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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Chic Obliques
« on: February 14, 2019, 10:05:48 AM »
Hi All,

Forget the Flourish code will take 40% off all my pens on my new website!   new code is ' newweb123 '


That's incredibly generous, thank you Edward!

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: We have a new Superstar!
« on: February 14, 2019, 10:02:24 AM »
Congrats, @Bianca M !

You're so generous with your knowledge on this forum; your posts are always helpful and encouraging to read. Thank you!

Really beautiful - I'm only a 1/4 through and there is so much packed in! And so much inspiration.

I was hoping something would fill that gap that Dasherie left in my life. I can't wait to read the rest.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Homemade walnut ink
« on: December 03, 2018, 02:22:16 PM »
Oh interesting - I also made walnut ink in the same way but used cloves instead of alcohol. My only guess is that it is too think and may need to be diluted? Gum arabic is a good suggestion, although it may make it thicker. Keep us updated - I've never had that happen with walnut ink and I'm curious now!

If you're not having problems with other inks, it's probably not the paper, but have you tried out different papers just in case?

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Family Tree Examples
« on: October 09, 2018, 02:54:25 PM »
Thank you @ChristenAllocco :). One of my favorite projects so far!

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Family Tree Examples
« on: October 05, 2018, 04:07:34 PM »
Hi everyone,

I wanted to share one of my recent projects. A client came to me wanting a family tree inspired by the Martha Stewart fan chart that @Erica McPhee and @chantellehoffmann referred to earlier in this thread: I was really excited because I remembered reading this very thread on the forum awhile ago and how much I loved the look of the fan chart.

The client wanted both her side and her husband's side of the family represented. After discussing some options with her we went with a circular family "tree" that was essentially two fan charts side by side. I created the layout in Illustrator and went from there! The piece ended up being 20x20" (on Canson Mi-Teintes white paper).

Thankfully, she was pleased with how it turned out. I learned after that in her genealogy research, her and her husband both come from ancestors that were explorers (pretty cool!).

Thank you for sharing this story! Chris contributes so much to this community. What a beautiful heirloom to have and use.

Introductions / Re: G'day from Sydney, Australia
« on: August 27, 2018, 03:29:48 PM »
Welcome, Gil.

I have to say, I think your regular penmanship is quite beautiful already! You're in the right place to start learning more :).

Introductions / Re: Hello from Washington DC
« on: August 27, 2018, 03:26:57 PM »
Welcome, Kristian!

I do marking & communications by day. Your job sounds fascinating!

Welcome to the forum, it's the perfect place to start your copperplate journey.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Whatcha been up to?
« on: August 20, 2018, 03:35:23 PM »
It's really nice to hear what everyone has been up to professionally and personally :).

@Bianca M - so many plants, that's amazing! At my day job I'm known as the plant lady because I have 7 plants at my desk (including a few air plants), and I would love to have more. I'm not usually good with plants, but they've been doing well for the past 2+ years so it's giving me more confidence to be more of a plant mom at home. I have to be careful with my cat though, he tries to eat most of the plants I've brought home. Your vacation sounds lovely, hope you have a great time!

@Inked botanicals that all is very exciting! Congrats on your store and your referrals. Planning for a house is so fun.

My fiance and I are moving into our first house in two weeks, so I've been very busy with packing and all the paperwork/errands involved with buying a house. We are so very happy and excited about it though and it's all worth it. I have a great spot for calligraphy and I can't wait to get it set up.

I've been busy with calligraphy jobs at the same time, several of them wedding vows, but the one I'm most excited to share with everyone is a family tree. The customer came to me wanting a double family tree done, her family and her fiance's family, using the Martha Stewart fan chart as an inspiration. I'm working with her to create a circle layout to incorporate both sides and I think it'll be pretty cool when it's done!

Tools & Supplies / Re: colored paper
« on: July 26, 2018, 01:17:47 PM »
I also love Canson Mi-Tientes!

Another alternative is the Recollection paper sold at Michaels. They have cardstock and regular colored paper, both take ink well in my experience and come in variety packs.

Oh man, do I feel you on this one. I just started doing @Bianca M method - I found myself not catching a lot of mistakes if I was looking at the envelope right after I had written on it. I needed a break to have fresh eyes. I usually complete around 5 and then check, another 5, check. This also helps me remember to take breaks to stretch once in a while. I also try and do a final check as I'm packaging up everything.

Just last night I was doing return addresses and I got four envelopes in before realizing I was writing my own zip code (just one number off) instead of the correct one. Thank goodness it was something I could fix and I didn't get too far in.

Spencerian Script / Re: Spencerian Business Hand - Maine, c. 1886
« on: July 24, 2018, 09:23:57 AM »
Very nice! I noticed that M right away before reading anyone's comments. Thanks for sharing! I've come across some beautiful penmanship in antique ledger books I bought; I will try and post some if I can find them again.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Huion A4 Lightpad review
« on: July 24, 2018, 09:20:06 AM »
Sorry to hear that @AmyNeub - I've had mine for I think 4 years now and it's still going strong without any problems. I use it often, at least once to several times a week most weeks.

I don't have the USB version though, just the regular power adapter.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Free Oblique holder
« on: June 08, 2018, 01:15:58 PM »
It's beautiful; I've been curious about the Curv-E holders since Erica first posted about them. I have small hands and write in a more traditional grip, so I've had one of these on my to-try list since they came out.

Thank you for your generosity on the forum!

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