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List 2!
I'm still waiting for Lynn and PointedBroad envelope, but I'm sure they will come very soon, and the preview were thrilling.
All your letter was gorgeous!
Sheed-o that watercolour is stunning!
Susan I'm soo happy! your broadpen is great!
I'm died when I saw as Saron wrote my name on the envelope
Liz thank you too! Your card is so pink and lovely!  ;)

Tools & Supplies / Re: Cards
« on: May 05, 2016, 10:39:24 AM »
I should suggest to change ink and not kind of paper  ;)
when I go mad because everything bleeds or doesn't work ad I want I go back to gouache.
In my opinion gouache is a sort of universal remedy to all writing problems  ;D ;D
My fav kind is talens and also schmincke' Calligraphy.
and if you want to keep your gouache thin use distilled water.

Higgins eternal is a very good ink with brush or trunk nib but I can't use it with pointed nib.. and I can't undestand way  ???

Hello List 2  ;D
mine are leaving this morning, just in time, I was sooo late this exchange  :-[
In a couple of weeks should reach you

Tools & Supplies / Re: Matte Silver Ink
« on: April 12, 2016, 04:14:17 AM »
Hi Agnes,
have you ever tried with silver gouache by talens?
I really love it!

Hello Garima!
It's quite hard to find the perfect envelope to me, you have to try a tons, annoy your stationery seller with a lots of questions and try, try, try ... each kind of envelope need a combination of instrument + medium in my opinion.
If it the very first time don't be shy to try  ;) maybe you can find some creative solutions!
I've found that if my ink bleeds I can use guache and that's more performant also on weird kind of paper, or sometimes I write the address on my practice paper and the I "glue" on the envelope like this one

Otherwise maybe you can also do your own envelope with the paper that you prefer folding that..  possibilities are endless  ;D

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: help needed to find old postcards
« on: February 25, 2016, 08:38:54 AM »
have you tryed on etsy? there is a lot of intresting postcard!

Favorite Resources / Re: Supplies in Europe?
« on: February 24, 2016, 09:13:06 AM »
I like soo much this shop
and I think also has fair price

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Re: Learning Fraktur
« on: February 24, 2016, 08:37:07 AM »
Katerina, was that at the Passionate Pen?
No, that was Fine Estate in Calligrafia at Abano (Italy) with AssociazioneCalligraficaItaliana.
Unfortunately I do not live in US  ::)
This was the last year program
such an intresting event!

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Re: Learning Fraktur
« on: February 24, 2016, 03:42:54 AM »
This summer I attend a wonderful ws with Giovanni DeFaccio about Texura and Fraktur, and he has shown us a stunnig work.
Is a roll long I think something like 30 mt (100 feet ?) with a variety of maiuscles

Someone has stiched all the work in a unique pic that I attach here!
This is amazing!  ;)

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: What's your workstation like?
« on: February 23, 2016, 09:22:38 AM »
This thread is so insipiring! Many wonderfull workstations here!
As soon I tidy up I will take some photos too!
I live in a big mess with paper and boxes everywhere  ::) I'm currently looking for a new home and the first request is "I need a studio; and then maybe a kitchen  ;D "

Tools & Supplies / Re: Italian Wood Obliques
« on: February 23, 2016, 04:48:35 AM »
Thank you all for your encouraging comments! I'm glad to received such a positive feedback!  ;D ;D

Tools & Supplies / Re: Oblique Ballpen
« on: February 22, 2016, 10:07:29 AM »
Recently I was treated with one of these:

it seems exactly what you need!  ;D
there is also a pencil version!

Tools & Supplies / Re: Italian Wood Obliques
« on: February 22, 2016, 05:40:52 AM »
I realized just now that has been generated a thread all mine  ;D
So.. I think I must speak a little bit of mine holder. (please, be kind with my english  :-[ )
Last summer I was upset because all of mine holder was that kind of ugly plastic and here in physical stores near my city I can find only horrible kinds, so I realized that I could turn out by myself.
In our house there is a lathe and my father helped me a lot starting turning!
I grew up in the north of Italy in a zone very rich of olive and other wonderful trees.

So the very firts pen holder that I made was in this kind of wood; I really like to use this because it has wonderful scents both when u turn and it remains also when the pen is finished and varnished!

So I've started to turn, to turn and again to turn.

Soon I've realized that I have more penholder that I could use, so I've started to sell in my etsy shop.
And that I need other tools so I've also started to produce what I need
like this block of olive to hold the penholder

I don't know if I can insert my etsy link
but i post some image of my penholder and if you have more question, I'm here  ;)

This is made of Bubinga (well, actually, is not a typical wood from Italy, but I've also started to discover new kind of woos) and I like it because of his shading, that range from a pinkish to a golden tone

This is another of my fav! Is made of olive and walnut wood from a very small zone with very particular kind of walnut protected by European Union for its quality.

This one in Swietenia and Olive wood

or this one

that is made with this chestnut tree


What a fun!
nicholly now I send you my address!

Hello List 6! I've just shipped my letter! Hope arrive soon!  ;D

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