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Offline kellyish

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the journey.
« on: January 28, 2014, 05:58:22 PM »
hello my friends. 

first i would like to thank you all so much again for sharing your tips and techniques.  as a newbie i am so grateful and i am learning so much from you all.

when it comes to learning something new, sometimes i get so impatient...i just want to be good now!  so frustrated by the learning curve.  but then i remember getting started with photography and how it took a while to figure out how to get what i saw with my mind's eye to come out of the camera.  but sooner or later things will 'click' {pun intended} and then it's just a matter of practice and refining. and truth be told, part of what i love about photography is that there is always something new to learn.  a new way of seeing things.

so that's what i've been trying to do regarding calligraphy...  where i got really frustrated before was in trying to run before i could walk.  so i watched all of the tutorials back to back.  practiced pages of each letter.  i was still unhappy with my letters because i kept snagging and the ink was bleeding.  not pretty.  then because my hand was hurting so bad, i just couldn't put as much pressure on the pen.  and finally. it 'clicked'...i was pressing too hard.  {insert hallelujah chorus here  ;)}

so here is finally a page of practice and a little project i created.  i know there is so much to improve on, but finally i think i'm starting to get the hang of it.  thank you again for all the inspiration. :)

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Re: the journey.
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2014, 06:50:07 PM »
Hi Kellyish!

Kellyish, meet Ellen (ewigginton). Ellen, meet Kellyish!  :D You two are in the same boat!  :D

Beautiful, beautiful work Kellyish! It's funny - I do find perfectionists tend to gravitate to calligraphy. I personally think it is because we can see an ideal, work to achieve the ideal, and have instant gratification when we get there. It's when we don't immediately get there that causes us so much grief! Especially because we can see it, but can't quite make it happen yet.

But you're doing a great job. I'm so happy you shared with us!  :)
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Re: the journey.
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2014, 07:26:06 PM »
My ears were ringing....... :)

Yes, I'm impatient too but things are starting to fall into place for me, finally! I feel as though I had some sort of epiphany and things got worse before they got better. Now when I sit down, I just write and things don't look as contrived as they did when I was "drawing" each letter. I know I'm nowhere close to being a pro, which is why I'm doing the wedding envelopes for free, but I also feel like I have come a long way. I'm happy with my progress now and think I finally "get it!" I put myself through agony until I finally put a sample together for the bride and she said, "beautiful!" Whew! I think, as Erica has mentioned many times here, learning true Copperplate will be the foundation from which we work. I'll worry about modern once I master this.....

Good luck Kelly....your work is coming along and you are not alone in your impatience!


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Re: the journey.
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2014, 09:11:28 PM »
Hi Kelly.  Your work is beautiful.  It really is.  You won't believe this but when I was in HS I wrote that very verse as my final!  It hung in my bedroom throughout all my pre-adult years.  I wish I still had it!!
Erica, so THAT'S the problem?  Calligraphy just shouldn't be that beautiful, then.  It's a love/hate relationship trying to be perfect. 
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« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2014, 09:37:42 PM »
Hi Kelly. Your letters are beautiful! You're doing great. And, you're ahead of me - I haven't started learning pointed pen. I am waiting on some supplies. I spy a Higgins ink bottle in your picture - I have a waterproof Higgins ink and it bleeds a lot! After some attempts I realized that it's no good for even practicing and ordered some Sumi ink which I heard bleeds a lot less. I say this because you mentioned your ink bleeds.

Anyway, you're definitely not alone. I also love the process of learning new things. There is SO much I want to learn - including photography. I think that calligraphy is a great skill to know. But it does take a long time - I guess we have to work on relaxing and enjoying the journey. Also, most people can't tell what it's 'supposed' to look like anyway.
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