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Messages - Erica McPhee

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Kind Critique / Re: Please help me with my Copperplate :)
« on: September 01, 2022, 02:18:28 PM »
Hi Lucie,
Sometimes it is very worthwhile to take a small break and then come back to your calligraphy. It helps your muscles to rest and your muscle memory to embed into long term memory. Usually when you go back to it, you will start to see improvement again.

For oval drills, this is such a great question! I see so many ďdrillsĒ on Pinterest and many of them are missing the point. The purpose of drills is to give your whole arm movement muscles a work out and to embed the oval shape and movements into your muscle memory. Some of the drills such as drawing little pictures is fun and does help with practicing shades and hairlines, it does nothing for your muscle movement as it requires small hand and finger movement.

Somewhere in my notes, I have some suggestions for timing, and how to do drills. I will take a look and post it when I find it.  ;D


And such good advice. This is why I have spent the past 5 years relearning Copperplate and completely changing my hand. After decades of repeating the same mistakes, I relearned all the fundamentals and broke down every single letter in order to rebuild my Engrosser's Script. It has made a world of difference in all other styles as well because you can then truly "see" the letter forms.  :)

Whoa. Thank you so much @AnasaziWrites ! I had no idea! This is a very informative and important post.

Thanks Karl! @Zivio  I forgot to include a link! But have now included an amazon affiliate link to the original post. Thanks for the reminder!  :-*

Good tip!

Hi Flourish Friends,
I just posted on the blog which I haven't done in years!  ;D I was fortunate enough to be gifted a copy of Younghae Chung's new book, "Classic Calligraphy for Beginners"* and I had already pre-ordered a copy so I thought it was a great opportunity to host a give away which I also haven't done in years.

If you would like to read the review and comment for a chance to win, please visit the Flourish Blog .

Or see my post on Instagram .

Deadline to enter is Sunday, Sept 4th at midnight.

*amazon affiliate link

Introductions / Re: Hello from Round Rock, TX
« on: August 29, 2022, 11:19:36 AM »
Hi Ajay,
I enjoyed reading this. So true - the practice of calligraphy. So happy to have you join us. Welcome!

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Re: Script to go with illuminated letters
« on: August 28, 2022, 11:39:05 AM »
I like seeing the examples as it really helps. My favorite is the Humanist with its simplicity and uprightness. So @Lucie Y perhaps that means Foundational will look best. Hope you will try one of each and show us!  :)

@Zivio - can you post that question under a new topic so as not to take Lucieís post off topic? I have split Jeanís question into a new topic under our Open Discussion as well. Thanks!

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Re: Script to go with illuminated letters
« on: August 26, 2022, 04:05:47 PM »
These are so lovely! Both Foundational and Italic would go well with them. I prefer Italic because you can add a little bit of flourish to it, but nothing to overpower those gorgeous caps.
Canít wait to see what you do! Thanks for sharing!

2022 Exchanges / Re: Wish You Were Here Exchange Sign Ups are Now Open!
« on: August 23, 2022, 02:17:50 PM »
Woohoo! Glad you will be joining us!

2022 Exchanges / Re: Stuck on You Exchange Sign Ups are Now Closed.
« on: August 23, 2022, 02:14:05 PM »
The exchanges have been fabulous! So many beautiful stickers out there! And I love the ones folks made themselves.  :-*

Introductions / Re: Hello From A Newbie
« on: August 20, 2022, 12:14:43 PM »
 Hi Joan,
I love hearing about your calligraphy endeavor! (I also enjoy knitting, watercolor, and yoga!).

Younghae Chung has an excellent new book out called Classic Calligraphy for Beginners . It has both Copperplate and Spencerian. It is an excellent book and I highly recommend it even for those who arenít beginners. (Amazon affiliate link)

Let us know if you have any questions as you go. Welcome to Flourish!  :)

Tools & Supplies / Re: Diamine Inkvent 2021
« on: August 19, 2022, 04:04:11 PM »
Oh wow! That is beautiful! Canít wait to see your samples!  :-*

ProCreate Calligraphy / Re: Sunflowers
« on: August 19, 2022, 03:55:41 PM »
LOL! Thanks! I had resized the first one and when I did, I changed the extension which had given me an error message saying it may cause viewing problems. I ignored that given I could see it. So in the end, it was a great learning experience for me that you could not view it.  ;D

ProCreate Calligraphy / Re: Sunflowers
« on: August 18, 2022, 01:42:47 PM »
@Gary  How about this one?

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