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This looks really nice and consistent. If I to say anything, and please take this for what it's worth (I am new to calligraphy and haven't tried spencierian myself), but things I would change: 1) I would make the lower loop in the capital B is less pointy and tilt the B a little more (it doesn't appear to be on the same slant as the rest), 2) I would play with spacing (both in between the letters, slightly more spread out?), 3) Try shifting the second word to the left more, 4) some of the flourishes look too much the same (the big loops). Finally, should mountains be capitalized or need an apostrophe. It seems like a typo. I hope this helps! It really is great though!!

This is wonderful Erica! Even though this is still so new, and I'm sure you're still working out the details, but will it be available in print only, or online as well? Will you be accepting submissions from all levels of skill? :)

Beautiful workmanship!

Show & Tell / Second project
« on: March 16, 2014, 05:20:21 PM »
Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! I know I'm not the only  one celebrating early. :)

This is my second attempt with a creative free-lance project. I love these breaks from the standard practice drills. This exercise gave me a new appreciation and understanding of the importance of balance and symmetry. The first pic is the raw image, the second is fun with photoshop. :)

Show & Tell / Re: Son's Baptismal invite
« on: March 11, 2014, 04:57:04 PM »
So beautiful!  Precious and memorable for sure!! Great creativity with the cloud flourishing!!! :)

Show & Tell / Re: 1st Project Show & Tell
« on: March 11, 2014, 04:50:38 PM »
This so pure and elegant. I especially love your's refreshing to see modern flourishing

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Where in the World?
« on: March 03, 2014, 05:43:14 PM »
I loved this thread...especially the beginning when people were saying what they did. I suspected many were artists by trade. I also noticed earlier that many are cat-lovers. I, too, am among that group (I always had a cat growing up), but sadly, my allergies have gotten worse over the years. :( I'm a researcher by day. I study stroke and brain inflammation. I am fascinated with all things brain related. I love calligraphy because it balances my day life so nicely. I don't do much yoga, but I am very heavily into exercise. Photography, music, reading and cooking are my other joys. I live in Toronto, Canada. :)

Show & Tell / Re: My first freehand
« on: February 16, 2014, 07:58:55 AM »
Thank you for the kind words! :)

Show & Tell / My first freehand
« on: February 15, 2014, 03:44:22 PM »
I picked up a pointed pen for the first time just under two months ago now and have been mostly focusing on Copperplate letterforms as I believe this is crucial for success. But I wanted a break from the drills and with Valentine's coming up, I decided to have a little bit of fun and let the creative juices flow. Here is the result. I know I have such a long way to go (I can't look at it without finding fault in every letter  :o), but I think it's ok for a first time.  :)

The other thing I've noticed is that because I'm left handed, I'm having a really hard time with the upward strokes as I seem to be pushing rather than pulling the pen. It's really noticeable in the 'V'. I've been playing around with paper angle, but it's still quite tricky.

Find a Pen Pal / Re: Penpal and Happy Mail Exchange
« on: February 15, 2014, 03:27:12 PM »
I would love to be included too!  :)

That is excellent work! The one thing I thought was that your upper loops (m and n's) were not as rounded as your lower loops (u and w's). Then as I was reading the thread and you said you first mastered Spencerian, that explained it. I love how your upstrokes are so smooth!

Guidelines / Re: Copperplate Grids
« on: February 01, 2014, 09:24:49 AM »
Thank you for sharing!!

Introductions / Re: Hello calligraphy mates from the great white north :)
« on: December 23, 2013, 10:00:11 AM »
Thank you!!! I am so new to pointed to pen. I took a week just to 'study' and book learn. This past weekend, I've started on basic strokes. I allow myself some 'free' time at the end to get a feel for the pen's movments, but for right now, I'm focusing on the strokes that make up the letters. It's hard exerting patience. I want to dive right in! But I know that if I don't form good habits now, the end result will not be as good as it could be. :) I have to say though, I LOVE the feel of the pen and seeing the contrast in the lines. It's so meditative! :)

Introductions / Hello calligraphy mates from the great white north :)
« on: December 10, 2013, 07:43:12 PM »

Calligraphy is purely a hobby for me at this point (so is this forum stuff for that matter). I have no formal training of any sort, but I have always loved putting pen to paper, whether it was to draw or write. I enjoyed calligraphy in high school, but lost the hobby in my university/grad school days. Lately I've been drawn to pending wedding in 2015 may have something to do with it. ;) My goal is to do my own invites...or at least the envelopes, depending on my progress this next year. I am really looking forward to participating in this forum. :)

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