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Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Calligraphy in the UK
« on: October 27, 2019, 03:18:36 AM »
This one is on my todo list:

My visit to London was before my calligraphy days, but the next time I visit, this store is the first location I will visit :)

Guidelines / Re: Guidelines
« on: September 26, 2019, 02:50:58 PM »
@AnasaziWrites thatís interesting, it doesnít work for me in chrome. It seems to be geo blocked - I canít access it fromEU but using USA proxy I can access it.

@Angelica acosta it may or may not work depending on your location

Guidelines / Re: Guidelines
« on: September 24, 2019, 01:44:00 AM »
@Angelica acosta it seems as itís not maintained any more. Hosting a webpage has some costs and author probably decided itís not worth it. Or it was on some free plan which expired.

I have been using this one and itís my favorite due to all the options although being in LaTeX itís not the most intuitive one.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Ready for another question?
« on: September 23, 2019, 12:04:09 PM »
If you want color, gouache is the best thing to buy because you can mix it however fits you the best and you can mix almost any color you want. In total itís much cheaper than getting all the colors in liquid inks from various manufacturers :)

Tools & Supplies / Re: Carrying Ink?
« on: July 14, 2019, 12:13:08 PM »
Iíve never had to bring lots of ink with me, but whenever I go to vacation I pack couple of things - gouache, walnut crystals and empty ink bottles (similar to dinky dips). Once I reach my destination, I mix needed colors and use them as I would at home. Before leaving I empty and wash bottles so I donít have issues at the airport and I donít want to risk spilling. For extra protection, everything is packed inside ziplock bags. The only thing I have in my carry on are holders, everything else I pack in checked bag. I know gouache can travel in the suitcase, but just in case, I leave printed product sheet info with it.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Ken Brown Calligrapher
« on: June 26, 2019, 11:57:22 AM »
The scenario in which this is justified cost does not exist. But that doesnít stop me from wanting to buy the set 🙈

I just have to say that this course is the best thing I ever did for my calligraphy. Course is incredibly detailed and lets you go through materials at your own pace. I still havenít done last lessons because I am going through Majuscules again. I go back to materials very often and I see something new every time I do that. I am looking forward to getting to small projects part, but I donít want to rush it.

David is awesome instructor, and community he created is awesome as well. You will never feel alone in your struggles and there is always someone you can discuss things with and practice with. I canít recommend this course enough :)

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Writing surface preference
« on: March 29, 2019, 04:47:52 AM »
@matteherr I disagree with your conclusion that flat surface for pointed pen is just due to how old books are presenting materials. Also, technique and form differs quite a lot between 16th century round hand or 20th century Engrosser's script.

To be able to write with pointed pen you need help of gravity if you want your ink to reach the paper. Pointed pen ink is thinner than one you'd use for broad edge, and if you are writing on too sloped surface, you'll have some trouble with ink flow. Also, if you are doing Engrosser's script, you need to be able to rotate your paper freely and hold it at certain angle towards your body. This becomes very tricky to do if your sloped surface is not large enough.

I am not saying pointed pen cannot be done on sloped surface, but I find it much easier to do it on flat.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Hand carved pen holder
« on: March 12, 2019, 04:57:17 AM »
It looks awesome!!!

I was convinced you need a lathe to make your own holders and lathe isn't apartment friendly tool :P. This post made my day, can't wait to try making my own :)

P.S. I believe this is the video:

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: too much ink on nib?
« on: October 11, 2018, 04:53:38 AM »

Are you wiping the nib with a cloth? What I do is stop every 3-5 minutes, dip my nib in water, clean with cloth, dip in water again, dry it with cloth, dip in ink, go with nib over the edge of ink bottle to remove some of the ink and then write.

From what you are describing it seems to me there is water on your nib after you clean it with water? If that is so, water which remains there will mix with the ink and make it too thin. You need to dry your nib before dipping it into ink again.

Hope this helps!

Tools & Supplies / Re: Colored Sumi Ink for Pointed Pen
« on: September 05, 2018, 04:31:30 AM »
This is not exactly an answer to your question, it is just a suggestion.

If you want coloured ink, the best option may be gouache. There is Schminke calligraphy gouache which everyone recommends, but any artist quality gouache will do. I personally use W&N designers gouache. You need small amounts to create quite a lot of ink so one tube will last you a very long time. And, it is very easy to mix. I just add distilled water until it gets to a consistency of milk. When I mixed it the first time, I just kept adding water drop by drop and tried to write when it looked good. Some people also add drop of gum arabic to prevent smearing when erasing guidelines but I never did that. For me, gouache just flows perfectly and I find it easier to use than sumi ink. It may not be the same for you, but I just wanted to offer an alternative.

I hope someone with knowledge about ink sticks will answer your original question :)

Copperplate Tutorial by SMK / Re: General Feedback - Copperplate
« on: August 27, 2018, 09:03:57 AM »
@Foxmorepatty - Thank you!

@Salman Khattak - Thank you Salman, this was incredibly helpful, especially photos!

I am working on squared bottoms, my problem is mostly that by the time left tine gets to base line, right tine is already over it. I am trying to be extra careful about that but sometimes I forget.

My process was to write it out once and then measure length of every line with a ruler. And mark everything on the sheet. But I love your approach, I think it is much easier to execute and less likely to go wrong. My approach relies so much on measuring everything right and adding and subtracting offsets which is perfect for making mistakes :)

Thank you also for letter 'f' variations, I really like one with bottom loop!

Copperplate Tutorial by SMK / Re: General Feedback - Copperplate
« on: August 22, 2018, 10:23:53 AM »

I have been meaning to post this piece here for quite some time, but life keeps happening and... you know how it goes :)

Here is some background and my own critique:

Piece was done on smooth khadi paper, 210 gsm, with finetec blue (and orange for attribution). I used departementale cementee 2552 for the quote which is 6 mm x-height and Gillott 404 for the attribution which is 4 mm.

I tried my best to do centered layout properly, but I think the main reason why I am always off is because I do draft on my practice paper. This time I measured carefully and even penciled text before to make sure everything is where it should be. It more or less was except for the attribution. But it is still not as consistent as I want it to be and far-flunged hopes was penciled too narrow so I went with it or it wouldnít be centered.

Apart from that, there are multiple inconsistenices: too wide ovals, changes in letter spacing which gets a bit narrower at times (mostly at the end), a's in first line are much wider than ones in the last line, some square bottoms (m's mostly) dip below base line, last line is full of pointy underturns, etc.

I also wanted to ask about "far-flung" - I know f-l connection is not common, but having looped f with flat l looks really weird. I guess it would be better to have both of them looped? I am not sure flat f even exists, but is there any other option? Or it should be looped f with flat l but with better execution? :)

Looking forward to feedback,


Introductions / Re: Nice to meet you all!
« on: August 21, 2018, 05:53:55 AM »

I was an exchange student at KU Leuven for a year. Belgium is really nice country with very polite people :)

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Whatcha been up to?
« on: August 21, 2018, 05:51:33 AM »
This is fun and exciting thread :)

I signed up for my first ever calligraphy course! It is Dreaming in Script by David Grimes (Engorsser's Script) and luckily it is online so I can follow. There are no workshops in my country so online courses are my only chance. Besides that, I went to Las Vegas to information security conference.

And that's about it, my summers are usually business trip to Vegas and having a bit more time for calligraphy :)

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