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Tools & Supplies / Re: Eyeshadow For Ink
« on: March 06, 2015, 09:42:56 PM »
Nice to know the dollar tree has useful items other than expired pregnancy tests. ;D

Spoken like someone who has five kids...  Sally, you crack me up!!!

Elsa, awesome post - thank you for doing this experiment and sharing your results with us!

Hiro 40 or Brause 361

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: What do you collect?
« on: March 02, 2015, 11:04:45 PM »
Does being the family archivist count as a collection?  If so, then I have QUITE the collection of stuff from generations of my family, both digital and physical.  I have at least 120 cubic feet of photos, slides, scrapbooks, documents (marriage, naturalization, birth, death, burial, etc.), school report cards, newspapers, and who-knows-what-else from both sides of my family.  And more is always coming to me, it seems!!  I LOVE it, but I think my husband is sometimes like, "WHERE is this stuff going?!?!?".  ;D

Prasad, your origami is wonderful!  I have to say that I honestly prefer your practice sheets to traditional colored paper.  Your practice sheets bring such a cool flair to the origami, and the combination of the two is just so incredibly GORGEOUS.

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: People see different colors in this dress
« on: February 27, 2015, 09:26:07 PM »
My mom, sisters, and I have been having this conversation ALL day!!!  One of my sisters and I see blue and black, and that's all we've ever seen, since the beginning, and we don't see the gold and white AT ALL.  My other sister is the exact opposite - only sees the white and gold, and can't figure out how on earth anyone see blue and black.  Our mom saw blue and black, then went and did something else, came back to the same screen and saw white and gold, and now she can't see the blue and black anymore!!!  This dress is CRAZY!!!!

Coffee & Nib-bles / What do you collect?
« on: February 26, 2015, 12:08:21 PM »
If you have a collection of something, what is it?  Both calligraphy and not calligraphy collections.

Calligraphy collection: I guess I sort of collect ink, but that's really unintentional.  I think I just like to try new inks, and then they just accumulate.

Non-calligraphy collection: I've collected postcards since I was a kid.  I pick up at least 1 postcard from everywhere I travel, and often I will send myself postcards that journal my vacation.  For example, when I went to Turkey several years ago for a friend's wedding, I think I sent home (yes, to myself from me - I know it's a little strange...) 15-20 postcards.  I would buy postcards from the places I visited that day, and in the evening, I would use the backs of them to write about my day and all of the stuff we did.  Then I would have a journal of my vacation, as well as images from the things I saw, and the local postage which is always fun, the local postal cancellation and date.  My friends and family bring or send them to me from their vacations.  Sometimes they write on them and mail them.  Sometimes they just bring me a blank one.  I like hearing about the rest of the world, and I love getting postcards of the thing/monument/landscape/attraction/art/etc. that someone actually saw or visited, and I love when they write how they felt about it, or what that experience was like for them.

Some people cut them into envelope liners for the calligraphy exchanges.

I just have to say that the mail for this particular exchange has been as slow as molasses for me.  Mike told me that he received Sara's card, and since Mike and I are in Atlanta and Dallas respectively, I thought for sure, I would receive Sara's card like the next day.  NOPE.  I didn't receive Sara's card for over a week after Mike received his.  That's crazy to me.  Sara could have crossed the entire Atlantic by boat in the amount of time it took her card to make the extra 800 miles between Atlanta and Dallas.  It's not like I live out on a farm in the middle of nowhere; I live very much inside of a major city.  It's so unpredictable.  Sometimes, I think I'd happily pay $1 per stamp just for reliability.   :)

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: If calligraphy never existed...
« on: February 23, 2015, 05:04:50 AM »
This is just awesome, Lyndsay!!

Thanks, Judy - I'm totally hooked!  I've been researching my family for 25 years now.  It had been so incredibly rewarding, but I only have so much time these days...

Kind Critique / Re: Need Critique on Wedding Envelopes
« on: February 23, 2015, 05:00:55 AM »
Great job, Katie!  I agree with Debbie and Sally on word spacing - they should be closer together.  On the line spacing, I wouldn't change it, as long as they're evenly spaced vertically.  Some of the lines in your examples don't have descenders, which makes the lines appear more widely spaced than they are in actuality.  When I look at the envelope that has a descender on the top line and an ascender on the second line, it looks as though they would have only the slightest gap between them if they were stacked.  If you make the line spacing any narrower, you might end up crossing ascenders and descenders at some point - not ideal.

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: If calligraphy never existed...
« on: February 22, 2015, 08:13:45 PM »
Calligraphy is the perfect compliment to your research. When the time comes, you can do your family tree in Calligraphy - that would be awesome.

You're not kidding, Salman!  I have a photocopy of a genealogy that my calligraphy mentor purchased in an estate sale or something, and it's GORGEOUS.  I definitely want to write my own someday.

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: I need the BEST/POSITIVE reference for a tattoo
« on: February 22, 2015, 08:10:38 PM »
Greek cursive is absolutely GORGEOUS and fairly uncommon (especially in the younger generation), making it even more beautiful, in my personal opinion.

In either case, I would consult the Greek Orthodox church in your area, and talk with an elder there.  He/she will know the correct spelling/term, and will likely be able to help you with the cursive, if you decide to go that route.  You're going to have this on your body the rest of your life, so you might as well get it right!  "No ragrets, you know what I'm sayin'?"  (If you haven't seen the movie "We're the Millers," that reference won't make any sense.   ;))

Show & Tell / Re: It made me laugh
« on: February 22, 2015, 04:15:47 PM »

Tools & Supplies / Re: Looking for the perfect notebook
« on: February 22, 2015, 04:08:28 PM »
I think my approach would be to do the opposite - practice first on single sheets, and then have my practice sheets bound together in some way: keep them in a file folder, staple or clip them together, bind them with a spiral, or have them really nicely bound, etc.  It would all depend on why I was preserving them and how much money and time I wanted to invest in the project.

Another thought is to digitize them and have some (or all) of them laid out in a book (or lay out the book yourself) and printed in paperback or hardback through a service like Blurb:

All of that being said, I keep mine in a file folder in a file box, but I don't have too many practice sheets.  Most of my work pertains to projects, and all of the original calligraphy is filed in folders by project, along with the guest list, emails, invoice, etc.

I prefer my white W+N gouache over my DM Bleedproof white (at least when using a Hunt 101 Imperial or a Brause 66EF), mostly because the bleedproof white produces too fine of a hairline, making the words be less legible, especially from far away (like if I'm making dark colored signage or envelopes).  My white gouache is comparably opaque - unrivaled opacity on both!  If any gouache isn't opaque, then I've added too much water.  I mix gouache into a 1-ounce jar and dip my pen right into it, just as with the bleedproof.

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