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Messages - Elizher Luz

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Introductions / Re: Hi from Grimsby, Ontario
« on: January 24, 2018, 05:30:01 PM »
Yayy another Ontarian - Welcome to the forum, you'll have an amazing time here! Great wealth and even greater people!

Tools & Supplies / Re: Homemade walnut ink
« on: October 06, 2017, 12:51:32 PM »
Hi!  I made homemade walnut ink yesterday from green fruits from my backyard.  I am happy with it... it writes well.  I put some cloves in it for preservative, but I was wondering if anyone has tried freezing it.
Why would you want to freeze it?

I was worried about mold
I see.
Having boiled the ink for a while, it should be, at least in the beginning, mold free. Take care that your containers are equally clean before use.

Living in a mostly hot, humid environment (Atlanta, GA), I was plagued by mold constantly. Often you will see recommendations to use distilled water when diluting ink, which I did for years. Moldy ink all the time. A couple of years ago, I switched to using simple chlorinated tap water to dilute inks. No more mold. I have a one ounce container I've been using for over a year of McCaffery's Penman's Black that is open every day and which I top off almost daily from a four ounce bottle and occasionally dilute (to counter evaporation) with chlorinated water. No mold in over a year. Perhaps the chlorine is killing the mold or stopping it before it can get going. Something to try if you are diluting ink.

Ooh, very interesting finds...
I usually use distilled water,  but I'll try using chlorinated water instead next time i go mixing ink

Tools & Supplies / Re: Storage solution for lots o' nibs
« on: September 24, 2017, 07:43:52 PM »
Oh my goshhh im so jelly!!! ;D

Also if i may ask, where do you personally buy your nibs? I'm just starting to adventure into the world of nibs, and have been wanting to expand my experience with trying more out


Find a Pen Pal / Re: Canadian / Toronto Pen Pals
« on: September 21, 2017, 04:13:37 PM »
I don't know about PenPals but a bunch of Calligraphy and Lettering enthusiasts get together once a month at Future Bistro (483 Bloor St. W.)

This month's meet-up is on the 20th (Wednesday) at 6:00 p.m. Details are on our FB page: - you might find people wanting to be pen pals :-)

- Salman

I had an amazing time there yesterday! Thanks so much for the invite; hopefully, i can make it next months!

Spencerian Script / Re: Wonderful Madarasz Exemplar
« on: September 17, 2017, 10:05:07 PM »
Wow, thats a beautiful exemplar. Great share!  :)

- Elizher

Find a Pen Pal / Canadian / Toronto Pen Pals
« on: September 17, 2017, 01:01:03 AM »
I have been practicing a bit of Copperplate and Spencerian for a while, and have wanted to maybe have a pen pal or two. Before I commit to anything like this, I was wondering to see if there were any ones in Canada, or specifically Toronto, who would be interested? Preferably in Toronto but doesn't really matter. I just want to get a grasp of who and how many people are available right now, thanks!  :) :)

Tools & Supplies / Re: Storage solution for lots o' nibs
« on: September 16, 2017, 03:36:19 AM »
Of my time on FF so far, this has to be one of my most favourite pictures!! All those Nibs!

Introductions / Re: Hello from Scotland
« on: September 10, 2017, 09:47:36 PM »
Welcome to FF, Robert!

You'll have a great time here surfing the forum. As a newcomer myself, you'll quickly find that there's more tips and tricks from masters and newbies alike than anywhere else. More importantly, the community here is one of the best. I look forward to seeing your work and you around!


Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Brian Walker's Party Game
« on: September 10, 2017, 09:19:47 PM »
Great point and amazing 'parrot' !!

Tools & Supplies / Re: My Favorite Nibs for Pointed Pen
« on: September 10, 2017, 09:02:59 PM »
I started out my Copperplate with the Tachikawa G and the Zebra G and i loved them! Only recently i found and tried out a Hunt 22 i found in my craft case, and i immediately switched over. I've been using the Hunt 22 ever since, butI'm planning on ordering some different ones like the Gillot 303 and Hunt 56 to experiment some more.

Show & Tell / Re: Some fun Envelopes!
« on: September 09, 2017, 07:13:10 PM »
Beautiful work!!  :)

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Calligraphy confessions
« on: August 31, 2017, 12:44:27 AM »
Haha, this is so funny, i think I'll throw in my two cents (even though I'm a bit late lol)

1.Spit. Cleans. Nibs.

2. I lose about half the nibs i buy because of my disorganization (weaps under a rock)

3. I dump ink and premade gouache too many times that i dunt care to count.

4. Calligraphy is expensive and literally all money that does not have to go to food or something important is immediately diverted to the Art Fund ^tm.

5. Horrible posture (so bad, but it's the only way for me lol  :'( )

General How To's & Projects / Re: How to Mix Gouache
« on: August 30, 2017, 01:33:58 AM »
Thanks for the video!

Just a quick question, would watercolour work in replacement of gouache?

Thanks so much for this! Perfect for newbies to forum like me!

Introductions / Hello from Toronto, Canada!
« on: December 24, 2016, 02:57:45 PM »
Hey everyone!

My name is Elizher and i am currently 16, a junior in high school and I currently live in Toronto. I have been super interested in calligraphy and lettering for a as long as i can remember, and have been practicing on the daily for a couple of years now. I have primarily used brush pens and markers for my pieces, but recently i have taken an interest and liking to pointed pen/ dip pen calligraphy. I hope to learn some valuble tips and tricks from the Forum here. Thanks for having me!

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