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Inktober 2023 / Re: Day 5 - 2023: Map
« on: October 05, 2023, 05:14:29 PM »
Woooowww, so much beauty here!!! Did you make that fancy border to the awesome map?

Here's mine. I have been practicing a good 3 hours on various aspects. But I haven't made friends with the capital M yet.

See you tomorrow!

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Inktober 2023 / Day 4 - Dodge
« on: October 04, 2023, 06:17:11 PM »
Here's to say 4!
Had a longer practice session today. I'm happy that I'm finally getting a more balanced descender on my g. This is my current rabbit hole. Next I'll have to fix that oversize capital D.
Can't wait to see your entries in the morning.
Night night!

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Inktober 2023 / Re: DAY 3 - 2023: Path
« on: October 04, 2023, 04:23:28 PM »
@AnasaziWrites  your Spencerian is so pleasing to look at! I like that you have left plenty of space between the lines, it feels really balanced.

@K2 thank you for the encouragement, I have been working hard!
I love your entries and the architectural references. I also would like to know how big those letters are IRL.


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Inktober 2023 / Re: DAY 3 - 2023: Path
« on: October 03, 2023, 06:26:13 PM »
Best I can give I tonight! But at least I got to try capital P's. Still have some figuring out to do.
I'm off to bed, see you tomorrow!

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Inktober 2023 / Re: Day 2 - 2023: Spiders
« on: October 02, 2023, 07:02:55 PM »
I love this Anasazi!

OK. Real quick post tonight. This prompt wasn't prepared ahead of time, and I only had time for quick practice before I go to bed. So here is tonight's work. My focus is on twisting the pen on descendeurs to achieve a more organic effect.
See you tomorrow!

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Inktober 2023 / Re: Day 1 - 2023: Dream
« on: October 01, 2023, 06:17:17 PM »
Wow @K2, this is beautiful. The statue drawing really conveys emotions. And the calligraphy is gorgeous. I can't wait to see the rest of the alphabet!

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Inktober 2023 / Re: Day 1 - 2023: Dream
« on: October 01, 2023, 06:12:25 PM »
Message copied and pasted from the thread that I created at the same time as K2 created this one *facepalm*

Hi everyone! A quick post before I go to bed, it's already midnight in France!

So, I took K2's advice and started early. I uses the prompts as practice opportunity, and used the word of the day to learn about Roman capitals, their geometry, spacing etc. I drew the circle in a square guideline and traced the letters over it on tracing paper, then tried to write them down on square paper without guidelines, like Sheila Waters suggests in her book.

Below are my humble beginnings. Hoping to improve by the end of the month!

Also, none of this was done today, K2 said their was no Inktober police so I feel pretty safe posting this 😂

Can't wait to wake up to your interpretations of the prompt!

Good night :)

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Inktober 2023 / Re: Inktober 2023 - Preliminary
« on: September 02, 2023, 09:08:41 AM »
Thank you so much for this post! I’m excited about doing Inktober again!

Last year’s Inktober really pushed me and gave me insights on how to practice. It really set the tone for the rest of my calligraphy year.

Lately I’ve been practicing the italic hand and I believe Italic capitals will be the main focus for me this year. If I am ready, I might also dabble with gothicized italics.

I might share some of my home made watercolors and some gilding, I’m taking à medieval gilding class next weekend, I’m over excited!

I want to add that I am very grateful for last year’s Inktober experience. I was amazed by the group dynamic, the kindness, humor and generosity on the thread. And of course, discovering everyone’s work day after day is awesome.

See you soon!

Lucie

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Tools & Supplies / Re: Gilding – which size do you use and why?
« on: May 21, 2023, 01:34:18 PM »
Thank you very much for the encouragement @Erica McPhee:) :) :) it means a lot to me!

For whoever trespasses here and is on a similar gilding journey: laying miniatum ink for a thick border may not be the best option. It dries super fast, but is still inky and may not give you the sharp border you're looking for. There is also a tendency to have a "crack" or a wedge in the middle of your line, that you must make disappear with several layers, risking to make the border less sharp and more bulky by doing so.

It may be wishful thinking to believe that instacoll is a better option tho  ;D It may just be me not having enough skill yet.
5 more days till pay day and then depending on my naughtiness, I might have the opportunity to compare the two ^^. Will post here where I do :)

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Tools & Supplies / Re: Gilding – which size do you use and why?
« on: May 20, 2023, 04:03:44 PM »
And poof, there it is. One little step forward :) I wasn't brave enough this time around to give some white highlights to my versal. Maybe next time ;)

Here's a link to the Instagram post for better resolution (I think): https://www.instagram.com/p/Csdzk02tB_9/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==

P.S. This was made with many layers of Miniatum Ink, which is very liquid. I know I'm going to give in and order Instacoll next month tho

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Tools & Supplies / Re: Gilding – which size do you use and why?
« on: May 17, 2023, 03:16:52 AM »
Thanks for the encouragement Erica  :)
It didn't turn out quite as I hoped but it's still a step forward.
I'm going to go with the outlined M rather than the solid gold one, and maybe paint the inside.




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Tools & Supplies / Re: Gilding – which size do you use and why?
« on: May 16, 2023, 05:32:29 PM »
I have never used miniatum so I’m not any help. But I wanted to say the Mateo looks so beautiful! It will look amazing with the gold.

Thank you so much Erica! Yeah I'm excited to gild that M, but I want to do it right!

New batch of experimental M's drying right now.

I went back to miniatum ink, which I am more accustomed to, but this time I have been building up several layers. We'll see!


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Tools & Supplies / Re: Gilding – which size do you use and why?
« on: May 15, 2023, 05:02:52 PM »
Hello friends,

I have been lurking on this thread for a few days. I'm trying to level up my gilding. So far I have only been doing small dots with miniatum ink but now I want to do more complex gilding.

I'm coming here to share my experience thus far (hopefully someone out there will learn from my mistakes!), and to seek your advice.

I bought miniatum and tried it out, essentially not knowing what I'm doing.

I did a small rectangle as well as a versal capital M. I botched the M from the first strokes and made no effort from then forth to make it look even.
I was surprised that the standard miniatum is much less sticky than the ink version, which dries really quickly and is really easy to gild.

In comparison, the regular miniatum did not feel tacky at all (20 hours of drying). I tried "activating" it by blowing on it with a straw. It made it just sticky enough for me to apply my transfer gold, but I had to do it several times over to cover small surfaces, using up a lot of gold in the process.
This never happened with miniatum ink!

I then "burnished" with a q tip, but have no idea if I am anywhere near the "mirror" effect I have heard of (probably not...).

Also, the next thing I want to guild is the M of Mathéo (below), either the whole letter, or just the outline.
Any suggestions?

Thanks for reading  :)

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Inktober 2022 / Re: End of Inktober PARTYYYYY
« on: November 11, 2022, 08:57:10 AM »
@Zivio I'm late to the party too. And my husband being from French Guyana, I put a lot of that delicious Rhum in the bowl. Ti Punch anyone?

I've been meaning to post here for a while. But for one I'm so darn tired and my one year old won't let me stare at a screen for more than 5 seconds. And then I'm also kind of digesting Inktober. It was a great experience with a creative breakthrough for me (finding out about my personal style), leaving me wondering "where do I go from here?".
It's been great getting to know everyone and following everyone's Inktober journeys. I feel like I just spent a few days with a bunch of friends :)
I hope everyone is doing well and is having a great month of November.
@K-2 I'll be looking out for your thread!

See you around the forum, friends  :)

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Want to become an Expert?
« on: November 11, 2022, 08:50:16 AM »
@Zivio Nice to hear from you! I somehow missed your post where you mentioned me but I'm glad I found it anyway
@AnasaziWrites thank you for the link

This video resonates on many levels for me. It's great but it hurts a little, as I see how I made the same learning mistakes over and over in several areas of my life (academic, musical and creative) and crashed and burned a couple of times because of it.
Now I'm a brute force kind of person. When something is difficult I throw myself at it full speed and put hours and hours into it. But I was doing it wrong for years, because I wasn't having deliberate practice.

The missing element for me is that I didn't trust my brain to assimilate the info. I would just do hours and hours of repeating what I was learning, and when there was free time, more hours, no rest. I realize now I was just overwhelming my brain.

It ruined my relationship to the cello @Zivio (this is my nemesis instrument). A couple of years ago I started learning the harp and did the same mistakes, which made me good in the beginning, but then I hit a plateau.

I alse ruined my relationship to calligraphy 5 years ago when learning Italics. I completely overdid it, never stepped back, and ultimately drove myself sick and and tired.

This year I have learned deliberate practice, and one hour of that is better than 10 hours of non deliberate practice. It's also 10 times more exhausting to troubleshoot everything you do.

Becoming a mom a year and a week ago also helped me in a way, because in order to make the most of my free time, I have to set little goals (get those 2-3 measures straight, improve the letter spacing on this script), and move from one mini goal to another from one day to the next, which makes me much more consistent.

I still rage internally because I want to go back to bulldozer mode and go all wrecking ball through the various blocks I encounter.

But it doesn't exactly work that way does it?   ;D ;D ;D

In a way, this is teaching me a lot about life. I am learning to trust that my brain was exposed to the info and will consolidate it if I just leave it alone. Knowing when to stop, realizing my brain won't benefit from any more practice for today and that continuing might actually be counterproductive.
It makes me accept that such things take time, when you want to generate what is beautiful and meaningful. Just like relationships, like healing, and like personal growth.

But darn, it's hard to accept sometimes  ::) ::) ::)

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