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Ol' Bill did things the old way. When I showed him my method, he was astonished, and wandered why the "boys at the Zanerian" didn't think of that! The longer it sits mixed, the better and stiffer it becomes, Erica. If it should get too stiff, as taffy, add some water, but do so sparingly. When you do add it to your ink or gouache, do so sparingly.

By the way, I mix my own gouaches and always get better results than buying them. The stiffness of the GA, too, keeps the pigments suspended. The hairlines have a great definition. Overall, the stiff GA creates a perfect opacity to the gouaches--and I am very fussy about scripting, as Bill was, with the max. amount of opacity. ...enough of my blather.  I hope you are well.

Mr. McGill, you are correct. Bill would throw two heaping tea spoons of GA into a 1 oz. bottle of Pelican 401 red, his most favorite ink during his later years of scripting. It is the secret to scripting the finest hairlines.  It took me, one of his students, years to handle ink that still. Unlike Bill, I liquify my GA. I take a pound of it, place it in a pan, start with a half-cup of water, and heat it (constantly stirring it) over a low heat on the stove. When the GA is dissolved, I decant it in a Talenti jar (eat and enjoy the Gelato, first). What I want to end up with after it's dissolved is a GA that is thicker than honey. When cooled, I add it to my scripting ink. The result is an ink as thick as Bill's, and you can script with it immediately. Bill would add the GA, then script with it the next day. He liked my idea and found that my ink was just right for him.

To keep the GA from accumulating mold, I add a bit of grain alcohol just to the surface it. It kills the mold, and the alcohol cannot be stirred into the ink: water and alcohol do not mix.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: R. I. P. Bill Lilly
« on: September 15, 2021, 05:01:17 PM »
I believe the referenced video is between Bill and Ann Cobb, unless I am mistaken.

(Cancel this message...couldn't get the pic loaded.)

Erica, although I have not met you, I know well and cherish your beautiful and masterful work. Your warm response received my treasuring.

I, within four months of the onset of my eighth decade of life, am deemed a certified Master Penman in engrossing by William A. Lilly. Mr. Lilly, my lone mentor for the past 9 years, is in his 10th decade of life, and requested that he be an unshared signatory of my certificate. Due to age-related tremor in his right scripting hand, he elected to script his famed signature upon a separate piece of paper, cut around it fancily, and adhere it and the gold seal upon the certificate, so as not to damage the document. To earn and receive his certification leaves me unspeakably humbled.

Lastly, it should be noted that William A. Lilly, to my understanding, is the only living graduate of the Zanerian College of Penmanship, and who holds a rarely given and coveted gold seal certificate in Engrosser Script. His certificate scripted in his own hand is widely shared upon various internet sites.

If you wish to view photos of the certificate, I direct you to my Instagram account, supxor.  Until I can learn to reduce the size of photos, I will not be able to include photos, here.

Show & Tell / Engrosser Script: Sharing My Work on Instagram
« on: September 06, 2017, 01:57:19 PM »
Dear FF Readership,

If you wish to view any of my recent EG script, I have created an Instagram account, thus not to clutter this one with too many photos. I do so not because I believe my work is worth self-promotion, but rather that my profound will and unique respect for the art is worth promoting.

I have been scripting since 2012, worked with my dear buddy, Bill Lilly, and scripted in 2014--at his demand--a Zanerian style certificate, to later with my surprise, receive its return, and upon it--his unsolicited, red, singularly gorgeous signature and gold seal. With fear of opening it immediately, I let it sit upon my desk for two days, until which time I hesitatingly broke open the envelope's seal, to peak at its contents.

For photos, see the following Instagram address:

Show & Tell / Re: Engrosser Script: Sharing My Work
« on: September 01, 2017, 05:46:57 PM »
...long time since I posted any of my work, but do add a piece, in Portuguese, which I recently completed. Enjoy.

Technical Support & Feedback / Re: Add Pictures
« on: April 17, 2017, 11:14:41 AM »
Ms. McPhee, another problem is this one: I cannot eliminate previously posted attachments to allow me to add another. Sorry to be such a pill!!  Bob

Technical Support & Feedback / Add Pictures
« on: April 15, 2017, 06:32:28 PM »
Ms. McPhee, I am trying to add a photo to an entry, but am unable to do so. I await your kind reply. Bob Harrison

Show & Tell / Re: Engrosser Script: Sharing My Work
« on: August 14, 2016, 10:44:48 AM »
With the readership, I share a recently completed piece of script. May it bring to many of you pleasure.

Show & Tell / Re: Engrosser Script: Sharing My Work
« on: July 12, 2016, 11:35:13 PM »

I used McCaffery's white--not the ivory. Since I worked with Bill Lily, I follow his recommendation and use a Gillott 1068a, his and now my nib of preference. The nib, a stiff one, works well for me since I do have a heavy hand! I was fortunate to receive as a gift about 50 bronze Gillott 1068a's from Chris Yoke, a very dear man. The bronze nibs are nothing short of superb ones for my use. Bill Lilly simply adores them, so I gifted several of them to him some months ago.

With the Cansons Mi-tiente which I use often, I do make sure that the McC's white---and all other pigmented inks--are a tad thinner. I do not mind real stiff ink, but I find that it does not flow as well on textured paper, such as Cansons Mi-Tiente. I hesitate to thin it much, as I want the thinnest of hairlines.

I am in no fashion a professional scripter, but just a now retired man who adores the engrosser script alphabet and the challenges of mastering it.

Watch, as I will post more photos.

Thank you for your kind inquiry.

Bob Harrison

The silver ink is J. Herbin's calligraphy ink, which to my surprise works very nicely.

Show & Tell / Re: Engrosser Script: Sharing My Work
« on: June 25, 2016, 12:10:18 PM »
Thanks, readers/commenters for your replies.

To those who like the I, note that it is a Bill Lilly creation/design.

The paper is Cansons Mi-Tientes, textured side. I use this paper all the time, due to the textured side and the fact that the color runs through the entire thickness of the paper. For "scratching" out mistakes, it works well. Bill refers to it as, DOCTORING UP.

Show & Tell / Engrosser Script: Sharing My Work
« on: June 21, 2016, 11:11:37 PM »
...have been scripting steadily since 2012. I consider Bill Lilly as my teacher, mentor, and scripting model; in fact, I find his script to be some of the very finest. For that reason, I continue to develop mine to have the look of his. I have a long way to go in order the capture the sheer beauty of Bill's work. Now, retired, and 66 years old, I spend hours scripting and mastering the difficulties of this difficult alphabet and yet gorgeous an ever beautiful one. If the moderators do not mind, I shall share my script with all of you. Enjoy it to the degree you wish and can.

Bob Harrison
Denver, CO

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