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Show & Tell / Re: My 2019 Holiday Card
« Last post by KristinT on Today at 01:15:51 AM »
So cool to hear your leaning process on these!  What a neat way to transfer calligraphy/design skill to another "medium", as it were!  :D
Tools & Supplies / Re: An interesting curiosity!
« Last post by KristinT on Today at 01:10:21 AM »
@AnasaziWrites You, sir, are amazing for putting this to the test!  I really respect that.  I had envisioned something with wire, but given the pressure application, I'm sure metal cement was the more practical choice (nib replacement be danged).  What a fun experiment though!  Thank you for sacrificing a banjo pick (or two) to the learning opportunity!  I am personally very glad to see the results garnered for the sake of this historical curiosity.   ;D
Open/Active Exchanges / Re: Love Letters 2020 Exchange
« Last post by Natalie419 on January 17, 2020, 10:00:13 AM »
Yay!  I'm excited for this one, too!  :)
Spencerian Script / Re: With nib or brush?
« Last post by Starlee on January 17, 2020, 10:00:12 AM »
These are beautiful exemplars that I have not seen in a while. I think they were done with a pointed nib, but the shades were re-touched after to look as distinct as they are.
Spencerian Script / With nib or brush?
« Last post by Ensemble88 on January 17, 2020, 01:34:57 AM »
I've been looking at the Secrets of Madarasz book and I found these two examples. I just can't wrap my head around how he's making these strokes with a pointed pen. The strokes are so thick on the "Zanerian" example, and the sharp corner at the bottom of the "S" in the "Shakespeare" and the tip of the "r" have me confounded. Are these really done with a nib? or is it brush work? What's the trick to making script like this?

I've only learned Spencerian from Michael Sull's book. I haven't really done much beyond that and I'm just starting to get my feet wet with some of these more ornate looking styles. Any help would be appreciated.
This is a great suggestion! I do the same when I am watching watercolor tutorials. Thanks for sharing!  ;D
Introductions / Re: Hello from New York!
« Last post by Raayynuh on January 16, 2020, 08:44:53 AM »
Hi Denise, welcome to the forum!

That's a great Christmas present, which course is it that you're taking?

The death grip - I think almost every calligrapher struggles with this at the beginning. I have found doing oval drills helped me a lot with becoming comfortable with the pen without the death grip. And Bianca is right, there are a lot of resources here on the forum on that topic as well.
Introductions / Re: Hello from New York!
« Last post by Erica McPhee on January 15, 2020, 10:44:12 PM »
Welcome Denise! How fun to jump right in. One tip I know is to hold a pencil with the eraser side down in the opposite hand. This creates a counter point to the pressure you are exerting. Enjoy the process. Let us know if we can help in any way.  ;D
Introductions / Re: Hello from New York!
« Last post by Bianca M on January 15, 2020, 04:59:25 PM »
Welcome to the forum, Denise!  There are some conversations in here with tips on how to loosen up your grip - it is a common habit! ;)
Introductions / Hello from New York!
« Last post by OhanaMama on January 15, 2020, 12:50:22 PM »
Hi! My name is Denise and I live on Long Island. I am a graphic designer and have always been envious of all the gorgeous typography and hand lettering I see out there. I finally decided to learn calligraphy, and my husband gifted me with an online Modern Copperplate course for Christmas. I am currently learning to join the letters together to form words, and my big challenge right now (other than the basic newbie inexperience) is my DEATH GRIP on the dang pen! I am also excited to move on to adding flourishes and decoration to my writing, but I still have a ways to go.
I'm really glad I found this forum!  :)
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