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Digital Design / Applying more than one color
« on: August 12, 2014, 07:44:52 PM »
Hello whoever may be able to answer this......

I understand how to do a color overlay in Photoshop to get letters to be all one color, but say in the case of a monogram you want each letter to be a different color, how is that done?  When I lasso the area and add color with the pain bucket it fills in the whole area circled, not just the letter.   If I use the magic wand it grabs the entire 3 letters of the monogram, I only want one letter.

Thank You,


This style is Bickham with Swash Capitals.   :)

Happy writing!

Tools & Supplies / Re: wax seals
« on: May 29, 2014, 11:30:30 AM »
Thank you all!  Feeling exciting to maybe buy myself a new toy soon.  The low heat gun and glue sticks seems the way to go to make a more flexible, durable seal.  Paper and Ink Arts sells one, but the site Nostalgic Impressions has a lot to choose from.   Check out (not sure if I can post the link), there's a tab of videos.  There's one on using wax beads Moya.  And they also sell self-stick paper so you can make a bunch and not have to heat one each time you need one!  There's a "how to" video on that too.  :)

Tools & Supplies / Re: wax seals
« on: May 27, 2014, 05:18:42 PM »
Thank you Gary, this is good to know!

Tools & Supplies / wax seals
« on: May 27, 2014, 04:53:25 PM »
Hi All ~
I'm "thinking about" playing with wax seals, they're just so pretty.   I see they now have low heat glue guns to produce a more flexible version to withstand mailing.  Do they really withstand mailing?  Do you need to put extra postage or request they be hand stamped?  Not sure if I'll be putting them on the outside of an envelope or on something inside the envelope, either way, it will create a bump and I worry about tearing at the post office.  Wondering if anyone has any experience with this.
I have found a website Nostalgic Impressions but if anyone knows of others I'd love to check them out.

Thank You,

General How To's & Projects / Re: How to Design Calligraphy Monograms
« on: March 03, 2014, 07:13:06 AM »
Thank You Erica!

You mentioned making note cards.  Do you use an on line printer that you can recommend, or do you use your local printer?

Thanks ~ Lynda

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Where in the World?
« on: March 02, 2014, 08:37:17 AM »
Milford, PA

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Your handwriting
« on: February 10, 2014, 04:27:19 PM »
I'm a rightie, but in grade school my handwriting slanted WAY to the left.  I really can't WRITE, I print everything.  And really need lines to do calligraphy to keep the slant.

I've always thought men to have worse handwriting than women, it amazed me to learn how so many of the masters of calligraphy were, and still are, men!

It's an art form.  Your handwriting doesn't have to be perfect to learn it.  But I do believe, as with anything, there are those that are gifted and it comes easier (easier not easy), and others have to work harder at it.

I also wonder if personality has something to do with how people write.  I'm not very spontaneous, and I think it shows when I try to flourish.
I have a heavy hand.

Show & Tell / Re: Calligraphy Cat Club
« on: February 03, 2014, 09:32:16 AM »
This is Ginger and Ray The Stray.  They've been bugging me to join the Calligraphy Cat Club for weeks now.  They have been on this calligraphy journey with me for quite some time and are very grateful to Erica for finding an honorary space for them to be included since they do put up with a lot of......"just wait until I'm done with this envelope and then I'll feed you."

Many Meows Erica!

Purrrsonally Yours,
Ginger and Ray

Tools & Supplies / Re: Favorite Gray Ink?
« on: January 30, 2014, 12:21:36 PM »

If you don't mind working with gouache, Acryla by Holbein has a few shades of grey. sells it.

Introductions / Re: Hello from Boston!
« on: January 24, 2014, 03:38:04 PM »
Welcome Emily!  And Hey Erica ~~~

I too am from Boston!  Though I reside in PA now, I was born in Revere, 10 miles north of Boston.  Severe Revere (not sure if I should admit this or not), but it's not a bad town.  Home of the first public beach!  It's also where my calligraphy adventure started.

Enjoy the forum Emily!  Erica rocks for organizing this great place!


Digital Design / Re: Calligraphy to Vector Tutorial
« on: January 03, 2014, 04:31:05 PM »

  ???  This is my always confused face.  She said to scan in grayscale.  I believe my scanner also has a black and white, and color mode to scan in.  When do you use which?  Is she saying even if your scanning something that's in color to use grayscale? 

Then when you bring it into photoshop there are your choices of grayscale, RGB and CMYK.  Do you also put it on grayscale there?  I thought printers want it to be RGB. 

Confused in PA.

Thank you~

Thank you for this positive article to start the new year with!  I have printed out these 10 questions to refer to as I complete projects.  I think it will help me feel I've covered all bases and did my best.
Happy 2014!

Digital Design / Re: Understanding & Saving File Types
« on: December 05, 2013, 07:34:44 AM »
Wow Erica!  I didn't mean to give you such extensive homework, but A+.  THANK YOU for going above and beyond in answering this.  It's very much appreciated.  Lynda

Digital Design / Re: Preparing Calligraphy for Printing
« on: December 04, 2013, 04:50:58 PM »
Hi Erica,

Thank you for sharing your knowledge!  I like it here at the Forum and have started a new notebook dedicated to it.

I have a question about how to save something that is going to be sent off to a printer to be printed.......does it matter if you save it as a jpg, tiff etc  I don't understand what half of those "things" mean (and obviously what they're even called).
I know saving as a PS file allows you to still work on your piece before flattening it, right?

Thank You ~

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