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ProCreate Calligraphy / Re: Sunflowers
« on: August 17, 2022, 03:58:35 PM »
LOVE the graciousness and generosity of our members!

On that note, do Message me your address if you’d like as I would love to send you some snail mail as well.   :-*

ProCreate Calligraphy / Re: Sunflowers
« on: August 17, 2022, 12:20:39 PM »
Thank you Karl! @Zivio

The other thing about ProCreate calligraphy is that it lacks the “depth” of the human hand. This can be good in that it has a fluidity that can rarely be accomplished by hand - graceful lines sail across the tablet, without shakiness or ink “glitches.” While this can be beautiful it feels to me like calligraphy that has been vectorized in Illustrator - it lacks the “human” quality and inherits the “machine” feel of a type font.

On the other hand, I experience a love/hate relationship with it because it does provide reliable practice of letterforms which in turn improves my hand calligraphy. But it also allows the “undo” button and layers which rapidly and succinctly mimics the cut and paste of “paste up” formatting from decades ago within micro-seconds. This doesn’t help me in the long run in terms of completing finished pieces by hand with the exception of repetition of design does help to develop the eye.

See how I go in circles?  ;D

@Gary So sorry you can’t see it. What browser are you using?

2022 Exchanges / Re: Wish You Were Here Exchange Sign Ups are Now Open!
« on: August 16, 2022, 01:56:46 PM »
Hooray! So happy you will be joining us! :-)

ProCreate Calligraphy / Re: Sunflowers
« on: August 16, 2022, 01:55:36 PM »
Thank you @TeresaS and @Zivio.

Yes, Procreate is great fun! It is kind of cheating in my mind because it behaves differently than pen and ink. There is no ink or nib to fuss about. On the other hand, it can be quite challenging to get the Apple Pencil to cooperate. But I love it because it allows great free whole arm movement. :-)

ProCreate Calligraphy / Sunflowers
« on: August 15, 2022, 07:34:16 PM »
This is from an exchange I participated in for the Nashville Calligraphers Guild. I love having a theme to brainstorm ideas. The painting was done with watercolor and scanned in. The calligraphy was ProCreate.

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Re: Easier, Harder, Batarde
« on: August 15, 2022, 07:30:18 PM »
Oh these are wonderful! Best of luck on your new project. Wishing you great success!  :-*

2022 Exchanges / Wish You Were Here Exchange Sign Ups are Now Closed.
« on: August 15, 2022, 07:25:55 PM »
This will be a fast turn around but still time for fun! Share your most favoritest place on Earth or the top destination on your bucket list or ...

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Spencerian Script / Re: Spencerian punctuation?
« on: August 06, 2022, 03:51:05 PM »
This is such a good question. I took a quick look at some of my Spencerian resources and did not see anything about punctuation. When I have a minute, I will look at some of my books.   ;D

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Pointed Pen on Glass
« on: August 05, 2022, 09:35:49 AM »
After the first couple of posts.  ;)

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: "My First Lesson in Beauty"
« on: August 05, 2022, 09:34:31 AM »
Bravo! My preference is the 1/10th height. You can see all the beauty and symmetry.  :-*

Ooooo, I will definitely be checking that out, thanks!

Oh this article made my day! I want lapis lazuli in my dental plaque!  ;D

Lapis Lazuli Hidden in Medieval Woman's Teeth

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Pointed Pen on Glass
« on: August 03, 2022, 01:27:14 PM »
See this too:

Two suggestions for Writing on Glass

Lettering on Glass

Schin said Oil based Sharpie.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Pointed Pen on Glass
« on: August 03, 2022, 01:17:48 PM »
I would practice on a piece of waste glass (old jar or something that was going into recycling). I think you will have better luck with the oil based Sharpie pen or the acrylic markers rather than a dip pen and bleed proof white. It may work but I don’t know the staying power of the Bleedproof white.

Let me ask Schin Loong as I believe she did some white and gold lettering on glass.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: "My First Lesson in Beauty"
« on: August 03, 2022, 01:12:28 PM »
I love this on so many different levels. Thank you for sharing!

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