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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Help with Logo opinions
« on: September 04, 2019, 06:50:47 PM »
Oh good! I am happy you were able to save the order. Always happy to help. That's one of the best things about this forum :)

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Help with Logo opinions
« on: September 04, 2019, 01:49:28 PM »
This looks great!! An fyi that I hope you caught if you used it, but the large sticker image has a typo: instruments is spelled wrong :S

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Help with Logo opinions
« on: August 30, 2019, 08:30:01 PM »
Hi Darrin,

Your craftsmanship, both boxes and pens, is refined. 'Timber Elegance' suits your work rather well. I like your logo, although I see Erica's point. The T definitely looks like an 'F', but if you change the weight and length of that entry stroke on the E that should help. Adding a leaf element might bring it back to the wood theme. Similarly, instead of blue, what if your colour scheme were more organic; i.e, a 'tree' palette of green and brown might help with the theme as well. But, if Erica is willing to give it a go you are in excellent hands! I am excited for you.

One last suggestion: maximize your business card. When I did mine, I invested in double-sided printing and included a flourished example on the other side. You could include a pic of one of your pens (or something)

I will definitely be coming to visit you at Scriptus in October, to check out your final product. ;)

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Introductions / Re: Hello from the Beautiful Eastern Shore of Maryland
« on: August 18, 2019, 06:21:52 AM »
Hi Brad!! Welcome to the forum! You've come to the right place to learn all things calligraphy!

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Introductions / Re: ..but it's a dry heat
« on: August 18, 2019, 06:15:35 AM »
Hi Jon,

Welcome to the forum! Your dabbling in other mediums and tendency to give harsh self-criticism will lend well to calligraphy. The trick is to be harsh with the criticism of the letters themselves, but to be patient with the person whose hand created it. Calligraphy really is about the journey as perfection is an elusive concept that is never truly attained. In many ways, mastering calligraphy is similar to achieving enlightenment. No one ever really gets there, but some get close and that doesn't stop the rest of us from trying. And as for flourishes, you've come to the right place. I am a bit of a flourishing addict myself...

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Thank you @Bianca M! It was a fun challenge :)

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@Bianca M, no worries! I have no doubt they are worth the wait. Curious about the failed experiment now though ;)

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Introductions / Re: hi from Oregon
« on: July 18, 2019, 08:44:27 AM »
Welcome to the Forum Mike!! Flourishing is my addiction!

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Nor I @Inked botanicals, nor I...but we'll figure it out! ;) By the way...off topic...but I since I have your attention, I received the sand samples you sent. Thank you!!!! They are fantastic! :)


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Crazy-stoked for this!

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Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Can you help me?
« on: May 07, 2019, 11:49:29 AM »
@Inked botanicals that would be great!

@Empty_of_Clouds I double checked. Apparently a strip company tried that for their luau themed night in unmarked envelopes and it was taken for anthrax :S Another company will send sand (among other things) to your 'enemy'. :S :S This world just keeps getting more crazy.

Bottom line: sand is ok to send (it is not on the mailing restricted lists I found), but it should be placed in a sealed small plastic bag (ziploc, twist-tie), and then in the envelope.

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Coffee & Nib-bles / Can you help me?
« on: May 04, 2019, 06:19:07 PM »
Hello!

I have a bit of an odd request. In addition to a love of letters, I am a scientist and a hobby naturalist. Something else I love to do is take pictures of sand at a microscope level. I would love to do this using samples from all over the world.

This is where you can help me dear FF friends. As the weather warms and we gravitate to the waterways, will you please think of me and send me some sand? I don't need much...a couple of teaspoons worth will do! I promise to give you credit and will send a letter in return.

Please message me and I will send me address if you have some sand to send my way.

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Help w hairlines
« on: May 03, 2019, 07:50:13 AM »
Hi David,

Erica nailed it mentioning the importance of inks, nibs, drill practice and training yourself to keep your arm light and try to keep movement in the shoulder. It really is a combination of these things...along with the type of paper you use...but you already are using a great combo for obtaining fine lines: iron gall (I presume that's what the medieval ink is) and Rhodia.

Another important factor I would like to add to this list of factors is time. You have been only at this for 5 months. You are learning something that involves mastery of two key components: a new tool and a new hand/script. It takes a long time to build up the muscle strength and stamina to keep your arm light for long periods and to improve the 'brain to hand' directive. As you get more familiar and comfortable with the tool, hairlines become naturally thinner as you master applying and releasing pressure evenly...something I still struggle with 5 years into this. 

Also, do not forget about the psychological component of learning. If those letterforms are not etched in your mind, your brain is going to be less certain on exactly how it should direct the hand/arm. You might have the 'gist' of the shape, but might not yet have a grasp on the finer details...and that uncertainty shows up in the form of shaky lines, odd shapes....and a heavy hand as physical reflex to mental uncertainty is to tense up, creating the 'death grip' on the pen...which pretty much guarantees heavy lines.

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@ElizArt Hello! I just replied to your message with my address. Looking forward to receiving your work!

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I love this. I had to chuckle at the part where they say flourishes should balance the piece, and not just because you like curlicues. lol I love curlicues! But I have to say, after looking at some of their images, I think they like curlicues too ;)

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