

Wishing you all the best during these crap times,

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Pinky pain from resting hand on it
« on: January 13, 2018, 12:59:19 PM »
Hi everyone!

So I guess cramps and pains are common, but does anyone know the pain in your pinky finger that comes from writing a long time and resting your hand on it?
Do you have any suggestions on how to avoid this/get rid of it?


Hi everyone!

So I was wondering what your favourite fonts to combine with your calligraphy are. I'm actually looking for tips for upcoming wedding invitations ;)
Any favourites?


Coffee & Nib-bles / Share your milestones!
« on: November 23, 2016, 05:37:19 AM »
Hi everyone!

I think there was an old thread like this somewhere (maybe I even opened it ...) but I can't find it.
SO ... what recent calligra-milestones have you reached?

I'm proud to share my latest achievement: I can now listen to music WITH LYRICS while writing simple repetitive lines. YAY!! Before today, I made mistakes all the time when writing and listening to something with lyrics, so doing client work while listening was out of the question. But now ... ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED!!

How about you?

Coffee & Nib-bles / Random acts of kindness
« on: October 06, 2016, 05:26:23 AM »
Hi friends,

I found this:, it's an initiative to leave art for random people to find, then tag and share it. What do you think? I'm definitely gonna join, it sounds like great fun to just brighten up a stranger's day. If you join too, let's post our submissions here as well!


Coffee & Nib-bles / Improbable items in the mail (article)
« on: August 31, 2016, 10:25:56 AM »
I hope this hasn't been posted before, but I found this gem and think it's quite hilarious.

Hi everyone,

I wanted to share my newest find with you. The holy grail of cheap practice paper! So far, I've been practicing on HP Color Laserjet paper as recommended by Erica, but now I found something even better. It's see-through (60gsm), no feathering or bleeding and half the price of the HP paper.
It's called Clairefontaine Smart Print Paper and is available in 50-80gsm, the 50gsm is 6€/500 pages. It's not as smooth as the HP paper, but I like a little tooth.

Try it, I'm serious. It's so good.

For those of you who speak German, I postet a review on my blog:

Tools & Supplies / Erasing on iridescent/shimmering paper
« on: February 18, 2016, 05:57:39 AM »

Sooo I've been wondering: Is there a way to erase on shiny, shimmery paper? I've tried and it dulls the shine and makes horrendous smears. Any experiences with that? I've got dark gray iridescent envelopes, so using a lightpad for guidelines is not an option.

Any help appreciated!

Tools & Supplies / Help: My penholder stinks (literally)
« on: January 12, 2016, 10:28:05 AM »
Hi everyone,

I've got a curious problem today, maybe one of you knows something about this. This summer, I purchased a penholder and recently it has started to smell really bad. It smells like a wet towel you've forgotten about and left crumpled in the corner for two weeks, if you know what I mean. Kinda mouldy, rotten, disgusting. I can't see anything but the smell is getting worse. I've cleaned the surface but the smell just clings. Is it possible that the wood is rotting inside or something like that? I'd really appreciate any kind of advice.

Should I contact the person I bought it from? I'm a little embarrassed to be honest. I hope I'm not the first person with that weird experience.


Hi everyone!

I'm curious– do you use loose sheets or notebooks for practice? I often think that I should keep my practice all together and only use a book, but I find it uncomfortable to write in notebooks since most don't open flat and you can't hold your hand properly because of the bulk they make. So I use all kinds of paper I can find.
What about you?


Tools & Supplies / Recommendation: Steel ball for mixing inks
« on: December 01, 2015, 04:03:44 AM »
Hi everyone!

As some of you may know, some nail polishes have tiny metal balls in them to help stir it properly and efficiently. I've tried this with pigmented ink (like PearlEx) where the pigment settles quickly to the bottom of the jar, and it works like a charm. No more prying the layer of pigment off the bottom with a toothpick!
So I thought I'd share this :D you can buy those balls off ebay or amazon easily.


Open Flourish | General Discussion / Vertical Ornamental Penmanship
« on: October 08, 2015, 01:16:43 PM »
Dear friends,

my latest obsession has been this exemplar:

And I've been trying to find out more about vertical ornamental penmanship, to no avail. Since I would love to learn as much as I can about it, I thought I'd ask here if anyone knows anything about this, historically, or where I can find resources, specimens etc. Apparently there was a series in the Business Educator, but I am unable to find more than one page of it. History nerds, your turn! :)


Tools & Supplies / Parallel Pen & Iron Gall
« on: August 19, 2015, 02:03:47 AM »
Hi everyone,

I have some beautiful colored Iron Gall ink from Rohrer & Klingner and I've been successfully using it with dip pens. However, I was wondering if it will kill my Parallel Pens, if I put it in there. Will it destroy the plastic and/or the nib? I'm guessing yes, since it's corrosive, but how long will it take to actually destroy the PP? If I have to buy a new one once a year or so, it'll be okay, but if it destroys it in a month, I'd rather use dip nibs.

I hope someone can shed some light on that.


Kind Critique / GoT inspired postcard
« on: July 08, 2015, 04:16:34 AM »
Hi everyone,

I'd love some feedback on this postcard I designed. I'm planning on making a series of those, watercolor painting + calligraphy, with the best features of Westeros highlighted :P
I've already noticed some flaws in the calligraphy, but I'd really appreciate some expert input since I kinda suck at flourishing :P


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