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is this french ronde?  any learning resources for this font?


Looks like straightforward Engraver's/Engrosser's (American Roundhand) to me.
Nothing to do with French Roundhand.

If you're looking for an online course, David Grimes offers a good one now and then.

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Re: It hasn't happened yet
« on: January 11, 2024, 04:59:46 PM »
That "I" is just beautiful.

2024 Exchanges / Re: An Important Message About Exchanges
« on: January 07, 2024, 04:34:49 PM »
I’m sad to say the Love Letters Exchange will be the last formal exchange scheduled for Flourish. I won’t say it’s the last one we will ever do but after 10 years, and dwindling participation, I’ve decided it’s time to focus on other ways to exchange. This doesn’t mean we won’t ever have another exchange, just nothing scheduled as we have in years past.

I will always treasure the hundreds of envelopes I have received over the years!  :-* And I am very grateful to all of you who participated and made each exchange such a success!

I would like to encourage everyone who reads this post--the lurkers who are not members of FF, the members who have never posted here, those who have never participated in an exchange, those who haven't posted in a long time--to  participate in this letter exchange.

Over time, websites and activities they sponsor wax and wane in popularity, this site and activity no exception. There are more "efficient" ways to share your work with others with online sites like Instagram and such, but sending someone a physical piece of your work, to savor and save for as long as they want, is so much superior, made unique by the name you put on the envelope, a little piece of their time, their life, they gave just to you. Such a gift.

And don't believe that "I'm not good enough yet--I'll try this when I'm better at it." That thought occurred to me when I joined FF in May of 2014, but I participated in my first exchange (of more than 60 on FF since) anyway in June of 2014--the Independence Day exchange--despite misgivings it wasn't very good. I sent 36 letters, 16 of which were to outside the country, and received back a beautiful tranche of letters from around the world. Such fun. A few exchanges later was my first Valentines Day exchange in Feb, 2015, my favorite exchange year after year. And the replies came in--from here to Singapore, to The Phillippines, to Italy, to Canada, to Germany. And now, like Erica, nearly 10 years later, I have this amazing collection of letters from around the world to enjoy. For some, it was a one time thing, others I was able to see them progress from beginners to high level professionals, some of whom even teach. It's been wonderful to see.

So do join us on this exchange.

I'm attaching scans to show you don't have to be "good" to participate--one from my first exchange, one from my first Valentines Day exchange (I have scans of all I have sent as well as the original replies).


Show & Tell / Re: Food for thought
« on: January 06, 2024, 05:52:51 PM »
Might be a modernized half-uncial variant.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Calligraphy Crush Ink Issue
« on: January 05, 2024, 02:31:10 PM »
I would buy this issue for the two aforementioned authors alone, except it is in digital form only.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Diamine Inkvent 2023
« on: January 03, 2024, 10:12:04 AM »
(ps - Mike, did you notice that there were no "sheening" inks in this collection? I'm a little dismayed - I love an ink with sheen! But Diamine's fabulous commitment to shimmer may make up for my slight disgruntlement).
Yes, but as you say, plenty of shimmer and chameleon inks to make up for it.

Do you know, or know someone who would know, what inks will be available in the large bottles? Fortunes gold is my number one request, and there are several others that are quite desirable.

Also, do you store these little bottles in the original box (calendar) or what? And on your col-o-ring, where do you put chameleon inks?

Show & Tell / Re: Food for thought
« on: January 03, 2024, 09:56:01 AM »
Food for thought
Sounds about right.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Diamine Inkvent 2023
« on: January 02, 2024, 05:07:40 PM »
It’s interesting how the Raise A Glass looks purple on the page but blue on the paper towel. Wonderful share! Thanks so much @AnasaziWrites !
@Erica McPhee
Yes, but there is that bit of red on the bleed-out that turns it purple.

A few observations on this calendar:

I think my favorites are the chameleon inks--quite a nice surprise with each new one.

Posting--K's way of posting the inks on Col-o-ring paper is definitely better than on moistened paper towels. I now have a stack of two dozen +1 paper towels, which I won't save. I do have the photos of them by day in one folder, so I can see all of them at a glance, which is very handy.

I don't think I'll photo the bottles again--it didn't add much, and some could barely be seen, even in strong light.

Most of the inks needed gum arabic to work with a pointed pen, and super sharp nibs, even if flexible, don't lay down enough ink to see the special qualities of the non-standard inks.

It should be interesting to see which of these inks will be released in larger bottles. I have my eye on several of them is so.

Still hoping for a drawing or two from @K-2  as time allows.

Did anyone else get the calendar this year?

Show & Tell / Re: Show your holiday greeting...
« on: January 02, 2024, 04:31:38 PM »
My holiday cards have been for many years photo cards of me and my wife in places we've been during the year, whereas the calligraphy is usually on the envelope. This is this year's design, to which I added some details on some of them.

In general, I try to allow room for the stamp to be cancelled such that it does not interfere with the design (worked well this year) and allow some room at the bottom for the inevitable bar code the USPO puts on everything that goes through the machine sorter. That didn't work so well this year. Perhaps the machine misread the zip code, as a double second code was plastered over the original one (and part of the design). It did take two weeks to be delivered. Oh, well.

Word of the Day / Mystery word of the day
« on: December 30, 2023, 04:30:06 PM »
A quality necessary for excellent penmanship?
(you'll need to sign in to see)

Tools & Supplies / Re: Diamine Inkvent 2023
« on: December 29, 2023, 05:14:11 PM »
Day 25:  Raise a Glass

Although not stated on the bottle (it's the big bottle one gets at the last day), this is a chameleon ink plus 5 drops (adjusted for bottle size) of gum arabic.

Greetings from Kiel, Germany, hometown of my wife. When visiting the maritime museum I noticed the below business card. It belonged to Carl-Wilhelm Loewe (öwe_(Verwaltungsjurist), the first president of the Kiel canal (, completed in 1895. What struck me was that his card is printed in pure Copperplate style. That seems to suggest that at the close of the 19th century, Copperplate was a “dominant” or “customary” choice for “stylish” documents such as business cards. Indeed German handwriting (as taught in schools and used in official documents such as the ship logs displayed at the museum) at that time differed significantly from Copperplate - for a start, it was not written with a strong right-hand slant).
Interesting as well to my neophyte eyes is the “w” as used in this business card. It looks

Very interesting card.
The slant of the letters on this card match the slant of the letters (Kurrentschrift) in the 1873 book "Ahn's First German Book" by P. Henn, used to teach "first graders" how to write Kurrentschrift (the common script at the time).

(Also, the slant Madarasz used (approximately) at the time of the card.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Diamine Inkvent 2023
« on: December 28, 2023, 02:32:11 PM »
Day 24:  Sugar Snap

A shimmer ink with 5 drops of gum arabic. Nice lemony green.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Diamine Inkvent 2023
« on: December 28, 2023, 02:28:15 PM »
Day 23:  Fireside Snug

A standard ink plus 5 drops gum arabic. Nice fire color--a little brown in there.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Diamine Inkvent 2023
« on: December 28, 2023, 02:23:46 PM »
Day 22:  Tinsel

Shimmer ink plus no drops gum arabic. Worked well with pointed pen right out of the bottle.

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