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Messages - Marcia Aronow

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Tools & Supplies / Re: Custom made Dinky Dips stand with Jam jars
« on: August 06, 2016, 06:21:19 PM »
Very, very cool!  It looks sturdy, too.  Your father in law's friend gave you a fine gift. 

Tools & Supplies / Re: Ink Recepticals?
« on: July 21, 2016, 11:39:47 AM »
I use the large size dinky dip bottles all the time, as well as the wooden holder that they fit in.  I also keep 2 oz. size diced pimento glass jars on hand for sumi ink or anything else that requires a little more holding space.  John Neal Books sells 1 oz. glass jars, like McCaffery ink jars, that work well also.   

Show & Tell / Re: Engrosser Script: Sharing My Work
« on: July 12, 2016, 09:50:02 PM »
Oh my, this is gorgeous, Bob!  Which white ink & nib did you find worked with the textured paper? 

Tools & Supplies / Re: Calligraphy envelopes in the UK?
« on: April 28, 2016, 12:24:01 PM »
In addition to the above gouache advice, I like to cover my mixing tray with plastic wrap when I'm finished for the day, just because of dust particles that might settle in it.  You can either apply with a brush or mix a larger amount so you can dip.  Until you get used to it, you may want to apply with a brush, so you won't waste more than necessary. 

Tools & Supplies / Re: Pearl-Ex S.O.S.!!!
« on: April 23, 2016, 11:22:59 PM »
Elizabeth, I'm a big Zebra G fan, but couldn't get it to flow either through the titanium or chrome.  I was using Dr. Martins copperplate gold & PE brilliant gold.  I ended up using Hiro 41 on Crane envelopes & that worked well for me, maybe it would work on an all PE mixture.

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Calligraphy confessions
« on: April 02, 2016, 07:30:02 PM »
How many times is it possible to spill gold ink while it's sitting in a large dinky on the Speedstir?  I'll tell you!  At least twice a day.  And that stuff is too precious to spill, but I have a talent for it.  Toward the end of my last job I figured out (DUH!) that I could use my painters tape to secure the pot. 

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: translation help
« on: March 04, 2016, 05:32:09 PM »
Jean, Elinor Holland might be able to help you, if you can figure out how to contact her. 

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Help!
« on: February 24, 2016, 03:27:12 PM »
Awesome Debbie!  Thanks for sharing your photo & your process.  I'm sure they will be a BIG hit!

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: What's your workstation like?
« on: February 23, 2016, 03:50:23 PM »
I am fortunate to have a dedicated space.  My work room/office used to be part of a 1st floor bedroom.  Real nice for me, since the former owners had a wet bar in their bedroom!  This is about as cleaned up as it gets.  On the opposite wall that you can't see, I have a giant stand-up light table that I bought from my daughter's wedding photographer in 2009, used it once & now it just holds files.   ;)  Believe it or not, I'm most excited about how I rigged up an outlet strip with velcro underneath my work table & strung power cords through large paper clips that are attached to the edge of the table.'s the little things!! 

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Awaiting a new arrival
« on: January 04, 2016, 05:41:34 PM »
Congratulations on your bundle of love, grandchildren are such a blessing!  Your family tree is classically beautiful just as it is. 

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: I got thrown out of a store for shopping
« on: December 03, 2015, 09:38:55 PM »
This is potentially horrible PR for Target.  If I were you, I'd go to the store manager & say you're filing a complaint (or have your parents help out, they're great BTW) & then follow through.  Contact Target's corporate office also.  Perhaps even a letter to the editor of your biggest local newspaper.  Carina, how you were treated is so wrong on so many levels.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Favorite Quote
« on: November 24, 2015, 10:57:05 PM »
Hi all!  These are definitely meant to be funny & not especially thought provoking.  Everyone needs a good laugh & I hope they make you smile.  The first one is a quote from my daughter in law's mom, invoked at any & every occasion (Tombow black brush pen).  The next one is mine, repeated at any & every holiday to lovingly remind my family that some of what they are eating is not necessarily cooked from scratch (Crayola brown & red markers).  The last one is a Josh Altman quote from an episode of Million Dollar Listing L.A. (yeah, I'm addicted, Staedtler red & black calligraphy markers). 

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Eyesight, Glasses, and Calligraphy
« on: November 18, 2015, 06:41:11 PM »
Now that I'm in my 60's, my eyes have settled into an interesting agreement with each other.  One is nearsighted...the other more far sighted.  My eye doc, who I just saw today for an exam, said I have the best of both worlds.  I can read & work on calligraphy without any glasses, however, the glasses are a must for driving, TV or movies.  Up until a few years ago, I was wearing multifocal contacts, then my eyes were just too dry & they were uncomfortable!  Now I wear either a prescription pair of readers for calligraphy work (& manicures!!), or the drug store variety.  Now my doc wants me to try progressive glasses so I can see close & far, we'll see how this goes. 

I took a weekend Copperplate workshop with Mike through the Chicago Calligraphy Collective in February, 2013.  I learned so much & found Mike to be beyond patient & so willing to share his knowledge of Copperplate.  I have his handouts.  I'll email him & ask for his permission to share them. 

I've confiscated my husband's Black & Decker Angle Pro laser level for dark or opaque papers with much success.  It's completely silent.  When I use it on my light table, I place it just to the left of my guide sheet, on a rubber jar opener to keep it from sliding.

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