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Everyday Handwriting | Penmanship / Cursive in the newspaper
« on: May 20, 2024, 09:27:47 AM »
For your enjoyment.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Happy Valentine's Day
« on: March 28, 2024, 04:44:58 PM »
Hi everyone.
Yesterday, my wife received a Valentine's Day card. From me. Mailed Feb 5, 2024. Mailed to our house via a post office 1/2 mile away. Then sent to a major sorting facility about 10 miles away. The 20 mile round trip letter took 7 weeks and two days to get here. Go USPS.
So, there is a little hope that any of you to whom I've sent a letter in the last several months might actually some day receive it.

Just returned from Arizona with these.
Written with walnut ink
First photo:  Chilean Mesquite Pod #1
Second photo:  Chilean Mesquite Pod Stub

Word of the Day / Mystery word of the day
« on: December 30, 2023, 04:30:06 PM »
A quality necessary for excellent penmanship?
(you'll need to sign in to see)

Tools & Supplies / Diamine Inkvent 2023
« on: December 21, 2023, 11:33:41 AM »
With kind permission from Inkvent Master @K-2 , I'm going to quote K's introduction to last year's Inkvent, as K explains it well, and begin this year's Inkvent calendar. We will have to await K's participation until January or so, as K's schedule is very crowded just now. It's actually day 21 today, but I'll start with day one and post as many days I can, albeit in a simple form, to which I may or may not add as time goes by.

Feel free to participate in any way you like, even if you don't have this year's calendar (which features purple this year).

Inkventors - get ready to post!  Much like Inktober, there really aren't "rules" to Inkvent.  The only courtesy we should observe is to not post ahead of schedule or out of order so as to not spoil the surprise for those Inkventors who are dutifully opening those little doors in order, and as scheduled.  I know @AnasaziWrites got his box in the mail!  who else is with us?

Of course, maybe you didn't purchase the set, but still want to ink!  You can use the name of the ink as your prompt, just like in Inktober, if you like; you'll just have to wait until the day of for the reveal.  But that's fine.  There's no way I'm going to be able to post every day this time around.  It's just a super busy time at work, and I've committed a lot of time to working with my kid's school's music boosters, and I have to travel for the holidays.  Eventually we'll all get through all the inks - just like last time (even though it took through January):
@Zivio & @Lucie Y & @tiffany.c.a & @Erica McPhee & @InkyFingers - you were all such awesome Inktoberists!  maybe you'll come in for Invent too!

As participants on the Forum have often noted - you can use fountain pen inks with dip pens if you doctor them a bit.  I also use fountain pen inks for drawing and painting.  All the drawings I posted in the Inktober 2021 and 2022 threads were done with fountain pen inks for instance.  They have some wonderful properties of shading and chromatography, making them a very exciting art medium.  Nick Stewart shows off their amazing range on his blog:

Hence, I'm posting to the "Tools and Supplies" area, since this thread will produce a catalogue of lovely, colorful inks that may be helpful for some future project.

My posts will be done on Strathmore Bristol Smooth 300 or 400. I did the first ink, Fortunes Gold, using a Gillott 604ef nib, but switched to a Spencerian #1, which is a little less sharp, for the rest unless noted otherwise. Seems to work better with these fountain pen inks. Also, all these inks come in 12 ml bottles, so when I mention adding gum arabic to the ink, it is added to the full bottle.

Everyday Handwriting | Penmanship / Cursive is back
« on: November 28, 2023, 10:13:13 AM »
(For some of us, it never left, of course.)
From the Wall Street Journal, 27 Nov 2023

Inktober 2023 / Day 30 - 2023: Rush
« on: October 30, 2023, 02:21:56 PM »

Inktober 2023 / Day 29 - 2023: Massive
« on: October 29, 2023, 05:42:02 PM »

From the Galapagos, 2018.

Inktober 2023 / Day 28 - 2023: Sparkle
« on: October 28, 2023, 04:01:56 PM »

Last week I was watering the moss lawn in the early morning, and the water from the sprinkler made the leaves of our maple just sparkle. Focusing on the leaves with a shallow depth of field (sound familiar?), it turned the nearby drops of water into "bubbles." Fun.

Ink is from the past two "Inkvent" calendars. Random selection.

Click on the photos for a closer look.

Inktober 2023 / Day 27 - 2023: Beast
« on: October 27, 2023, 01:25:37 PM »

Louie, aka "The Beast of Stillwood"

Inktober 2023 / Day 26 - 2023: Remove
« on: October 26, 2023, 03:44:52 PM »

remove the guard
black to play

Inktober 2023 / Day 25 - 2023: Dangerous
« on: October 25, 2023, 03:38:14 PM »

Louie as a pup in 2010.
Still going strong today at 15, although his appetite for paper has decreased, thank goodness.

Inktober 2023 / Day 24 - 2023: Shallow
« on: October 24, 2023, 05:12:21 PM »

Inktober 2023 / Day 23 - 2023: Celestial
« on: October 23, 2023, 03:28:16 PM »

Inktober 2023 / Day 22 - 2023: scratchy
« on: October 22, 2023, 05:52:54 PM »
My Dad played this record from 1950 so many times he could quote the whole thing verbatim. As a result, it became quite

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