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Tools & Supplies / Re: Writing Mats
« on: April 16, 2014, 09:07:23 AM »
Writing with a cushion?!! I have not heard of this! I just use my pad of paper. Can't wait to try!

Tools & Supplies / Re: Small ink containers, such as Dinky Dips
« on: April 16, 2014, 09:04:40 AM »
Ellen, from your description, it sounds like the same ones I first tried as well. Hated how they crusted. My local craft store had larger screw lid containers that I love. They're about an 1.5" in diameter, 2" high. They are a delight. Maybe yours has something like that too in the paint section?

Kind Critique / Re: Mother's Day project part 2
« on: April 15, 2014, 03:07:56 PM »
I'm trying Zazzle. I printed my 2013 Christmas cards (non-calligraphy style) with them and was quite happy with the quality. I'll let you know (post pic) of the final product. Should arrive in a couple of weeks. Of course I notice the spelling mistake now (waiver is waver...grr...lesson learnt the hard way) lol

Kind Critique / Mother's Day project part 2
« on: April 15, 2014, 05:55:00 AM »
Thank you for the comments on the outside work. I now have the inside done. It's ok. I find as a stand alone it's nice, but that it doesn't transition too well from the outside look. That's where more experience comes in. For now, I'll have to settle because I need to send it off for printing to the card back in time for Mother's Day. Excited to see the final product. :)

Kind Critique / Re: Opinions on Monogram Stationery
« on: April 15, 2014, 05:47:25 AM »
This is so pretty! And I agree with sisterofadream, no border is needed. It's classy on its own. :)

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Thank You Notes
« on: April 10, 2014, 08:46:19 AM »
I couldn't agree more!!

Kind Critique / Mother's Day project
« on: April 08, 2014, 06:02:10 AM »
I've started my mother's day project. Here is the front of the card. It was done on watercolor paper as I wanted to play around with that medium, but that's not working out quite as I was hoping. Need more practice. :)

Show & Tell / Re: Watercolor and spencerian
« on: April 07, 2014, 06:56:57 PM »
So well balanced! Absolutely beautiful!

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: 2014 Goals and Resolutions!
« on: April 04, 2014, 07:34:57 PM »
Ooh I love goals! I recently came by a nice quote: Sacrifice is giving up something good for something better. I loved it because it is important for achieving goals. Giving up Second Cup's awesome raspberry white chocolate scones as part of a healthier lifestyle (I've been trying for the past 3 years). That said, here are my 2014 goals:

1) Finish learning Copperplate
2) Learn flourishing basics
3) Make my own greeting cards
4) Break my addiction to Second Cup's White chocolate raspberry scones (Motivation: I'll have more money for caligraphy supplies!)
5) Stay in touch with family more often

Introductions / Re: New from Quebec
« on: April 03, 2014, 10:11:24 AM »
Welcome Jocelyne! This is a great forum! Everyone is so friendly and helpful. I have no doubt that you will quite enjoy it and find it to be a fountain of help!

General How To's & Projects / Re: Italian Capital How To!
« on: April 03, 2014, 09:04:23 AM »
Erica, how you find time to help us like this on top of managing this blog, your magazine and the myriad of other things you do is truly inspiring. You certainly have the time management thing down to a T! Thank you!

This is a great source. Thank you for sharing!

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Where in the World?
« on: March 26, 2014, 05:45:47 AM »
Crooked're from South Porcupine. That's where I grew up! :)

Patweecia, I think what your university profs were referring to there was writing content. Reading helps improve vocabulary, grammar and writing style in the way the words come together. That said, looking at other examples of calligraphy (and not reading for content), and studying how others formed the letters, paying attention to letter height, where the thickness is, how the flourishes are made, etc. is what will help writing style in terms of letter formation. Reading to improve writing and studying writing to improve one's own calligraphy are two very different goals.

Kind Critique / Re: Comments, Please!
« on: March 23, 2014, 10:50:48 AM »
This is very nice! Your writing is fun and playful. Spacing is great. A few things did pop out at me though. Your upper loops are consistent, as are your lower loops (except the lower case fís), but the two themselves differ. Maybe try matching the size of them? Also, the baseline wavers. The letter slant and thick strokes show variation too (the word Carolina exemplifies both of these). I hope this helps!

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