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Tools & Supplies / HP Premium Choice Laser Paper sale
« on: June 19, 2015, 03:58:47 PM »
Hello! I am not sure if someone posted this already, but I figured I'd do it too just in case someone missed it.

Costco is offering HP Premium choice laser paper for $9.59/ream, which includes shipping! The minimum order is 2 reams, however.,-Letter,-Ultra-White,-32lb,-98-Bright,-500ct-HEW-113100.product.11131827.html

Staples also price matches, so I was able to go in and purchase it there since I don't have a Costco membership.

I know there are many people who use this paper for practice. I haven't used it before so I'm SUPER excited to try it out! :)

Hope this helps somebody  :D

(I am not sure if this is the correct place for this post, but I am assuming it is!)

I have been learning Copperplate for several months now and I am really really glad that I started with a more traditional style. It really helps me to see the importance of things such as spacing, continuity, consistency, angles, etc.

However, I would love to start developing my own style of writing! I suppose you would call it "contemporary" calligraphy or maybe just fancy writing, because I don't call myself a calligrapher. But how have others (you) come to develop their (your) own styles? Did it come naturally or did you go through each letter to figure out what you liked? Curious to see what the process has been like for others!

Introductions / Hello from California!
« on: April 24, 2015, 04:41:04 PM »
I joined FF maybe about a month ago but haven't had a chance to properly introduce myself yet!

My name is Hannah (friends call me H.M.C. - my initials, haha) and I am hailing from Southern California. I started calligraphy maybe about 4 months ago and I am hooked! I've mainly been studying Copperplate and have only recently started to try and develop my own style of modern calligraphy. I think the hardest part of calligraphy for me has been slowing down and paying attention to the details in each letterform.  My personal handwriting is pretty atrocious so I was really skeptical that I would be able to enjoy calligraphy...but thankfully I'm enjoying each and every challenge! My favorite part of calligraphy has been the community. Everyone is so willing to answer questions and share their advice/knowledge. I hope to be able to do the same for others once I reach that level of skill (many, many years from now :P).

Thanks for reading!

Tools & Supplies / Using Liquitex Ink Iridescent colors
« on: April 02, 2015, 02:12:37 PM »
Hi everyone!

First time posting! I've learned so much reading through everyone's posts here - thank you so much for being so willing to share your knowledge :)

I am pretty new to calligraphy, only started learning copperplate about 3 months ago, but I'm definitely hooked! I've mainly been using Sumi ink and zebra g nibs to practice. I've dappled in gouache a little bit here and there - fun stuff!

But I've been wanting to branch out into metallics lately and I didn't want to spend a whole lot yet since I'm just a beginner and I'll probably waste a lot. I know Finetec is the gold standard (no pun intended), but it seemed bit complicated (mixing and all). So I went to my local Michaels and purchased a Liquitex Ink Iridescent set - 3 colors (gold, silver, copper) with a coupon. These are acrylic inks. I noticed that these were also available on John Neal.

The color and shine on these are beautiful, but I'm having a really tough time using them with my nibs. I was wondering if anyone knew how to use these or have had any luck? I've tried diluting them with rubbing alcohol (which was recommended on John Neal) and also with water. Shades have been ok, but it's really difficult on the upstrokes - most of the time they are dry. I don't want to dilute them TOO much because then the sheen/color isn't as strong.

Has anyone used these inks before with luck? Are there specific types of nibs that work better with acrylic and/or metallic inks? Like I mentioned, I'm currently using zebra g nibs right now.

Thank you so much!!

Any advice is welcome!!

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