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another day below freezing...another day with no sun...i've lost count how many days of clouds.  but i found these happy tulips at the grocery store and they are making me all kinds of happy. :)

02.07.2014 by kelly ishmael, on Flickr

happy weekend!

Open Flourish | General Discussion / what i am practicing
« on: February 05, 2014, 06:47:49 PM »
both for my calligraphy and for my attitude. ;)

Untitled by kelly ishmael, on Flickr

Open Flourish | General Discussion / the journey.
« on: January 28, 2014, 05:58:22 PM »
hello my friends. 

first i would like to thank you all so much again for sharing your tips and techniques.  as a newbie i am so grateful and i am learning so much from you all.

when it comes to learning something new, sometimes i get so impatient...i just want to be good now!  so frustrated by the learning curve.  but then i remember getting started with photography and how it took a while to figure out how to get what i saw with my mind's eye to come out of the camera.  but sooner or later things will 'click' {pun intended} and then it's just a matter of practice and refining. and truth be told, part of what i love about photography is that there is always something new to learn.  a new way of seeing things.

so that's what i've been trying to do regarding calligraphy...  where i got really frustrated before was in trying to run before i could walk.  so i watched all of the tutorials back to back.  practiced pages of each letter.  i was still unhappy with my letters because i kept snagging and the ink was bleeding.  not pretty.  then because my hand was hurting so bad, i just couldn't put as much pressure on the pen.  and finally. it 'clicked'...i was pressing too hard.  {insert hallelujah chorus here  ;)}

so here is finally a page of practice and a little project i created.  i know there is so much to improve on, but finally i think i'm starting to get the hang of it.  thank you again for all the inspiration. :)

Introductions / an okie here!
« on: January 26, 2014, 08:09:04 PM »
hello everyone.  just wanted to say hi and introduce myself.

my name is kelly and i live in tulsa oklahoma with my husband and our daughter who is currently a junior in college.  {don't ask me how that happened...i have no idea. ;)}

i am relatively new to the art of calligraphy although i have an sincere love of words and text.  as a photographer, i love adding beautiful text to my photographs.  so many times i have found myself pulling my hair out in photoshop trying to get my words to look just right.  i just sit there thinking, "if i could just write this myself it would be so much easier".  so that's what sort of led me into trying my hand at calligraphy.  although i am discovering calligraphy isn't exactly easy.  :)  but i love it.  i actually love's sort of meditative if that makes any sense.

been a member here for a little over a week and have had a chance to read a few of the topics and practice a couple of the pointed pen lessons.  finally after a week of practice, i was able to produce a half-way decent alphabet...although to me it still looks like an 87 year-old woman who drank 12 cups of coffee made it.  ;)

anyway, thank you to erica and everyone here for so generously sharing your art and your knowledge.  looking forward to learning from you all. 

blessings, kelly

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