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Tools & Supplies / Re: Screaming About Inks
« on: May 27, 2023, 04:09:42 PM »
I am in awe. That is fantastic!!!

Great book! A must for any broad pen enthusiast. Thanks so much for posting!  :)

ProCreate Calligraphy / Re: ProCreate Calligraphy & Lettering!
« on: May 25, 2023, 05:39:18 PM »
I forgot to mention @jordantruster ís Spencerian ProCreate class is fantastic. It is so thoughtful and so well planned out. The worksheets are fabulous. It is a GREAT way to learn Spencerian.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Screaming About Inks
« on: May 25, 2023, 05:37:57 PM »
This is the funniest post I have read in a LONG time!  ;D

Iím not one for experimenting much with inks. I stick to the ones that have worked for me (which is good and bad). Youíve mentioned a couple I must try now.

I learned early on to steer clear of Speedball India Ink. I have had many a Parallel Pen ink that bleeds. Itís more like Fountain Pen Ink. Which is really interestingÖ donít know what kind of paper they think we are writing on with fountain pen ink but it definitely bleeds.

I tried making my own Walnut Ink out of crystals once Ö once. It was a mess! And I never got the consistency right. So I stick to my Nortonís Walnut Drawing Ink.

Thanks for giving me a good laugh!  ;D

Incredible art. Thank you so much for sharing!

ProCreate Calligraphy / Re: ProCreate Calligraphy & Lettering!
« on: May 24, 2023, 11:24:19 AM »
@Cyril Jayant Thatís so exciting! Definitely check out the free tutorials on Every Tuesday. So much to learn there. I am also taking the Ultimate ProCreate Course. I havenít made it through yet but there is a lot. You can also find a ton of free tutorials on YouTube.

Have fun! Hope youíll share what you do after some practice!  :)

Introductions / Re: Uncial in Peoria IL
« on: May 21, 2023, 12:50:28 PM »
Welcome! We have a few uncial lovers here - myself included. I have really been enjoying seeing peopleís pointed pen uncial recently. I agree, it has a bit of a whimsy too it that is very enticing. Looking forward to seeing some of your work!

Tools & Supplies / Re: Gilding Ė which size do you use and why?
« on: May 21, 2023, 12:48:32 PM »
WOW! This is absolutely stunning!!! Beautiful work! Thanks so much for sharing with us!  :-*

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Illustrated Letters
« on: May 18, 2023, 07:35:59 PM »
@Mary_M Yes! She donated 4,000 acres to preservationists.

I understand what youíre saying. Here in TN, the farmland is disappearing every day.   :'(

Tools & Supplies / Re: Gilding Ė which size do you use and why?
« on: May 17, 2023, 09:59:54 AM »
Donít be too hard on yourself. I think it looks great! And I love the idea of painting in the outline! Canít wait to see the final.  :-*

2023 Exchanges / Re: What Dreams May Come 2023
« on: May 17, 2023, 09:58:57 AM »
Oh no!!!  :-[

HmmmÖ. I wonder whatís happening. I tried it on my desktop, laptop, and ipad and all three worked. What browser are you using? Did anyone else have the same trouble?

Introductions / Re: Greetings from Northern Illinois
« on: May 16, 2023, 08:57:15 PM »
The toothpaste usually works. But less is more. I always use a flame. I have since 1993 and have never had it ruin a nib or cause any issues. I keep one of those gas grill lighters nearby.  ;D

Tools & Supplies / Re: Gilding Ė which size do you use and why?
« on: May 16, 2023, 06:43:58 PM »
Wow - nice and smooth! Those look GREAT!

2023 Exchanges / What Dreams May Come 2023
« on: May 16, 2023, 06:39:31 PM »
Oh no - all your teeth fell out! You fell off a cliff... You're back in high school and didn't study for the big exam. Crazy dreams, your biggest day dream, a dream come true ... you decide! This exchange is all about dreams.

Sign Up Deadline: Wed, May 31, 2023
Postmark Deadline: Mon, June 19, 2023

Sign Up form: Dreams Sign Up Form

PLEASE NOTE: Because of issues with spam bots, the form is now password protected. PW: Dreams (capitalized)



1. If you did not complete a past exchange you signed up for, you cannot participate.
2. If you will be busy and cannot meet your obligation, please do not sign up. It is not OK to think, "Life happens" and not fulfill your obligation. It is OK if circumstances require you to send your exchanges late, however, you will still not be able to participate in an exchange until yours are sent.
3. You must be a registered, activated member and you must have made at least one post, introductory or otherwise, in order to participate.

As always, the following guidelines apply:

1. Calligraphy should be used on both your exchange insert and envelope.
2. You will send a card to every member on your list (typically 7-9 members).
3. Must be related to the theme.
4. All skill levels welcome!
5. If you end up not being able to participate, please contact me ASAP. If you don't send your cards after the list has gone out, you will not be able to participate in the next exchange.
6. You must sign up before the deadline. No late sign ups.

Introductions / Re: Greetings from Northern Illinois
« on: May 16, 2023, 12:01:45 PM »
Hi @KathyK !  So sorry to hear about your nib. Yes, sumi ink can be very corrosive, even if the nib is washed and dried. How did you prepare the nib? Sometimes an over zealous prep can sometimes prematurely allow a nib to corrode.

Let us know if you have any questions as you enter this awesome world of Copperplate! Welcome to Flourish!  :)

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