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Tools & Supplies / writing surface / cover sheet
« on: January 26, 2017, 09:47:38 PM »
I was reading about setting up your writing surface and using a cover sheet in "Foundations of Calligraphy" by Shelia Waters, and was looking for some more information on this but couldn't find anything. I tried hacking together a setup and I feel like it really helped me - if for nothing else to ensure I write at a consistent slant. I'm wondering about two things in particular:
  • does anyone have advice or links on setting up your board surface? I'm learning pointed pen, so not sure if people use cover sheets for that type of writing or if this is more of a broad pen thing
  • do you set up your cover sheet so that you can still slide your paper "left" / "right" as well as "up" / "down"... so that you can maintain writing in the sweet spot as you move across and down the page? I'd guess so but it wasn't clear to me

Thank you so much!

Suggestions & Ideas / [SOLVED] Private Message Inbox Capacity
« on: January 17, 2017, 11:04:22 PM »
[SOLVED]: PM capacity is set by freshman, junior, and hero levels - see Erica's post below for details. Thanks Erica :)

[Original message]:
The private message inbox capacity seems low to me - I'm freaking out over here as I'm already almost out of space, and don't want to prune my PMs. Am I missing something? I like looking back at my PMs, for example, because some of them are funny. Maybe there is a mod to expand capacity or to export messages? If so, please let me pay for it right now just so I don't have to prune my inbox. I'm sort of joking, but mostly not.

Do others see value in this or do you have a work around?

This is super off topic, but gotta vent while I have a minute. WARNING: it's pretty gross and I'm still dealing with it now.

Everyone in my household except me is sick and has been puking starting just about 24 hours ago. My 8mo old but especially my 3yr old cannot manage to puke in a bucket or toilet. Instead it's been everywhere: on the floor, in the bed, on the couch. I like hold the bucket for him and he moves dramatically right before he barfs!!! I just finished washing all the sheets and the comforter cover.. they seemed fine, but I laid down for 2 minutes to rest after I finished putting the sheets on... certain spots still smell terrible! I was trying to clean the spots with "natural" pet mess carpet cleaner, but in my haste I reversed the direction and sprayed it into my eye!!!! It really hurt, but luckily it's "natural" and I just had to flush my eye. To top it all off, I just fed my cats, one of them ate too fast and puked behind the couch. SERIOUSLY!!!

Finally the puking seems to have died down and I'm trying to re-hydrate my children. Meanwhile, I've been on a fluids only fast since last night anticipating that I'm going to get sick... so far so good - hopefully my wife gets better before I go down. ugh. hahah... sometimes there's nothing to do but laugh.

So since misery loves company, feel free to post your worst, non-tragic, kinda comical day.

Show & Tell / The Hulk's sensitive side
« on: January 13, 2017, 11:24:43 PM »
Surprisingly, the Hulk's a sensitive guy. When he's not doing super hero stuff like prying open bottles of sealed shut Dr. Ph Martin's Bleed Proof White (, he likes to practice calligraphy. Here's one of his recent practice sheets. He's having a hard time learning, because He doesn't take criticism well :). in this scene he's particularly distraught

This is based on the last scene of Hulk Gray #6, Illustrated by Tim Sale. In the original, he's holding a picture of his love Betty.. and he says "Betty" not "copperplate" ;)

Show & Tell / dr seuss feathers
« on: January 06, 2017, 03:13:35 PM »
Here's a quick picture I drew based on my son's Dr. Seuss book "ABC".
I just got my first jar of walnut ink today, and it's called "drawing" ink so I figured I'd draw with it...  the writing is a pink ballpoint pen ;)
I was drawing on scratch paper b/cI wasn't planning on posting, but then I thought it'll be fun to draw a similar picture after I've practiced copperplate for a while... So I'll post a before and after :)

I'm looking for pen pals for personal correspondence (like "hey, I'm building in igloo in my backyard", "hey, I'm secretly obsessed with romance novels", "hey, what are you up to these days?", etc.). Calligraphy is welcome, just not wanting it to be the total focus for me. so I would often write you in my normal handwriting, adding some drawings / calligraphy sometimes... but I am a total newbie right now.

Closed now, thanks everyone for their interest - have some great new pen pals ;)

Coffee & Nib-bles / 2017 goals & resolutions
« on: January 02, 2017, 04:16:42 PM »
New years resolutions anyone wants to share - flourish related or otherwise?
I've never set new years resolutions, but this year I've decided to go for it. At my company's holiday party I learned that only 2/50 cowokers had ever successfully completed a resolution, so I decided to make 7 easy-ish ones so that i'll keep at least one:
  • practice copperplate for 20mins 3x per week
  • read a book for at least 20mins 3x per week
  • write a personal letter 1x per week
  • go to the gym 1x per week (i usually work out at home and kids always interrupt me)
  • smell a candle while drinking tea 2x per week
  • with my family, write down one good thing that happened 1x per week
  • and of course... post on FF 3x per week

Hope you'll share some of your 2017 goals, thanks!

Introductions / Hi, I'm Brad
« on: December 30, 2016, 09:03:56 AM »
Hi Everyone,
 I just started learning copperplate for fun, and i'm really glad I found this forum before I got too far along. I've never used a dipped pen until last week, and it was reassuring to watch Erica's intro copperplate video... I kept thinking my nib must be defective because I have to dip too often, but now I know it's normal  ;). Now i'm starting Salman's tutorials - I practiced a page of "i"s yesterday and am struggling with the hairline entry stroke bleeding into the shade stroke.. either they're 5mm apart or they bleed  :P so that will be my goal to work on today.
  Thanks a lot to the Flourish Forum - seems like such a great resource and community!

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