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Kind Critique / Re: Please help
« on: June 12, 2020, 05:17:45 PM »
You are making great progress and are off to a great start.

I disagree that learning is the easy part though. Personally, I find learning physically hurts my brain. That's why we often resist it! lol Plus, the learning never stops. There are so many nuances to this art form that we pick up as we gain experience over time. For instance, once you get the slant perfect, then there is the oval, consistency of loops, letter spacing, crisp squaring of tops and bottoms.... As you get comfy with the basics, then you realize that it's not just about even pressure with each shade, but start focusing on when you add and relieve the shade, ensuring application of pressure occurs at the same position within the x-height for every stroke and not during the turns....etc. These are nuances that experience and practice through drills teach you that are often not relayed well through instruction. In addition to drills, make sure 50% of your calligraphy time is studying. Even when you think you know a form, study it some more. ;)

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Introductions / Re: Hello from Texas II!
« on: June 12, 2020, 05:03:32 PM »
Hi Teha,

Welcome to the forum! Sorry to hear about your tremors. Try to make sure you stay good and hydrated; and not just water, but maintaining electrolytes. They are key for proper brain transmission. Being low might make the tremors worse. Have you tried practicing at different times of day to see if energy levels alter the tremors? Or taking note if you are tired or hungry and how that affects your practice? Mood? Erica is right: stress is a big one. Calligraphy is so meditative and we have to clear our mind to do it well. Some deep breaths, an acceptance of the tremor (try not to force it to stop; and instead, focus on the stroke) and just let it flow. Hopefully the beta blockers and/or Erica's homeopathy recommendations help. Looking forward to seeing your work!

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Well now that's an intriguing exercise! It's reminiscent of a rounded italic.

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Introductions / Re: Hello from Texas Everyone!
« on: June 12, 2020, 04:54:48 PM »
Welcome to the forum Nicole! Looking forward to hearing how you enjoyed your first exchange. :)

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Introductions / Re: Hi from Munich
« on: June 12, 2020, 04:52:49 PM »
Hi Jonas, Welcome to the forum! I find broad pen a lot harder to master than pointed pen, and such a different feel. It's all about the edges. Have fun exploring!

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Workshops & Conference News / Re: Online Beginners Uncial Class
« on: June 12, 2020, 04:50:15 PM »
And I see this 3 days late. lol  That's ok...time is a bit tight these days anyway...one day I will give this hand the study it deserves.

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Andrew, always a wealth of information you are! Thank you for being our forum's acting historian. You are a scholar through and through!

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Introductions / Re: Hello Everyone!
« on: June 12, 2020, 04:47:21 PM »
Welcome to the forum Janani! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Odds are someone on here will have an answer or be able to point you in the right direction. :)

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Everyday Handwriting | Penmanship / Re: Cursive in Austria
« on: June 12, 2020, 04:40:20 PM »
It is a fun script that would be great for playful pieces. One things that does irk me a little with it is how the bowl of the b is oval, more similar to an Engrosser's shape without the shade, but then the closed circles are round. I'd be curious to see how it looks executed in a sentence or paragraph. Thank you for sharing!

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Introductions / Re: Hi! Greetings from the Netherlands!
« on: June 12, 2020, 04:29:31 PM »
Hi Dorenda, welcome to the forum! Have a good look around. You will find a wealth of information on here. :)

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Introductions / Re: Ciao sono Giulia
« on: June 12, 2020, 04:25:39 PM »
Welcome to the forum Giulia! It was is a wonderful place filled with good people. Attitude is everything and you have a good one. I hope things turn around for you soon, and have fun exploring in the meantime!

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: The Calligraphy Podcast
« on: June 12, 2020, 04:23:36 PM »
So happy to see you are flourishing as much as your forum! Congratulations Erica. I am new to this Calligraphy Crush magazine too. Thank you for the rabbit hole!

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2020 Exchanges / Re: 2020 Quarantine Exchange
« on: March 17, 2020, 04:27:01 PM »
This is brilliant! Count me in!

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Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Can you help me?
« on: March 15, 2020, 09:46:30 AM »
I will not turn down sand samples of any kind....although perhaps we should wait until after this corona mayhem. Hope you are all well!

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Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Can you help me?
« on: March 03, 2020, 01:43:13 PM »
Here are a couple I have of Ontario Canada...so far I have Pelee Island and Kincardine...which is really funny that I do not yet have a sample of lake Ontario given that I live right across the street from the beach...lol Still....the differences between regions are fascinating

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