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What are the Rules of Flourishing calligraphy?
« on: March 24, 2021, 01:20:40 AM »
Hello

I'd like to know the main rules that Flourishing calligraphy has .......  how long will I am able to learn it ?

I am an Arabic calligrapher and I want to shift to English one

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Re: What are the Rules of Flourishing calligraphy?
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2021, 10:53:31 AM »
Erica has compiled a very extensive series of lectures about Copperplate calligraphy right here on the forum!:

https://theflourishforum.com/forum/index.php?board=20.0

If you look for "flourishing" in the search box, you will also find a lot of discussions on this topic. A very good book is by Bill Hildebrandt: »Calligraphic Flourishing: A New Approach to Ancient Art«. It analyzes text flourishing types very systematically and across genres or styles, and encourages self-study (no instant gratification guaranteed, though!).

How long will you need to learn it? That depends a lot on how many time you’ll devote to it and how much is "translatable" from your Arabic calligraphy skill – maybe a lot, maybe not? As I never learned Arabic calligraphy, I can’t tell. But there are indeed European masters from the 16th century that claim that text flourishing comes from the Arabic, or was influenced by it at least!

For a more modern approach to ornamental flourishing, Schin Loong (also here in the forum) made a book about it flourishing: Schin Loong: »Calligraphic Drawing. A how-to guide and gallery exploring the art of the flourish«. It introduces you to figurative flourishing in a nonchalant and very hands-on way, and the basic rules are the same – wether for figurative or for text flourishing.

I hope that helps!
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Re: What are the Rules of Flourishing calligraphy?
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2021, 05:40:17 PM »
What a beautiful answer @Estefa ! So happy to “see” you again on Flourish.  :-*

I would also like to add @Arabic calligraphy that flourishing is the same as lettering - you learn the basic forms first, then put it altogether. What style of English calligraphy are you looking to learn? Pointed pen or broad pen?
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Re: What are the Rules of Flourishing calligraphy?
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2021, 04:06:10 PM »
Thanks for sending your reply.