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Spencerian Script / Re: Writing Small
« on: Today at 10:06:27 AM »
What fun!!! And they are so elegant and beautiful! We *must* do a tiny exchange next year.

And I agree - someone at the post office was a bit passive aggressive with that cancellation. Kind of like, "I'll show you how much I liked having to hand cancel this envelope and ruin your beautiful mail."  >:( :(

Open/Active Exchanges / Re: Holiday Hellos 2019
« on: Today at 10:02:40 AM »
Thanks @waterconfidence  and @passionforwriting

Welcome back @Joel ! We've missed you, too! I hope you are well my friend!  :-*

Introductions / Re: Hello, I am Matt from Southeastern PA!
« on: November 11, 2019, 01:05:42 PM »
Hi @Matt ,
I love that you are making homemade gifts! What a treasure for your gift recipients. There are a few resources for layout. This is one of the hardest parts of progressing your calligraphy work! I am going to put it on my list of things to concentrate on in 2020 and maybe even post a tutorial.

Here are a few links to get you started:

Design Tips for Calligraphers - Book Resources

The layout and design books by Alan Furber linked in that post are still the best resources available I think.

Certificate Design

This is the Design and Layout Board

Hope that helps!  ;D

Introductions / Re: Hi! I'm Christine from Philly
« on: November 11, 2019, 12:58:23 PM »
Welcome Christine! I grew up in NH. Glad you are finding something you like to make your own. Welcome to Flourish!

Introductions / Re: Hello From Canada
« on: November 11, 2019, 12:55:58 PM »
Hi Bev! It is great you finally made the leap and are enjoying it and seeing progress. I love to hear that! Welcome to Flourish!  :-*

Introductions / Hello from Drew
« on: November 11, 2019, 12:48:17 PM »
From @Drew
Hi All - I joined this forum at the beginning of the year.  I have little experience in calligraphy, but I am experienced in watercolor.  I have had a very strong desire for some time to use calligraphy in my artwork.  I ended up needing major surgery shortly after joining, and that resulted in a lengthy detour.    I am now in a position to get back to this pursuit and look forward to engaging with all of you.  Take care.

Open/Active Exchanges / Holiday Hellos 2019
« on: November 11, 2019, 12:44:51 PM »
The 2019 Holiday Exchange sign ups are now open! This is our last exchange of the year. Please remember a few things before signing up:

1. We have members from all over the world and many different religions so Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and many others' celebrations will be represented, expected, and welcomed.

2. If you did not complete a past exchange you signed up for, you cannot participate.

3. If you will be busy and cannot meet your obligation, please do not sign up. It is not OK to think, "Life happens" and not fulfill your obligation. It is OK if circumstances require you to send your exchanges late, however, you will still not be able to participate in an exchange until yours are sent.

4.  You must be a registered, activated member and you must have made at least one post, introductory or otherwise, in order to participate.

Sign Up Deadline: Friday, November 22, 2019

Postmark Deadline: Friday, December 13, 2019

You can access the sign up form here: Holiday Hellos 2019 Sign Up form


As always, the following guidelines apply:

1. Calligraphy should be used on both your exchange insert (if there is one) and envelope.
2. You will send a card to every member on your list (typically 7-9 members).
3. Must be related to the theme.
4. All skill levels welcome!
5. If you end up not being able to participate, please contact me ASAP. If you don't send your cards after the list has gone out, you will not be able to participate in the next exchange.
6. You must sign up before the deadline. No late sign ups.

Open/Active Exchanges / Re: Holiday Exchange
« on: November 11, 2019, 12:26:15 PM »
I am setting up the sign up today! It will be posted shortly. Thanks for checking in!  ;D

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Step up your envelope game
« on: November 10, 2019, 01:10:05 PM »
Happy to see you! And love these envelopes! Thank you for sharing!  :-*

Spencerian Script / Re: Writing Small
« on: October 31, 2019, 08:37:06 AM »
What good fun!  ;D And I LOVE the tiny envelope with tiny writing. When I was a child, I had a little book called the "Teeny tiny woman." I always loved miniatures. I feel an exchange theme coming on...  ;)

One suggestion is to do what Schin does when sending something she isn't sure will make it. She puts the envelope in a clear envelope and includes a typed address strip on it. Or you could use a removable label at the bottom. But I suppose that ruins the fun of the challenge.  :-\

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Calligraphy in the UK
« on: October 31, 2019, 08:30:14 AM »
Great advice @Inked botanicals ! We also have a few war history buffs in the family so I am sure they could also find much to entertain themselves with. I never knew anything about the pass so I am so grateful for the information!  ;D

Wow!! Your travel sounds amazing!! Keep in mind their exhibitions program for the date you are traveling!!

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Calligraphy in the UK
« on: October 31, 2019, 08:27:44 AM »
Ooooooh - I am getting more excited by the minute @Cally ! I may be in touch at some point to ask about location in terms of some of the air bnbs we are considering, if you wouldn't mind. We have already seen the St John's Bible exhibit (and I took a class with one of the calligraphers who did a large portion of the work) but the calligraphy on show at the Exeter Cathedral is making it onto the list!  ;D

Hi @Erica McPhee,

This is very exciting! I live in Devon and it's an amazing place, let me know if you need any recommendations for things to do here.


Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Calligraphy in the UK
« on: October 31, 2019, 08:23:21 AM »
Thanks so much @GaryL ! I hope to see as many areas as I can while we are there. I am very excited about seeing this!  ;D

Hi Erica,

Here's a link to the address of another great supplier in London, Falkiner Fine Papers. They don't appear to have their own website.

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Calligraphy in the UK
« on: October 31, 2019, 08:11:35 AM »
Wonderful! Thanks so much @neriah   ;D

This one is on my todo list:

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Calligraphy in the UK
« on: October 31, 2019, 08:10:41 AM »
@K-2 Thank you so much for taking the time for the recommendations. They are fantastic and exactly what I had hoped for. As I intended to become a research librarian before fate took me in another direction, I am quite thrilled by your suggestions! My children are teens now (and one young adult) and we home schooled for a few years exploring museums and using historical art as the basis for many lessons so I know they will enjoy the places you have suggested. They are also quite interested in history and their heritage so I know we will all be enthralled. Thanks again!  ;D

@Erica McPhee - I spend a lot of time doing academic research and going to conferences in the UK, and I did a study abroad program at Cambridge back when I was in college.
--yours, K

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