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Kind Critique / Re: Here is my practice sheet after 5 months
« on: October 02, 2014, 06:33:13 AM »
Noted Star! Thanks for your feedback :)

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Kind Critique / Re: Here is my practice sheet after 5 months
« on: October 01, 2014, 11:21:36 PM »
Linda: Thanks Linda for spending some time to observe my practice sheet. Oh yeah, I used pencil to mark the places I need to correctbut left out the last 'a' of Tanzania. I guess I need to be more critical because at first I thought it was alright. After you pointed out, I completely agree with you it needed more slant. Thanks for telling me the height of the majuscules! Erm...3 times the height of x! Oh man, I'll screww all capital downstrokes then. Lol. Writing smaller, pain in the ass for miniscules, writing bigger...worse for the majuscules. Yikes. :P

Star: Thank you, Star for pointing out my mistakes. I have mark all your comments on the sheet. I have a question though, Can we decise the spacing by ourself? Eg: I consistantly make a narrow spacing or medium spacing or wider spacing.

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Kind Critique / Re: Here is my practice sheet after 5 months
« on: October 01, 2014, 02:16:59 PM »
Natascha: Thanks your for your advice! Actually I used guidelines, but I put it behind the practice sheet. Too lazy to draw the guidelines. Lol. That's why sometimes I forgot the guidelines. Haha..I will remind myself to keep the slant more consistent! Actually I did draw an 'o' first before making downstroke. Hm..or maybe the downstroke is too tight with the oval?

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Kind Critique / Re: Here is my practice sheet after 5 months
« on: October 01, 2014, 02:13:30 PM »
@mydesignand: Thank you for your kind words! I keep learning here and trying to achieve a more consistent letters. The practice really pays off. Good source will help tremendously. If you can get Eleanor Winters' book will be great! :)

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Kind Critique / Here is my practice sheet after 5 months
« on: October 01, 2014, 12:41:36 PM »
Hi everyone,

Here is my practice sheet. I have been working on letter form. This is a 6mm practice sheet. Can you please point out what I have done correctly and incorrectly? I think I am struggling with letters with ascending and descending stroke. Can anybody gives some advice on that? And advice for shaking upperstroke as well. Thanks!!

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Tools & Supplies / Re: What is vintage nib?
« on: September 19, 2014, 12:55:07 PM »
Thank you Andy for giving a historical background about the nibs. I have downloaded the article and browsed the picture (not yet read). It is amazing that so many people are really paid just to make nibs!

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Tools & Supplies / Re: What is vintage nib?
« on: September 19, 2014, 01:56:59 AM »
Ahh..now I got it Schin! Thanks a lot for your thorough explanation. That is why I always wondered, vintage should be hard to find, but how come companies can keep selling it in large quantities. After you explaining, it made much more sense to me that they can reproduce the vintage nib, but the quality is not the same. Hah! :) thanks again!

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Tools & Supplies / Re: What is vintage nib?
« on: September 19, 2014, 12:13:30 AM »
Thanks Ellen, Andy, Schin, and Feliscia for answering my question. So the vintage nib such as Vintage hunt 22 that are sold in PIA is a very old nib and people will no longer produce it once it is sold out? Sorry for this newbie question! I have been wondering about this and this knowledge will help me to do nibs shopping.

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Tools & Supplies / Re: What is vintage nib?
« on: September 18, 2014, 11:43:00 AM »
Wow! I never knew that, Ellen! Thanks! I should have treated my vintage nibs more careful. Then, do you need to prep it too like a regular nib?

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Contemporary and Modern Calligraphy / Re: Upright Italic
« on: September 18, 2014, 11:40:00 AM »
I agree, Fraser script! It is beautiful!

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Tools & Supplies / What is vintage nib?
« on: September 18, 2014, 11:38:07 AM »
I am wondering what is vintage nib? I thought that vintage nibs are all the nibs without coat on top of them. So it looks rusty. But I guess my definition is not correct? And if it is true, do we have to prep the nib too if it is a new vintage nib?

Ernie

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Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Calligraphy confessions
« on: September 18, 2014, 10:29:23 AM »
I have a new one.

I kept complaining how my husband not putting back all the stuff or things he has used, such as, not putting the magazine back to the rack. But I am sitting in the middle of a cluttered desk. Books, papers, papers, nibs, holders, papers....everywhere..desk, floor... I can't keep everything back to the position after my project's done. I do not let anybody touch my calligraphy stuff. I guess I am not being fair here. Haha. I am going to tidy it up after posting this confession.

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Tools & Supplies / Re: Trading post
« on: September 17, 2014, 01:52:49 PM »
Oh I love this thread!

I don't have anything to trade. But I can give 2 Tachikawa G nib and 2 Nikko G. If you are intrested, you can reply in this thread. :)

And Heebs, I really love you handmade sketch book, particularly the green one with bird. They are so lovely!

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Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: The "What's Up" Thread
« on: September 17, 2014, 12:02:14 AM »
I just knocked a jar of sumi ink, splashed on my desk, chair, and floor. Spent the next 30 mins cleaning all the ink. Luckily sumi ink is not that hard to clean like Bombay ink. I could save all of my things except my chair cushion. I have scrub and scrub it using toothbrush and toothpaste. It ended big stain of black ink. I think I'll just get a chair cushion to cover it up. Sigh....

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I got a new one: I am thinking of calligraphy when I waking up, taking shower, driviing, even when I am teaching. I love my job, but calligraphy really I could think of for the moment. And when I hang out with my best friend, I wanted to talk about calligraphy. But I dont because she would not understand wobbly lines, perfect strokes, muscular movement, nibs, etc etc.

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