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Everyday Handwriting | Penmanship / Re: Why Cursive Mattered
« on: October 31, 2022, 07:40:00 PM »
I’m enjoying these articles; thanks for posting them! But then, I’m someone who does know how to use an abacus, well, soroban and used it to file taxes before online software became available.

I don’t recall graduating from pencil to pen as described in this article and other books I’ve read, but do have some vague memories of learning printing and cursive. Was not particularly successful at either and ultimately abandoned cursive after doing a fair amount of software coding in the early computer days.

It is taking a lot of time and attention now to acquire the skill for which I now have so much respect.

Inktober / Re: DAY 30 - 2022: GEAR
« on: October 31, 2022, 11:10:57 AM »
@K2 - LOVE! When I was young my brother was highly allergic to animals, so I had a pet hermit crab named Creepy. I used to drag walk him around the kitchen with a leash I made from twistie ties. He ate peanut butter. When he died, I got another one and named him Creepy Jr.

Your pet crab story cracks me up! As kids, we used to catch drone honeybees and tie little sewing thread “leashes” on them to fly them around, but your crab leash is a first for me! I had a similar pet naming story, though.

Mine was one of those little quarter sized turtles which I improbably named “Frisky Coat-Coat.”  As you may well imagine, FCC was far from frisky, but I must have had my reasons. Frisky disappeared shortly after setting up its little plastic tank only to be found dead behind the refrigerator, covered in lint. Mom consoled me with a replacement … which I named “Frisky Coat-Coat The Second.”

Inktober / Re: DAY 30 - 2022: GEAR
« on: October 31, 2022, 11:05:44 AM »
@K-2 Your art has often reminded me of  my most beloved elementary school teacher. Today’s crab compels me to share this memory. In fifth grade, Mr. David read aloud to us the book Pagoo, by Holling C. Holling.

This book tells the story of the hermit crab, “Pagoo”, so-named because Pagurus is a genus of hermit crabs in the family Paguridae. (I missed your Latin today!) This wonderful book presents an intricate study of tide-pool life from Pagoo’s perspective and through gorgeous watercolor illustrations, and I and my classmates were hooked! Mr. David had also brought some marine life to class one day, and from that point on, I wanted to be a marine biologist “when I grow up!” I made myself a plankton net, and Dad took us on a trip to Bodega Bay where I embarked on some research.

Inktober / Re: DAY 30 - 2022: GEAR
« on: October 31, 2022, 10:59:46 AM »
I believe this Day 30 may be my favorite day of Inktober so far! It is perhaps so for me because I’m sensing an intimacy that is only forged when people are “together” in a shared experience over a long enough period of time.    That, plus everyone’s kindness and support has made a comfortable and safe environment to put forth our creative extensions of ourselves —  and in which to “wear our egos lightly” (thank you @AnasaziWrites for that earlier Buddha quote!)

And along the way, little bits of your personal lives, history, anecdotes and personality have slipped through. This has been an unexpected and my favorite part of the experience. You all are beautiful people.

Inktober / Re: DAY 28 - 2022: CAMPING
« on: October 29, 2022, 10:40:59 AM »
Hello all! Visiting hometown, erstwhile coworkers, daughters, grandkids, siblings …

It will go quickly and hasn’t left time to contribute anything, but I wanted to let you know I do try to lurk here when I can. I have so much admiration for what I’m seeing and so many positive things to say!

Since Inky brought it up, here’s my ideal camping.

Inktober / Re: Day 26 - 2022: ego
« on: October 26, 2022, 12:09:33 PM »
Look at the ego on this g.

The nineteenth century graphologists would have a heyday with that descender!  And I’m “Mesmerized”  - but that’s eighteenth century - by those flourishes! Beautifully and humorously executed.

Inktober / Re: Day 24 - 2022: FAIRY
« on: October 26, 2022, 12:38:19 AM »
Didn’t put much time into this today, but it is a new F for me which was what I’d hoped to explore with Inktober. Alternative spelling.

Home just one more day, then traveling again and returning Nov 2.  Likely you’ll not see much more from me this month.

Inktober / Re: Day 23 - 2022: BOOGER!
« on: October 24, 2022, 12:47:26 AM »
K-2, a booger doppelgänger! Well played, and now I’ve heard everything! Honestly, we are fortunate and favored to learn so much from you and to enjoy your beautiful art and writing. 

Between you and Erica we have seen some some very pretty boogers here today. Only on Flourish Forum.  ;D

Inktober / Re: Day 21 - 2022: BAD DOG
« on: October 23, 2022, 09:14:51 PM »
This was a struggle. Still so much to learn! 

Picture of good boy to distract from writing.

Inktober / Re: Day 22 - 2022 HEIST
« on: October 23, 2022, 04:02:04 PM »
Still away from home but had a moment to work on learning the Dread Letter “H.”

See what “i” did there?  :D

Inktober / Re: Day 23 - 2022: BOOGER!
« on: October 23, 2022, 01:32:23 PM »
… that my 12 oz. bottle of Sumi ink, sealed and unopened for 23+ years is still good …

Still good, contrary to its labeling …

Inktober / Re: Day 20 - 2022: BLUFF
« on: October 20, 2022, 09:07:07 PM »
Ooof ... Bluff! 

I like how Erica got carried away!  I've only begun to play a bit with flourishes, and there is something therapeutic and addictive in those movements!

Thanks for the tip, Lu.  Does that gold come in quart size?

Michael, looking forward to your subsequent posts! I'd considered how rich in meanings "bluff" is, what with verb, adjective and multiple noun forms. I think you could riff on this one word for the whole of Inktober!

I'll be travelling over a long weekend with limited time for writing, so will likely be missing posting, and all of you, until sometime next week.  Carry on!

Inktober / Re: Day 19 - 2022: PONYTAIL
« on: October 19, 2022, 05:45:41 PM »
Wow @Zivio !!! I am so impressed with your progress! Beautiful!!!

Thank you so much, Erica! I seem to have turned a corner lately, to which I attribute SO much to your Flourish Forum.  Whenever learning something new, I’m often delighted when one thing leads to another … to another, each new discovery opening the way ahead. This has happened over and over since joining this forum. What you have created here and made possible is commendable! It is marvelous how it has leveraged and multiplied your interest and love of this art to touch and help so many.

Just a day ago, I encountered in the archive which already, with only little practice has made a huge improvement in my touch and movement!

And well beyond the archive, it has been the forum members who have generously offered support.  @Jean Wilson and @InkyFingers have encouraged, offered helps and mentored me on- and off-forum and have become friends. @AnasaziWrites mailed me my first “real life” personal example of a gorgeous Spencerian addressed envelope, card and note. Until then I’d only seen online pictures -- there's a huge difference!  I treasure, and refer often to this gift.  @K-2 and @Lucie Y via PM and social media offering tips, links and exhortations.  And countless others whose comments and offerings are found in the forum.

Hoping you get the idea … I’m grateful!

Inktober / Re: Day 15 - 2022: ARMADILLO
« on: October 19, 2022, 12:36:25 AM »
@InkyFingers those “H’s” are fantastic!  I have somehow ignored learning or putting much time into “H” but I’m sure when its time comes, I’ll be referring back to this.  The shading is really stunning!

Inktober / Day 19 - 2022: PONYTAIL
« on: October 19, 2022, 12:31:43 AM »
Sharing some of my "P" practice.  Quitting while ahead ... or tired. Let the brain do its magic while sleeping on it. 

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