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Coffee & Nib-bles / I am in the hospital
« on: April 05, 2016, 09:22:28 AM »
Good morning Flourish Forum members.

My name is Sylvia and I am Carina's mom. I understand that she used to frequent this site and she has made a few online friends. I generally do not allow online friends, as there is always a risk involved, but looking through her posts and messages, I do not feel as if her interacting with you (the members) has caused or can cause any harm. I thank you all for that.

So on to the story. Carina was walking home from school one day and was hit in a hit-and-run incident. She has been in the hospital for the past few weeks, and yesterday she wanted me to let you guys know what happened. She could not type, as she was in a lot of pain from her injuries. Despite her injuries she wanted me to play youtube videos of someone known as "Colors of Christ" so that she may, and I quote, "see the beauty of calligraphy again." In fact, the only thing she has been doing these past few weeks is watching those videos (I don't know how many times I've replayed them) and twirling her fingers in an attempt to 'air write' the letters and the drawings (I believe they are called flourishes, but they look more like drawings).

I don't know who you are, "Colors of Christ" but I thank you for providing my daughter with hope. Calligraphy has become Carina's passion, and even here, in the hospital, she continues to try and work on the basic strokes and letter forms as she talks incessantly about how good her calligraphy will be once she can write again.

Unfortunately, today she was placed into a medically induced coma in order to stop her brain from swelling and causing permanent damage. I want to let her friends on this site know that she is doing (relatively) okay, and she should be able to come back to this site after a few months (or if she recovers quickly, perhaps in just a month).

I thank you all for giving my daughter something to work towards. I thank you all for helping my daughter live life to its fullest, even though the circumstances are bleak.

Thank you,
Carina's mom, Sylvia

So. I was wondering. If you are really good at calligraphy, would your everyday handwriting naturally improve? Or is there absolutely no correlation because of the type of writing tool you're using. Like you know how you can write a letter with one pen and you feel as though you can frame it on a wall, but you write the exact same thing in a different pen and it looks like chicken scratch?

I would guess that if you're good at calligraphy, your everyday handwriting would probably be pretty good, but that may not be the case. I don't know about the general calligraphy populace, but when I'm writing an essay, I don't hold my pen the way I would if I was practicing calligraphy.

So because of the difference in the way the pen is held, as well as the type of pen used, is there always a huge difference between calligraphy and everyday handwriting, or does that huge difference slowly become a not-so-huge difference?

Tools & Supplies / Why do people use vintage nibs?
« on: December 20, 2015, 04:28:26 PM »
I have a question. Why do people use vintage nibs? I don't mean nibs that have been in production for 100+ years; I mean the nibs that have been discontinued and are no longer being made. What if you use those nibs and decide that you really liked that nib -- like it became your favourite nib? Then what? If that nib is no longer in production, then you can't get any more. Especially for rare nibs, once you use up your current supply, even if you loved that nib, you can't get any more and you have to resort to using a nib that you don't really like as much.

Or is it because the nib is rare that you want to use it?

Does anybody who has a particular liking for rare/vintage nibs have an answer?

It seems like there is a lot of variation in broad edge calligraphy styles. There's blacklettre, gothic, italic, roman; the list is just so long. It seems as though there are more broad edge calligraphy styles than pointed nib calligraphy styles. Is this true? Or is it that I am not all too familiar with broad edge calligraphy that it seems to vast and daunting?

And which is older: broad edge pen calligraphy or pointed nib calligraphy?

Open Flourish | General Discussion / How long have you had your holder?
« on: December 18, 2015, 11:50:31 AM »
Hello all,

I'm not sure if this is the right category, but I have questions:what is the oldest penholder you have (as in which penholder have you had the longest) and do you have a favourite penholder?

Thanks for answering these diddledeedoop questions!

Spencerian Script / I have come to the dark side
« on: December 16, 2015, 09:40:56 PM »
Alas, I was no match for the allure of Spencerian.

The elegant thins; the swelling thicks -- how could I resist?

I kind of maybe sort of promised myself that I would stick to "one style of calligraphy, learn it, THEN move on." Ha. Right. Like that totally happened. It looks like I'm going to be learning Spencerian now, instead of copperplate. I'm sure that once I "officially" start Spencerian, I'll switch back to Copperplate. It's like I can't help myself  ;D

Anyhoo, does anybody have any recommendations for starting off with Spencerian?

Tools & Supplies / Can I use cardboard as blotting paper?
« on: December 16, 2015, 01:22:27 PM »
Can I use cardboard as blotting paper?

Blotting paper as in the paper you're supposed to put under whatever paper you're writing on in order to provide a cushioned writing surface.

Is blotting paper the right term? And would cardboard work?

Just wondering

I was thinking today, and I thought this:

What if someone were to write an entire book using just calligraphy? That's what scribes back then did, right? What do you people think?

Would writing an entire book in calligraphy be fun or tedious or both? I'm thinking both, but leaning heavily on the tedious side.

It would take a very long time. I wonder how long it took sribes to write back then. Does anybody know? Because they technically wrote using calligraphy, even if it wasn't considered calligraphy back in the day. I bet it took a long time. How long?

Any thoughts? What I would like to know is, what would be the benefit? Bragging rights, I suppose. Plus, it would be nice to be leafing through a big fat book of gorgeous writing that you created with your own two hands.

Hello people,

I would love to make a valentine's day card. What about christmas, you ask. There is just one problem:I will be getting my supplies on Christmas.

So I decided to make a Valentine's Day card. I know I don't need to worry about Valentine's Day now, but oopsies it's too late. Plus, I like to plan ahead. Way ahead. 2 and a half months ahead  :)
So does anybody have any suggestions? Thank you in advance  ;D

Oh, and I ran out space to put please in the title, so here it is: I need help. Please :)

Coffee & Nib-bles / Does everybody speak english?
« on: December 07, 2015, 12:38:18 PM »
Hello all,

When I first joined up, I assumed there was a translator at work because there was no way everybody who logs onto this site speaks english. Then I read a post that had a few french words and english, and that got me thinking. Does everybody on here speak english?

That idea seems kind of strange because there are people on here from all over the world. Am I missing something?

Coffee & Nib-bles / I got thrown out of a store for shopping
« on: December 03, 2015, 12:54:42 PM »
Before I begin, I think I should warn all readers that this is an angry rant. Okay, here goes.

Yesterday afternoon, I decided to go shopping with a few of my friends for some winter gear. I decided to swing by target because they have cute clothes that typically don't cost too much. As I was browsing, one of the store clerks (or whatever you call store workers) came up to me and said, "You're going to need to leave the store, missy."

I was shocked. At first, I thought it was a joke, because I wasn't doing anything -- I was just browsing through the different scarves they had, trying to pick one. Since I was doing nothing wrong, I politely asked why I needed to leave. The clerks response was this: "I know you don't intend to buy anything; you're trying to shop lift. Your kind always tries to shop lift and you need to get out." At this point, I am thinking, "My kind?" Since when am I a different kind of person?

I decided to try and explain that I wasn't shoplifting, I was shopping for some clothes. He must have been having a bad day, because he then proceeded to grab my arm and literally shove me out of Target. At this point, my friends had gathered around and were asking what on earth was going on. While being dragged away, I explained to them that the store clerk thought I was shoplifting. They all vouched for me and started trying to convince him that I wasn't shoplifting; we were all shopping together.

He ignored them and tossed me out of the store, saying, "You n*****s need to stay the f***k away from here! Understand?"

I about exploded, but I didn't. Instead I called my daddy and he soon came over and we all marched inside (my friend's parents included, because we all called our parents). My daddy in the lead, we walked all around the store, searching for the clerk. We finally found him, and my daddy let him have it, all right.

Long story short, the manager got involved, and the store clerk was all of a sudden very respectful. Saying, "sir, this" and "sir, that." My friends' parents also joined in on putting the store clerk in his place (the main point was: don't you ever put your hands on my daughter again).

As compensation, we each were offered a free scarf; none of us took it, of course. As if a stupid scarf can make up for the humiliation I felt at being dragged out of a store like some animal.

In the end it all worked out. My daddy came and saved the day, so that was nice. Plus, it was nice to see that big bully start to squirm at my father berating him with questions (at first, he thought they were rhetorical, but Daddy made it clear that he wanted an answer).

I just wanted to put this out there because this event really hurt my feelings, and it makes me really angry. We weren't the only ones shopping, and we weren't even being loud or disruptive. We were all shopping just like everyone else in that store, but somehow, having brown skin automatically labeled us as "shoplifters." How ridiculous.

Thanks for reading my rant.

Tools & Supplies / How many nibs should I get?
« on: November 30, 2015, 10:41:36 AM »
Hello all,

I am compiling my Christmas wish list, and I was wondering how many nibs I should ask for. I was thinking about asking for 2 Nikko G nibs and 2 Zebra G nibs. Does anyone think this will be enough?

Or maybe I should just ask for the 10 pack one on JetPens.

Any suggestions?


Hello all,

So I was wondering. Back then, did calligraphy (like Copperplate or Spencerian) used to be considered everyday writing? They used to use quill pens (I think they used to make their own pens) and so everyone pretty much wrote with a pointed pen which means they were technically writing with calligraphy (if 'with calligraphy' makes sense). Or am I just overthinking this and back then people learned calligraphy like they do today, and they called it calligraphy. Or maybe since everyone learned calligraphy they thought that calligraphy was regular handwriting . . . am I even making any sense? I'm reading this and it's kind of confusing me. It makes sense in my head, but I'm having trouble articulating my thoughts.

What I am attempting to say is this: everyone learned calligraphy back then. Did they think it was just regular handwriting since that was the way everybody wrote, or did they consider it calligraphy?

Find a Pen Pal / I have invented a new kind of mail . . .
« on: November 02, 2015, 03:44:32 PM »
. . . I call it, Free Snail Mail or FSM, pronounced: fuh-sim  :P

Basically, it's sending emails back and forth, but instead of typing out your emails, you would write a letter, take a picture of that letter, then send the picture of the letter to your FSM pal via email. Does that make sense?

You see, I would love to participate in snail mail, but I wasn't able to convince my parents to buy stamps and send letters to complete strangers (no offence to anyone) ;D

So this is my solution. Any takers?

I feel like I should warn you: I am a complete beginner. Like, complete complete complete beginner. You've been warned  :P ;D

Tools & Supplies / wooden oblique penholder vs plastic oblique penholder
« on: November 02, 2015, 09:01:52 AM »
Hello all,

So I was wondering which was more comfortable: a wooden penholder or a plastic one. I would assume the wooden just because it's a) more expensive and b) plastic would probably get all slippery after a while.

Does anybody have any preferences/thoughts on this important matter? Thanks :D

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