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Introductions / Re: Greetings from Atlanta
« on: May 05, 2017, 07:16:12 AM »
Hi Sally and Welcome to the Forum!  I'm an Atlanta girl, too.  Are you familiar with our calligraphy guild here?  FOTA or

I just saw your amazing hydrangeas from Phyllis' class on Instagram--I was in that class, too. And I'm still painting flowers!   

Tools & Supplies / Re: Sources of ink (Sumi and Walnut) in UK?
« on: September 11, 2016, 10:11:47 AM »
Hi AndyT, Ashok ash0kgiri and all my fellow scribblers.  Andy knows firsthand that I have indeed gathered fallen black walnuts and made walnut ink from scratch.  I did that 2 years ago then gathered nuts last year but never made the ink.  It was fun the first time though, and I highly recommend it.  It had an earthy aroma when all was said and done.  But for all the bother (and mold) I'm enjoying crystals, too. 

I don't know if the crystals you can get here in the States from either John Neal Books, or Paper and Ink Arts are "VanDyke" crystals or something else.  Andy sent me some VanDyke crystals a while back and I made up a batch and it seems much the same as what I bought domestically. As already noted, a tiny bit of the crystals goes a looooooong way. 

As for mold, the 'natural' stuff definitely got funky after sitting a while, even though I layered alcohol on top.  But one of our guild members here in Atlanta is a professional baker for 30-4- years.  She turned me on to Calcium Propionate, a substance used to prevent mold from growing on bread.  Years ago she decided to try it in ink and has had success.  It's available online from Amazon or eBay and like VanDyke crystals, a tiny bit goes a long way.  The one thing I'm not sure about is if it changes the color of the ink--when she mentioned the stuff, it was about sumi ink. 

One thing most experienced calligraphers recommend for inks prone to mold is decanting into smaller containers or dinky dips.  Of course you want to either pour or use a sterile eyedropper when going into the mother bottle. 

While we're talking about ink, no-one has mentioned McCaffery's Penman's Inks which come in a variety of colors.  The classic Black is an oak gall ink and will indeed attack your nibs but the look is worth it.  They're delightfully watery like walnut ink, make beautiful hairlines, and some of his most recent formulas for the colors, one of which is a brown similar to walnut, come with the added pleasure of having a mild fragrance of cloves.  Because of their translucence and fragrance, these inks have become my favorites when being waterproof is not a requirement.

I hope this helps! 

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Then and Now
« on: August 23, 2016, 12:15:59 PM »
I love seeing your progression, ash0kgiri!  Brava!! 

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Then and Now
« on: August 23, 2016, 09:47:40 AM »
Amy, can you repost the Iampeth link?  For some reason I keep getting an 'access denied' message though I'm completely able to navigate the site otherwise. 

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Shout out to Schin
« on: June 21, 2016, 01:26:16 PM »
I'll be looking for it on my next trip to B&N.  Congrats, Schin! 

I was just coming to the Forum to Congratulate Chantelle, but someone got here sooner! 

Many Congratulations, Chantelle!!  Your envelope is absolutely lovely.  Just Splendid!!

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Non-metallic but shiny ink
« on: May 23, 2016, 07:13:28 AM »
Sybille, I thought of gum arabic but it hasn't seemed to offer exactly what I'm thinking about.  Now, that said, Windsor and Newton liquid and Jacquard powered gum arabic are the only ones I know and it didn't occur to me to try the powdered as from Bill Kemp, you add liquid to thin, and powdered to thicken your ink or paint. 

Estefa, I haven't figured out Ziller's inks--they're so dense it doesn't surprise me they can crack.   :o :o

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Non-metallic but shiny ink
« on: May 22, 2016, 03:43:34 PM »
Hi All,

How's it going, everyone? 

Does anyone know of a gouache brand or brand of ink that leaves a slightly raised texture on the paper and is a little bit glossy? I don't want the shininess of metallics and would like the options of different colors.  Or maybe there's something that can be added to regular gouache that will give it this quality?  I'm thinking of something similar to the satin sheen of oil paint.



Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: We have a new SuperHero!
« on: May 22, 2016, 03:37:37 PM »
Congrats, Michael!  Where's your cape? 

Introductions / Re: Hi Everyone! From NC, USA
« on: April 04, 2016, 10:33:24 AM »
Hi Candace and welcome to The flourish Forum! 

Introductions / Re: Hey everyone!!! Georgia peach here!
« on: April 04, 2016, 10:31:41 AM »
Hi Tiffany and welcome to the FF from another Georgian!  Atlanta is home for me.  Where are you? 

Introductions / Re: Greetings form RU!
« on: April 04, 2016, 10:24:13 AM »
 Добро пожаловат to the Flourish Forum, Anna!  (No, I don't speak or write in Russian--I have Google to thank.   ;D

Introductions / Re: Saying Hi!
« on: April 04, 2016, 10:20:40 AM »
Hi Claire and a big, warm welcome to the Flourish Forum!  Being a physical therapist AND mom to 3 young ones must keep you very busy, indeed.  I hope you'll share with us all your calligraphy observations as a physical therapist and how we can all avoid needing to go to one! 

Introductions / Re: Bonjour from Paris, France
« on: April 04, 2016, 10:17:32 AM »
Bonjour, Valerie and welcome to one of the coolest and nicest places on the internet!  I loved seeing your beautiful invitation--thanks for sharing! 

Introductions / Re: Hi from HI!!
« on: April 04, 2016, 10:09:57 AM »
Aloha, Mintedpurl!  You're going to have such fun here!  The FF is an amazing place. 

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