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Design & Layout / Name layout and design project
« on: January 01, 2015, 11:56:30 AM »
Thanks Erica for creating this topic thread. I will be the guinea pig and go first.

My friend has asked me to make a 4x6 card which has her friend's name on it and the meaning of her name. She intends to frame the card. I want to combine two alphabet/letter styles: unical and copperplate. I am a beginner with both. I am a beginner with all things artistic. :)

I have attached a scan of my layout on a grid paper. The bottom design is where I want to head. I've attempted to be more modern with my copperplate and find that awkward, but I think I can make that work with some more practice.

As for inks, I was going to use a parallel pen with a combo of Pearl Ex inks for the unical letters. And  black sumi ink for the copperplate.

I need suggestions for paper. White? Ivory? Color? Use watercolors to wash the paper first? I have Strathmore cold press watercolor paper and various kinds of cardstock.

Embellishments - do I fill in any of the white space?  I have no experience with flourishing. I have no drawing training other than Zentangle.
Could I try some simple watercolor flowers or marks?

So please offer suggestions:
size of letters
color choices
paper choices
and any other helpful tips.

Thanks in advance for being my teachers. I am grateful.

Show & Tell / Thank You Flourish Forum Community
« on: September 19, 2014, 11:03:02 AM »
Thank you all for the wisdom and encouragement to learn. I am a beginner and this is after two weeks of using a Nikko G nib. This is my first pointed pen gift...note cards. These words are for you too.


Open Flourish | General Discussion / Perfectionism and Contentment
« on: August 19, 2014, 03:47:42 PM »

How do you folks live in the tension of improving your calligraphy skills while being thankful and content with the process of writing/drawing letters regardless of the outcome? I value the feedback from all - beginners to highly skilled.


Spencerian Script / Seeking monoline exemplars
« on: July 18, 2014, 08:53:36 AM »
I am looking for exemplars to practice a Spencerian or Copperplate monoline form. Is this an acceptable way to begin learning these forms? All suggestions are welcomed.


Introductions / Hello from Minnesota!
« on: July 13, 2014, 10:27:29 AM »
Hi everyone  :D ! My name is Kim.

I discovered this forum about a week ago. LOVE IT!
This past spring I began to seriously listen to my desire to write - literally, with my heart and hands. I've dabbled in lettering and calligraphy for 35 years. Even as a youngster, I was always writing words. In high school I took a few drafting courses - the manual kind with paper, pencil, t-squares and rulers. I loved that time, especially the lettering, even the do overs in the beginning. Looking back, I think I loved the solitude and silence present in that classroom. I never considered myself artistic, creative maybe - I designed and sewed a number of dresses. I took the business route in college and quickly climbed the corporate ladder only to discover in my 30's that I was exhausted and unsatisfied. I came home to my children and homeschooled them both through 8th grade. In that season we all learned the Getty-Dubay Italic method for handwriting. (My son just finished his graduations thank you's and they are beautiful!). So back to my story, in this time I also completed my Master's in Spiritual Formation and Leadership and became a certified spiritual director (a prayerful listening companion). A few years ago, I began incorporating hand lettering into my prayer practice. In searching for some help with my calligraphy I stumbled upon Maria Thomas and Zentangle. That might have seemed like a detour as I seldom practiced my calligraphy and rather gave over to the simple act of making pen stokes and marks. I do think that process set me free from some of fears, especially that frozen feeling which comes from fear of starting and not being perfect. This spring, I took an online course in Italic calligraphy. I purchased some new supplies, including the remarkable parallel pens. Only now, I've discovered that I am mostly drawn to pointed pen. I've always had a fascination with french curves. This seems like a natural next step.
Thank you Erica for the community which you have established and nurtured here. All of you are gracious, encouraging, kind and uniquely you!
Kind Regards,
Kim (who wants to flourish too!)

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