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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Hurricane Ian & My Family
« on: November 01, 2022, 01:28:48 PM »
Iím sorry to hear about your family members. I hope theyíre managing after such a terrifying and stressful ordeal. You wouldnít remember with all the folks here on Flourish Forum, but I live in North Port off of Chamberlain. I lost a lot of mature trees but my small, 25 year old house made it through. Many times during the storm I wished I had evacuated but your explanation of why people donít or canít is perfect. Thanks for posting that because people who havenít lived in Florida donít get it.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Happy Independence Day!
« on: July 04, 2022, 12:55:04 PM »
Beautiful! Great find!

Flourishing / Re: Some Pen Play
« on: January 14, 2022, 10:10:19 AM »
So elegant!

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Hmmm
« on: January 14, 2022, 10:07:52 AM »
It looks like cool wrapping paper.

I love this and am a huge Jane Austen admirer! I tried to copy Jane's signature a few years back and was satisfied with what I had done.
Baby steps.

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: We are moving to Tennessee!
« on: February 27, 2020, 12:03:50 PM »
I'm envious. I dream of leaving Florida some day.

Show & Tell / Re: My 2019 Holiday Card
« on: January 08, 2020, 10:30:58 AM »
That's cool. Seahorses are so graceful and your design is too.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Cleaning your nib...cloth Vs paper towel.
« on: January 04, 2020, 10:01:57 AM »
Jean, this is actually quite pretty and looks like an abstract scarf!

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Calligraphy Goals for 2020
« on: January 04, 2020, 09:56:22 AM »
I'm not sure I have real, quantifiable goals, but I have desires! The vaguest goal (desire) is to improve my letter forms, consistency and spacing in Copperplate. How's that for vague? I'd also like to get back to writing in Italic again, which was my first introduction to Calligraphy and which I can barely seem to manage now. And I'd like to try to learn Spencerian.
I want to understand paper. I've read lots of advice about which kinds of papers to use but the explanations of weights & textures never seems to sink in. I want to figure out my preferred x height and be able to draw guidelines without staring at an envelope for 20 minutes and puzzling over it.
I want to read more about illuminated manuscripts and the history of writing, and then I want to be able to absorb what I've read so I can randomly spout information back to uninterested people so they'll label me as some sort of calligraphy-savante, instead of just the middle aged cat lady that I am.
I want to add to my growing collection of vintage penmanship/calligraphy books and accessories while still maintaining the Marie Kondo aesthetic that's more appropriate for this stage of my life.
I want to have some examples of decent work, rather than just a pile of sadness ready for the recycling bin.
I want to be able to get the Brause Rose nib I have to write. I've only ever managed a small ink blob.
I want to take an actual class, because I never have.
I want to train myself to sit upright and bask in the discomfort of not being able to see what I'm writing because of my poor vision and progressive lenses.
I want to try writing with a real quill.

Introductions / Re: Hi from the U.K.
« on: January 04, 2020, 08:56:08 AM »
Hello. What a nice present! I hope you enjoy studying calligraphy.

I know this is old but it was an excellent read for the beginning of 2020.  I've been an entirely self-taught pen dabbler since 1981, when a college roommate turned me on to Italic writing. It used to be hard to find information and supplies. I relied on Margaret Shepherd and Dorothy Mahoney books back then and had only a Platignum italic set and a few Speedball pens. I'm stunned by the way calligraphy has taken off, but also skeptical of many who call themselves calligraphers. I hope this is the year I can truly devote more time to improving my skills and absorbing the history and I'm going to use this Forum as my home base. Thanks for all the hard work Erica and the many other posters!

What a beautiful piece! I love that color of green. Really great work. Congratulations!

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Where do you write?
« on: March 20, 2019, 12:50:09 PM »
Moose, maybe it's time to adopt a new cat? Think of all the silent criticism (paw swipes and tail swishes) you're missing out on.

Iíve loved writing ever since I won a handwriting award from my Sister Paula Marie in 2nd grade. I had a lot of pen pals as a kid and used to blatantly copy their cursive letterforms if I liked them...seems kind of obnoxious now actually. In 3rd grade my best friend and I wrote each other notes backwards writing. I can still do that too.  In college my roommate had a Platignmum Italic pen set. She had taken some classes and I thought the writing was quite beautiful. I found a set in a stationery store, bought it and taught myself italic hand. I donít do much italic writing now as Iíve been trying to learn & improve Copperplate for years. Next up is Spencerian! I also make Pysanky, Ukrainian Easter eggs, which are written on real eggs with beeswax. Truly there is always some form of writing going on with me - even if itís just making lists.

That's very interesting. Thanks for posting!

Julian of Norwich came to mind not as a scribe but as having been one of the earliest known and credited English writers. I would imagine her works would have been transcribed by other nuns and found some interesting information at

Towards the bottom is this:  These texts were read and copied in the midst of a living community of prayer and contemplation, and one that continues today at Stanbrook and at Colwich. But the Sisters had to fight with every weapon of love and obedience to preserve their manuscripts, including their manuscript of Julian of Norwich's Showings. In 1655, they were ordered by Dom Claude White, then President of the English Benedictine Congregation, to surrender their contemplative books which were perceived 'to containe poysonous, pernicious and diabolicall doctrine'. The Abbess and the Sisters prostrated themselves before Dom White, refusing, in charity, to surrender their books (one of them their exemplar manuscript of Julian's Showings ),

We humbly beseech your Very Reverend Paternity to pardon us that we do not answer you in the simple word of I or No, we having given your Paternity many reasons why wee could not answer I, and as for No, without the necessary circumstances wee feared it might carry a show of disrespect to your Very Reverend Paternity to whom we owe and desire to perform all dutifull obedience and respect.(5)

Looks like Dom Claude White was "poysonous", not the contemplative books.

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