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Word of the Day / Amazing Grace
« on: April 12, 2017, 01:21:09 PM »

Word of the Day / saturnalian
« on: March 04, 2017, 09:35:57 AM »

Word of the Day / A Golden Opportunity
« on: February 09, 2017, 08:46:25 PM »

Find a Pen Pal / Goth seeking long term post-card/letter exchange.
« on: December 05, 2016, 04:12:07 PM »
Sometimes you need a post-card every now and then.  All inspirational to keep your calligrahy in place.

Not just seasonal, but any occasion anytime.

Willing to share?  Please send PM

Open Flourish | General Discussion / it's a bit early...but I am feeling it
« on: December 04, 2016, 11:03:03 PM »
Post here your holiday message... Here's mine :D

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Many guises of Italic (Chancery Cursive)
« on: November 28, 2016, 10:29:43 AM »
Italic or Chancery cursive is a form of script which can have many different format by different writing masters.
Of whom do you follow and show us your italic hand.

Coffee & Nib-bles / Deceitful Calligraphy
« on: November 17, 2016, 02:51:57 PM »
I enjoy my penmanship study here at TFF.  My goal is to write as swiftly as I can and with as much calligraphic qualities.  Hence, legibility comes first, swiftness comes next. 

I have enjoy many of the master penman here on TFF.  What perplexes me is how deceitful some of your calligraphy gets.  That is, the flow of the pen does not allow a backward movement which contradicts the purpose of swiftness.  Decorative, yes!  Deceitful for sure! 

For example, the shading normally comes on the down-stroke, and to be continued with a thin upstroke.  However, the upstroke is also shaded, how despicable that is.

PS.  Just poking fun

Johann Gottfried Weber

Engrosser script which he calls it French style.  Middle column, is flourished.

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Going Gothic
« on: October 22, 2016, 10:10:24 AM »
How did things get started?  I had no interest in Gothics, and here I am doing some of it.  It was so hard to decipher it, look at the word "The New York Times" in Gothic.   We are wired to like what we dislike.   It seems to be true that the things we dislike seems to be also that we lack knowledge of.  Once knowledge and understanding of the unknown, the unfamiliarity, then we seems to fall in love with it.

Here's a page from Arrighi .note the small S.

Word of the Day / Chocolate. It's one of those days.
« on: September 14, 2016, 03:34:42 PM »

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Master vs Pupil
« on: September 01, 2016, 10:21:01 AM »
Help...If you are familiar with Johannes Neudörffer the elder and Wolfgang Fugger,

Who have a more developed Fraktur hand?
Who have a manuscript that is better printed? (quality of the prints)  and where to find it digitally (German sites?)

I am torn between these two...I can't tell the difference as I am trying to learn Fraktur hand..and the minuscule version.

Thanks very much

Word of the Day / Butterfly
« on: August 20, 2016, 02:41:55 PM »

Word of the Day / Flourishing
« on: August 10, 2016, 02:54:45 PM »

Word of the Day / Uxorious
« on: July 17, 2016, 03:05:26 PM »

Open Flourish | General Discussion / The PEN
« on: June 18, 2016, 01:07:47 PM »
Not sure if anyone have shared their experiences with the pen, brush, fingers that they used to render their work.

As a noobie in this endeavor, I've learned that using your instrument is of greatest difficulty.

Pointed Flexible Pen: when I render English roundhand, Spencerian, flourishes, etc... mastering the usage of a flexible nib fountain pen is of most difficulty.  Procuring a fountain pen that writes like a dip pen was even more difficult.  However, I haven't tried an oblique but I do not have any inclination on using one.  I digress to use a broad pen.

Broad pen: for beginners it was always suggested to a very broad pen with rounded corners (like 2.0mm).  I started with a 1.9mm and gradually degraded to a 0.6mm nib.  Having the inclination to grind your own helped with the expenses tremendously.  However, it is still a learning feast.  It has been 6 months since I started with broad pen, specifically Chancery cursive.

No one really tells you what is best, you really need to find it yourself.  Like, having a stack of paper underneath helped in the beginning.  But to really feel the pen on its flat edge, you just need the paper on a flat hard surface.  With a thin paper on a hard surface, you will quickly learn to feel the crisp sharp edge of your pen.  (Either that or it makes you really frustrated and give up...but dont').

I've learned it takes time, lots of time as I am not gifted with my hands.

---- whhoossh!! a load off my chest  ???

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