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Yet another day of calligraphy drills.. I love doing it, but then I lost track of time and realise I'm practicing for 2 hours and that my hand hurts.. So some of the hairlines are wobbly.

The O's are still hard to do. I have the basic line in my head now, I just don't get it out with my hand. I get into a rhythm where the O start to turn upwards again instead in the 55 degree angle. I find it hard to get it in that angle.

So are the overturns hard, they keep getting pointy at the top instead of round. I do see an improvement tho since last time. I paid attention to those round strokes, but still I need a lot (and I mean a lot) of practice to do. I love doing the underturns. I find them a lot easier then the overturns.

The descendant and ascendant loops are not consistent yet, but I have that in my mind too. Now I have to figure out how I can get the same stroke every single time..

What do you all think this time?

@jeanwilson thank you for your feedback. I was indeed busy in making a traceable worksheet for myself. Still working on those since they are nowhere to be found online. I thought, if I do one stroke drills at the time, they will improve. So thank you for the tip to do 2 or 3 instead of one. Will do that next time :).

It sometimes confuses me tho, when I look on instagram and see professional calligraphers.. Some of them make their overturn pointy too, and that's the way how my own handwriting is too.. Maybe that's why I think its maybe a bit okay to do that too.. Have to get that out of my mind and learn the basics first.

Thank you again, for your feedback and tips :)

Oooohh! Shiny! Everything looks better in gold don't you think? ;) But I agree...this is leaps and bounds better! Practice always makes perfect, especially smart practice. One more thing I noticed regarding those upturns.See how as you take off the stroke slants a bit? This still gives it a lopsided look. The take off and downward turn of this stroke should ideally be parallel to the slant. At least that's my understanding of the hand...but keep at it!

Thank you for your feedback! I do notice it. I'm paying attention to it. You can see its worse in the black ink from practice day 2 and in gold I improved it. It's a bit hard, my own handwriting is also slanted. So I have to learn new habits in it.. But practice makes perfect and I keep practicing 😊

Thank you again for your feedback, I can't improve myself without it!

Did some drills again today.. Did some in my new Winsor & Newton gold in as well. This ink is a bit thicker and I like the way how that writes..

I also see some tiny tiny improvements in my overturns in just 2 days.. What do you think?

Thank you so much, Starlee!! This kind of critique helps me very much!

Yes I noticed the ratio of 3:2:3 wasn't applied to the J's and the G's, you see with the Y's I used an extra block and it turned out much better. I made new practice sheets for myself in the right ratio, so I learn them the good way.

I'm now going to drill the basic lines. I've copied the forms from my book from Eleonor Winters and I'm going to paste them in a worksheet om my computer in lightgrey, a lot on one page, so I can trace those.. I think it will help me to know how the trace the form and then maybe doing it on my onw the same way.

I will keep track of it so if you mind to come back later and check if I'm doing better, that would be great :) Thank you again, so much!

Letter Pixels / Re: Adobe Shape app
« on: January 19, 2016, 11:41:49 AM »
Sorry to bring this post up again, but I've got this app, but I can't save the picture into my own cameraroll or something. It's just in the library and I can't do anything with it. I want to save the picture to my computer.

Does anyone know how?

Day 2 of practice.. I've practiced a bit larger and I have to say: the O's goes indeed easier.. It's still hard tho. And that word, minimum.. Ew, don't like how they turn out..

Please tell me what you think..

Kind Critique / Re: Having a pen in my hand for the very first time..
« on: January 18, 2016, 03:21:22 AM »
Exciting stuff! Keep on doing drills! These will really help with your muscle memory. :)

Yes, in my other post I started doing the drills. What do you think of those?

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Your Instagrams
« on: January 17, 2016, 04:23:45 PM »
I've just started to follow everyone!

Here's mine

I just started my calligraphy journey :)

The Library / Re: Everyones Instagram account!
« on: January 17, 2016, 03:12:43 PM »
Thank you, I've used the search bar but it didn't come up with anything..

The Library / Everyones Instagram account!
« on: January 17, 2016, 02:41:06 PM »
Hello there,

maybe an idea: if everyone is so kind to post their instagram so it's all together in one post and I can get a change to follow you so I can learn from everyone (and I just love to watch at everyeones work!). I've just begun with my calligraphic journey and want to learn Copperplate real bad. I have my instagram to track my progress.

I will start of with my instagram:

Greets, Linda

Kind Critique / Re: First day of practice
« on: January 17, 2016, 01:47:12 PM »
And here's a photo of all the drills in line.. I think, with a lot of practice, I can hopefully master it pretty quick.

Can't wait to see the results in a few months from now!

So I started practicing with the help of Eleanor Winters' book and this is my first page of practice. Making those full pressure strokes even is hard and overal it's harder than I thought. And the O's, O O O.. They are hard!

What are your first thoughts and tips for my practice sheet?

(don't look at the big black dot, spilled some ink there haha)

Guidelines / Vertical guidelines for Copperplate worksheet
« on: January 17, 2016, 09:15:53 AM »
After looking and looking on the internet for a worksheet with vertical guidelines only, without any luck, I decided to make one for myself. I have this squared paper, so printing horizontal lines will not line up with the squares. If anyone wants to download it, I have attached the PDF. I sure helps me to get the lines in the right degrees :)

Greets, Linda

Kind Critique / Re: Having a pen in my hand for the very first time..
« on: January 16, 2016, 03:03:24 AM »
Thank you all! I've just received my book from Eleanor Winters so tomorrow I will be practicing for real with the worksheets and guidelines. Can't wait to see improvement!

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