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Tools & Supplies / Ink that changes color as it dries??
« on: June 15, 2019, 03:40:23 PM »
My niece sent me a short video she found on Facebook of an unidentified (and very talented) calligrapher who was using an iridescent ink that changed color as it dried. Does anyone know what the ink is or who the calligrapher is??

Open Flourish | General Discussion / IAMPETH 2019
« on: March 16, 2019, 11:07:34 AM »
I just registered for IAMPETH 2019 in Denver!  I am SO excited!  I hope that I can meet-up with some of you there! : :D


Tools & Supplies / Zebra G with Cage
« on: July 14, 2017, 04:32:09 PM »
Hi, Flourish Friends!  John Neal Bookseller got in some new nibs that have a "cage" attached.  It looks like a little spring.  (Remember the little spring that some fountain pens used to have?  It looks just like one of those!  It is attached to the underside of the nib.  Basically, the spring just collects more ink that you could normally put into the little hollow space that generally collects ink.  It doesn't look like it would do much, but OH MY!  It holds WAY more ink that the nib would typically hold!  I lettered one whole page off of one dip into the ink!  It's awesome!  IMHO, it's well worth the extra money!  I've been using Noodler's ink & I'm going to try Finetec and some gouache to see if the results are the same.  I seriously recommend the nibs with cages.  I ordered every one available at John Neal & I am excited to try them all!  They don't have my beloved Brause 66EF, but I hope that they're working on it!   :D

At any rate, if you've been on the fence about trying the nibs with cages, Get Off the Fence and order some!  They're great!


Open Flourish | General Discussion / IAMPETH Courses??
« on: February 11, 2017, 01:00:52 PM »
I've been stalking the IAMPETH website, to see if I can figure out what courses are going to be offered this summer.  I can't find anything about this year's convention.  I know when registration is & I am a member (and have signed into the website), but I can't find a course list.  Does anyone know when the list of classes will be released??  I got all of the classes that i wanted last year, and am hoping to do the same this year!


Open Flourish | General Discussion / My laugh of the week!
« on: July 14, 2016, 07:52:16 PM »
I took Harvest Crittendon's "Beginning Spencerian" class at IAMPETH on Tuesday.  (I want to letter like Schin!!). Harvest is a good teacher & a very nice person.  We had 100+ in the class, yet she took an effort to review each student's work & offer a kind critique. When she looked at my lettering, she said, "Oh!  That's very good Copperplate!!"   :o. I am so in love with Copperplate, I can't make myself stop doing it, even when consciously trying!  I guess being at the same seminar as Schin doesn't necessarily mean that her talent is going to rub off on poor little me!  Tomorrow is the Advanced Spencerian & I'm prepared to take a beating!  ;D. But, at least Harvest thought my Copperplate was good!!

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Shout-out to Joi!
« on: July 09, 2016, 06:50:56 PM »
I got an email from John Neal Bookseller & it contained a feature on our own beautiful & talented @Joihunt!!  It was a great read!  So glad that she is receiving well-deserved recognition!


Open Flourish | General Discussion / IAMPETH Meet-Up!
« on: July 09, 2016, 06:43:25 PM »
I'm going to IAMPETH on Monday!  I'm so excited to meet those of you who are also attending!  If you are going & want to meet up for a meal or a drink or whatever, if you'll message me your phone number, I'll send you mine!  :)  I can't wait to meet you!


Open Flourish | General Discussion / Need advice for an ink writing pen
« on: December 09, 2015, 06:19:44 PM »
Hi, Flourish Friends!

My son-in-law has asked me to purchase him a "non-expensive", nice ink pen that he can use to write thank you notes with.  He wants one that puts down a thick layer of ink (I'm thinking maybe gel??) and writes smoothly.  I know that some of you are pen-oriented, in addition to being calligraphy-oriented.  Can anyone please recommend a couple (or more) pens that might fit this description?

Many thanks!


Open Flourish | General Discussion / Turner Acrylic Gouache
« on: April 07, 2015, 06:35:11 PM »
I got an email with a link to this gouache set:

I am intrigued with the kit, especially with the "mixing cards" that tell you how to mix the 12 colors to get 120 different colors.  I've been using Holbein gouache (which I love).  Is anyone familiar with Turner?  Do you have an opinion about whether or not this' as good a deal as it looks to be?  The price is right & you get a ton of "extras", so I'm thinking about pulling the trigger!  I'd love some input from some of you gouache pros, however!

Thank you in advance!


Tools & Supplies / Found a Big Box of Nibs!
« on: March 21, 2015, 05:30:28 PM »
I was in an antique store (more of a junk store, but the owner likes to call it an "antique store"!).  While prowling around, I found a very full box of nibs!  I am so excited!  There are about 150 nibs in the box.  They're not as responsive as my beloved Brause 66ef, but they're great for practice!  I paid $15 for the whole box!


Tools & Supplies / Namiki Falcon
« on: March 06, 2015, 09:22:12 AM »
When I started my Copperplate journey, I was afraid of nibs & dipping into ink.  It just seemed so intimidating!!  I purchased a wide assortment of pens, paying ever-increasing prices, trying to find one that would make pretty "thicks" and "thins", like I was seeing in Eleanor Winters' book.  The pen that performed the best was a Namiki Falcon.  John Neal Books has this to say about the Namiki:

"FP135. Namiki Copperplate Flex Pen
"The Namiki Falcon Fountain Pen with a Copperplate Flex Nib: A fountain pen for script. Black resin body, adjusted nib, gift box.

"The Namiki Falcon Fountain Pen is prized for its soft, flexible nib that responds to changes in pressure as you write. It rivals the soft nibs found in some highly sought after vintage fountain pens. "From the factory the Namiki Falcon is a wonderfully expressive writing tool, but it writes like a fountain pen. It would not be prized by a penman or penwoman as a tool for writing Copperplate or Spencerian Script.

"But with some precise and skillful adjustment, the nib of the Namiki Falcon is transformed. The point is made finer and the nib is given even more flex, enough flex that it functions more like a pointed dip pen nib. It becomes a tool for stressed scripts such as Copperplate and Spencerian. It is also great for pen-and-ink sketching."

I'm curious about that next-to-the last sentence, "But with some precise and skillful adjustment, the nib of the Namiki Falcon is transformed."  Do you think that they are talking about an adjustment that the consumer/scribe is supposed to make??  Or, are they talking about something that Namiki has done prior to shipping the pen??  I have a Namiki Falcon laying around in a drawer that I abandoned when I sucked it up & bought an oblique holder and some Brause EF66 nibs & finally got the "look" that I was so desperately seeking!  As I recall, it was very convenient to use (easily transported & easy to use when traveling), but not so hot for thicks & thins, as it was only minimally responsive.

What do you think?


I've got to address invitations & the bride chose Crane's Lettra envelopes, which I just hate!  They are woven and have quite a bit of "tooth".  I got some extra to play around with and my beloved Brause 66EF is a no-go!  I got ink splatters all over the place on all of the upstrokes.  Can anyone recommend a different nib?  I also tried the Leonardt Principal EF Nib, my next favorite nib, and had the same result.  Joi, I tried your old go-to, the Hiro 41, and I can't get good "thicks" on the down-stroke.  I think that my touch is too light, as I am most used to the Brause & it doesn't take much to get it to flex.

Any suggestions out there?  (I've thought about shooting the bride, but that just seems so extreme, somehow!)


Open Flourish | General Discussion / What to do??
« on: January 02, 2015, 11:38:10 AM »
Hi, Flourish Friends!

I have a bride who forgot to order her parents' return address on the back of her outer envelopes.  I have written her parents' names & addresses & want to order a rubber stamp that they can use.  I received Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for Christmas & haven't even had a chance to load them on the computer.  Does anyone know of someone that I could send the scan of the address (in JPG or PDF format) to, to get them to "clean it up", so I can send it to a rubber stamp company??  I've got a pretty tight deadline & don't want to spend a long time trying to figure out how to clean up the scanned image by myself.  (I'm hoping to take a class on both Photoshop and Illustrator in 2015!!)  I'd appreciate any advice!

Ellen, are you there?  I'm hoping that you in particular know of someone who might be able to help!!  ;D

Thank you all!


Tools & Supplies / Applying Spray Fixative
« on: December 06, 2014, 02:49:59 PM »
When I have a big wedding job, I spray the envelopes with a spray fixative.  Many inks have charcoal as an additive (especially black inks, of course!).  After the ink dries, the charcoal rises to the surface.  If you stack your envelopes, the ink from the envelope below can rub off on the back of the envelope on top of it.  Spray fixative is your answer (unless you're in love with your eraser!)!  Here's how I do it:

1.  The fixative STINKS!  DO NOT spray it in your house/apartment!!  Spray it outdoors, if possible.  (I live in the windiest city in the US, so I don't get that luxury very often!)  My "usual" spot is in the garage.
2.  Lay down something to put the envelopes on.  I use a plastic shower curtain liner. - Just get the cheapest one available!  Other options are drop cloths or flat bed sheets.
3.  I like to have the envelopes alphabetized, so that I can locate *that* envelope if someone moves, etc.  So, I lay them out alphabetically starting at the top left of the plastic and moving from left-to-right, row by row.  I am pretty good about being able to estimate 50-ish envelopes.  You can see in the photo that I was a little off on my count today, but not by much.
4.  Once they are laid out, I then spray them with a fixative.  You want a quick, LIGHT spray on each envelope.  Don't get too close to the envelope and don't make any envelope "wet".  Just a quick, light spray is enough to "set" the ink!  It is not a water-proofer, but it will "set" the charcoal, so you won't have any transfer of the ink from one envelope to another.  There are several spray fixatives available & I don't like one more than another.  They all smell AWFUL, so just go with whatever you can find on sale or that's available to you in your local art supply or craft store!
5.  Let the envelopes dry in place for about 30 minutes.  (OK, truth be told, I get impatient because I hate this part, and I usually can't make myself wait 30 whole minutes.  At about 25 minutes, I'm out the door like a scalded cat, gathering up Round One, so that I can lay out and then spray Round Two!)
6.  Pick up the envelopes from last to first, moving right-to-left from the bottom to the top, so that they remain properly alphabetized.
7.  Repeat, until you're done!  On this project I have 150 outside envelopes and 150 inner envelopes, so guess what I'm doing with the rest of my day?!

I hope that this information is helpful to you!


I forgot to explain why I want about 50 envelopes on the plastic!  If I cover the entire surface of the shower curtain, then my arm is not long enough to reach all of the envelopes that are in the center of the shower curtain!  I can get to all of the envelopes around the edges, but I can't adequately reach those in the middle!  If you are tall and have long arms, that might not be a problem for you.  I'm average height for a girl, so I just limit the number that I lay down, so that I can be sure that I can reach every envelope from all four sides of the plastic!

Tools & Supplies / Desiderata Pen Photos
« on: December 06, 2014, 10:57:51 AM »
Here are some photos of my Desiderata Pen:


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