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Tools & Supplies / Re: Iron Gall Ink
« on: November 24, 2013, 04:10:02 AM »
That sounds extreme, about this fast corrosion of the nibs! I am still quite new to this, and I don't write for hours each and every day, but I used some nibs for weeks with my iron gall ink. Maybe it is something to do with the recipes of these two inks you mentioned, that they are more acidic than they used to be? I mean common sense tells me that this should not be happening – iron gall ink has been used for hundreds of years after all (with quills of course, but in the two last century also with steel nibs as far as I am informed). Did you get a response from John Neal?

Thanks for answering to my post!

I also love walnut ink – it is so warm and lively.

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Introductions / Re: Hello from (nearly) Berlin, Potsdam, Germany!
« on: November 24, 2013, 04:00:54 AM »
Hello Nora, thanks for saying hello! Your work is beautiful, you are working in many different styles, that is impressing! By the way I have family in Aix-en-Provence, alors peut-κtre on pourrait s'encontrer un jour dans le Midi (argh my French is rusty)?!

Hello Erica, thank you very much for welcoming me here, and thanks for the compliments ... I very much admire your gorgeous, many-sided calligraphy!

It is really great that you started this forum!

I am working on my calligraphy shop / website at the moment ... I will let you know when it's "on air"!

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Tools & Supplies / Re: Iron Gall Ink
« on: November 23, 2013, 05:06:10 AM »
I am using this

http://www.kalligraphie.ch/store/index.php/language/en/cat/c55_Eisengallustinte.html/

iron gall ink, and I think it's wonderful to write with. I never had problems with mold or something, and I am using a big (500 ml) bottle.  Fresh from the bottle it is light grey (gets darker on the page after some days though). I put a little bit in a smaller ink jar and leave this open so it oxidezes already a little. And when I have used up or it has evaporated too much I fill it up with new ink from the bottle and stir it a bit with a toothpick. So it's always nice and black from the beginning.

As others have said, like I guess all iron gall inks it does eat the nib faster than other inks … so to save my vintage nibs I use now for everyday practice more often walnut ink, also from Mr. Schenk:

http://www.kalligraphie.ch/store/index.php/cat/c57_Walnut-Ink.html

This is absolutely comparable regarding hairlines and that it stays well on the nib without sudden "blobs" – so it is possible to write quite a bit without reloading the nib. But it is not black of course ;)

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Workshops & Conference News / Spencerian workshop with Barbara Calzolari
« on: November 23, 2013, 04:24:15 AM »
This workshop will take place in Berlin from Friday, January 10, 2014 – Sunday, January 12, 2014 – as a beginner in Spencerian I am very much looking forward to meeting this great, gifted calligrapher! Maybe someone else from this forum wil be there too?

https://make-skilledhands.squarespace.com/programm/2014/1/11/spencerian-workshop

(And beware, in the Aufbau Haus which hosts the workshop there is also Modulor

http://www.modulor.de/shop/oxid.php/sid/addfcabae8b70299fc86256c93e20764/cl/start/tpl/-/lang/1

a place to find a huge variety of paper, ink, colours … everything that makes a creative's heart beat faster ;))

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Introductions / Hello from (nearly) Berlin, Potsdam, Germany!
« on: November 23, 2013, 04:04:34 AM »
Hello everyone,

I am a graphic designer and illustrator with a growing interest in calligraphy, pointed pen mostly – I have been practising Copperplate and a bit Spencerian some time now and I am hooked! Thank you, Erica, for starting this forum – where I live there are not many calligraphers so I am delighted to find a place to share thoughts and informations!

Stefanie aka Estefa

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