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Show & Tell / Re: sharing some wedding work
« on: September 13, 2014, 10:28:38 AM »
So beautiful Joi! I love everything...tge gold, rose gold, the design, your calligraphy. Everything is just gorgeous!

Tools & Supplies / Re: Homemade/Organic Nib Cleaner ?
« on: September 11, 2014, 11:57:13 AM »
When I use sumi ink, I find that I don't need to clean with toothbrush. But I frequently deep it into the water in between writings. Then wipe it using kitchen towel.

But stubborn ink like Dr Ph bombay, it is very hard to clean after it dries on the nib. Then sometimes I got lazy and left it over night. In the morning if I scrub it using toothbrush and toothpaste, it won't come off from the nib. Then I got this trick, put a small amount of toothpaste into the water. Leave the nib for 30 mins, then clean it with toothbrush. The dry ink will come off from the nib easily.

Tools & Supplies / Re: What's your wishlist?
« on: September 11, 2014, 07:30:05 AM »
Unique oblique :D

Lori, when I first started learning copperplate, I could not identify the difference between copperplate and spencerian. :D

Mine is:
- my colleague touching the mail address on the envolope making sure it is not printed and the postman asked whether it was typed or written.

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Calligraphy confessions
« on: September 05, 2014, 12:32:44 PM »
My confession is I have done all of the bad habits that you have mentioned here, except spiting my nib and wiping my nibs with underwear.

1. I asked hubs to print guidelines at his office bcs our printer's ink is empty.
2. I was so desperate wanted to learn calligraphy that I used black watercolor as my ink when I first started calligraphy. It is because I could not find ink that is not feather. (Fyi, I am frm Indonesia)
3. It is 11.30 pm and I should have taken shower, but what I am doing is reading all pages of this thread and posting a reply.

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: I am absolutely crazy and out of my mind.
« on: September 05, 2014, 01:22:05 AM »
Moya, thanks for the link! I will surely check that out and ask him if I can use his guidelines in my class. Thanks again!

Lori, woohooo! This is cool, I will definitely try it. The only design software I can use is Photoshop (only the basics. I can make lines, but 55 degree slant lines is an issue) thanks Lori for a quick tutorial on Photoshop!

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: I am absolutely crazy and out of my mind.
« on: September 05, 2014, 12:17:03 AM »
I just got that link too, Prasad! A friend of mine gave me and it works like magic. Thought I might share it at here just now. Thanks for the link!! :D

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: I am absolutely crazy and out of my mind.
« on: September 04, 2014, 10:50:58 PM »
Janis: Is it legal to buy Dr. Vitolo's guidelines then used it as my teaching material? Is protractor some kind of software? If yes, I think we can buy that, but here I am, not a design person. I only have basic in photoshop. Haha..

Cecilia:Yep, that is what I do for personal usage. I am not sure if the free guidelines from the internet are legal for teaching material. Or it is okay to use? Any idea,C?

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: I am absolutely crazy and out of my mind.
« on: September 04, 2014, 12:30:17 PM »
Ok, my first problem is this. How to make a copperplate guidlines? I know that I can make a slant line from photoshop. But 55 degree slant?? I know there are many copperplate grid, but I just want to make sure I produce it myself and not sealing with copyright issue.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Getting over stage fright
« on: September 04, 2014, 06:08:19 AM »
Oh oh..I got this A LOT. Even after I had pencil sketch as my guide, I still messed it up. Lol...

Tools & Supplies / Re: What should I get?
« on: September 03, 2014, 11:35:04 AM »
This is fun! Though I may not get all the wonderful supplies that all of you recommended, I will keep in mind to peek this thread whenever I got a chance to hoard. :D

Tools & Supplies / Re: What should I get?
« on: September 02, 2014, 12:20:54 PM »
Dear Janis and Sue, I have tried searching Noodler's in ink PIA, they only have 1 item?

Jennifer, thank you for your vote on hourglass oblique! I am co templating between century and hourglass, can you giveme the pros and cons?

Prasad, thanks for your suggestion! Walnut ink is a must. I do not have that. And love seeing pieces that are done with walnut ink. It must be lovely to have one. And nibs!! Yeahhh!

Tools & Supplies / Re: What should I get?
« on: September 01, 2014, 10:41:07 AM »
Hourglass oblique and McCaffery iron gall ink are definitely must buy items. Most of you mention it.
Thank you @garyn, Sue, Natascha, Andy, and Janis for your inputs :)

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Wow!!!
« on: September 01, 2014, 10:04:25 AM »
Congratulations to Phyllis. I always always have been loving her work. They are all absolutely gorgeous!

Spencerian Script / Re: Business Writing
« on: August 31, 2014, 11:58:39 PM »
My  mom's handwriting looks like this. Cursive and slanted. I always make jokes to her writing saying that it is so slant that  it is like a building that is going to collapse. Here I am, learning copperplate. Cursive with 55 degree slant. Ironic!

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