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Re: Fine Entrance and Exit Strokes + Gum Arabic
« Reply #15 on: September 16, 2021, 04:59:24 PM »

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.

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Re: Fine Entrance and Exit Strokes + Gum Arabic
« Reply #16 on: September 17, 2021, 12:42:25 PM »
I am so grateful for this information and happy for this post! I am taking Anne Elser’s Pointed Pen Flora class and we mixed our own gouache. While I have done this on occasion, I typically just use commercially prepared inks (Walnut and McCafferey’s). But I love using the colors. While I was successful in mixing them, there is a wide range from color to color in the viscosity of the ink and overall, they do not produce a crisp hairline. I think your solution will be a good one!  :-*
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Re: Fine Entrance and Exit Strokes + Gum Arabic
« Reply #17 on: Today at 10:39:16 AM »
Sorry, but contrary to all of the above I avoid extremely fine hairlines as I believed that they do nothing to enhance the appearance of the letters. As they are difficult to see, they defeat the object of writing in the first place. I once downloaded a book from IAMPETH where the hairlines had been so fine, they hadn't reproduced. What a waste of time! For me. the balance of hairlines and swelled strokes was perfectly realised  in the Eighteenth century in "The Universal Penman" Hairlines are an important part of the lettering and should be clearly seen IMHO.