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Messages - Janna Mauldin Heiner

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Calligraphy Guilds / Re: Idaho, Boise Inkspots Guild
« on: June 12, 2021, 08:21:47 PM »
I think the location needs an update, though I let my membership lapse because pandemic and life, and am just now thinking of getting back to it.  But I believe we now meet at VineArts:
4902 W Chinden Blvd, Garden City

Design & Layout / Guideline alternatives...
« on: June 12, 2021, 05:11:27 PM »

I'm not a professional calligrapher. I'm a semi-skilled amateur with decades of off-and-on practice behind me. But I was just handed the most amazing project, and with one small exception, it's perfectly suited to my skills and abilities.  It's a book inscription--but the book is a massive leatherbound tome with a tooled cover, inset stones, pivoting latches down the side...oohhhh, it's so beautiful.....and the inscription is a poem that's Wiccan in tone and spellbook-themed, so perfectly elegant copperplate would be out of place and my half-elegant efforts will be perfect!

Anyway, here's the problem.  The book is bound in multiple signatures and is over 1.5" thick.  The paper is fairly thick and slightly toothy and so soft I honestly thought it wouldn't take ink well, but the client had an extra sheet for me to test on, and the ink laid down without feathering or starring, with nice hairlines even.  However...I can't figure out how to manage the guidelines.  I'm almost certain that putting my lightboard inside the book and under the page I need to work on will be a bad idea--I'm super nervous of damaging this gorgeous volume.  But I tested my finest eraser on the same sample page I tested the ink on, and while erasing doesn't create a visible roughed-up area, it does pull fibers from this soft paper. 

How would you handle something like this?  Any tested methods, best practices, or crazy ideas?


Tools & Supplies / Re: Addresssing wedding envelopes: first-timer
« on: October 13, 2017, 12:15:14 PM »
Oh dear--I just realized from whom that response came.  Jean!  I've enjoyed your work as it appears on Pinterest and have taken occasional dips into the beautiful images on PTE as well.  In fact, as soon as I looked back and saw your name, a specific envelope image came right to mind--the way when I see the name of a friend, her face does. :)

Tools & Supplies / Re: Addresssing wedding envelopes: first-timer
« on: October 13, 2017, 12:07:58 PM »
Thanks for the response!  I should clarify that I'm not a new calligrapher. I'm confident in my lettering--just not in envelope paper.  I have to order LOTS of envelopes, and I need to make sure that the ink won't bleed or feather on the envelopes I order, or wash away in bad weather (your comment about that was very reassuring).  I've found suppliers don't list (or even sometimes seem to know) the content/finish/weight of envelopes as reliably as they do for sheet paper, and it's making me nervous about ordering.

A fellow guildswoman gave me some samples of things she's used just for personal pretty mail, so that's helping--I don't LOVE the envelopes' feel but they take ink beautifully, so if I don't find something more substantial and luxurious-feeling, at least I have an option. I've ordered some samples, as well.  The kids aren't in as big a rush as they feel they are, but they have so many things to be nervous about that they are nervous about everything. :)  And the bride's family are being a bit aggressive in the planning, so the engaged couple is trying to do as much on their own as they can while going to school and working, which makes it harder to reassure them that things will work out fine.

Tools & Supplies / Addresssing wedding envelopes: first-timer
« on: October 12, 2017, 09:53:33 AM »
Hello!  My wonderful third son is getting married, and he and my lovely future daughter-in-law have asked me to address the envelopes.  I'm so excited to be able to do this for them!  I just spent about an hour reviewing old threads related to envelopes, inks, weather protection, etc in this forum, and it's been overwhelming.  The wedding is November 25th (short engagements are the norm in our subculture) and I really don't have a lot of time to experiment, test, or research.

Please, those of you who are experienced in addressing wedding invitations:  Just give me your favorite combination of writing medium and envelope, with weatherproofing if necessary.  Links would be deeply appreciated as well.  I realize one of us may love something and another hate it, but I need a shortlist to start with or I'm going to suffocate in the research.  FTR, I'm a traditional (not "modern") calligrapher and the lettering will be with a pointed pen, probably copperplate hand.

I wish I could say what size their invitations were.  The bride has a skilled aunt who is designing them, and I didn't have a chance to counsel them on standard envelope sizes. 


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