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Sorry I didn’t see this before @wanderfulcrafts - Either works fine for brush lettering like @tiffany.c.a  said. Brush lettering can be picked up fairly easily and if broken down into strokes is not too difficult to learn so it works well with a group.

I was confused by your subject line. Were you teaching a brush lettering flourishing class? Or you would like to take one?

The exchange lists have been sent! Please check your email and review your address to be sure it is correct. If you think you signed up but did not receive an email, please let me know ASAP.

Have fun!  :-*

You're welcome Alessandra! I hope you enjoy it!  :-*

Tools & Supplies / Re: fox and quills ink
« on: October 03, 2019, 09:21:02 AM »
Hi Angelica,
I love Fox and Quills ink. Do you think there is a problem with the ink quality? Or is it too thick? Did you try watering it down a bit? Is that the only ink you are having problems with? Did you try that nib with a different ink to determine if it is the ink or the nib?  Did you prepare the nib properly for ink?

Those are the things I would start with in terms of trouble shooting. Let me know what you think!  ;D

Show & Tell / Re: Tonight's practice piece
« on: September 25, 2019, 11:04:07 AM »
Thanks for sharing your practice @ShawnHoefer ! Great feedback from Bianca.

I would also say to remember that calligraphy is written in strokes, not written like handwriting. Each letter is made from basic strokes.
But you are off to an excellent start! Keep practicing and we look forward to seeing your progress.  ;D

Spencerian Script / Re: No drills club
« on: September 25, 2019, 10:49:16 AM »
I can definitely see the argument on both sides. However, let me also say, perhaps the folks who don't need drills are already an artist of some sort. So they already have developed the muscles necessary for good control of the pen. I have found drawing also improves my calligraphy work and line confidence (because that is what it essentially comes down to - line confidence). Drills are just a bit more mindless (although I would argue meditative) and contribute to the form.  ;)

Thanks @KristinT ! Yes - that is McCaffery’s Indigo. I like it full strength but I also like it as it wears down and I dip in my water then the ink - it becomes this really pretty aquamarine color (my favorite).  ;D

Gorgeous Cat! Thanks for sharing. Yes, it has been interesting to see the variances in the masters. Unless you really break it down, it all seems similar.  :D

Open Flourish | General Discussion / LiveFeed Saturday, 9/21/19
« on: September 20, 2019, 06:25:37 PM »
Hi Flourish Friends,
Just an FYI, I will be doing a livefeed video on Facebook tomorrow hosted by my first guild, The Casco Bay Scribes of Maine, at 1:00p. I will be going over our home page, FAQ, supplies, and how the forum generally works, then answering any questions.

Please join us if you are interested!  ;D

Hi Flourish Friends!

Attached is a new Copperplate (Engrosser's Script) exemplar with ductus and guidelines I have developed using sizes and spacing from exemplars of the old masters, most notably Earl A. Lupfer.

As I worked to improve my Engrosser's Script, I found it important to have specific guidelines to help me make more consistent letterforms. I have tweaked this quite a bit and am happy with how it has developed.

As always, please let me know you have any questions. I hope you enjoy!  ;D

Technical Support & Feedback / NEW - How To Register Video!
« on: September 18, 2019, 05:27:46 PM »
I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner! If you are having trouble registering, please watch the video below:

It is becoming like finding a unicorn I'm afraid.  ;D  My best advice would be to visit local antique shops and even used bookstores. They sometimes have these gems tucked away.  :)

Keep the questions coming!  ;D

In terms of work space, it is important to have a nice, clean, desk space so you have good range of motion. Also, find the position that fits best for you. For years I worked on an old slanted lightboard which I loved because it raised the surface up closer to me. However, for years I had neck pain and shoulder issues. I switched to a flat lightboard and voila - pain went away. I recently came across that old lightboard again and was like, "why did I stop using this?" and plugged it back in. And within a day the pain was back. So...

In terms of oblique holders, just use what is comfortable for you. Fancy holders are just that - fancy. They don't make you write any better. Although -- I will say the pen I helped design and Edward Curran now creates - the Curv-E holder - helps me and allows me to work for hours without fatigue. I no longer use any other pen and I have heard the same from other calligraphers.  ;) But there are some who tried it and it didn't feel right to them. It's all individual. Find what works for you - even if it's just a $15 holder.  ;D

Open/Active Exchanges / Halloween 2019 Exchange Sign Ups Are Now CLOSED
« on: September 17, 2019, 05:56:40 PM »
PLEASE NOTE: Those with a yahoo email address may not receive emails from Flourish. Our web host is working on the issue which originates with Yahoo.

One of our most popular exchanges! The Halloween | Day of the Dead exchange sign ups are now closed. Lists will be emailed shortly.

Sign Up Deadline: Mon, Sept 30, 2019
Postmark Deadline: Fri, Oct 18, 2019

Please only sign up if you can honor your commitment.

As always, the following rules apply:

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

2. 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.

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

4. You must sign up via the online Halloween Exchange 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.

Tools & Supplies / Re: A few odd questions on ink...
« on: September 16, 2019, 12:42:16 PM »
@JonB  Does this help?  ;D

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