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Introductions / Re: Hello From Canada
« on: November 08, 2019, 04:36:07 AM »
Hi Bev!
I am excited you're here and I'm sure you'll learn alot from the seasoned pros on this forum. :)

I am also excited to see your progress in 6 months time!


Introductions / Re: Hello from Germany/Malaysia
« on: November 04, 2019, 04:47:09 AM »
@Estefa thank you for your encouragement! :) I would love to meet you and will definitely take you up on that offer whenever I'm in Berlin. Currently relocating to NRW, and packing is THE WORST.

@Erica McPhee thanks for creating this fun climate and community! It's such a joy to be able to learn from everyone and share ideas. <3

Show & Tell / Re: Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott
« on: November 04, 2019, 04:41:57 AM »
@K-2 To be honest, whatever you just mentioned is all SO NEW to me! I'm going to have some fun reading up about it :) And good luck on your presenting your paper! It sounds like such an achievement.

Tools & Supplies / Re: An interesting curiosity!
« on: October 26, 2019, 10:13:29 AM »
True, I think she put a nib in a cork before! @lizt2

Eastern Calligraphy / Re: Learning basic Chinese calligraphy
« on: October 22, 2019, 03:13:51 PM »
Having taken Chinese as a subject throughout my schooling days, I've definitely encountered many Chinese Calligraphy workbooks. We had to learn it growing up and I absolutely despised it. My handwriting was already atrocious, in addition to that, I was supposed to write out chinese characters meditatively? UGH. How I hated it.

Now having gained an appreciation for history and script, I am filled with regret that I did not take the opportunity in the past to adequately learn how to write properly.  :'(

If anyone on here is proficient in this, I would love to come under your tutelage! :D


Introductions / Re: Hello from Germany/Malaysia
« on: October 22, 2019, 11:39:53 AM »
@Bianca M Thank you Bianca for the warm welcome. I'm very excited to be a part of this forum :)

Find a Pen Pal / Re: Pen Pal Take 2: German Edition
« on: October 22, 2019, 11:35:44 AM »
@AnasaziWrites Thank you for the tip! I'll definitely have to do that.  :)

I would like to try :)

German isn't my first language too, so I wonder if me writing to you would be helpful?  :-\



Tools & Supplies / Re: An interesting curiosity!
« on: October 22, 2019, 12:12:45 AM »
@KristinT YEAH! That's true, it wouldn't be too hard to make a prototype. Haha, I wish we could read review on it from people of the past. Wouldn't that be nice?

Show & Tell / Re: Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott
« on: October 22, 2019, 12:10:30 AM »
Wow! This is really such a painstaking process and you made it look very good :) Sorry to hear that you suffered a concussion, but glad to know you're on the mend!

If you don't mind me asking, what other scripts do you write? @K-2


Find a Pen Pal / Re: Pen Pal Take 2: German Edition
« on: October 21, 2019, 04:55:49 PM »
I would like to try :)

German isn't my first language too, so I wonder if me writing to you would be helpful?  :-\


Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Hilarious Ink Spill Question
« on: October 21, 2019, 04:04:56 PM »
I just wanted to share about my terrible no good very bad ink spill, which I feel this forum can empathize with.

Today I managed to spill most of a bottle of Iroshizuku take-sumi ink on my relatively new clothes and onto a relatively new wool area rug, simultaneously ruining three not cheap things.  The ink stain on the rug is several orders of magnitude more horrifying, of course, but my spouse has offered me no recriminations at all.  And thanks to this forum, I had some guidance to removing the worst of it.

"Yes, yes," you're saying, "K, we have all spilled a bunch of ink on ourselves and ruined things! It's not so bad!  You can replace ink & clean the clothes & rug."  And I agree that it is not the end of the world... (although it is probably why I can't have nice things, and I definitely can't afford to buy another rug)

BUT the hilarious part is that while scrambling to clean things up, I managed to stab myself with an ink-covered G-nib that I had been using to fine tune some work, so now I have a TINY TATTOO.  I have bathed, and scrubbed, and gotten all the other ink off of my legs, feet, arms, hands, etc (not the clothes or the rug, alas).  But the dot seems to be permanently and clearly dotted under my skin.

So Serious Question: Has anyone else ever accidentally stabbed themselves with a pointed nib and inadvertently given themselves a tiny tattoo?  Truly, I have been doing calligraphy for a long time, and spilled a lot of ink, but I have never tattooed myself before.  Is this common, and I've just been lucky until now?  And follow up question: Has anyone gotten rid of a self-inflicted accidental tattoo?  Any advice on this?

I guess I should be glad that it was black ink and not some other color, so it only looks like a tiny, very precise mole, and not like I changed my mind about body art at an awkward juncture.  And at least the project I was working on came through unscathed, so maybe it wasn't so bad after all.

--thank you for any tattoo removal advice, K

Totally unrelated to your ink spill.. BUT... DID YOU WRITE THIS BEAUTIFUL PIECE IN GERMAN?! Ahhhhh. I love it! By any chance, do you have a picture of the finished copy? :)


Tools & Supplies / Re: An interesting curiosity!
« on: October 21, 2019, 03:56:23 PM »
WOW. That's so crazy to even imagine using my index finger as a pen itself.. I wonder if anyone on this forum has one of these in real life in their personal collection? It'll be so cool to see! :o

Thank you Ken, for ALL the effort you went through to write, compile and post these here. I am SO excited to learn more about each script, and so far my favourite is Madarasz's Script ;)

I truly appreciate your generosity. I know this would be one of the places I revisit and revisit.

P/s: I'm new here and probably missed an instructional thread here and there, but I was wondering if anyone can help me with 'saving' this thread for easy access in the future? THANK YOU IN ADVANCE <3

Cheers to you!

Introductions / Hello from Germany/Malaysia
« on: October 21, 2019, 12:36:35 AM »
Hi friends,

I am Rachel, a Malaysian, currently in the process of moving to Germany. :)

I have only dabbled in Copperplate/ES so far but am interested in moving on to Spence, OP and Madarasz Script in the next few months. I think the first time I've encountered calligraphy was in college when I wanted to find a new hobby and chanced upon Lindsay Bugbee's website (The Postman's Knock). From then on, I was super curious about it. However at that time (ca. 2015?) that was the only resource I had and I got frustrated really quickly, without proper instruction and guidance.

And in 2017/2018 when I entered the world of Instagram, I found Nina Tran's IG, and it was such a fantastic resource for a beginner like me. Since then I've been lurking on IG, but not really finding the time to write (classic excuse), until Nina came to KL (July2019) and I was really inspired by her diligence and passion for calligraphy. So since then I've been doing my best to practice every day to improve my script!

In my free time, I love going to museums and reading about History. Palace of Versailles and Hampton Court are on my to-visit list. That's also why in the future, I'd be ECSTATIC to learn more about Illuminated Letters.

Fun facts:
  • I am a jack of all trades but master of none.
  • I speak 4 languages (+1 dialect)
  • I have horrible handwriting
  • I did an undergrad degree in Genetics (soooo relevant, I know... ::))
  • I am quite sentimental and have kept almost every (scribbled) note my friends have given me
  • I dislike bananas. They just taste and smell horrible. BLEUGH.
  • History GEEK.

I'd love to have the opportunity to learn from each of you! :)

P/s: I assure you, gracefulgiftedhands is my IG handle and not my name  ;)

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