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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Physical portfolio?
« on: February 15, 2024, 07:07:20 PM »
I have 2 physical portfolios. (They’re repurposed wedding albums that I got 60% off at Michael’s.). One has calligraphed envelope sample that can be removed from the plastic sleeve. It also has samples of place cards I calligraphed, prayers & such, menus, & other similar samples.

I also have an interest in print making. The other book has samples of wedding programs, galas, invitations, and other similar printed, letterpressed, materials.  I also can apply colored foil onto paper projects. (Usually a brilliant gold, but I can generally find almost any color.)

I take both books when I meet with clients.  It gives them some insight into what I can do.  They also get inspiration about their own upcoming project.

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Etegami ...
« on: February 14, 2024, 07:06:49 AM »
I only recently learned about this "Japanese postcard art," (thank you, @jeanwilson) and very much like what I've seen and learned! 

I especially like the simplicity, both in the art and the words which seems to make it very much non-threatening to many who may otherwise say "I don't do art."  Reminds me a bit of sashiko stitching/mending.

My current focus is still on Spencerian for everyday handwriting, but one day ...

As an aside, isn’t @jeanwilson  great??!!  We are enriched by her presence here at The Forum!! She is a wonderful teacher/mentor/friend!  Thank you@jeanwilson !

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: 4 returned Christmas cards
« on: February 14, 2024, 07:01:22 AM »
When I was addressing my daughter’s wedding invitations (2012), I had one returned TWICE, with a sticker that said, “No such address”.  I checked with the groom’s mother & she confirmed that the address was correct. I was writing in “plain” Copperplate. I finally got a small Manila envelope & tucked the last rejected envelope inside. I made a typed, computer-generated label and affixed it on the manila envelope and it was delivered just fine.  Apparently, the postal worker couldn’t read cursive! 

I have a good friend who is employed as a mortgage loan broker. She was at a closing & the buyers had received a note, written in cursive, from their own realtor, that they could not read. She had to read it to them orally, so that they could do what their real estate agent was telling them to do. Sigh!  WHO thinks not teaching kids how to communicate is a good idea??

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I have often thought about going to my “local” elementary school and asking if I could offer an after-school class (non-credit) on handwriting. I don’t have “perfect” penmanship.  My handwriting is, unfortunately, very personalized.  However, I’ve seen handwriting posters at teacher supply stores & can reproduce the letters, if I pay attention and try.  It’s not much to offer, but I know more than the kids & I think that I could teach kids how to write in cursive.  What do you think?  As a parent, would you like this to be available for your kids??

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: roundhand diagram
« on: January 30, 2024, 09:02:31 AM »
I feel exactly the same!  I have Dick Jackson’s book. - It’s one that I learned Copperplate (English Roundhand”) + Eleanor Winters’ book.  Thank goodness that we were lucky enough to have talented letteres who published guides for us!!

Janis

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: roundhand diagram
« on: January 29, 2024, 11:18:47 PM »
That’s lovely, Ken!  I write at a 55 degree slant. That’s just what I learned!  I find other slants to be appealing. But, I love the 55 degree slant!

Janis

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I just went down the rabbit hole!  WHY did you send me on this little mission??!!

Janis

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Show & Tell / Re: Ornate Majuscules
« on: January 10, 2024, 11:21:26 AM »
Hi, Ken!  Is the last image a majuscule “D”?  I don’t “read” D when I look at it!  Writing can be SO hard!!

Janis

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This is great information!  I tend to put my return address on the back of the envelope.  I’m going to stop doing that!

Janis

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Show & Tell / Re: How old am I?
« on: December 24, 2023, 12:22:15 AM »
Happy birthday, Ken!  Best wishes for another great year of good health and beautiful lettering!

Fondly,

Janis

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Spencerian Script / Re: Love for Writing
« on: December 17, 2023, 08:59:17 AM »
When I was learning Copperplate, I practiced 1 hour per day, Monday - Thursday.  I practiced 4 hours on Friday & 8 hours on Saturday and Sunday!  (Yes, I go to church on Sunday!  Sundays were really busy!)  I was DETERMINED to conquer Copperplate! I don’t think I would have made it with any less effort!!  I’m still “a hack” (unlike experts like @Ken Fraser & @Erica McPhee!), but it’s really pretty writing & I get hired enough to suit me and provide me an outlet for my creative urges!

Janis

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Show & Tell / Re: Christmas Kensington
« on: December 13, 2023, 08:13:12 PM »
Well, it’s gorgeous!! I love it!  You do such beautiful work!

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Show & Tell / Re: Christmas Kensington
« on: December 13, 2023, 07:59:06 AM »
@Ken Fraser I love this!  How did you get the bottom of the letters to be black??  I’m not sure how to make such great variations in the color of letters!

Janis

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Show & Tell / Re: Christmas Sheraton
« on: December 12, 2023, 09:46:52 AM »
In the US, we have 2 major holidays that feature fireworks. - New Year’s Eve & the 4th of July (“Independence Day”).  Fireworks are only sold about 2 weeks or so prior to the holiday.  (In Texas, they can generally only be sold outside of the town’s municipal jurisdiction, or “out of the city limits”.  You can buy everything from “sparklers” (no bang/explosions) to rockets, etc.  The worst part is that it often freaks out pet dogs. - They break out of their yards/pens, etc. & become lost.  It’s crazy & sometimes it takes weeks to get everything all sorted out.  It’s fun for humans. For pets, not so much! 😃

Janis

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Show & Tell / Re: Christmas Sheraton
« on: December 12, 2023, 08:26:22 AM »
That’s what my friend, Google, said! 😃. We American just call it “New Year’s Eve”!  We celebrate that with dressy parties & music & then pretty & loud fireworks at midnight. At least, around here!  (I’m in the Texas Panhandle!). They may do it differently in others parts of the United States!). I LOVE regional differences! 😃

Janis

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