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Iíve been sitting on my hands for a few days wondering if I should contribute something to this discussion. Iím not someone who likes to make a row and get in the middle of things but like some others, Iím surprised and donít understand the vitriol exhibited towards this Indiegogo campaign. So Iíd like to add something from the point of view of someone who has no intention of ever becoming a professional calligrapher and a stay-at-home mom who discovered calligraphy less than 2 years ago.

I feel so lucky to live close enough to Berkeley to have been able to take some of the classes Suzie has offered at Ink.Academy. However, with 3 kids at home who have soccer games, birthday parties, etc. on the weekends and a husband who works 2 weekends a month, itís not easy to leave them for an entire weekend to attend classes even though they are only an hour away. I am constantly searching for online courses because the timing and location becomes flexible and thatís what I need at this time of my life. I donít think Iím the only one in this situation. Iíve seen many posts on instagram of moms who practice calligraphy while their children are taking naps. At the same time, I want to not just learn calligraphy but learn it well. I also don't think I'm unique in this. Similar to Suzie, whatís been lacking for me is a structured path of progression which not only includes instruction but personal feedback from professionals who have many years of experience to offer. I guess Iím the kind of person who likes structure and feedback.

So I for one am excited about the fact that Suzie is creating something that will be available to people in circumstances similar to mine. It takes a courageous and passionate person to build something like this from the ground up. Not only that, Suzie is trying to promote calligraphy in a way that seeks to preserve its integrity. What's wrong with that? How lucky we are to have this channel of access become available!



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Word of the Day / Re: Terrible pun of the week
« on: September 07, 2016, 05:13:36 PM »
Here is my attempt. This time I was too excited to do one with Flourish.
So one in what I do, one with Flourishing.
Thanks @s.hemprich for that wonderful last post :D

-Ashok

I think yours is more tastefully done than mine was. Great job! @ash0kgiri

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Word of the Day / Re: Terrible pun of the week
« on: August 30, 2016, 09:17:21 AM »
Hi Alex,

Thanks for starting with wonderful post. Its really fun to read these puns and look at different styles.

-Ashok

Agreed. Thanks Alex! Ashok, I still can't believe how much you've improved in such a short time. You and Salman make a great team.

Prasad, your post inspired me to practice some flourishing. This is the longest thing I've written that's flourished. The planning itself took at least an hour. Hope it gets quicker with experience.

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Word of the Day / Re: Terrible pun of the week
« on: August 25, 2016, 05:17:40 PM »
I'm also late with this one but since it took so long to write, I'm posting it. Does anyone have tips on getting a smooth line at those bottom turns of the I, and T? Mine are hit or miss.

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Word of the Day / Re: Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis
« on: July 30, 2016, 09:53:43 PM »
Love the flourishing Erica! If I saw this as my diagnosis, I'd think this disease was something quite innocuous.

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Word of the Day / Re: Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis
« on: July 28, 2016, 11:34:16 PM »
Thanks Prasad! I also bet Schin could do this at lightning speed.



   
  • the letter spacing is off - often getting squished,
   

This word is great for practicing spacing!


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Kind Critique / Re: Please RIGHT if im WRONG
« on: July 28, 2016, 11:19:32 PM »
Just wanted to say your upper stem loops are looking much better! I would watch their consistency in terms of height.

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Word of the Day / Re: Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis
« on: July 27, 2016, 01:14:25 AM »
What a big difference in speed! I wonder how long it would take to write this in spencerian.

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Word of the Day / Re: Terrible pun of the week
« on: July 27, 2016, 01:12:07 AM »

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Dear Sandy,

Can you tell me what nib you used, Paper & ink?

I would be happy if you could visit my work page in Kind Critique, 'Please RIGHT if im WRONG'
and comment to critique..


Keep writing,
Ashok
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@ash0kgiri Hi Ashok. Thanks for your kind comments. I use Rhodia pads to practice, Leonardt Principal ef nibs, and the ink is Vermilion Sumi. The ink writes very smoothly and is a joy to use. In terms of critique, the one thing I can say from your pun is that I would open up your upper stem loops a bit to match the lower loops. I'll chime in to your other thread when I can, and if I feel I have anything to add to the great advice you're already receiving. I'm very much still learning too. You're making great progress.

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Flourishing with a Broad Pen
« on: July 27, 2016, 12:55:49 AM »
I don't know much about flourishing, or broad edge, but Bill Hildebrandt's Calligraphic Flourishing book might be helpful. It's out of print, but I checked it out once through Link+ from the San Jose public library system. You can also find it scanned online, but I'm not sure about copyright laws so I won't post the link.

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Word of the Day / Re: Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis
« on: July 22, 2016, 04:07:15 PM »
Spacing got away from me towards the end, but it took 3 minutes and 29 seconds to write this...and I was writing on the faster side. Any idea how long it took you Pedro? @InkyFingers

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Word of the Day / Re: Terrible pun of the week
« on: July 21, 2016, 10:26:00 AM »
Thanks Prasad and Alex. Alex, when you make those secondary shades on your descending loops, can you see where you are meeting the right part of the loop? It's a blind connection for me because my hand gets in the way so the two parts of the loop hardly ever connect perfectly, unless I get lucky.

It took a lot of practice but yeah I can see them now. It is less noticeable when using a not so fine nib and ink that doesn't go as transparent as walnut ink

So you can see your lines when you're making the connection? My original comment was a question and not meant as a critique.  ;) I'm just wondering if you hold your pen in a certain way so that you can see where you're going.

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Word of the Day / Re: Terrible pun of the week
« on: July 21, 2016, 01:55:49 AM »
Thanks Prasad and Alex. Alex, when you make those secondary shades on your descending loops, can you see where you are meeting the right part of the loop? It's a blind connection for me because my hand gets in the way so the two parts of the loop hardly ever connect perfectly, unless I get lucky.

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Word of the Day / Re: Terrible pun of the week
« on: July 19, 2016, 11:17:37 PM »
OK, Alex. Giving this week's a try.


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My husband and I visited Hearst Castle more than a decade ago. I didn't noticed any of this in my pre-calligraphy days. The lampshades with the squares are quite interesting. They look like plainchant (aka Gregorian Chant) musical notation.

(scroll down a bit) http://electricka.com/etaf/muses/music/music_theory_and_practice/music_notation/western_music_notation/western_music_notation_home_page1.htm

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