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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Happy Independence Day!
« on: July 04, 2022, 11:05:22 AM »
Happy 4th of July for all the Americans on Flourish! I found this amazing book of the Illuminated Declaration of Independence at the Nashville Calligraphy Guild book sale! What a find! It was penned by Sherman Ellsworth Notestine in 1905. I thought I would share a few images in celebration!  ;D

Kind Critique / Re: Please help me with my Copperplate :)
« on: July 04, 2022, 10:58:13 AM »
P.S. You can click on the image to see it larger.  :D

Kind Critique / Re: Please RIGHT if I'm WRONG - Copperplate
« on: July 04, 2022, 01:52:35 AM »
Yes! Always ok to bring up old posts.

This is a fabulous thread and as you can see extremely popular. Ashok has become one of the premier Copperplate artists of today. He is, as he states, ďserious about Copperplate.Ē And it shows. His very careful study paid off and his work is masterful.

You can see a dramatic improvement when he switched to Bairdís examplars. This is really important as your own work will reflect the quality of the exemplar from which you study and learn.  :-*

Kind Critique / Re: Please help me with my Copperplate :)
« on: July 04, 2022, 01:40:41 AM »
Hi Lucie,
Your hand is really lovely! Very consistent, nice forms, and has a lovely flow.  I would suggest working on the curves (overturns) of your mís and nís. Also, your connection strokes off the m and n. They are very rounded and slightly impact the integrity of the shape of the letters. It is really mild (and does have a certain charm to it). But if you are looking for things to work on, I would start there.

I did a diagram for you with 6 steps to improve your mís and nís.

1. Your overturn strokes start too high. They should start at or just below the midline. Starting just below gives a nice entry and usually results in a line that stems at the midline.

2. The overturns should be less rounded but not flat. The upward stroke should have the *slightest* curve to it.

3. There is not enough shade at the top of your last strokes on both m and n. The shade should mirror the other shades with equal distant entry and exit at the top and bottom.

4. Lifting your pen at the baseline (and creating an invisible seam) will help keep the shade equal as you will aim to stop at the baseline, lift up, then continue on.

5. Study this diagram. The shades (the shapes in the center) should be equal and the same shape.

6. The first stroke of the v and the second stroke of the n, third stroke of the m are all the same stroke.

I think if you work on just this one thing, you will really see a difference in your already beautiful calligraphy.  :)

P.S. I love your watercolor work!

Oh no. OK, thank you.

Grace, Thank you for pointing this out. I have sent an email to the one in the sign up form. But something is amiss. There is no username for this email address. In the past I have checked every participant to make sure we donít have this kind of thing happen but since we have had such small lists, I didnít this time.  :-[ Live and learn.

I will let you know what happens.
Thank you!

2022 Exchanges / Re: Stuck on You Exchange Sign Ups are Now OPEN!
« on: July 01, 2022, 07:18:56 PM »
Great reminder @AnasaziWrites and also - donít forget everyone to sign your beautiful artwork! (Or at least write your name on the back or on the envelope.)  ;D

Hooray @esmy77 - excited you are joining us for this one! Iím working on some ideas already! Going to give my Cricut a try!

2022 Exchanges / Stuck on You Exchange Sign Ups are Now OPEN!
« on: June 30, 2022, 06:59:58 PM »
The sign ups are now open for the Stuck on You Sticker Exchange. There are some amazing stickers out there now. Anything goes!

The sign up form is here: Stuck on You Exchange

Sign Up Deadline: Sun, July 17, 2022
Post Mark Deadline: Wed, Aug 3, 2022



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.

Beautiful Ken!

Completed/Past Exchanges / Re: 2022 Sun Moon & Stars Exchange Results
« on: June 30, 2022, 04:52:25 PM »
Me, too, Grace! So many beautiful exchanges!  :)

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: end of word extension
« on: June 25, 2022, 04:33:08 PM »
Lastly, those types of end flourishes are typically used at the end of a sentence.  ;)

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: end of word extension
« on: June 25, 2022, 04:32:09 PM »
Fabulous resource posted by DB! Thank you!

And I agree with Dan - best to hold off on teaching anything beyond fundamentals for now as it tempts the hand to dance away. :D

On another note, I just purchased 8.8 ounces of maple sugar for $11.99. Compared to the maple sugar at $0.15 / pound, I paid $21.76 per pound!  :o

Completed/Past Exchanges / Re: 2022 Flower Power Exchange Results
« on: June 22, 2022, 08:40:26 PM »
Such gorgeous mail! Woo woo!  :-*

I split this topic into a new topic for the handwriting study as it was way off the original post.  :)

2022 Exchanges / Re: 2022 Exchange List
« on: June 19, 2022, 01:39:00 PM »
Iím holding off a few days on posting the sign ups for the Stuck on You exchange while folks catch up on the last exchange.  :)

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