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Tools & Supplies / Re: Buying nibs in bulk in Europe
« on: June 29, 2023, 11:47:29 AM »
What nibs were you looking to buy a box of?

Show & Tell / Re: Wedding Vows
« on: June 15, 2023, 09:16:28 PM »
Thank you so much for your kind thoughts, @JanisTX - I'm sure you do lovely work too! Don't dwell too much on comparison - the best work is the work you do best and like to do best. --yours, K
Well said.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Diamine Inkvent 2022
« on: June 08, 2023, 05:20:50 PM »
I guess we have similar tastes.
Were I to pick only one, it would be Upon a Star.
Were price no object, I'd add Solar Storm, Spiced Apple, Cardinal, Pick Me Up, Serendipity, and Arctic Blast.
I also like Appletini and Olive Swirl, but have similar 30 ml bottles of J. Herbin ink.

I recently bought a mixed bag of inks, all used to some extent (hence the price was great), with these colors.
(Please excuse the poor penmanship--just dashed these off to see the colors)

Agree with K-2, fixative works pretty well. Here's my favorite. Commercial greeting cards and their envelopes, with a few exceptions, are made with really poor paper, and the ink you put on them always bleeds. I've had only mediocre results with gum sandarac.
I generally make my cards using Strathmore Bristol Smooth (300 or 400) paper. Takes ink beautifully.

Tools & Supplies / Re: How do you store and organize your supplies?
« on: May 29, 2023, 09:59:18 AM »
This is a really old thread, and most of the people who responded to it are long gone, but perhaps all the people here now might like to post.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Screaming About Inks
« on: May 29, 2023, 09:30:45 AM »
@AnasaziWrites - are you going to make me expose myself as a deranged ink hoarder? (I prefer to think of it as thoughtfully arranged ink hoarding)

Deranged? No. Rather Appreciative of many kinds of ink. And how could I accuse you of being a hoarder, when I have a pen and 100 nibs for every bottle of ink you have.
Mike - I keep my ink samples of full-size bottles in one Col-o-ring bundle (in roygbiv order), roughly corresponding to how I have them shelved. I have another Col-o-ring bundle just for Inkvent inks (I have all three sets); and a third, smaller bundle for the metallics, browns, greys, blacks, and special effects inks.

Here's a picture I drew of my ink cabinet a little while ago - it is now well past capacity, and my carpenter friend is making me another one with more specific storage for those little 12ml Inkvent bottles. I keep sumi sticks in their original boxes in a box with my ink-stones, bottles of sumi, walnut crystals, and assorted other mixing and painting tools.
Interesting. I was thinking the morning before you posted, that I would build or buy just such a cabinet/shelving for my inks. Unfortunately, I have virtually no wall space or flat surface upon which to put such a cabinet, having three walls with large windows and the fourth covered floor to near ceiling with book cases filled with books and other things. Deserves further thought.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Screaming About Inks
« on: May 29, 2023, 09:16:21 AM »
So, my advice to you is to find an ink that you love and that loves you back! 😃. Itís out there, just waiting to be discovered!
For me, it's McCaffery's Penman's Black.

So, anyhow, there are people who will disparage you & Eleanor Wintersí book. Ignore them. YOU DO YOU!  You learn what works for you!  You can win this!

To thine own self be true.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Screaming About Inks
« on: May 26, 2023, 04:34:35 PM »
I have a little experience with some of these inks; maybe you'll find it helpful. Pedantry ahoy, 

This might be a bit of an information dump, so apologies if it's not your jam. I'm really into the composition, chemistry, and properties of ink though.

Love it.
So. @K-2 , aka "Inkmaster," two questions:

I've bought a "Col-o-ring" to save samples of my burgeoning ink supply. As you put new samples on the ring, do you group them in colors (roygbiv, for example) or in some other way?

I have two of the Inkvent calendars plus some larger bottles of those inks,  Do you store them in the original boxes? Add to that, 24 bottles of Dr. Martin's ink (fortunately still in their original circular trays), and a myriad of individual bottles of all sorts of inks.  How have you organized your inks so you can find what you want?

Copperplate, Engrosser's Script, Roundhand Calligraphy / Re: Chopin
« on: May 13, 2023, 09:45:19 PM »
Written with a Principal EF nib acknowledging the the great composer.
I do like that "T"

Does anyone know who first thought of this ingenious display of all the Copperplate minuscules superimposed?
@Ken Fraser
I haven't seen this before. Where did you find it?

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Re: Gillott No.5005
« on: May 10, 2023, 09:31:10 AM »
She will love it.
1001 Thank yous.

Show & Tell / Re: Menu
« on: May 07, 2023, 12:18:47 PM »
I think I'd skip the soup and main course and go straight to the cranachan and whisky truffles.
Did you get to sample the menu, @Ken Fraser  ?

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Re: Good advice
« on: May 07, 2023, 12:14:39 PM »
So very true.
A comparison between one's best effort and that of a master can be quite humbling. But also quite inspiring--to continue to improve.

Not a direct copy, but written in the style of an entry in "The Universal Penman".
That would fit in nicely in the UP. A nice page 211.
Of course, you would have to sign and date it and find an engraver who could put it on copper.

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