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I second what @manalit  said - I have given up on HP Laser jet (they changed the formula or something) and now use Rhodia. A lot more expensive but saves me a lot of frustration.  :-\


Unworthy of it or not

We are all worthy of fine tools, whether beginner or expert.  ;)


Gillot 303 WAY too “sharp” … digs into paper on upstrokes and having trouble finessing it.

Zebra G … lots of ink flow.  Almost too much.  Maybe that break in needed.

Leonardt Principal – just can’t seem to control the ink flow.

Brause 361 – Holy Crow! Big Fat Fun letters! Excited to see, for the first time, the magic of shading. I may have to pull this out when feeling discouraged … or when painting a mural or something.    ::)

Hunt 22 extra fine – Too sharp problem.  But need to give it more of a chance.

The too much ink flow sounds like a nib prep issue to me. Without all the coating removed, the ink will just slide off the nib. Sometimes even in blobs.

Yes, the Hunt 22 and Gillott 303 are super sharp! I find them frustrating. LOVE that you are using a Curv-E!

The Zebra G is a great nib. I use it all the time, especially for practice. It’s a real workhorse and will give some nice shades. It definitely has a breaking in period. But also, every once in a while, I get a dud. Not that often with them.

Hi Karl,
Oh the fun is just beginning!  ;D First, make sure you have prepared your nib properly using either a flame (very quickly put nib through it a couple of times), a potato (stab it in and let it sit a minute or two), some Windex, or saliva. This removes the protective coating and allows the nib to hold ink and glide better.

Second, some nibs are not good right from the start unfortunately. And others require a bit of warm up to find the “sweet spot.” I find Nikko G and Zebra G nibs are very industrious but have a bit of a breaking in period.

Lastly, are you using an oblique or straight holder? This can make a big difference. Are you a rightie or a leftie?

Which nibs are you trying? Which are giving you the most trouble?

Word of the Day / Re: Inktober 2021
« on: October 19, 2021, 12:25:12 AM »

Word of the Day / Re: Inktober 2021
« on: October 18, 2021, 11:02:08 AM »
Woah.  :o You both are amazing! Love it!

Introductions / Re: Hello Everyone!
« on: October 16, 2021, 10:14:47 PM »
Hello! Sounds like we are kindred spirits. I am also a collector of paper supplies! Looking forward to seeing your work. Welcome to Flourish!

Tools & Supplies / Re: Looking For White Ink Recommendations
« on: October 16, 2021, 10:13:15 PM »
I had a similar experience. Doctor Martin’s Bleedproof White is my go to. I also have trouble getting it the right consistency sometimes. So I have learned to just use a couple of drops of water at a time. I haven’t found anything else that is as opaque or works so smoothly.

My stamps took *forever* too! (Did you see what I did there?) I suppose that is part of the USPS’s new postal times.   :o

Word of the Day / Re: Inktober 2021
« on: October 14, 2021, 10:21:54 PM »
Oh my gosh the ticking! I love ticking!  ;D

And the tick - that is TERRIFYING!

You both are doing incredible work!

Introductions / Re: Hello Everyone!
« on: October 14, 2021, 09:51:36 AM »
Welcome back to learning lettering! Let us know if you have any questions as you go. Welcome to Flourish!  :)

Tools & Supplies / Re: Curv-E Holder - New Oblique Pen Holder
« on: October 11, 2021, 08:50:35 AM »
He took a brief break as he was studying fine art, I believe in Italy.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Curv-E Holder - New Oblique Pen Holder
« on: October 10, 2021, 11:20:05 PM »
I’m sorry I never saw this @Lyric ! I think I have 5 so far. They are really the only pens I use now. I don’t like to take the nibs in or out either so I put different ones in each one.  ;D

This is such a good question!

Copperplate is a general term used to describe several styles of shaded scripts (called hands) done with a pointed pen. While the differences are subtle, Roundhand, Engrosser’s Script, Engraver’s Script, Anglaise, and English Script are all frequently referred to as Copperplate.

Beginning in the late 1500’s, English Roundhand Script was written with a quill and frequently engraved onto copper plates. Thus the term Copperplate came to be. In the 1800’s, penmen emulated the engraved style with steel nibs and the terms Engraver’s Script and Engrosser’s Script were used interchangeably.

While English Roundhand was written like handwriting, Engrosser’s and Engraver’s Script were drawn using individual strokes - the very same ones you will be learning in this book.

I believe Ken has posted a sample of each somewhere, let me see if I can find it and will post a link.  ;)

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