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Messages - Erica McPhee

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Tools & Supplies / Re: Mixing Gouache as Ink
« on: April 06, 2022, 12:41:04 PM »
LOL - I called it “Go-sh” before I heard another calligrapher talk about it.  ;D

Tools & Supplies / Re: Mixing Gouache as Ink
« on: April 05, 2022, 01:54:22 PM »
I’m laughing because this video literally gives me nightmares. I think about how awful it is — all of the time. And some day I am going to redo it! But … you can get how to do it from it if you ignore the horrible video stuff. To be fair, I made this before people made videos with their phones or knew how to do major editing/filming. LOL!

How to Mix Gouache

Good luck with the project!

2022 Exchanges / Re: Flower Power 2022 Exchange Sign Ups are Now Open!
« on: April 04, 2022, 06:23:16 PM »
I have the opposite problem - I have so many flower ideas I can't choose just one!  ;D

2022 Exchanges / Flower Power 2022 Exchange Sign Ups are Now Closed.
« on: April 04, 2022, 05:46:04 PM »
Flower Power Exchange Sign Ups are Now Open! Let's get a jump on Spring and share something floral.

Sign Up Deadline: Wed, April 13, 2022
Post Mark Deadline: Mon, May 2, 2022

You must sign up via the Sign Up Form: sign ups are now closed.



1. If you did not complete a past exchange you signed up for, you cannot participate.
2. If you will be busy and cannot meet your obligation, please do not sign up. It is not OK to think, "Life happens" and not fulfill your obligation. It is OK if circumstances require you to send your exchanges late, however, you will still not be able to participate in an exchange until yours are sent.
3. You must be a registered, activated member and you must have made at least one post, introductory or otherwise, in order to participate.

As always, the following guidelines apply:

1. Calligraphy should be used on both your exchange insert and envelope.
2. You will send a card to every member on your list (typically 7-9 members).
3. Must be related to the theme.
4. All skill levels welcome!
5. If you end up not being able to participate, please contact me ASAP. If you don't send your cards after the list has gone out, you will not be able to participate in the next exchange.
6. You must sign up before the deadline. No late sign ups.

Workshops & Conference News / Re: 2022 IAMPETH conference
« on: April 03, 2022, 08:35:29 PM »
LOL … I caught that too!  ;D

I’m with you Janis, I like the look of the “slip sheet” even if it doesn’t serve the original purpose. Practical purpose aside, it lends an elegance to  one of the most special pieces of mail one may ever send.  I used them with every kind of printing - even thermography - which after all was supposed to mimic engraving so why not carry the illusion all the way.  ;D

So glad to help! Looking forward to hearing how it goes.   :D

Oh boy. I have seen that happen with Pearl Ex. It’s like it needs a little extra Gum Arabic. At the least, I would place a piece of tissue paper in between each card. It might be worth it, since there are only 24 cards, to get the thin cushion sheets they sell for shipping dinner plates and cutting pieces to size to go over each place card. I believe they sell it at Walmart and HomeDepot.

Try a couple scrap samples with just a sheet of tissue between each (weight it with a few heavy books for an hour) and see if it does any damage. Otherwise, that may be overkill and just placing a tissue paper sheet between each one and mailing them in a box should be sufficient. I always used the tissue paper sheets between pieces when doing invitations.

They used to do that to protect engraving from flattening out when shipped. That is why invitations were mailed with a tissue on top. Many people don’t know where that tradition came from.  ;D

Workshops & Conference News / Re: 2022 IAMPETH conference
« on: April 01, 2022, 09:26:20 PM »
Woohoo! Have a fabulous time Elizabeth! You will love it. Rest up before you go …. You don’t sleep much.  ;D

ProCreate Calligraphy / ProCreate Calligraphy & Lettering!
« on: March 31, 2022, 08:59:07 PM »
I have been doing a lot of work on my ipad lately using the ProCreate app. This app is absolutely incredible and complete game changer for calligraphers and lettering artists. I am taking a few lettering classes and have been practicing my Spencerian and vaguely Madarasz script  ;D using the ipad pencil. Anyone else? I would love to see what others are doing.

Flourishing / Re: Back to studying
« on: March 31, 2022, 08:47:18 PM »
No too much at all! I very much enjoyed reading about your journey. It’s so gratifying to hear you kept the ember burning until you could make it a focus. Your hours of practice certainly show. The line confidence is beautiful.

So many good inspirations. Ken has certainly stoked the flames of many a pen person. And the Copperplate FB group has become such a fabulous resource!

Thanks so much for sharing with us.  :)

Workshops & Conference News / Re: 2022 IAMPETH conference
« on: March 30, 2022, 11:34:47 AM »
Thank you Sally!  :-* I was considering flying in for the vendor night but I don't see any mention of it.  :-\

Flourishing / Re: Back to studying
« on: March 30, 2022, 11:34:02 AM »
Would you tell us a little more about your journey? How did you get started in pointed pen? When did you begin studying flourishing? What were your best resources/classes for study? How often do you practice?

Flourishing / Re: Back to studying
« on: March 30, 2022, 11:30:12 AM »
Wow! Absolutely stunning. I think this is your best one yet. So gorgeous!  :-*

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Whatcha Working On?
« on: March 29, 2022, 04:27:29 PM »
Yes - engraving is luxurious for sure. I have several engraved greeting cards from Cranes that were calligraphers by Maria Thomas. I won’t ever send them to anyone, they are mine to covet.  ;D I offered engraved invitations as well but because I was a dealer for Carlson Crafts invitations (books like you see at stationer’s), I could get the engraved invites wholesale. The letterpress was a local guy who was SO good at what he did - I was lucky to have him nearby. But it was $1/piece, plus ink, and the plates. Thankfully he let me order my own plates. But yah, my invitations started at $1000/100.  :-\

My handwriting has always been awful. LOL. But maybe yours will come back around the more you get comfortable with your calligraphy. I know when I go to sign my name now, I mess up and even forget letters because my brain wants to do Spencerian but my hand is still chicken scratching it.  ;D

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