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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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Open/Active Exchanges / Re: Love Letters 2020 Exchange
« Last post by passionforwriting on January 15, 2020, 09:41:09 AM »
Woohoo, excited for this one! I'm looking forward to the new exchanges for this year!! Thank you Erica!!   :)
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Yes == the ascenders and descenders are extended -
I was looking at the amount of space it takes up from left to right.
We might be looking at different exemplars.
On mine - the number of letters per line of writing would be less that with standard Spencerian
so - I used the word *compressed* to describe *more-letters-per-inch*
if that makes sense.
For everyday penmanship - I find Spencerian to be *sprawling*
and like to compact the letters - maybe compact would have been a better word.

Thanks for pointing this out --
Oh, I see what you're saying. My misunderstanding.
It's interesting how the sprawl, as you say increased, over the years from P. R. Spencer's original, which was somewhat compact, to almost a running hand, a la Madarasz.
 
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Yes == the ascenders and descenders are extended -
I was looking at the amount of space it takes up from left to right.
We might be looking at different exemplars.
On mine - the number of letters per line of writing would be less that with standard Spencerian
so - I used the word *compressed* to describe *more-letters-per-inch*
if that makes sense.
For everyday penmanship - I find Spencerian to be *sprawling*
and like to compact the letters - maybe compact would have been a better word.

Thanks for pointing this out --
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Everyday Handwriting | Penmanship / Re: Should I switch from Spencerian to Italic?
« Last post by Jehu on January 15, 2020, 01:37:37 AM »
Wow, thanks for the great advice, Jean.

My concern was that learning another style would ruin my progress with Spencerian, but it is great to hear that not only will learning Italic not be a detriment, it might actually improve it! I have no immediate plans to work on Copperplate, so no danger there.

Thanks also for your critique of my samples. I would never have noticed the 'pinching' of the letters, but now that you point it out, it is clearly an issue. I appreciate the tips on how to work on that.

I think that I will give Italic a go for a month (or two) and see where that takes me. If nothing else, I will have neat(er) printing when it comes to filling out forms.

Thanks again!
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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Watching You Tube videos related to Calligraphy
« Last post by DavePete on January 15, 2020, 12:38:39 AM »
As I have been exploring Chinese calligraphy, I have found it helpful when watching You-Tube videos to slow the viewing speed down to 25% . It allows the movement of the writing instrument to reveal more movement detail.  It has shown not only the instrument detail, but also the paper deflection as it moves across it with varying pressure. Since I have a long way to go, anything and everything helps.
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Introductions / Re: Greetings from Indiana
« Last post by Bianca M on January 14, 2020, 11:07:29 PM »
Lot's of good folk from around the world.

Indeed!  Welcome to the forum.
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Introductions / Re: Greetings from Indiana
« Last post by Erica McPhee on January 14, 2020, 10:40:03 PM »
Hello Hoosier!  ;D

We have an entire section devoted to Lefties and lots of threads answering questions which you can see in the FAQ on the home page (linked in the upper right news).

Palmer is a great place to start and I think leads nicely into Spencerian. Let us know if you have any questions as you learn! Welcome to Flourish!  ;D
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Open/Active Exchanges / Love Letters 2020 Exchange
« Last post by Erica McPhee on January 14, 2020, 10:25:36 PM »
It's a bit late but our first exchange of the year is always a favorite! Who doesn't LOVE to get Valentines?!

This will be a quick sign up and turn around as Valentine's Day is a month from today. I wanted to give everyone a chance to recover from the holiday and get the new year started. I would suggest if you are signing up - start working on your actual exchanges now so you only have the envelopes left to complete once you get your list (typically 6-8 members on a list).
NOTE:
  • If you did not complete a past exchange you signed up for, you cannot participate.
  • If you will be busy and cannot meet your obligation, please do not sign up. It is not OK to think, "Life happens" and not fulfill your obligation. It is OK if circumstances require you to send your exchanges late, however, you will still not be able to participate in an exchange until yours are sent.
  • You must be a registered, activated member and you must have made at least one post, introductory or otherwise, in order to participate.
Sign Up Deadline: Wednesday, Jan 22, 2020
Post Mark Deadline: Wednesday, Feb 5, 2020


Sign up here: Love Letters 2020 Exchange Sign Up form

YOU MUST SIGN UP VIA THE FORM ABOVE OR YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED SIGNED UP.

As always, the following guidelines apply:

1. Calligraphy should be used on both your exchange insert and envelope.
2. You will send a card to every member on your list (typically 7-9 members).
3. Must be related to the theme.
4. All skill levels welcome!
5. If you end up not being able to participate, please contact me ASAP. If you don't send your cards after the list has gone out, you will not be able to participate in the next exchange.
6. You must sign up before the deadline. No late sign ups.
7. HAVE FUN!
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Show & Tell / Re: My 2019 Holiday Card
« Last post by Erica McPhee on January 14, 2020, 10:08:31 PM »
Thanks @waterconfidence @JanisTX and @Mary_M ! LOL Janis - that is true. I just love seahorses and living in FL, I like to incorporate beach themes into a lot of what I do. I hoped tying in the snowflakes and holly would make it Christmas-y. I take a bit more free reign with my calligraphy cards vs personal cards.  ;D

Thanks Mary! I adore seahorses. They are graceful and amazing.  :-*
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