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Tools & Supplies / Acidic, wood-pulp paper.
« Last post by Daniel McGill on September 11, 2019, 01:25:50 AM »
Dear members and guests,

I would like to post questions of wood-pulp paper. Is it still available? Where would you get it?

Although modern paper is superb in versatility, I would love to write on the paper that was used by past masters in penmanship.

Does anyone know any answer to my posed questions?
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Tools & Supplies / Iron Gall Ink Degradation over time?
« Last post by Karl H. on September 10, 2019, 10:08:28 PM »
Hi All,

I have a jar of Old World Iron Gall ink which I used for a project a few years ago.  I hauled it out for a new project (I'm looking for the ink that best does what I want), and when I began writing with it instead of the deep blue-black color I got last time, I got this almost transparent, grayish fluid... barely qualifies as an ink.  This is after vigorous shaking and stirring of the ink.  It also seems like there might have been some evaporation since I last used it; it was almost full when I put it away; now it's about half-full (and the cap was really tight; had to use a channel-loc plier to get it open.)  It's also entirely possible that I used more ink than I remember, though I don't think so.  Is this normal/typical behavior for iron gall ink?  And in any event, is there any way to 'revive' the ink I have, or is it just gone and needs replacement?  Thanks!!
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Introductions / Hello from the Arkansas Ozarks
« Last post by ShawnHoefer on September 10, 2019, 09:24:52 PM »
I actually taught calligraphy as a non-accredited college course some 35 years ago, but then I set it (and many other artistic endeavors) aside to go career hunting.

Yeah, that worked... I spent nearly 17 years in the newspaper biz working in many departments, but most of my time was in production... read that as graphic design with a purpose.

When I left the newspaper biz, I struck out on my own... well, with the family... to be self-unemployed. I'm a spinner (quite good at this), dyer, woodworker/woodturner, farmer, weaver (that's more the Wife's bailiwick... she also spins, dyes, and crochets), and multi-award winning artisan broom maker.

Wait... farmer? Yeah, we raise Jacob sheep, Angora goats, and Alpacas for fiber. We also have chickens, Alpine dairy goats, a guardian llama, cats, dogs. It's a real zoo out there.

All these years later, I find I want to start up again in all my spare time. To that end, I have sought out and purchased a bunch of stuff, but I'm kind of obsessive... feel free to recommend more.

Current gear, you ask? Sure...

2 oblique holders
3 straight holders
A nice dozen dozen bottles of ink (mostly Speedball)
About 6 G nibs of various makes
3 Rose nibs
3 Steno (blue pumpkin) nibs
1 Arrow nib (thought it was a pack of 3 and seriously overpaid)
All the nibs that came with the biggest available Speedball kit
All the nibs that came with the awful Walmart kit
All the nibs that came with a Hobby Lobby oblique kit
Various pads of paper and grids...
Plus, I found an old set of broad nib Schaefer fountain pens... they'll need some serious rehab, though.
Not wanting to hope for the best with the old Shaefers, I sprung for a couple... OK, a nice round 10 more... fountain oens. Several with flex nibs.

Did I mention I was obsessive?

Also bought several books, subscribed all over the place on YouTube (I watch videos every morning as I use my excercize bike... the phone is clipped the the handlebars).

And, I carved my own pens from River cane (native bamboo) and a couple turkey quills.

Looking forward to interacting and learning.
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Tools & Supplies / Re: Ink that changes color as it dries??
« Last post by K-2 on September 09, 2019, 11:49:46 PM »
OH I JUST REMEMBERED!  (am I over sharing on this thread? I have so many feels about this ink)

You can get a bunch of that sheen to show up on less smooth/fancy/expensive papers (or just other papers that aren't Tomoegawa, because sometimes you need to use a different paper for a project):  Spray the heck out of the paper with a matte fixative spray.  Let it dry completely.  Spray it again, just to be sure.  Let it dry some more.

Now you can write on it, and your overpriced J.Herbin 1670 Emeraude de Chivor will do its special color changing trick.  So will any of those other inks with sheen.  And they'll all take a good long time to dry, but they will dry.  The Iroshizuku yama-budo will be a delicious royal purple, with thin gold edging around each and every letter.  The Sailor Jentle yama-dori will glint russet copper sheen on top of a dramatically shading teal, like the mountain pheasant feathers it's named after.  And the Emeraude de Chivor will shine like the color of magic.

But EdC will still probably blob up on you; and a tiny drop of it will get on your fingers, and you won't notice it, because it's a very small drop (or maybe just a tiny smear from the threads of that dinky dip).... so then you'll touch your face or something....something that you don't want teal ink on.
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Introductions / Re: Hello from Cambridgeshire UK
« Last post by opheliatudeaux on September 09, 2019, 03:11:46 PM »
Welcome to the forum, Ophelia!  Is that Beaker I see in your avatar?  I always love a Muppet sighting.

Yes ! My two favourite Muppets
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Introductions / Re: Hello from Cambridgeshire UK
« Last post by Bianca M 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. 
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Tools & Supplies / Re: Ink that changes color as it dries??
« Last post by K-2 on September 08, 2019, 07:29:39 PM »
@JanisTX I would bet folding money that those inks in that video @jeanwilson linked to are all from the J.Herbin anniversary line(s), 1670 and 1798 - that the orange-gold ink is the Cornaline d'Egypte, the brown-gold is Caroube de Chypre, and the Blue-Green-Gold-Pink is the Emeraude de Chivor.  The first video seems to be spelling out "Chivor."

Can also confirm that they work better in the pilot parallel (as in this video) - I think the calligrapher in the video is dipping, rather than drawing from a converter reservoir.  But then paper becomes even more of an ugent issue, because the Emeraude de Chivor BLEEDS and bleeds and bleeds.  Even sometimes on Clairefontaine and Rhodia paper, which don't show that gorgeous sheen & shimmer off either!  In my experience, Caroube de Chypre is a little better behaved for dip nibs (pointed and broad edged), but the shimmer clogs fountain pen nibs right up, if not in heavy use.  It's not as beautiful as the Emeraude de Chivor, but it's about as beautiful as a brown ink can be (and truly, I compulsively buy brown inks, I love brown inks so much, so I personally think brown ink can be pretty darn beautiful, and I'm saying that this is the Emperor of brown ink).

I have spent a lot of time obsessing over these inks.  The 1798 inks at least have a more sensible, slightly wider bottle neck, so you can fill a fountain pen in them; and they don't stain everything they come into even glancing contact with like EdC.  But you still need to decant them into a dinky dip (and add gum arabic) if you want to use them with dip pens.

But for those of you in Europe - they're somewhat less expensive in the Euro zone.

By the way - many of the Pilot Iroshizuku inks also have some of this sheening quality, but it's more subtle.  And there are some Diamine and Robert Oster inks that are known as sheen queens too.  The Sailor Jentle Yama-dori ink is similar to the J.Herbin Emeraude de Chivor, insofar as it's a teal ink with russet sheen, but it doesn't have the gold shimmer.  On the other hand, it's much much easier to use.  I'd share images, but they don't always photograph in ways that really show off how beautiful the sheen is.

TLDR: there's really nothing exactly like Emeraude de Chivor.
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Introductions / Hello from Cambridgeshire UK
« Last post by opheliatudeaux on September 08, 2019, 06:04:45 PM »
Hello, I am a new member from Cambridge UK. I was recommended this forum by someone on a Facebook group.

I am a beginner and my main interests are pointed pen (more traditional styles rather than the modern calligraphy) and also I'd like to change my handwriting.

Thanks for reading!
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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Boogie Board Calligraphy
« Last post by darrin1200 on September 08, 2019, 04:19:47 PM »
Do be to panicky Erica. Thatís Canadian dollars.

The cheapest I found the 8.5 was $40, and the executive 8.5 is $65.

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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Boogie Board Calligraphy
« Last post by Erica McPhee on September 08, 2019, 01:10:10 PM »
Ooooo! I havenít tried this one but I love that you can see through it! That price tag though.  :-\
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