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Thanks Ken, a few threads here and in other places did talk about the evolution of Copperplate style and the discussion around written/drawn but it did take me a while to "see" the differences among the various forms.

Tools & Supplies / Stores in Budapest and Amsterdam
« on: December 03, 2015, 01:46:51 AM »

First up, apologies for posting here, but I wasn't sure where to post this!

I will be in Budapest and Amsterdam starting this Saturday. Are there B&M stores that any of you would recommend I visit to ogle/buy some calligraphy supplies? I wouldn't mind old bookstores to chance upon some great books too.

Calligraphy supplies are painful to source here in India and I'd love to go to a B&M store while I can.


Tools & Supplies / Re: tools and supplies we make
« on: November 24, 2015, 03:00:52 AM »
And pen and ink holders. (Helping my son clean up his Legos a couple of nights ago led to a building session instead.)

Legos and Holders! I love the combination.

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Undelivered letters - what a treasure!
« on: November 09, 2015, 04:54:38 AM »
Lovely! Thanks for sharing!

Tools & Supplies / Re: Resurrecting Old posts
« on: October 29, 2015, 11:57:01 AM »
Thank you for compiling this list!

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Help with the fountain pen...
« on: October 28, 2015, 08:40:24 AM »
The wood holder seems to be interesting, is that bamboo?

Most of the nibs in your picture seem to be broad and not pointed. From a learning point of view, it was easier for me to pick pointed and start learning that before I branched out to broad edged ones.

The pointed pen tutorial ( on this forum is actually a great place to start if using an online resource is you are comfortable with it. I have also been using Eleanor Winters' book to understand the strokes better.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Help with the fountain pen...
« on: October 28, 2015, 02:44:27 AM »
I guess I'm late to this post, Prasad has pretty much covered the lay of the land when it comes to what your options are.

- BILT 100gsm (often called executive bond paper if it is over 100gsm) has been the most consistent paper for me when it comes to practicing with both pointed pens (dip pens) and fountain pens.
- Some people also recommend TNPL 80 gsm (or upwards) but I haven't had the same amount of success with it.
- In local stationary stores, you will also find what is often referred to as tracing paper (the thicker version of it and not the very thin, tissue paper version). They were a wonderful starting point for me to use guide sheets underneath and for actually comparing my writing with samples.
- On both this forum and another forum, I've heard of people using tissue paper to practice. The idea with tissue paper that people seem to find useful is to understand the pressure that we need to apply when using these pens on paper. I have only had partial success when trying to practice in this manner.

- As Prasad pointed out, both ASA and Ranga are a very good source to get starter pens for which you can use your own nib. Based on Prasad's suggestions, I have successfully used a Gama and a Ranga Bamboo with pointed pen nibs.
- Another good source for starter pens is by Kim Pens modified by Sreekumar, I can share the details with you in case you need them.
- I have also had a fair amount of success, using pointed pen nibs in Airmail/Wality pens as they also come with ebonite feeds (even though not all their pens are ebonite).

- Bril! Enough said.
- In some cases, I have added a small amount of Gum Arabic to the ink to make it slightly stickier to the nib (only for dip pens).
- In some other cases, I have used a combination of an eyedropper/paintbrush to load ink onto the nib (only for dip pens).

I've been a beneficiary of Prasad's starter kits and I would wholeheartedly suggest you give it a shot too!

Word of the Day / Re: Pantomnesia
« on: October 21, 2015, 07:43:46 AM »
Love the matchbox version!

Completed/Past Exchanges / Re: Favorite Book Exchange Lists are Sent!
« on: October 19, 2015, 09:42:40 AM »
List 7 is completed! Got today the last one, from Estrella. Thank you all! Time to change my calligraphy board decoration!  ;D

List 7  - all mails have received!  ;D Thanks guys!

:D, now I'm happy!

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Re: Jean Wilson's Uncial!
« on: October 07, 2015, 04:28:19 AM »
"Scarlet Blue, England" is beautiful.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Flange making Pliers by Chris Yoke
« on: September 29, 2015, 01:31:03 AM »
Very handy indeed Prasad! Is that one of your hand carved holders too?

Most of the inks and brands recommended on the forum and in most places for learners is hard to find (if not simply unavailable) here in India. I tend to use locally available fountain pen ink (roughly 15-25 INR per bottle) and add a bit of Gum Arabic to increase density and viscosity. It works fine for me as long as I ensure that there isn't too much ink loaded (to avoid pooling).

Flourishing / Re: Offhand Horse Flourish
« on: September 28, 2015, 03:45:38 AM »
I love how the hooves and the mane flows into the flourishes. This is truly amazing Connie!

Completed/Past Exchanges / Re: Favorite Book Exchange Lists are Sent!
« on: September 28, 2015, 01:25:39 AM »
I know that two/three people from List 7 did receive my mail and I have received 4 letters so far. I'll maybe try and message you guys and post new letters to those who haven't gotten it yet (and keep my fingers crossed so that the post does not vanish in transit).

Thanks Ken and Prasad!

Ken, after your post about practicing with pencils (pressure), I've started doing it and it seems to help me maintain consistent stroke widths when I use a nib.

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