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Wow! Just amazing, I feel all inspired now :)

Introductions / Re: Hello from London! Anyone else from the UK?
« on: March 13, 2014, 06:21:51 AM »
Hi Emma!

Estefa was so helpful in getting me started!  This is the reply she posted when I asked the same question in my intro.

I was able to get everything, including the oblique holder from blotspens,  I bought iron gall ink, guillot 404 nibs, Nikko G nibs and dr martins bleed proof white.

I definately prefer the Nikko Gs and the iron gall ink does not seem to corrode them in any way because they're made of stainless steel ( or at least that's what it looks like to me, lol!)

They also had the zebra nibs recommended here but they were out of stock last time I looked, let me know if you get them and how you get on with them cos I fancy giving them a try!

Welcome to the forum, everyone here is so helpful and supportive, look forward to seeing you around!

Nikki (from Staffordshire  :))
Hi Nikki,

welcome from Potsdam (near Berlin)! I started with calligraphy some months ago – here are some adresses in Europe where you will find what you need to get started: I like to order from,

they have a great selection of calligraphy supplies and they are fast.

The very first supplier I came across when I started with calligraphy is

in Germany. I have often ordered from them, they also send most times an extra nib to try out which is very nice! They have a huge collection of vintage nibs and also some nice inks and one simple oblique pen holder.

Really good oblique holders are only to be found in the US, at least after my research! Have a look at the adresses here

or of course the beautiful handcrafted pen holders from Brian Smith

I buy iron gall ink and walnut ink from the Schenks in Switzerland, they make them themself and they are wonderful to write with:

I guess most of the supplies that Erica listed can be found from blotspens, except the oblique holder and the walnut ink (but they have a sepia ink I would be curious to try!).


Loved your Instagram pics Jamie! Fabulous work, welcome to the forum :)

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Where in the World?
« on: March 02, 2014, 04:44:18 PM »
Burntwood, Staffordshire, UK  :)

I have the book (the first and only in my 'collection' so far ;)) I bought it after deciding I wanted to learn pointed pen and I think you both make very relevant points.

The book is lovely to look at and the exemplars and project are inspiring, achievable and accessible especially if you enjoy creative pursuits.  It definitely makes you itch to pick up a pen but also I agree with sister of dream that you would also need to some other resource in order to teach you the basics. 

In fact this is precisely the reason why I am here on this forum  :)

So thank you Molly for leading me here and inspiring me to embark on a new creative journey :)

Tools & Supplies / Re: Glass pens
« on: February 27, 2014, 05:58:00 PM »
Oh my, yes!  :D

Kind Critique / Re: am I doing?!
« on: February 27, 2014, 03:10:12 PM »
Linda, Rosanne,

Thank you so much for the links they explained it perfectly.

I am really grateful that you took the time to help me out xxx

Kind Critique / Re: am I doing?!
« on: February 27, 2014, 08:12:22 AM »
Ahhhh! Lightbulb moment!

I was missing the lead in stroke on my Vs & Ws! Thank you for pointing that out Rosanne, I hadn't noticed, I've not been doing that for a while, I may need to relearn the letter form, lol!   ::)

edit: hmmmm, just checked again and the lead in strokes are there (without the curves, but I can work on that) so I guess I'm still confused... Help!  ;D

Kind Critique / Re: am I doing?!
« on: February 26, 2014, 06:57:40 PM »
Thank you for your advice and encouragement!

I will certainly work on the areas you mentioned Rosanne and Erica.

I am not sure how to do the connective stroke for my Ws and Vs, is it that they should be a little longer and more curved? A visual would really help but I appreciate this is time consuming.  I did have another look at Erica's lesson on Vs and Ws and at the practice words and I think I know what you're suggesting but I just wanted to check.

Thanks again!  :)

Wow, great advice and well said, I feel inspired!

Kind Critique / am I doing?!
« on: February 26, 2014, 07:47:08 AM »
Hi there,

I've been practising as often as I can using Erica's fab tutorials and I thought I would post my most recent practise sheet for critique.  I can see lots of errors but it's always helpful to have another eye especially an experienced one! What do I need to work on most?

Thank you for your advice!  :)

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Re: Gothic / Blackletter
« on: February 21, 2014, 12:40:14 PM »
I tried the versamark but unfortunately it was to thick to flow down the pen, back to the drawing board!

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Re: Gothic / Blackletter
« on: February 21, 2014, 11:13:42 AM »
I also think they are impressing! – I was looking around a bit about some glossy colourless ink … that sounds like a nice idea! What I found is some kind of stamping ink, but maybe it would be possible to write with this …?

Maybe some of the scrapbookers know more about this ;) – but it's possible it's not fluid enough.

I do know that ink as it happens!  ;D it is more of a sticky ink and takes a very long time to dry, scrap bookers use it for heat embossing or as a 'glue' over which you could brush over mica powders, it wouldn't dry very glossy although you could put a clear embossing powder over the top....hmm lots of food for thought there... I have some of the ink and I might have to have a play!  :)

Show & Tell / Re: "Customer" order!
« on: February 18, 2014, 03:08:57 PM »
Fab! Love the yellow on black! :)

Introductions / Re: Hello from Belgium
« on: February 14, 2014, 04:46:37 PM »
Hi Erik!

Welcome to the forum, so glad you came out of lurkdom!  You made me giggle about poor Erica's misfortune which is very naughty!  ;)

Why is it so many movies contain roof top scenes? And what the heck does NaNoRiMo mean?   :o

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