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Kind Critique / Re: Spencerian with fountain pen - looking for feedback
« on: January 07, 2020, 10:53:10 AM »
@evad As always, @jeanwilson’s advise is spot-on and I want to add that you have something beautiful going there already! I also distrust advice that claims to have the one and only way to learn or do something.

One thing that she also mentioned is the muscle memory if you are already writing many years. I started calligraphy well over forty and have always written lots of normal cursive. Spencerian took me so long to learn to a somehow satisfying degree, because I practiced much too fast in the beginning. The fact that some people can write it very fast doesn’t mean it has to be learned like that. If I wrote it as fast as a lot of advice out there said, my normal handwriting pattern took over.

So, one thing to consider – just slow down a bit and always compare your writing with a good exemplar ;).

Introductions / Re: Hello from Germany/Malaysia
« on: October 23, 2019, 03:17:38 AM »
Welcome, Rachel! We’ve met on IG, you make beautiful work! If you come near Berlin, we could actually meet one day (I live close by – send me a DM if you’re interested ;).

Have fun here, @Erica McPhee has created a perfect calligraphy hangout place here!!

Tools & Supplies / Re: Eberhard Faber metal powders?
« on: October 21, 2019, 05:51:27 AM »
@Karl H. Sounds fun! I can browse the instructions, and give you a quick info about the content, if you post a picture – I’m German ;).

Show & Tell / Re: Terry Pratchett
« on: October 21, 2019, 05:48:43 AM »
I love that quote :)! And very neatly written. Thanks for sharing!

Tools & Supplies / Re: Cleaning your nib...cloth Vs paper towel.
« on: September 26, 2019, 03:01:14 PM »
I use cotton or linen cloth – old shirts from my husband work greatly ;).
I see.
I think I now know why some of my old t-shirts have been disappearing.

Naah … T-shirts don’t work, they’re too linty ;D

Tools & Supplies / Re: Cleaning your nib...cloth Vs paper towel.
« on: September 25, 2019, 05:16:40 PM »
I use cotton or linen cloth – old shirts from my husband work greatly ;).

Tools & Supplies / Re: Walnut ink crystals -lightfast?
« on: September 18, 2019, 07:18:05 AM »
The walnut ink I buy is lightfast, according to its producer, and I haven't had complaints so far :).

I’m also not sure about Da Vinci, that would be interesting to know! I always assumed what he used to write was iron gall ink (which after some centuries turns brown and looks a bit like walnut ink …).

@Ken Fraser I also have one paperback copy for use, and another from the 60s, a beautiful hardcover that I only use when I need to see more details (it's a bit bigger reproduction than the A4 one ;)).

I also love the Dutch writing masters, and the earlier English ones … Shelley for example has sublime exemplars … for all who don't know it already, @sybillevz has a wonderful website with tons of information and links to most important copybooks from the 16th to the 20th century …

Written in the Roundhand style of 18th century English Masters

… they were the best, right ;)? Very beautiful, @Ken Fraser !

That sounds interesting about your article! Glad I could help a bit :), @AAAndrew !

Thanks a lot for your additions, @Mary_M , @RD5 and @K-2 ! I was away from the forum a bit, that's why I didn't thank you earlier :).

@AAAndrew In my copy of L'art d'ecrire, Paillasson simply refers to the quill being cut »plus ou moins oblique« = »more or less slanting« (in the description of the Plate 4). I'm not sure if the word »oblique« is a Gallicism in English?

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: French Roundhand Exemplars?
« on: July 26, 2019, 11:50:25 AM »
@sybillevz It also confused me that Soennecken claimed to have »invented« Rundschrift (round script), when it's clearly an adaption of the French Ronde … quite cheeky! But then I guess in pre-internet times it was much easier to claim something like that  ;D

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Raised Gilding on Vellum
« on: April 11, 2019, 04:51:44 PM »
Wow – I really love your work. It looks amazing in its puristic beauty! Thanks for posting your project!

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Female scribes through history
« on: February 25, 2019, 08:24:16 AM »
Thanks everyone for your responses! @sybillevz so great to read about these ladies. I'd heard from Esther Inglis before, I looked it up – there is one example of her work in P. Lovett's book »The art and history of calligraphy«. It shows a small illumination (a flower) and a paragraph in Italian Hand. I can't post it because of copyright – if I have time later, I can search if I find something online!

I think that book by Marie Pavie quite impressive :)!! – Have you seen that fun little drawing in the document page PP_202_018? It looks like it was drawn with very light ink …

Thanks again :)!

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