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Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Where in the World?
« on: July 07, 2014, 09:02:46 AM »
Springfield, MA :)

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: So... what do you all do?
« on: June 26, 2014, 01:40:53 PM »
Oh my goodness, if your lives were novels I would read them all!!

I was very curious about what hobbies/careers people here had so I am so glad I found this thread!

I am a 30-something getting married this December. I just bought my first home! It's a lot of work, but I love it. I am a true DIY-er. :)

Also, I work in finance, I love sliced and dicing numbers.

I have had lots of hobbies! I think I may have tried all of them. LOL. I HAVE to keep my hands busy. My longest running hobby to date is probably sewing. I enjoy figuring out "quilt math" and I love making "something from nothing." It's very rewarding. I don't have many crafty/DIY friends! So I am loving this forum to be able to interact with other creatives.

Here are a few of my quilts:

I'm still new here -- so i don't even bother with any capitals right now!! Don't do today what you can put off until tomorrow, right??  ;)

But I LOVE lowercase: g, y and h. They are so easy and look very impressive. :)

Tools & Supplies / Re: Schmincke Dry Gouache HELP
« on: June 25, 2014, 09:04:13 AM »
This is GORGEOUS!!  8)

Guidelines / Re: Copperplate Grids
« on: June 25, 2014, 08:41:02 AM »
Awesome! thank yoU!!!

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: business cards
« on: June 24, 2014, 08:44:32 AM »
This is amazing schin! Old world and modern at the same time. I'd hire you! :)

As for using a font or your own script.. I must agree with Erica that while it's not wrong per se, it's just kinda weird that a calligrapher do not have any of their work represented on their business card.. at least have your name in calligraphy!

Maybe it would also help for me to produce more meaningful output from my calligraphy time, rather than scraps I just put away. I have a friend who I'll be writing to when I move to university, and I plan to start a couple of projects to frame... and I will also hunt for some vintage pen points by making a little frame for the 5 'Dream Points'. It must be like being a Pokemon trainer... you have to catch them and train them. Gotta catch 'em all (;

I've been thinking about this and you're right. Often times when I am "practicing" it's on scrap paper and it's the same letter over and over -- and i know this is a necessary part in order to learn... but the other day I pulled out my "fancy-only-to-be-used-when-i"m-a-professional-calligrapher-paper" and I picked out a quote i like (I have an arsenal pinned on pinterest) and I centered it out and wrote it. And i was trying SO HARD and was trying to be SO PERFECT. and doing that really helped me zone in on some things to focus my practice on -- instead of the whole alphabet-- i was able to see "wow my Ps need help" or "I have to find a different captial A to use" so, doing that kind of REJUVENATED me. and motivated my practice. I have a tendency to hoard supplies and never use them because there isn't a time/reason "special" enough, but i have to remind myself to USE WHAT I HAVE. you can always get more-- and if not, oh well! something else will come along.

Introductions / Re: Hello From Western MA
« on: June 24, 2014, 08:19:45 AM »
Thank you all! :) :)

Kind Critique / Re: 2 weeks in...
« on: June 24, 2014, 08:18:26 AM »
I can't wait to get home and practice with bigger letters! That's a great idea. That will probably also help with my slant because I'll be doing the slant angle for a longer amount of time on each letter, if that makes sense.

And next time I will post a bigger photo! Thank you for the encouragement.

I don't know about anyone else, but I often sit down to do a "little" practice and before I know it, it's time for bed. LOL. I watch alot less TV since I've taken up this hobby. hahaha.

Kind Critique / 2 weeks in...
« on: June 23, 2014, 09:06:18 AM »
Hi all,

I posted my first practice sheets last week - these sheets are two weeks in. I am using Erica's videos and I love watching her draw the letters and trying to emulate that. I think the videos are the most helpful to me so far.

I am working on my slant. These are done without guides - I really need a lightbox because drawing guides on the page every time is a pain! I can print them out on copy paper and use that, but I LOVE my rhodia pad. :)

I am open to any ideas/feedback you have to help me improve!

thanks :)

Kind Critique / Re: My first practice sheets
« on: June 17, 2014, 12:50:34 PM »
Hi Joi!

Believe it or not, I have been practicing my basic strokes! And I practice them, and they look great, but then when i go to put letters together, it's like everything i learned I forgot!!

Hopefully if i just keep practicing between the two something will click!

PS JOI -- your envelopes!! How inspiring!! :) :)

Kind Critique / Re: I dare to post my practice...
« on: June 17, 2014, 08:57:49 AM »
I love this - so pretty. I can't wait until (hope that) mine looks like this! :)

Kind Critique / Re: My first practice sheets
« on: June 17, 2014, 08:54:32 AM »
Thanks Erica, now that I have poked around the forum I see what you mean! I will be doing that tonight. :)

Thanks! I am going to have to check out zentangles - i also quilt and i know alot of quilters use these.

And great idea for the ovals! I will be able to put my doodling to good use now. ;)

I am a doodler -- any ideas of things to doodle to practice my calligraphy skills with just a regular pen/paper?

Thanks! :)

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