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Calligraphy Guilds / Learn Pointed Brush with Mike Gold
« on: August 06, 2020, 10:37:27 AM »
Wanted to share that Mike Gold is teaching two awesome online workshops for the Washington Calligraphers Guild next weekend (Aug 15-16) and next month (Sept 12-13). The 2-day workshops are east coast time, but there will be lots of scheduled breaks to help acclimate west coast/international students. There are a handful of spots left.

I'm the registrar for the Guild, so if you have any questions, feel free to ask me offline.
Hope to see some Flourish friends sign up.


PS There's also a few spots in Carol DuBosch's Ben Shahn Letters.

Sorry, folks! Running late, as usual, but will get my exchange out before the weekend starts. Thanks for your patience! -Janice

Tools & Supplies / Permanent, long-lasting, no-fade ink
« on: February 27, 2017, 03:55:22 PM »
I have a commission to do a family tree. Lettering will be fairly small, so I want the black ink to be legible, matte in color, and most importantly permanent. My client hopes to pass this artwork on to her children, their children, and so on and so forth, down the line. Do you all have recommendations for black ink that will not fade over time? I really like writing with McCaffrey's black, but I'm not sure how susceptible the ink is to fading many, many years from now. Any thoughts about sumi ink?

Many thanks for the help! :)

Tools & Supplies / Emergency Calligraphy Kit: Recommendations?
« on: February 27, 2017, 03:46:51 PM »
I have a client whose department hosts a lot of special events on site. On occasion, they need to do a last-minute place card, reply card or envelope. She had asked me what I would recommend for an emergency calligraphy kit that they can keep in their office for such last-minute situations.

I believe nib and dip pen are not appropriate for this kit, since the letterer may be an employee that has nice handwriting, but has no training in calligraphy. Therefore, an assortment of black markers and pens may be ideal. Do you all have suggestions for this kit, preferably tools that are good but not expensive? The office commissions both Copperplate and Italic hands for its events.

Thank you in advance for your recs!

Open Flourish | General Discussion / New Pet Stamps
« on: July 31, 2016, 03:36:15 PM »
Hey animal enthusiasts, the USPS is releasing new Pets stamps on 8/2/2016! I'm definitely not gonna send that snake stamp to my sister. ;D

Tools & Supplies / Calligraphy supplies in NYC
« on: March 12, 2015, 09:21:49 AM »
Morning, anyone know of stores in NYC that sell calligraphy specific supplies (nibs, holders, inks)? I'll be there for a week, and thought I'd do some browsing.

NYC has great art supply stores: Sam Flax, Central Art Supply, sadly just saw Pearl closed recently, etc. Also, I went to Kinokuniya recently and they didn't have as much calli supplies as I thought. I want to make sure that I visit the hidden gems.

Thanks all for your input!

Introductions / Good morning from Washington, DC!
« on: October 23, 2014, 10:16:35 AM »
Hi all,

My name is Janice. I stumbled upon the forum (which was VERY useful) when I got my first wedding calligraphy job a few months back. Since then, I've been lurking, but decided it's time to come out of the shadows.

Ever since I was a child, I loved handwriting and was constantly changing my penmanship to whatever style appealed to me at the time. I dabbled with broad edge pen calligraphy in the past, but now I mostly do versions of Copperplate and Engrosser's script. I still consider myself a novice and am dedicated to practicing and learning more.

I love sending and receiving postal mail, so if anyone is interested in being pen pals, please feel free to message me. In particular, I'd be happy to do letter exchanges with fellow Filipino enthusiasts. (It's great to see how popular calligraphy is in the Philippines!)

Thank you for having me on the forum! I look forward to sharing and learning from all of you.

All best,

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