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Tools & Supplies / Re: Fountain Pen Help
« on: January 14, 2022, 02:05:56 AM »
I agree that this is probably a giveaway or gift from the uni Köln, one of the oldest and most affluent public unis in Germany. From the branding it doesn’t look very old – the sigil from 1388 would have been prettier :)!

I guess a standard cartridge from Pelikan or Lamy should do the trick, as these are the most available ones in Germany (also for school children fountain pens – they start at age 7).

The nib looks a bit bent, but more exquisite than a school kid’s pen! This should be easy to fix – good luck!

Tools & Supplies / Re: Looking For White Ink Recommendations
« on: October 18, 2021, 07:16:55 AM »
I also second good old BPW – I always pre-mix it in a separate container / empty old ink jar or similar – with water and a tad gum arabic and put a small amount in a dinky dip or similar – so it’s basically a ready-to-go ink on my desk that I can simply dip. It goes a long way without needing to add more ink – I even add some drops of water when it gets too thick.

What a wonderful story!!

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Gouache opacity
« on: August 10, 2021, 06:03:57 PM »
In my opinion, having some traces of the process isn’t necessarily a bad thing ;). In many historical examples guide lines are even an integral part of the design. But that’s beside the point, sorry …

What I like to use for mixing pastel shades is actually Dr. Martin’s Bleed Proof White plus gouache for the actual color – it’s much more opaque and flows better than white gouache :). In case you don’t know that, it’s quite thick and needs to be thinned, like gouache, and you can also add some gum arabic in case it dries a bit brittle.

Good luck, I agree with @Erica McPhee regarding your letter!

Show & Tell / Re: Caroline minuscule
« on: June 09, 2021, 05:16:49 AM »
I like this original Caroline Minuscule actually a lot more than Johnston’s Foundational Hand – I find that a bit dull and mechanical ;D … your example is very wonderful :).

Introductions / Re: Hello from Japan
« on: April 02, 2021, 07:30:46 AM »
Hi Yumiko, welcome in this forum! It’s a good place to connect and learn with and from other calligraphy enthusiasts :)! And you sound really very dedicated – I’m also looking forward to see some of your work!

Erica has compiled a very extensive series of lectures about Copperplate calligraphy right here on the forum!:

If you look for "flourishing" in the search box, you will also find a lot of discussions on this topic. A very good book is by Bill Hildebrandt: »Calligraphic Flourishing: A New Approach to Ancient Art«. It analyzes text flourishing types very systematically and across genres or styles, and encourages self-study (no instant gratification guaranteed, though!).

How long will you need to learn it? That depends a lot on how many time you’ll devote to it and how much is "translatable" from your Arabic calligraphy skill – maybe a lot, maybe not? As I never learned Arabic calligraphy, I can’t tell. But there are indeed European masters from the 16th century that claim that text flourishing comes from the Arabic, or was influenced by it at least!

For a more modern approach to ornamental flourishing, Schin Loong (also here in the forum) made a book about it flourishing: Schin Loong: »Calligraphic Drawing. A how-to guide and gallery exploring the art of the flourish«. It introduces you to figurative flourishing in a nonchalant and very hands-on way, and the basic rules are the same – wether for figurative or for text flourishing.

I hope that helps!

That's very cute! I've only seen sample boxes so far – or a box with just about 10 nibs inside. It was tiny (and very cute). I actually gave it away though ;).

Spencerian Script / Re: Spencerian beginner
« on: September 16, 2020, 05:17:51 AM »
Hi and welcome to Flourish, @Trazo ! Thanks for asking me, @Erica McPhee ! I just make the diacritics in German how I think they look good and are legible and fit the script, be it in Copperplate or Spencerian. In German we only have »umlauts«, which are two points over a vowel, like so: o or ö. You can actually write them as little dashes, lines, or as dots in handwriting. When I write Spanish or French, I tend to make the accents as littles dashes (thicker on top – like very small triangles, if that makes sense …), so that they don’t get confused with an i-dot. I don’t know about how to write Czech diacritics, so I’m sorry I can’t help there!

That’s so sweet!!

Tools & Supplies / Re: Normal for mold to develop quickly in pearl-ex?
« on: August 10, 2020, 06:16:16 PM »
I also rarely had problems with that – I think only one time, so I guess it was the unwashed jars ;).

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: We have a new SUPER HERO!
« on: June 19, 2020, 12:22:37 PM »
Congrats @Starlee :)! Always love seeing something from you!

Show & Tell / Re: Figuring out my camera setup
« on: June 13, 2020, 05:32:01 AM »
That's a great way to photograph nibs! These are cm an mm, right?

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Pricking guidelines
« on: June 04, 2020, 06:08:25 AM »
@K-2 Yes, I also like codex pages with visible guidelines! It provides a design element that comes totally naturally ;).

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Pricking guidelines
« on: June 03, 2020, 07:35:46 AM »
I think that may also be the reason why medieval scribes wrote rather between than on the guidelines ;).

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