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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Newbie regressing?
« on: February 28, 2014, 10:45:41 AM »

I have been experiencing the same issue.  I got to the point where my copperplate lettering was pretty fluid and regular on the larger beginner guidelines, but was irregular and lumpish when I moved onto smaller guidelines.  Part of it is, I think, training the hand to become familiar with the smaller movements.  But I wonder if there is something to the selection of nib?  I am using a Nikko G for most things.  The wideness of the line makes the small letters look like sausage links.  Maybe I need develop more pressure control.  But I also wonder if there are nibs more suited to finer writing.

Any suggestions out there?

Ellen, too.

Guidelines / Re: Copperplate Grids
« on: February 26, 2014, 02:03:18 PM »
Here is another program to generate guidelines. This one was recommended by someone at the Fountain Pen Network.  I haven't tried it, but it looks like it has more variables that can be set.  A bit complex.  I am  interested how people find working with these two programs.  My experience is only in copperplate so I have little to say about the other styles of calligraphy.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Lightbox brand/Model suggests
« on: February 25, 2014, 12:55:04 PM »
My light box:

Yes, the brand is Crayola.  When I bought this in November 2013, the price was around $19.00.  The price  has gone up!  But it looks like new packaging, and maybe a new model.  It works pretty well for $19!  The size is 11 x 8.5 inches.  It is bright enough to see the guidelines underneath if away from bright windows and lamps.  It is also very portable and easy to store. And it comes in blue and pink!  What else can you ask for? A good entry level light box.  The design has a series of LED lights around the outside of the frame.  I hope they will design new ones with more LED lights.  Really this product should not cost $40.


Guidelines / Re: Copperplate Grids
« on: February 25, 2014, 08:50:54 AM »

Check out this website for generating copperplate guidelines, as well as guidelines for other hands:

I like this generation program in particular because it will put in the diagonal guidelines at any angle you want.  In addition, the lines are dark enough to see through a blank sheet of paper.  I prefer to put my guide sheet underneath my paper with a clear plastic sheet between rather than print the guidelines on each sheet.  Finally, the program allows both portrait, landscape and circular formats.  The only drawback that I see is that it only prints on A4 and A5 paper sizes, but most printers will convert to the US sizes.  The instructions are also good I think!


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