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Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: nib & airplane
« on: August 01, 2014, 02:47:10 AM »
I'm back!
I'm happy to let you know i hadn't any problems carrying in my handluggage both nibs and ink! Nobody said a single word about it! :)

I wrapped my ink jar with bubble wrap and sealed it in a plastic bag, nothing bad happened ;)

Introductions / Re: Hello :)
« on: July 18, 2014, 06:39:00 AM »
Benvenuta Margherita! Bello trovare un'altra italiana :)

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: nib & airplane
« on: July 16, 2014, 06:04:26 PM »
Although I wouldn't want one in the eye...nibs aren't exactly fit to be a weapon...unless they're poison dart nibs! More seriously, I like to think that airport officials have a decent amount of common sense to realize that it will take some very creative thinking to take down a plane with a pointed nib or two.

@treehugger: confiscated cookie cutters? Really? Those must have been some cookie cutters!

Yes! At the London airport, I think they were three or four cookie cutters similar to these
I like to think airport officials have enough common sense, but.. Cookie cutters!

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: nib & airplane
« on: July 16, 2014, 01:35:13 PM »
About the ink, mine is 100ml so it's fine, but now I'm afraid it could spill! I have to protect well my clothes...

About the nib.. I really don't know, once my brother bought some cookie cutter in London and they didn't allow him to bring them, he had to throw the cookie cutters away, I'm still sad about that story since they were a present for me Ahaha
I think I'll bring just one nib so if they freak out I wouldn't get mad and I'll just abandon my dear nib :(

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: nib & airplane
« on: July 16, 2014, 07:10:01 AM »
Thank you all!

I'm afraid too of the possibility of the open of the jar of ink! But I think that if I seal it in a plastic bag, even if it opens the ink remain in the bag.. I have a kind of stock of ink, but I haven't tried it yet, I'm afraid I'd not be able to use it 

Coffee & Nib-bles / nib & airplane
« on: July 16, 2014, 04:20:04 AM »
Hello world! :D

I'm sorry I was that absent, but I was very busy with uni exams and I hadn't any time for calligraphy and forum :( I missed you all a lot.

Now I have finished my exams and I'd like to start again practicing, I'm going to Amsterdam soon and I decided to do a smashbook durning the travel, I'd like to bring with my some calligraphy stuff, but I was wondering: can I bring nibs on the plane? I just have an hand luggage, I'm not sure if the security control could bother me because of the pointed nib.

Have you any experience?

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: How old are you?
« on: July 07, 2014, 02:43:45 AM »
I'm 21, almost 22 :)

a self cleaning pot of water for dipping your nib.  like one of those water bowls for your pet.  keeps the water clean! so i don't have to get up and empty and refill it!


General How To's & Projects / Re: How to practice?
« on: June 02, 2014, 09:46:56 AM »
Thank you!

I'm having a hard time with consistent slant too, what helped me a lot was drawing many, many slanted guidelines. Not like in the practice sheets you see, but twice or three times as many, so that every word has its own guideline to lean against. So that every downstroke can be drawn over a guideline. Also, try the following trick from Dr. Joe Vitolo's book: Take your pen, close your eyes. Make a straight stroke. Open your eyes. Then angle your guidelines+paper so that they align with the stroke. Your paper will probably not lie straight but at an angle, but your writing will be straight, since that is the angle you need. This can differ from time to time.
Thank you Natascha, I'll try drawing more guidelines, it will help.
The trick sounds strange ahah but I'll see if it works, i hope it!

Introductions / Re: Hello from the Philippines!
« on: May 31, 2014, 03:09:10 AM »
Welcome! :)

Introductions / Re: Hi from Hawaii!
« on: May 30, 2014, 01:26:15 PM »
Welcome! :D

I'm a newbie too, but about the Hiro 40, maybe you are not dipping it until the nib's eye! i have the same nib and i noticed that if i don't cover with ink the eye, the ink comes out in blobs, you have to dip in deep this nib! ;)

General How To's & Projects / How to practice?
« on: May 30, 2014, 03:32:58 AM »
Maybe the answers to this question are contained in the topic  "self learning a new script", but I'd like to analyze more this subject.

How do you practice? Is it useful to write the same letter thousand times? Is it better to practice with letters or words?

I obviously started repeating the same letter million times, but when I started to have more confidence with letters I could not avoid the temptation of writing words. At the beginning I was quite satisfied by quotes and sentences I wrote, but now I'd like to write some postcards and I notice I can't do a good job, yesterday I waste lots of colorful paper since I made mistakes continuously.
Maybe it's early to write postcards? Have I to return to practice one letter at the time? Would it be useful?

I don't think I have lots of problems with letterforms, my problems are mostly about the slant of the whole words as some letters came more slanted then others.

Hi Alice,
I love this book for the exemplars. But I don't find the instruction to be that thorough. However, I wasn't reading it for the instruction so much. I will go back and review it and let you know my thoughts.  :D

Thank you Erica! It would be great to have your opinion, the book is not expensive but I don't feel like wasting money!

I'm a beginner and I started learning copperplate with Erica's Tutorials, in the future I'd like to learn some different scripts, both pointed pen and broad edge pen, I was wondering if this book is a good choice in order to learn different styles! What do you think?

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Nib delivery went missing
« on: May 27, 2014, 10:43:33 AM »
Oh no! I'm so sorry for you  :'( :'( :'( :'(

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