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2022 Exchanges / Love One Another 2022 Sign Ups are Now CLOSED.
« on: January 07, 2022, 06:11:24 PM »
Our first exchange of the year is now underway! Send a Valentine, love note, or just a sweet greeting to a Flourish Friend.

Sign Up Deadline: Mon, Jan 17, 2022
Post Mark Deadline: Mon, Jan 31, 2022

You must sign up via the Sign Up Form: Sign Ups are Now Closed.

YOU MUST SIGN UP VIA THE FORM ABOVE OR YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED SIGNED UP. You should receive a confirmation email.

NOTE:

1. If you did not complete a past exchange you signed up for, you cannot participate.
2. If you will be busy and cannot meet your obligation, please do not sign up. It is not OK to think, "Life happens" and not fulfill your obligation. It is OK if circumstances require you to send your exchanges late, however, you will still not be able to participate in an exchange until yours are sent.
3. You must be a registered, activated member and you must have made at least one post, introductory or otherwise, in order to participate.

As always, the following guidelines apply:

1. Calligraphy should be used on both your exchange insert and envelope.
2. You will send a card to every member on your list (typically 7-9 members).
3. Must be related to the theme.
4. All skill levels welcome!
5. If you end up not being able to participate, please contact me ASAP. If you don't send your cards after the list has gone out, you will not be able to participate in the next exchange.
6. You must sign up before the deadline. No late sign ups.
7. HAVE FUN!


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2022 Exchanges / 2022 Exchange List
« on: December 30, 2021, 07:02:27 PM »
Looking forward to the new year with our new exchanges.
1.   Love Letters – An annual favorite Valentine inspired exchange.
2.   Recycle Me – Use something recycled on your exchange or envelope.
3.   Flower Power – Get a jump on spring – share something floral.
4.   The Sun, the Moon, & the Stars – Let the universe, astrology, or zodiac be your inspiration.
5.   Stuck on You – Share a couple of your favorite stickers.
6.   Wish You Were Here – Favorite place on Earth or somewhere you’d like to go, let us know.
7.   Halloween | Day of the Dead – Don't be scared - it's more treat than trick.
8.   Holiday | New Year – The ever-popular end-of-the-year exchange in honor of all things holiday and happy.

See PDF for sign up announcements, deadlines, and postmark deadlines.

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Favorite Resources / Molly Suber Thorpe's iPad Lettering Tools
« on: December 28, 2021, 10:39:22 AM »
If you are interested in doing calligraphy on the ipad, Molly Suber Thorpe's Lettering Tool Kit is a great way to get started and a fabulous learning resource. Molly offers a ton of incredible freebies and practice worksheets once you sign up for her free newsletter. Highly recommend! She recently had 24 free downloads leading up to Christmas. Amazing!

Molly Suber Thorpe

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I did this a few years ago on Instagram and it was really fun. I posted a bunch of Copperplate and Spencerian capitals behind a “door” image each day until Christmas. Instead of posting a bunch of pictures, I am going to post one with all the variants on it, each day until Christmas. Feel free to comment or add some variants.

These are capitals I am playing around with in ProCreate on the ipad and will some day translate to pen and ink if possible. I love ProCreate for the free flowing pen tool and ability to redo as many times as I need without wasting paper or ink. It doesn’t always translate to pen and ink later because of the pressure and directions I go, but still a useful exercise.  :)

Hope it inspires you to play and create your own!  :-*

If you click on the photo, you can see a higher res version and each letter up close.

December 1 | A

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Remember that as you study Engrosser’s Script (Copperplate), you will see a wide variance in the height of ascenders, sometimes even from the same penman. While there are “rules” per se, personal preference plays a large part. In the samples below, I demonstrate these variances. The guidelines I have created indicate the d, t, and p are all at the same height. This is both based on exemplars from old texts as well as creating a simple starting point for beginners. It is not set in stone so please adjust according to your preference.

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2021 Exchanges / Pop Up Exchange Share
« on: September 26, 2021, 12:54:27 PM »
This was such a fun exchange! I adapted a teacup tutorial for the inkwell: Pattern on Etsy. The found the tutorial via YouTube: Kagisippo on YouTube It was quite intricate but I really enjoyed the process.

The envelopes were addressed using new techniques I am learning in Anne Elser's Flora on Point class. If you get an opportunity to take this class and want to stretch your creativity, I highly recommend it.

I have received so many great exchanges, too!  :-*

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Spencerian Envelope from 1963
« on: September 24, 2021, 01:12:21 PM »
I happened across this little gem in a gift store that had some old ephemera and postcards. It was $0.35. Just the envelope. SOLD!  ;D The woman at the desk apologized that it was just the envelope. I said, “Are you kidding me? I love it.”

It was written by Cephas Riley from Clifton Tennessee (scratched return address on the back). According to the 1940 census, he was born in 1889 so he was 74. I just love thinking about where did Mr. Riley learn to do Spencerian? How old was he when he learned? And what did he send to Mrs. May Cole and Mrs. Ruth in 1963?  ;D

Which then set me to wondering will some time in another 50 or so years will someone find one of my envelopes and have similar thoughts?  :-*

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Tools & Supplies / BlueDew Flex Fountain Pen Review
« on: September 23, 2021, 02:15:04 PM »
I have a couple fountain pens in my collection – a Waterman and a Parker – so I am not an expert but a casual user. The BlueDew Flex is a beautiful pen by any standard. I ordered the Blue which is absolutely gorgeous with black and gold accents. This is a finely crafted pen with a presence. It has a nice heft to it but not too heavy that it is cumbersome. I did experience a bit of hand fatigue about a half an hour in but this is most likely because I am not at all used to using a fountain pen but rather a super light oblique holder.

It is very clear Jeffrey, the designer of the pen, has put an extraordinary amount of thought and time into creating it. It features elegant little accents such as the nib engraving along with the name on the band of the cap and the B embossed on the top of the nib.

The ink flow was great right from the start. There was no difficulty in getting it to start and it produced a graceful, lush line which was not so overflowing with ink as to blob but enough that it felt really nice to write with it. It sailed gracefully on the paper with little to no drag or scratchiness. I tried it on smooth Rhodia paper and Southworth 100% cotton, 32 lb resume paper. Both took the ink wonderfully with little, if any bleed. I dare say, it far outperformed my entry level Waterman in terms of fluidity and joy in writing.

No fault of the pen, I quickly went through the two Waterman ink cartridges I used in just a few pages. However, they were older so may have evaporated quite a bit. There is a sudden and noticeable drag when the ink runs low, a nice alert for the user to replace or refill the ink.

As the creator suggests, slow and steady wins the race. This is not a pen to do elaborate flourishes with or with which to write quickly. The website states “never try to explore the limits of the flex” as the nib has a moderately soft and forgiving tip.  I found it to work well for both Spencerian and Copperplate (Engrosser’s Script). However, if you are an experienced calligrapher, you will find neither the fine hair lines very thin, nor the shades considerably thick. An adjustment in expectation is required in comparison to using a dip pen and nib.

This is truly an “on the go” pen. So while advanced calligraphers may not be using it to do a finished piece of calligraphy, it certainly will do if you want to pen something on the fly or while sitting watching tv or simply just to practice. Beginners will find it a joy to use for a range of projects without having to worry about dipping in ink or finessing a nib into compliance.

Where I found it to exhibit its best features is when combining thick and thin writing with a casual feel (see address and BlueDew title). There you can clearly see the considerable contrast the pen is able to produce without the taxation of trying to produce a formal script. It would also be terrific for illustrators who like to do monochrome work with variation in line thickness.

In regard to whether it is better suited to a beginner or an advanced calligrapher, there could be an argument for either. The beginner will like the minimal work necessary to produce a hairline or shade and the advanced will enjoy the subtle nuances of line quality without much effort. Overall, a very satisfying tool and beautiful pen for anyone.

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2021 Exchanges / Halloween | Day of the Dead 2021 Sign Ups are Now Closed
« on: September 10, 2021, 04:49:14 PM »
One of our most popular exchanges, the 2021 Halloween / Day of the Dead exchange sign ups are now open. Spooky or sweet - send your flourish friend a calligraphic treat!

Sign Up Deadline: Wed, Sep 22, 2021
Post Mark Deadline: Mon, Oct 11, 2021

You must sign up via the (sign ups are now closed).

YOU MUST SIGN UP VIA THE FORM ABOVE OR YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED SIGNED UP. You should receive a confirmation email.

NOTE:

1. If you did not complete a past exchange you signed up for, you cannot participate.
2. If you will be busy and cannot meet your obligation, please do not sign up. It is not OK to think, "Life happens" and not fulfill your obligation. It is OK if circumstances require you to send your exchanges late, however, you will still not be able to participate in an exchange until yours are sent.
3. You must be a registered, activated member and you must have made at least one post, introductory or otherwise, in order to participate.

As always, the following guidelines apply:

1. Calligraphy should be used on both your exchange insert and envelope.
2. You will send a card to every member on your list (typically 7-9 members).
3. Must be related to the theme.
4. All skill levels welcome!
5. If you end up not being able to participate, please contact me ASAP. If you don't send your cards after the list has gone out, you will not be able to participate in the next exchange.
6. You must sign up before the deadline. No late sign ups.
7. HAVE FUN!

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Favorite Resources / Chic Oblique Curv-E Pens Available!
« on: August 20, 2021, 02:50:00 PM »
For anyone interested in trying out the Curv-E pen I designed and Edward Curran of Chic Oblique perfected and turned into reality, he now has several new ones available again in his shop:

Chic Oblique

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Wood Lathe
« on: August 20, 2021, 02:40:51 PM »
For any of those interested in pen making, you may find this article about wood lathes useful: What Is the Best Wood Lathe.

This is an excellent review by Happy DIY Home of 10 different lathes.  :)


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Show & Tell / IAMPETH Atlanta Logo
« on: August 17, 2021, 12:38:39 PM »
I kept meaning to try my hand at designing the logo for the IAMPETH conference and then things took priority and I missed the deadline. I had time a couple days later though to give it a try so I thought it would still be fun to try. Day late and a dollar short - that’s me!  ;D

This was done on the iPad using ProCreate. Love that app for the freedom it offers. If I were designing something for real life, I would most likely then take it to pen and paper because there is a freshness to that which I find lacking in the digital medium.

Did anyone else try their hand at the logo challenge or does anyone else like to design just for the fun of it?  ;D

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General How To's & Projects / How to Make Corrections
« on: August 14, 2021, 04:58:47 PM »
@jeanwilson  suggested we start a thread on how to make corrections or touch up our work. So I am reposting her fantastic advice. Please feel free to add any tips you have as well.  ;D

Jean makes the following recommendations:
Use a WN Series 7 - size 00 or 000 paintbrush to cover pencil lines that are either bleeding through or simply showing through watered down gouache.
Use the same color and it should be fairly easy to put a layer of gouache over the offending lines.
It will take time to learn how to do touch up -- but it can be a very satisfying activity.

The ability to do sophisticated touch up can remedy a lot of frustrating situations.

There are also brushes called *spotters* that are for touch up.

THE SECRET TO TOUCHING UP
You have to turn the paper so that when you are always placing the tip of the brush near the edge of the lettering and then pulling in to the center of the stroke.

I promise you -- if you do all the touch up - with the artwork in the right reading orientation -- you will over shoot the edges of the letters rather than keeping the touch up paint within the letters.

A pointed nib will also work in tiny areas - but a brush works better to feather out the touch up so that you can't see the layers.

A pair of reading glasses are also helpful. I wear glasses, but, I have readers that I wear over the top of my glasses and the magnification is so helpful.

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