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Inktober 2023 / Re: Inktober 2023 - After Party
« on: November 03, 2023, 05:34:43 PM »
… Argh, this is embarrassing. Not only am I turning up to the after party late, I posted what I should really have said here in the other thread. (You see, this is why I’m never invited to after parties! ;))

@K-2 Wow. It's absolutely incredible to see your work together like this. I can't wait to see what you create for Inkvent!

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Inktober 2023 / Re: Day 31 - 2023 -Fire
« on: November 03, 2023, 04:25:27 PM »
Thank you so much, @Erica McPhee.

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Congratulations, @Erica McPhee! What a wonderful achievement. (And I love the new logo.)

I've never come across a friendlier, happier or more supportive community than Flourish Forum's, and I'm sure it's only been possible for such a place to flourish (forgive me) with your care and dedication. Thank you for allowing me to be part of it.

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Inktober 2023 / Re: Day 31 - 2023 -Fire
« on: November 01, 2023, 08:11:01 AM »
I just wanted to say sorry to everyone for being absent for much of the last week. I wish I'd been more supportive than I have. :-[

I'm really grateful to @K-2 for suggesting I take part in Inktober, and to everyone for making me feel so welcome. Thank you all so much. I've been absolutely blown away by everyone's work – it's been incredibly inspiring. I'm going to miss seeing what everyone's been creating!

I couldn't allow myself to get away with only posting one piece. Here's something I tried in gouache again (this time, Schmincke Vermilion Red and Cadmium Yellow Hue Light Calligraphy Gouache).

I had lots of fun doing this – it's something I've wanted to play around with for a while. And it gave me the chance to write some uncial again, which I'm afraid I've allowed to fall out of practice a bit.

The result is… well, it didn't quite turn out as I'd hoped. Another attempt had a more convincing flame effect (and maybe better letters) but was spaced too tightly. But, hey, at least this gave me another chance to practise with gouache and can be a starting point for hopefully improving in the future.

Roll on Inktober 2024! :D

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Inktober 2023 / Re: Day 26 - 2023: Remove
« on: October 29, 2023, 02:47:54 PM »
Oh, that's so kind of you, @Lucie Y – thank you.

I hope you don't mind me saying how much I've been enjoying your Fraktur. It's been wonderful to see the examples you've posted. Honestly, I've had to stop my jaw falling open!

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Inktober 2023 / Re: Day 26 - 2023: Remove
« on: October 27, 2023, 03:34:20 PM »
@Mary_M I'm so very sorry to hear about your loss.

@K-2 @AnasaziWrites @Lucie Y @Cyril Jayant @Mary_M I just wanted to apologise for missing your wonderful posts this week. It's been a real joy to catch up with them this evening.

I'd been looking forward to joining in again some time – I'd had my eye on celestial ever since I saw the prompts list! – but fingers crossed for next week.

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Inktober 2023 / Re: Day 21 - 2023: Chains
« on: October 22, 2023, 03:51:22 PM »
@K-2 I'm amazed by the way the chain wrapping behind the L appears to lift the lower part above the page! Hope you're feeling better soon.

Sorry I'm replying here (and @AnasaziWrites) – I just wanted to say how atmospheric I found the pieces you'd each created for Frost. It was interesting to see how you'd both evoked that feeling in different ways. (I liked your R a lot, @K-2!)

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Inktober 2023 / Re: Day 16 - 2023: Angel
« on: October 21, 2023, 05:40:00 PM »
@Mark T @Gary @Lucie Y and everyone – I just wanted to say how touched I am by your kindness. Thank you so much for the things you've said. I'd been really unhappy with what I'd done and came very close to putting it in the bin and pretending it hadn't happened, so I can't tell you how grateful I am.

@Lucie Y I've just seen your incredibly beautiful Fraktur in the other thread – I hope you're enjoying the course. Unfortunately, I think my problems with the Schmincke Calligraphy Gouache were caused solely by me! I tried Winsor & Newton a little later and mostly experienced the same problems. I was struggling to get a consistency that would flow from the nib but was also opaque enough to cover my pencil guidelines.

I'm still not sure I've sorted the problem completely, but I think it was mostly caused by a combination of Mitchell reservoirs (which, four years later, I think I'm only just getting the hang of!), writing at a slanted board (so most of the gouache was pooling at the bottom of strokes) and, well, my general incompetence! After using the gold gouache the other day, I'd like to try reintroducing the reservoir and maybe a slight angle to the board.

The only difficulty I found more with the Schmincke than the Winsor & Newton was the gum arabic separating out. With the W&N's, I mostly found I could just squeeze that top bit out and everything beneath was OK. With the Schmincke, it made a big difference when I stirred the inside of the most-separated tubes with a cocktail stick. (Maybe they were just slightly older?)

But I'm sure you'll love the Schmincke – it mixes to the most beautiful, creamy consistency. I must try out the deep red again – the light red (possibly Vermilion Red?) is my favourite of all their colours. It just pops off the page!

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Inktober 2023 / Re: Day 18 - 2023: Saddle
« on: October 21, 2023, 03:58:37 PM »
Wow, @K-2! I was blown away by the inventiveness of your design. I absolutely love it. And honestly, I didn't notice anything with the p of imp! Although I have to admit, textured watercolour paper scares me for just that reason. There's a piece I'll be completing soon on Fabriano 5 – I don't know if you've used it? It has only the lightest texture, but it's definitely enough to give me reason to worry!

It was great to see your photos, @AnasaziWrites. I really liked how your piece complements them.

@Lucie Y I wish my italic looked like this at a large size! Just earlier today, I was looking at something I'd written with the 6mm Parallel Pen the other week and, oh dear, the angle of my descenders was off, I'd misjudged where my clockwise letters joined the stem… It was a mess.

It is fun writing large, though, isn't it?! :D

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Inktober 2023 / Re: Day 17 - 2023 : Demon
« on: October 21, 2023, 03:26:48 PM »
Oh, that's really kind of you to say, @Lucie Y – thank you.

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Inktober 2023 / Re: Day 17 - 2023 : Demon
« on: October 18, 2023, 04:04:09 PM »
I'm embarrassed to say I was in such a flap posting my photo yesterday that I forgot to say how much I liked your pieces based on angel. :-[ I loved your writing and the effect of white ink on that shade of blue, @AnasaziWrites. And @K-2, I only wish I could come up with something as cool as that! I'm excited to (I hope) learn hand lettering at some point.

Thanks for your kind words about yesterday's angel. I have to admit, that g isn't the one I use most often in italic, and in hindsight, I should perhaps have made things a little easier for myself (especially with spacing) by using the standard one!

Back to today. I'm faintly obsessed with Notre-Dame so I had a double reason to say wow when I saw your post!

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Inktober 2023 / Re: Day 15 - 2023: Dagger
« on: October 18, 2023, 03:22:02 PM »
Thanks @Matthew H. as well for the well wishes. It went fabulous. We do homeopathy at our house (I am a homeopath) and he required no medications, had zero pain. Can’t ask for more than that!

Oh, what fantastic news! I'm so pleased for you both.

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Inktober 2023 / Re: Day 16 - 2023: Angel
« on: October 18, 2023, 03:09:29 PM »
Thank you so much, @tiffany.c.a and @Erica McPhee – that really means a lot.

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Coping with perfectionism
« on: October 17, 2023, 03:48:58 PM »
@Mark T I'm really grateful to you for sharing these – thank you.

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Inktober 2023 / Re: Day 16 - 2023: Angel
« on: October 17, 2023, 03:39:56 PM »
I've been back and forth (mostly back ;D) about whether to post this. But then not posting it because it isn't perfect defeats the purpose, right?!

I have to admit, the process of working on this today has helped me in so many ways. Rather than write angel in black practice ink, it seemed the perfect time to try to get to grips with Schmincke gold gouache. I confess, I usually prefer a slightly deeper shade of gold (and gouache remains something of a headache, I'm afraid). But I really enjoyed working with it. I also had to write flat, which I don't usually do, and it taught me I definitely need to practise more of that. Anyway, I'm just making excuses now. Here goes…

(And like you said, @K-2, hopefully the fact I've failed so much while doing this means I've been pushing myself!)

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