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Coffee & Nib-bles / Stationery addicts unite!
« on: June 10, 2016, 12:35:04 PM »
Okay, for as long as I can remember--and way before I ever got into calligraphy, I've always been addicted to stationery. And not just pretty pens or notebooks! I'm also talking about washi tape and letter sets! I know I'm not the only one, so I started this thread so that we hoarders can share some of our favorite pieces of stationery, from notebooks to letter sets to pens and everything else in between!

Below are a few (keyword: few. I have so many more it's crazy huhu) of my favorites. Okay, I'll be honest, every letter set I own is my favorite! Everything is equal. And another confession: I've never used any of them! Like, ever. I really just hoard them and look at them :((( I have a sickness, guys, please send help!  ;D ;D

Most of these are from Japan: some I got during my trip (to say I overspent is an understatement HAHAHA well, to be fair, I didn't know about calligraphy then. If I did, I probably would have hoarded inks, too!), and some I got from my father, who runs a Japanese Surplus Store. Unfortunately, my first letter sets which I bought in my school boutique in my primary years, were damaged during a storm here in my city :(

Anyway, I would love to see your favorite pieces! I'll upload washi tape too because I love them to bits (I use them VERY SPARINGLY HAHAHA).

Show & Tell / The most important lesson I've learned
« on: June 10, 2016, 11:54:45 AM »
Hello, everyone! Nothing fancy here: no flatlays (i have to up my photography game if I'm opening an IG account soon!), no natural lighting (thank you, years of Photoshop!), no godly letterforms or flourishes (to do: bootcamp! and my god, my h and my p's are horrid!  :o), and no capitals (gotta learn them soon!) but I just wanted to share the most important lesson I learned in university.

I'll be graduating this June 25, 2016, with a Bachelor's degree on Geology (so near to calligraphy right HAHAHA). And graduation has never felt more real especially since my grades are finally complete!

Now time for some #realtalk / #serioustalk

Just a little background on my university: the University of the Philippines is my country's only state university. A student in my university (such as myself haha) is called an "Iskolar ng Bayan" which translates to "A scholar of the state" because we are supposedly government funded (but the political environment here in the Philippines has made it so that even the state university is lacking in facilities, and the students are obliged to pay hefty tuition fees--but that's another story). I think what makes my university unique is that we are known for nurturing activists (and rightfully so, given the socio-political issues my country faces) and encouraging discourse among students. It is in this kind of environment that I experienced my political awakening and became more conscious of the plight of the marginalized in my country.

During my four year stay in the university, I have always been reminded that my education is not just for myself--that it is for the people. And having opened my eyes to the reality that I can do something about it, I realized that the most important lesson I learned was not the Earth's age (which is 4.6 billion years old, btw!), or when and where the next earthquake will occur (that's not something we can predict, actually), or how rocks taste like (yes, we actually do lick rocks--but just occasionally!!)--but rather: to serve the people!

Thank you for reading such a long post! :) I just have so many feels right now since graduation is nearing!  :'(

nib: Brause 66ef
ink: Noodler's Ink mixed with pearl pigments (my university's official color is Maroon. This is the closest I could find!) for that shiny shimmery splendour
paper: rhodia grid pad

Tools & Supplies / Need help in purchasing a carrot holder!
« on: April 12, 2016, 11:48:00 AM »
Hello, everyone! I've recently rekindled my love for calligraphy after a horrible falling out due to school life (ugh) and I'm back to the beginning! Unforunately, the speedball plastic oblique holder is no longer working for me. (I suppose it was never really a good option to begin with, after reading through some blog posts about why a customized holder is so much better). I have finally decided to get myself a prettier, more comfortable holder. I am thinking of purchasing a carrot holder, in particular, because not only do I want to loosen my grip, but also because my fingers fatigue very fast (mom did say arthritis runs in the family :( ) I've been practicing a more relaxed grip by holding a pencil in my non-dominant hand, and hoorah hoorah, it's working, but the pain the plastic holder brings me is still there.

Now, my real question is, just how do I know which grip diameter is suitable for me? On websites, I've seen carrot holders with grips that range from 13 mm to 16 mm, and not having touched them for myself, I'm not really sure which would be a good diameter for my hand.

Appreciate the help! :)

Brush Calligraphy / Colorful brush calligraphy!
« on: December 16, 2015, 01:27:42 AM »
I have a secret: I actually prefer brush calligraphy over pointed pen! Haha! It's easier on my hands (my hands fatigue very easily ;A;) and I have loved watercolors ever since I was a kid (it was only now that I seriously started painting with it). Anyway, these are free hand, and were inspired by instagram user @thewordaffair I love her works!

Tools are
brushes: Pentel Aquash in Fine, Kuretake H2O brush in detailer tip, and a 000 synthetic watercolor brush
watercolors: ShinHan Pass in Opera, Sakura Mat watercolors, Nicker Gouache in Red Violet
paper: Canson 200 gsm (cheap but not the best; good for practic though)

Kind Critique / Drills drills drills
« on: December 16, 2015, 01:00:26 AM »
Hi, everyone! My semester has recently finished, so I've finally found the time to start pointed pen calligraphy :) I asked my aunt in the US to buy me a copy of Dick Jackson's Copperplate Calligraphy, but I'll be receiving it after Christmas, so I'm really glad that there are a lot of online resources here in the forum ^V^

After going through 10 copies each of worksheets 1 and 2, I've decided to try taking on an entire page. The drills below are mostly from worksheet 1 ^v^

As you can see, I failed to square the tops of almost everything. I manually square my tops after doing my drills, and I guess my fingers couldn't handle it anymore haha.

Anyway, I've been having a hard time deciding the width of my fundamental oval. Just how wide is wide? I've noticed from master penmen that the width of their ovals vary from wide to quite narrow.

Your critique is very much appreciated! :)

p.s. i know it looks very cluttered, but i wanted to save on paper HAHAHAHA. (oh the struggle of a student allowance)

Tools are
nib: Tachikawa G
ink: Shin han Pass in Opera, Nicker Gouache in Red Violet (found this a bit too thick so I switched back to Opera), Sumi Ink
paper: PaperOne 100 gsm (it's a local brand, but it's absolutely great for practice!)
holder: Speedball Oblique holder
worksheet/guidelines from IAMPETH

Introductions / Hello from the Philippines!
« on: November 04, 2015, 09:12:47 PM »
Hi, everyone, I'm Camille from the sunny Philippines! This is my first time logging in so I have yet to choose an avatar (although it would most likely be of my weenie dog whom I am very obsessed with haha).

I have recently taken an interest in all things calligraphy, from pointed pen to brush lettering despite my hectic university life. It allows me to relax and forget my thesis for a few minutes :))

Anyway, right now, I am interested in learning Copperplate. As a beginner, I know it would be difficult to immediately plunge into Copperplate, but I would like to think that it is for everyone regardless of experience or lack thereof. I'm actually very happy that the forum has many free tutorials and resources on Copperplate and calligraphy in general, because as a student, I currently cannot afford to join workshops or private lessons.

Well, that's all for now! I hope to show you my progress sometime soon :)

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