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Show & Tell / Re: I Sit Beside the Fire
« on: August 24, 2023, 09:01:19 AM »
Very nicely done.

Love those caps.

After working on uncial for the past 10 or so months, I feel ready to begin working on Insular (aka celtic) majuscules for the next several months.
I am currently in the research phase finding the version(s) I most like. The Book of Kells is in the lead, but some of the gospels are nice as well.
I am looking for any resources that cover insular. The current exemplar I am working with is from "Calligraphy a comprehensive guide to beautiful lettering" by Jane Sullivan. I may attempt making my own exemplar from a document if it is not available.
I would be grateful for any resources or advice shared as I begin this journey.
I'd recommend books by Aidan Meehan. His "Celtic Alphabets" and "Celtic Design, A beginner's Manual" are a good place to start. He has books on illuminated letters, knots, birds, and many other Celtic topics. He's also "completed" if you will, alphabets missing some letters not used when these books were written, which, if you are contemplating creating an exemplar, might prove useful. His books are readily available on the used book market.

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Re: Said with feeling
« on: August 21, 2023, 03:36:05 PM »
One of my favourite quotations
@Ken Fraser @kenfraser @Erica McPhee

Have you started a new account here on FF, Ken?

Tools & Supplies / Re: Inkwells Anyone?
« on: August 05, 2023, 06:35:54 PM »
Hello everyone!

Long time no see, but I am planning to be more active from now on :* <3

On the subject, I found these two beautiful little jars. One has a cork top and a 50ml capacity and the other is 30ml and has a "regular" lid.
I am searching for something to store my walnut ink for everyday use (none of these are "calligraphy specific" so I probably have to use a brush anyways with them
Have you used an inkwell with a cork for everyday use? Did the ink have problems with it?
Should I go to a "calligraphy specific" inkwell?

Thank you in advance!

The cork stopper should work fine. Many old ink bottles and wells were stoppered with cork.
If some of the ink evaporates while the bottle is open for use, just add a drop or two of water to thin in out.

Show & Tell / Re: I Sit Beside the Fire
« on: July 31, 2023, 10:14:55 PM »
Nice. Very nice. Well done.

Show & Tell / Re: Artwork
« on: July 31, 2023, 09:40:13 AM »
That would look good in Bickham's UP.
Nice work.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: News from Iampeth 2023
« on: July 26, 2023, 09:07:04 PM »
I have that book!  I’m going to look for the letter!
pp. 72-73 in the 1933 edition.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: News from Iampeth 2023
« on: July 26, 2023, 01:35:59 PM »
What is “the original Taylor letter”?? Clearly, I need to get out more often!

Hi @JanisTX
It's a letter appearing in "Lessons in Ornamental Penmanship " by C. P. Zaner, which I mentioned in this post:

as my current source of inspiration. I asked Erica to look for it at the Scranton Library during the Iampeth convention this year, and she was able  to find and photo it. It's reproduction in the Zaner book is not clear enough to see the incredible fineness for the hair lines, and I wanted to see the original (or a photo of it).
Thanks @Erica McPhee

Big Congrats @Erica McPhee . That's wonderful. Well deserved.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / News from Iampeth 2023
« on: July 22, 2023, 03:17:30 PM »
Any news?

Tools & Supplies / Re: Repairing broad-edge metal nibs
« on: July 09, 2023, 02:32:07 PM »
Is it a well established practice to repair nibs in the 1.4mm range if they get bent out of shape?
No. Not worth your time.
I managed to get one running, again, and I'm big on renewables for crafting, but they're like...a dollar, and you can buy them in bulk for less.  If I bust one, should I even bother repairing or am I going to end up with one of the tines snapping off one day soon and splooshing ink all over a project?
Nibs are made to be expendable. Toss it in the recycling bin if you are into renewables.

A well established fact of knife sharpening is that when the tip of a knife is bent, it will break eventually.  I can straighten a knife out and get it functioning properly, but I tell customers 'This will break one day.  The internal structure is damaged.' and usually between 6 months and 2 years later they come back and say 'Here, it happened, can you fix it?'

That's not a huge deal, mind.  Happens to everyone eventually.  Just curious if it's worth the repairs or if I'm risking issues.
A knife may be a different matter, perhaps being worth hundreds of dollars or more, or have sentimental value to the owner. Might be worth repairing if such.

Everyday Handwriting | Penmanship / Re: Young learning cursive
« on: July 07, 2023, 09:28:46 AM »
When I was ten (or a year or two younger), I had a French penpal, arranged through  my elementary school teacher, if I remember correctly. As I collected stamps at that time, it was great fun to receive a foreign stamp in the mail as well as a letter from someone so far away. I don't remember who stopped writing first, but it was fun while it lasted.

Everyday Handwriting | Penmanship / Young learning cursive
« on: July 06, 2023, 09:16:04 AM »
A nice article in today's paper.

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