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Thank you so much! I will try that.  :)

Ah, yes. I have done that before but it just never seems to look right for some reason. Thank you Erica!

Hi all,
It has been a while since I have been around here. Life has been busy though I have continued my practice.

I will be teaching a hand-lettering workshop. For the occasion, I would like to create my own guidelines using my own letters either in Illustrator or in InDesign. I know I can download tons of guidelines but I would like to learn to make my own and put my letters on them. How does one go about that?

I am a designer so I am familiar with both programs, scanning and so on. The problem is that things do not really look clean or as sharp as I would like. I keep thinking if I was making a book, how would I go about creating both the guidelines and adding the letters and feel a tad lost.

Can anyone help me or point me in the right direction? I need to have these sheets to provide them to the workshop attendees.

Thank you!

Tools & Supplies / Re: Help creating my own exemplars?
« on: February 02, 2017, 04:14:53 PM »
Hello @ash0kgiri, @prasad, @Erica McPhee, and @Bianca M,

Thank you so much all! This is very, very helpful! I just got my new art light pad and will be able to follow the instructions. Sometimes it is the simplest things… Thank you, thank you!  :) :)

Tools & Supplies / Help creating my own exemplars?
« on: January 31, 2017, 06:19:46 PM »
Dear all,

My name is Alma. I am teaching a class at the university I work at titled Explorations in Scripts and Lettering. But I am facing a dilemma. The students would like to have a template or an exemplar, I guess you can call  it, to trace the letters from. They want to get the basic structure of the letters. A lot of them were not taught handwriting or penmanship. Hence, they feel a tad lost. I need help in how to create an exemplar. I am a designer and as dumb as this may sound, I am not sure how to create one. I know there are many for free or in books but I would like to learn to make my own. Do I draw the letters and just scan them and then make them fit on between a baseline and a mean and cap line? Or do I draw each letter separately? Any help would be appreciated!


Find a Pen Pal / Re: Looking for a few new penpals
« on: January 07, 2017, 07:51:08 PM »
I would love to participate!!

Tools & Supplies / Re: Ruling pen help
« on: October 25, 2016, 04:01:44 PM »
Fabulous Bianca M!  :) :)
Thank you!

Tools & Supplies / Re: Ruling pen help
« on: October 25, 2016, 09:28:09 AM »
Thank you AndyT!
Will let you know. I am dying to play with it!


Tools & Supplies / Ruling pen help
« on: October 24, 2016, 05:46:49 PM »

I just bought this ruling pen: See attachment.
I was wondering if I need to clean the nib or use a match on it before I start using it?

Thank you!


Guidelines / Re: Calligraphy Guideline Generator
« on: August 29, 2016, 05:57:23 PM »
Awesome!!!  :D

Completed/Past Exchanges / Re: Flourish Forum Exchanges 2016
« on: August 21, 2016, 07:54:35 PM »
I had the same question as @MamieV. I was afraid I was too late.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Images for article
« on: August 13, 2016, 08:54:18 PM »
Hello all!

I am writing an article for Smashing Magazine about Brush Lettering.
In it I talk about very briefly about the calligraphy hands and need to include images.
I was wondering if any of you would like to provide a good image (500 pixels wide and high resolution)
that is good example for each hand for the article? Your name will be under the image
and I would link to your webpage or Instagram account or website, provided you give me the link.

Here are the things I would need an image for:
Roman Capitals

Smashing Magazine is an international online magazine based in Germany.
I am the editor of the Design section. All of our articles are blind reviewed (even those from editors)
and we provide high quality content on all things about design and web development.
The magazine has traditionally been more about the technical aspects of design and development
but we are trying to include more articles about design in general.
In other words, your works will be seen all over the world.

If you would like to provide me with an image that is a good and basic example of the calligraphy hands,
please send it to me to [email protected].

Please remember that the image needs to be 500 pixels wide at minimum and it should be high resolution.
And remember to include your Instagram link or site link.

I would love to include everybody but I will not be able to.
I would probably have to pick the best examples.
However, if you have an Instagram account, I will include you in the list
of calligraphers and letterers to follow on Instragram.

I would need the images as soon as possible. I hope that is okay with you. :-)

Thank you in advance for your help and willingness to show your work!


Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Your Instagrams
« on: June 23, 2016, 03:59:28 PM »
I follow you.
My instagram:

Brush Calligraphy / Re: Brush Lettering Workshop
« on: June 22, 2016, 10:02:19 AM »
Thank you Jean for all of these suggestions!
Will keep them in mind!

Love the idea of gift and name tags! I think that would be a great and fun thing for them to do!

 :) :)

Brush Calligraphy / Re: Brush Lettering Workshop
« on: June 21, 2016, 02:43:58 PM »
Thank you for your help Jean!

I made a mistake in the duration, the workshop will actually be 6 hours: 3 on Friday and 3 on Saturday.

Will keep all of this advice in mind! Thank you!

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