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Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Can you help me?
« on: May 07, 2019, 08:58:03 PM »
@Starlee

Cool  8)   I will endeavour to get some New Zealand sand for you!  ;D




*did you see what I did there?

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Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Can you help me?
« on: May 06, 2019, 09:11:52 PM »
Not to put a dampener on what sounds like a terrific project, but are there any biohazards involved with sending such material overseas?

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Angle of pen to paper
« on: May 01, 2019, 09:10:21 PM »
Update!  ;D

I received two wonderfully calligraphed birthday cards from @Diane Bennett and @JanisTX, thank you so much for brightening my day.  Also, my colleagues were just stunned by the artistry of this, and were equally amazed that anyone still has these skills today!

Obviously I do not wish to put my address on a forum post, but I will try to get some less identifying features up as pictures soon.

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Writing surface preference
« on: March 26, 2019, 03:51:43 PM »
Is there a similar set of arguments or theory that pertains to artists and their posture?  Talking about the "painting" kind of art, rather than the "sculptural" kind, if you see what I mean.  Also, signwriters.

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Angle of pen to paper
« on: March 25, 2019, 05:50:47 PM »
 ;D

As a callow boy, I used to regard older people as irrelevant.  Now, although inevitable, it is somewhat ironic to find I am "older people"!  Shoe on the other foot, as it were.  ;)

Thanks for the offers, @Diane Bennett and @JanisTX   I wasn't soliciting cards, but I will take you up on that offer as I get precious little mail these days anyway.

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Angle of pen to paper
« on: March 25, 2019, 05:15:52 AM »
Yes, I am beginning to suspect that camera angles are creating the confusion for me.

On the other hand, I am getting old. It was my 54th birthday on Sunday.  It's the first in 54 such events (as far as I can recall) that I received precisely zero cards! Looks like I've become irrelevant a bit before my time.  :o

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Angle of pen to paper
« on: March 15, 2019, 05:59:50 PM »
That's what I thought too, from reading about it. 

However, in this video there are examples of more vertical position that also achieve good swells.  First example starts at about 1:11.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNmu8buHrm4

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Angle of pen to paper
« on: March 14, 2019, 08:06:24 PM »
I am a little confused (a common complaint as it is) with the angle of the pen point as it is presented to the paper.  Why? Because in quite a few videos of accomplished calligraphers the pen seems to be held nearly vertical to the paper, while a lot of books recommend a low angle.

Clearly there is something that I am missing here.

Perhaps the angle is irrelevant?

Wiser heads, please put me out of my misery. :'(

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Chic Obliques
« on: March 06, 2019, 05:30:31 AM »
There are some stunning pens on the site right now.  Really worth a look. Fabulous marriage of materials!  ;D

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Introductions / Re: Hi to everyone from New Zealand!
« on: February 16, 2019, 10:21:53 PM »
Hey Barb, welcome, and it's good to see another member out of NZ.  If you don't mind me asking, roughly where are you located?  I'm in Dunners.  :)

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Chic Obliques
« on: February 09, 2019, 06:11:36 AM »
Hi Dave, I think we need to measure your hands just to see exactly what size will fit. If you contact my via my email which is ' [email protected] ' I'll send you some info to get the perfect measurements!  Edward


It's a nice sentiment but I don't think calligraphy is the right hobby for me.  Thinking of disposing of the holders I have, some have gone already.

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Collecting pen holders
« on: February 03, 2019, 04:40:36 AM »
This is an idle inquiry.

Do people collect pen holders (straight, oblique etc) with display only purposes in mind? Or do people who buy holders do so for the purpose of different types of calligraphy work as their primary aim?

Toward the end of last year I got a bit carried away and suddenly found myself with 11 or 12 holders! 

Finding that I lack any noticeable aptitude for the art of calligraphy - because I would rather write than draw (I know that is contentious  :) ) - I have begun to divest myself of these tools.  So far I've managed to give away two modern Curv-E holders, two vintage holders (strahms if I recall), and a four custom made straight holders.

I still have a few left.  A pair of Yoke pens, one by Brian Smith, a "blue whale" holder, a couple of holders from an enthusiast amateur maker, an ergonomic holder from Melanie of englishpencrafts, and the holder that every beginner has, the hourglass.

Perhaps over the year I can foist these on people, and although people are free to do what they want, it would slightly pain me if they ended up as safe queens - hence the original question here.

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Personal check
« on: February 03, 2019, 04:24:09 AM »
That's something I've never heard of.  Doesn't the hairspray mean that the ink will not 'stick' afterward?   ???

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Chic Obliques
« on: January 26, 2019, 04:13:09 AM »
Thanks @KristinT good find and quite a relief.  Now I know where to go!  ;D

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Chic Obliques
« on: January 26, 2019, 12:15:51 AM »
This is a call for information.

Last year I tried out 2 oblique holders from Edward Curran of ChicOblique on Etsy.    As the holders did not really suit my hand size (I have enormous hands!) I ended up gifting the holders to two members of this forum.   My plan was to go for one of the longer models this year.  However,  I just looked today and Etsy tells me that ChicOblique no longer exists on the site.

Does anyone know if Edward has ceased trading, has moved his store elsewhere, or is going to continue on Etsy?

(I don't have an email address to ask him directly)

Cheers,

Dave

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