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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Neck Pain
« on: October 19, 2019, 03:40:50 PM »
That was my thought as well.  Also, if your range of motion is impeded and you're finding you need to lift too much, you may need to raise your seat a touch so you're further from the table.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: K-2's mite story
« on: October 14, 2019, 09:43:20 PM »
Oh my god.  Will I be able to sleep tonight after reading this?  Do I even want to?

Horrifying, yet pretty funny.

Introductions / Re: Hi from Burnaby, B.C.
« on: September 29, 2019, 10:59:05 PM »
Welcome to the Forum, Wendy!  I wish I could be even half that dedicated to my hobbies! :)

I, too, need a lot of light.  I have two lamps on my art/calligraphy desk, and this is the better one:

I love the ability to adjust the lighting level (I lower it when using a light pad) and the tone.  You can also clamp it to your desk, which means you don't have a stand taking up precious space. 

This one has the same function, but is not as large, so does not provide as much light. Still, a good light, and not as expensive:

... if you're in need of more light. ;)

Introductions / Re: Hello from Texas!
« on: September 23, 2019, 12:34:04 PM »
Welcome to the Forum!

Show & Tell / Re: Tonight's practice piece
« on: September 22, 2019, 03:25:33 PM »
Hi Shawn!

Might I suggest that you use guidesheets with the diagonal lines to help you maintain a consistent letter slant? 

I noticed on your lowercase "a" that you made a "c" shape first; these are constructed of a full oval plus an underturn, which I suspect you probably already know. ;) It is important that these strokes are followed through completely if you want to make consistent and accurate letterforms.

Are you practicing your letters in groups of similarly forms?  ex: a, d, g, q.  That can be quite helpful.

Also, it helps to take photos of your work directly overhead vs. at an angle when you're seeking critique - it helps the viewer better assess your letterforms. 

I saw on another post that you're having trouble with your ink blobbing.  I'll try to find a post on that, since other members have asked about similar issues before.  You're not alone!

Introductions / Re: New member fro Kent in England
« on: September 22, 2019, 03:00:45 PM »
Welcome to the forum!

I use a stock pen holder regularly, in addition to my custom made holders.  It is wood, well made, fits my hand quite well and I was able to adjust the flange to my liking.  If it works, it works! 

Also be aware of your seating height as it relates to your work surface.  Your forearm should be able to gently rest on the table so that you have support, but are able to move your writing hand and arm freely.  You don't want to have to slouch or lean down to achieve that, but you also don't want to sit too low, which can cause your shoulder to scrunch up.  Either way will cause much discomfort!  An adjustable chair is very handy for this.

Introductions / Re: Hello from Cambridgeshire UK
« on: September 09, 2019, 11:49:41 AM »
Welcome to the forum, Ophelia!  Is that Beaker I see in your avatar?  I always love a Muppet sighting. 

Introductions / Re: New Member
« on: September 07, 2019, 04:56:59 PM »
Welcome to the forum, Martin!

Introductions / Re: Hello from the Beautiful Eastern Shore of Maryland
« on: August 16, 2019, 04:32:47 PM »
Welcome, Brad!  Isn't it funny how many people believe they have no artistic talent?  I'm glad you've finally discovered yours!

Introductions / Re: A Brief Introduction
« on: August 08, 2019, 02:32:04 PM »

Welcome to the forum! I've never stayed on board a boat longer than 52' so I can't imagine what your journeys are like, but I'm sure pencil drills, as you said, are quite doable!  Fortunately a pen, nib and small bottle of ink don't take up a tremendous amount of space, so if you felt like attempting that, I'm sure it'd be worth a try.  I am curious to see how it goes! :)

Enjoy your practice.

Introductions / Re: Hello from Central Florida!
« on: August 06, 2019, 06:19:09 PM »
Welcome to the forum, Martina!  I love Austria! 

My handwriting is abysmal. Funny how that works, isn't it? 

Good with your practice.  You know where to come if you get stuck. :)

Introductions / Re: Greetings from Southern California!
« on: August 06, 2019, 05:59:35 PM »
Welcome to the forum, Heidi!  If you haven't already, search the forum threads for "arthritis" - some helpful advice comes up.  I am taking advantage of it myself, since it has just recently become a problem for me.  ;)  I'll definitely be looking into Erica's suggestion for pain!

Obviously, there are much more fun threads to read on the forum in terms of supplies, organization, etc. ;) Enjoy!

Introductions / Re: Hello from Essex UK
« on: July 22, 2019, 11:09:50 PM »
Welcome to the forum!  Thank goodness for books, and places where you can ask questions... and get answers! ;)

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