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Introductions / Re: Hello from California
« on: April 09, 2014, 12:08:00 AM »
Hi Sharon
I'm down the peninsula from you in San Mateo.

Going to  I would be totally intimidated there.

I'm at kindergarten level, well maybe below that.


Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Dip Pen forum?
« on: April 08, 2014, 10:47:38 PM »
Yes I did check the FPN.
They don't have a sub-forum/section for dip pens.  I have had to make do with posting within the general "first stop-frequently discussed topics" section.  But seemingly not very many dip pen users on FPN.

This is a nice place.  So much better than digging through the general stuff on FPN.
Once I get going on Italic calligraphy, I will be back for help and inspiration.


Introductions / Re: Hello from Northern California
« on: April 08, 2014, 10:05:58 PM »
Hi Nickki,
I'm near you, in San Mateo, half way up the SF peninsula.
I just joined the forum, looking for people that use dip pens.

My caligraphy would be considered kindergarten level.

Introductions / Hello from Northern Calif, SF Bay Area
« on: April 08, 2014, 09:59:23 PM »
I'm just getting into using dip pens.
I am looking forward to doing italic calligraphy using a cartridge calligraphy pen. I'm taking the easy way to start, then move over to a dip pen.

Right now I am trying to get a handle on using a dip pen for general writing, not calligraphy.  I've been using a straight holder, and have an oblique holder that I hope will arrive this week.  Man compared to a fountain pen, a dip pen is HARD to use, especially the pointed tip pens.  I can write and sign my name using an Eagle 830 bowl pen, but I CANNOT even write my name using any of my pointed pens.  The problem is controling the tip from scratching or digging into the paper.  Long learning curve ahead of me.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Dip Pen forum?
« on: April 08, 2014, 09:48:34 PM »
Does anyone know of a general dip pen forum?
Example, what I am currently interested is general writing with a dip pen, not calligraphy (yet) or ornamental writing.
I have been looking but this is the closest that I have been able to find, in that most everyone uses a dip pen do to their writing.


Tools & Supplies / Re: How Long Can You Use a Nib?
« on: April 08, 2014, 05:42:06 PM »
I use Speedball acrylic ink, because I like the green color, and it cleans up easy with water.
BUT, like acrylic house paint, it dries fast, that starts to mess up the ink flow.  So as others have said, I have to clean the pen of the dried ink.  I keep a heavy glass ink well with water that I dip the pen/nib into, then wipe with a tissue (toilet paper or Klenex), then the pen is back to writing well again.  The HEAVY glass ink well is specifically so I won't accidentally knock it over, like I did to a sample vial of ink...ARGH.

At the end of my writing session, I dip into the inkwell and wipe the ink off the pen, and repeat until I can't get any more ink off the pen.  Then I go into the bathroom where the exhaust fan is running, and wipe the pen with a tissue moistened with rubbing alcohol.  This removes ink that the water did not remove, and the alcohol displaces any water on the nib (so it hopefully won't rust).

I have yet to use a different ink, so I don't know if this process will have to change for the other ink. 
If the other ink needs a solvent to clean, then it will have to change.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Rusty nibs :(
« on: April 08, 2014, 03:49:37 PM »
I don't know how well it works, because I have not been doing it for long enough to really test it.
The last step when I clean my nibs is, I wipe it dry, then wipe the nib with rubbing alcohol to displace any water.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Nib storage and identification
« on: April 08, 2014, 03:46:12 PM »
I use 2 different compartment boxes.

Joanne Fabrics has a shallow box that is just right for smaller nibs like the Gillott 303.  It is much easier to get the nib out of the shallower box.  But my longer nibs do not fit this box.

Michael's has a 17 compartment box for about $2.50.  The box is about 1-1/2 inch deep.  This is fine if you have a LOT of nibs, like a box, but is rather too deep for just a few nib.  I use the Michael's box for my longer nibs that don't fit the box from Joanne Fabrics, and where I have a lot of nibs that might overflow the shallow compartment of the Joanne Fabric box.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Anyone tried a Falcon nib?
« on: April 08, 2014, 03:28:40 PM »
I use my Falcon simply as a stub nib to do general writing.
Never tired to do anything ornamental with it.

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