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Tools & Supplies / Colored Inks - What am I doing Wrong?
« on: June 17, 2019, 11:17:43 AM »
Hi Team, What am I doing wrong?

Inks in Question:
  • Dr. Martins Iridescent Copper Plate Gold & White
  • FW Gold & White

Nib in Question:
  • Nikko G

I have had some issues using the above colored ink and need some help from the community. I have searched the site, but only find experiences where people have had great success (though I did only search a few pages  ::))

Over the past week I have been attempting to use Colored Ink to create a gift, however I am not having the greatest of luck. I correctly prepare the nib, cleaning it before each use (I use windex before using and a small drop of toothpaste to clean afterwards)

The ink blotches up and/or runs out super quick and the hairlines are non-existence, also a lot of the time, the ink just refuses to transfer to the paper! A Serious Test of my patience! I am sure the ink is just laughing at me as we speak!  >:(

I have used 65lbs & 85lbs black cardstock from Michaels and my normal 27lbs Rhodia practice pad, but still no luck!

Any help will be greatly appreciated! A little at my whits end with this one!

Kind Critique / Have At It! First Attempt!
« on: February 14, 2019, 12:09:55 PM »
I like the idea of this thread.

Looking at other peoples "tries" is intimidating and makes me not want to submit, but you can't learn without constructive critique-ness am-a-rite?

This is my first "Piece" that I wrote for my wife for our "first-time-we-met-versary". I want to redo it, but this time on A3 sized paper, as you can clearly see mu awful attempt at connecting the T's, there's plenty of mistakes and I had to squash in a couple of rows.

This is only after 3-4 weeks practice so don't be too harsh, but please be kind-a-harsh and Critique away.

Am eager to learn how to get this Copperplate Calligraphy thing down!

Have a great day all

#3 by Andy GS, on Flickr

#2 by Andy GS, on Flickr

#1 by Andy GS, on Flickr

Introductions / Englishman living in good old Arizona
« on: February 07, 2019, 03:34:59 PM »
Hi people, my name is Andy, and I am new to calligraphy.

I haven't ever really been interested or even ever thought of penmanship as a hobby until I recently found out that one of my ancestors was known for his penmanship in 1800's America, and this obviously triggered my interest. Funnily enough, from a youngster, I always wrote on things and would pretend to write with my finger on anything when I didn't have a pen. I have always enjoyed cursive and see calligraphy as the natural step up.

My wife has a calligraphy set that she bought once and never used, so I decided to pick it up and give it a go, and would you believe it  now I cant put it down. I have been practicing fundamentals for the past 3-4 weeks, and every now and again I like to pretend like I am one of the calligraphers on YouTube who look like they have been flourishing from their mothers womb! It doesnt go well, but i like to pretend.

Anyway, thanks for letting me join this great online forum!

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