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Inktober / Re: Day 2 - 2022: SCURRY
« on: Today at 06:42:49 AM »
Esterbrook Drawlet #4, 2mm
Dr.Martin's Saffron Yellow Iridescent ink.

Inktober / Re: Day 1 - 2022
« on: October 01, 2022, 05:15:56 PM »
We'll see if it can't get better over the course of the month.

--yours, K

No doubt your practice will yield results.

Love your drawings. So good.

Having been on vacation for two weeks, I'm behind on all sorts of things and haven't yet decided on a focus for this Inktober. Last year, my drawings took up so much time, I spent little time on the lettering. This year, perhaps I'll use images I have or can find, and experiment with different scripts that seem appropriate. Or maybe concentrate on broad pen. We'll see.
Today's image is from an ad campaign by Listerine from the late '60's/early 70's, which, I suspect, most here are too young to remember. The gargoyle is on (still, I hope, after the fire) the cathedral Notre Dame de Paris. I was most lucky to have visited it a few years prior to the fire.
@Erica McPhee 
Might we add the word of the day to the title of these threads, as in "Day 1 -  gargoyle - 2022"? It would make it easier to find specific threads in the future.

Inktober / Re: Day 1 - 2022
« on: October 01, 2022, 12:13:49 PM »
2mm Brause 180 nib
Bastarda script from Et Boemie Rex, 1359

(edit to add:  for those who read this post earlier today, I've rewritten it using a small g versus a capital g, as the capital g in this script looks, to most, like a capital b.)

Inktober / Re: Day 1 - 2022
« on: October 01, 2022, 09:43:48 AM »
Here's me! 

Script: Sandserian
Nib: Gillott Driftwood #808
Paper: #pacificcoast
x-height: 230 mm
Technique: whole leg movement
Excellent Sandserian. Best I've seen on the forum.
Have you tried the Gillott Willow #303?  Very flexible.

Inktober / Re: Day 1 - 2022
« on: September 30, 2022, 10:42:27 PM »
Here I go! My take on the first day's prompt :D
Lombard and French roundhand :)
Can't wait to see everyone's work!
Very nice.

Inktober / Re: Day 1 - 2022
« on: September 30, 2022, 09:45:24 AM »
In order to make it easier to navigate, this board can be added to each year with a new topic for each day. If you are the first poster for that day, please start a new topic with the Subject, “Day X - YEAR.” Looking forward to seeing everyone’s art!
@Erica McPhee
So, if I understand this correctly, that will break Inktober 2022 into 30 separate threads in the Inktober board of which this is the first, where day one posts will reside, right?

Word of the Day / Quote of the Day
« on: September 08, 2022, 04:28:41 PM »

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Words from the Masters
« on: September 05, 2022, 01:48:25 PM »
Quote from Copperplate Handwriting by Ken Fraser, 2011, p. 64. A bit of advice and encouragement he made while discussing copperplate flourishing, but may be sound advice for all aspects of lettering or almost any endeavour.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Polishing Nib
« on: September 05, 2022, 10:26:55 AM »
Very nice demonstration of how to save a nib, @InkyFingers
Unfortunately, we can't see the whole photos, because they are too big to be displayed on this forum.
Could you resize them down, say to 960x640 and replace the larger photos with photos this size? If you can't, I'd be happy to resize them for you and send them in an email to you for posting.

Secondly, if it is worth your time, I have a number of Gillott 604ef nibs that could use this treatment, and if you are willing to do it, you may keep half the nibs I send you. I don't have time to do it myself.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Words from the Masters
« on: September 03, 2022, 03:40:48 PM »
This thread is for words from the masters, past and present-- quotes, bits of instruction or inspiration or interest you might like to share.

This quote from The Zanerian Manual of Alphabets and Engrossing, 1958 ed., p. 24.

Whoa. Thank you so much @AnasaziWrites ! I had no idea! This is a very informative and important post.
Good news. In reviewing my purchases on eBay, looking for the purchase of these stamps, I see the listing has been removed from my eBay account, and checking the sellers listings, all the stamp listings (she had about 15) have been removed by eBay in the past week or three. I guess the complaint to the USPS fraud division bore fruit. Good riddance.

Via eBay; up to 50% off - Forever Stamps.
@Erica McPhee

Do not buy forever stamps on eBay (or anywhere else) that are listed at anything close to 50% off--they are counterfeit. The Chinese and others have been flooding eBay with counterfeit stamps with increasing frequency of late. They look just like genuine US stamps but are on slightly different paper and, most tellingly, are not tagged. For 40+ years, the USPS has tagged it's stamps, which is an application of ink that can be read with low frequency UV light but is invisible in visible light, which is how the sorting machines know where the stamp is on the envelope (and not be confused by various stickers, etc.), to orient the envelope cancellation.
I know all this, as I recently bought a few sheets of the African daisy international postage stamp for a recent exchange (I had some from the PO but needed more), and tested them with my low frequency UV light, and revealed they had no tagging (different paper, also). I reported this to eBay, and they said they'd look into it, but probably didn't, as they make money on the thousands of counterfeit items--shoes, artwork, so much more--whether or not it's counterfeit. I also contacted the fraud division of the USPS and they were, naturally, quite interested, as this is a big problem for them. They sent me a package of forms and requested all the info I had on it, including the photos I took of the bogus stamps.

Now some stamps on eBay are legitimately sold at a discount--namely older, lower denominations which most people don't use and that are not rare. Discounts can range for 10-25% sometimes. Under US Stamps, search "postage" and you'll see what I mean.

Here is a photo (click to enlarge) of a real stamp (top) and one of the counterfeit ones (bottom). See the tagging around the center of the top one? And the difference in the paper? Even the shape is different--the real stamp has a wavy edge, the fake one is perfectly round.

Take care.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Man Who Did History of Writing?
« on: August 28, 2022, 02:00:29 PM »

Decades ago, I'd read that a valuable way to begin learning about something completely foreign is to read children's books on the topic. 
Quite right in my case.
In the summer of '73, I was working in Copenhagen for the summer and had time to study Danish at the university. In addition to my lessons, I advertised for Disney comic books, written in Danish, of course, and amassed a collection of them by the hundreds which helped me learn the language as a child would. Quite effective and entertaining as well.

Spencerian Script / Rumaging through the small nibs
« on: August 27, 2022, 04:17:33 PM »
Recently, I had occasion to send a bunch of tiny envelopes, whose delivery times seem to vary widely, and was looking through the various nibs that might make small letters and bumped into a couple of boxes of Brandauer 516 nibs. They were with my especially good nibs, and had forgotten why they were with the good nibs until I tried one. Really nice. As fine as a Gillott Crow Quill or Esterbrook 63. Anyone have some to trade? I'm no W. Lynn White, but might like a few more of them.


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