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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Calligraphy Goals in 2023
« on: January 06, 2023, 11:54:52 PM »
Hi @Erica McPhee -- thank you for your comments!  I've heard of Consistent Cursive from somewhere or somewheres before and have stumbled on David's IG "Perfect Biscuits."  All my life I've been surprised how one thing may serendipitously (see what I did here @K-2 ?) lead to another in the learning process. The Consistent Cursive introductory video had me at "systematic."  I most definitely will take a look to see what new things I may glean from here.

Please keep us posted on whether your husband moves ahead with his cursive practice. I get that vicarious thrill I'd mentioned in an earlier post from hearing about other learner's experiences.

Wishing you many joys, delight and happiness,


Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Calligraphy Goals in 2023
« on: January 06, 2023, 12:07:46 AM »
This is a great thread!  I get vicarious enjoyment of others' learning processes by reading what they are working on and towards. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's "flow" state can be found in these experiences of challenging ourselves with things that are achievable, yet challenging.

In November, @AnasaziWrites posted Want to become an expert? ][link=topic=7525.msg82893#msg82893]  --  a very interesting topic and YouTube video about what it takes to become an expert. Certain points from the video have really been on my mind and having informed my practice since.  For me, learning to be uncomfortable with practice, not just doing what is fun and comfortable because it isn’t challenging, was a big prod.  Also, the concept of "deliberate practice" – deciding in advance what it is I want to learn and figuring out what to do about it – was an eye opener.

My overall objective always has been to improve my everyday handwriting and to develop a fluency in it. My interest isn’t necessarily artistic calligraphy, learning multiple scripts, or making presentation pieces. It is to communicate. I’ve typically been dedicating most of my practice time and energy to improving the accuracy of generating individual letters and words, and drills to improve my brain-eye-arm connections. This can be fun and somewhat rewarding, but I’ve not spent near enough time just writing.   

The rub is that drawing letters slowly and “calligraphically” can sometimes produce something pretty. But “pretty useless" to me when it keeps me from my heart’s desire! It’s not a note or letter to somebody. When I go to write a real letter, it doesn’t look as good as I’d like it to be, and the process is slow and fraught.  The drills and slow practice, while useful, becomes comfortable and comforting because I avoid the “pain” of writing many different words on a page that aren’t going to look as nice as when I practice very few things many, many times. I certainly will not be abandoning drills and technical practice, but it is a matter of degree. 

Not sure if I’m explaining this well, but my 2023  goal is to measure progress more in terms of ounces of ink expended in writing long sentences, than in time dedicated, for example, to the letter “f” and ovals drills. Specifically, I’m working on light, relaxed, and more swift movements.  Already, a small bit of refocusing in this direction has given me some hopes that one day I may be able to “dash off” a legible note or letter, maybe even pretty.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Diamine Inkvent 2022
« on: January 05, 2023, 11:17:24 PM »
[cw: pedantry] @Zivio
The drawing honors the etymology of "Serendipity" which first enters the English lexicon in 1754, coined by Horace Walpole in a letter to Horace Mann, as a reference to a Persian fairy tale known in English as "The Three Princes of Serendip" (an English version was published in 1722) whose heroes "were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of" [Walpole]. Serendip, (also Serendib), attested by 1708 in English, was an old name for Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, from Arabic Sarandib, from Sanskrit Simhaladvipa "Dwelling-Place-of-Lions Island." /pedantry

So this is a picture of Danuka Ariyawansa, an award winning Kandyan dancer (a symbol of Sri Lankan heritage) from Sri Lanka

Ah, this is wonderful -- I love vocabulary and word derivations, so this is the most pleasant of pedantries!   ;D  Serendipity is a favorite word/concept but I wasn't aware of its provenance ... what's not to love?

I've been busy with sewing projects and the usual handwriting practice, so I haven't taken time to browse the forum lately. Fortunately, I was alerted to this post via email notification of your tag.  Thank you for your thoughtfullness!

Wishing you full awareness of happy moments in 2023 and beyond, and great equanimity for the inevitable challenges, dear soul. 


I enjoyed reading your calligraphy journey, and your progress is really astounding!  A desire to create anything of beauty is merely a velleity without dedication and practice. Looking forward to seeing more of your work. 

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: IAMPETH virtual Nov. 2022: Wrap-up
« on: December 10, 2022, 01:25:05 AM »
The Ruling Pen - demo by Rachel Yallop

Wow, a ruling pen!  This is my first encounter with the term, but after looking up Erica's soda can pen and other YouTube clips on the topic, I realize that my father had a set of them and compass, though I'd never seen him use them.  I'm astounded by the finessed lines that can be had for engineering/architectural drawings and, of course, the possibilities for calligraphy. 

Thanks for sharing!

Tools & Supplies / Re: Diamine Inkvent 2022
« on: December 02, 2022, 08:21:00 PM »

... Also, we have a beautiful 5-point (Western Count) / 10-point (Eastern Count) buck in the woods by our house that has been visiting our yard this fall - so this is a picture of him.

And he is absolutely gorgeous -- your artistry is fantastic!  We have elk here as well, but I've yet to spot any nearby but only on a trip.  Magnificent and huge creatures they are.  Thanks for sharing yours.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Diamine Inkvent 2022
« on: December 02, 2022, 03:09:40 PM »
No other offering here except for this bit of frivolity.  Wonder if this works for the ink?

Flourishing / Re: More Studies on Flourishing
« on: December 01, 2022, 05:47:45 PM »
My goodness, @RoughDiamond!  This piece is a real stunner -- I love the 3D effect that white on black and intricate lines make!  I very much admire your skills and efforts. 

Introductions / Re: Hello all from Ky
« on: November 22, 2022, 11:06:08 PM »
Greetings, @ Crystalproffitt !  It is always a delight to have someone new join in. There is plenty in the Flourish Forum archives to browse to your heart's content, but a tremendous benefit is posing questions to the members. Everyone is so kind, and the scope of knowledge and experience here is phenomenal! I was recently surprised to have seen so many helpful comments on a recent question regarding calligraphy on cookies, so I'm certain any of your questions regarding calligraphy on skin would also result in many interesting replies.


Tools & Supplies / Re: Writing on unglazed gingerbread?
« on: November 22, 2022, 05:01:38 PM »
@tintenfuchs Yes, of course we must now see pictures!

Show & Tell / Re: My exchange wall
« on: November 15, 2022, 01:26:00 AM »

Your wall is just stunning!  And all those gorgeous envelopes -- I am nonplussed!  Thank you for sharing with us.

Word of the Day / Re: kakorrhaphiophobia
« on: November 11, 2022, 10:39:08 AM »
This WOTD says it all!   ;D

Word of the Day / Re: idiochromatic
« on: November 10, 2022, 08:00:42 PM »

Inktober / Re: End of Inktober PARTYYYYY
« on: November 10, 2022, 07:39:53 PM »
@Lucie Y late, but nevertheless, unlike in Inktober, you get more than one word out of me. What’d you put in the punch bowl?

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Want to become an Expert?
« on: November 06, 2022, 03:21:35 PM »
I enjoyed this very much, and just about anything Veritasium does!  Thanks for sharing.  Being uncomfortable and the concept of "deliberate practice," as opposed to doing what is fun and comfortable, was a good reminder to inform my own study. I think the recent Inktober 2022 event was a great example of this for perhaps many of us. 

I also loved seeing Lara Somogyi's input on learning and playing harp, which is an activity that also challenges me, and perhaps @Lucie Y.  I'm only now approaching the first 1,000 hour mark in learning to write cursive again, so 10,000 is not likely in my lifetime in any case.  ;D

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