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Tools & Supplies / Re: Painted Pens (uniqueobliques + schinloong)
« on: July 19, 2014, 04:08:27 AM »
L O V E L Y !

A kokeshi or matryoshka doll would look beautiful too on the curved part (in my mind anyway)

Show & Tell / Re: Tyrion Lannister and his many words
« on: July 09, 2014, 04:50:01 AM »
Schin, your work is A M A Z I N G everytime. (not only the calligraphy) & one thing I really love is that on here you act human.. as if you're one of us..  Well done!

Brush Calligraphy / Re: First Post with Watercolor!
« on: July 04, 2014, 03:43:44 AM »
minor detail :P The majority is clean & the curves very good !

Brush Calligraphy / Re: First Post with Watercolor!
« on: July 04, 2014, 02:53:23 AM »
Very nice Jamie! and very good consistency of the thin lines (not wobbly either!)... something pretty difficult with a brush from my experience ...

Kind Critique / Re: Need your Kind Critique
« on: June 23, 2014, 05:15:51 AM »
Welcome to the forum ! I am an ultra beginner myself so probably should not be the one to judge. I think your r's should be a little taller if I'm not mistaken - I think the r's 'loops' should come above the x-height. Your writing is beautiful though ! (since 21 years ago!)

(I will try calligraphy on a boat this summer & hope the waves cancel out my wobbles!)

Tools & Supplies / Re: G NIBS
« on: June 23, 2014, 04:44:43 AM »
Thanks! I'll stop pressing at 2.5 mm then :D I did manage to get thick swells but felt I was pushing it close to its limit although it still snapped back into place. (I did order enough to break a few (if that's even possible) & have some left over :D

Tools & Supplies / Re: G NIBS
« on: June 23, 2014, 04:11:31 AM »
Hope you don't mind me borrowing your thread to ask a question.. I tried a Nikko G recently & found it very easy to write with, although very stiff to get swells... I was just wondering about their limits i.e. can they be 'easily' damaged with too much pressure (or are they made of some impossible to damage Japanese material unknown to the rest of the planet) ? - One of the few nibs I've tried so far that I feel you can't tell when you've reached it's limit! I'm only a bit worried I may lose an eye when the nib snaps  :P

Tools & Supplies / Re: My Favorite Nibs for Pointed Pen
« on: June 23, 2014, 03:21:17 AM »
I've only been writing a month, but have been trying out different nibs every few days. Over the weekend I tried the Hunt 101 and I think that is my favourite so far for ease of writing & the thick / thin contrast.. It seems it's impossible to catch on paper on upstrokes.. and produces thick swells and a thin hairline (especially when writing fast, which is impossible (for me) with certain other ultraflexy nibs). Heavenly!

Thanks for that! Now we know what they're called, and what a smart name too!

A search for whopperplate lead to a similar custom made tool at the bottom of this page:

and another!

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Fun day of tubing
« on: June 16, 2014, 02:07:19 AM »
and here I was hoping for a fun story to start the week..
What a nightmare! Hope everything's back to normal soon!

Show & Tell / Re: My new logo or banner for etsy
« on: June 14, 2014, 08:29:35 AM »
Nice work - Good luck!


Excuse the writing... As you might be able to see (I live in the dark), the pencils were not perfectly aligned from the start...  The material needs to be stronger & thinner & the holders need to be placed differently so I can see what I'm writing! .. With the right materials it should be possible to make a 'decent' one I hope! I will try it out when I have the time (by the way, it can write at about four times the thickness you see there but one pencil in particular is much too loose & moves..)

Don't laugh.


Anyway.. I tried something extremely rough / quick & very funny looking out of two pieces of cardboard, a xylophone mallet, brown tape, rubber bands & two borrowed pencils from ikea (I will return them) only to see if it could work i.e. open & close & write ! and it does. poorly.. but it does!.. just like a pointed pen! or more like my first 'pointed pen' that I cut out of a plastic bottle. 

The problem(s) with this extremely bad construction was keeping the pencils aligned which is not at all surprising since I just pierced the cardboard & stuck the pencils inside, so, with a lot of pressure, they were pushed out of place. The card was also a little flimsy too.. especially after drilling through it in my hand with a screwdriver .. :D

Here is a pic just to show how 'simple' the design is. I taped the pieces of card together leaving the front end untaped so it can split open with pressure..  it worked better than expected & wrote thick - thin - thick - thin..

who's that laughing in the back? 

Next step is trying a stiffer / snappier material (a thick ruler might work perhaps?) & finding a way to attach adjustable holders (such as those on compasses?) to hold the pen / pencil / chalk / whatever..

Greeeeeat! Thanks for that! It shouldn't be too difficult to make something similar hopefully... Let's just hope it works :D  - I will let you know what happens once I try it out..

(No worries Brad!)

I had enough of searching & sent Mr Paul Antonio a message.. He said it's a custom tool! so.. it seems we will have to get creative and build our own :D

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