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Offline Ken Fraser

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Flourished Majuscule
« on: March 19, 2014, 10:48:34 AM »
The three golden rules in flourishing....

1) Try to cross lines at a high angle .

2) Aim for a sense of symmetry in the white spaces.

3) Never cross thick strokes...it always looks bad.


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Re: Flourished Majuscule
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2014, 11:45:24 AM »
Thank you! Good tips.
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Re: Flourished Majuscule
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2014, 02:30:36 PM »
May I ask what you mean by a high angle??

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Re: Flourished Majuscule
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2014, 05:17:41 PM »
By "high angle" I mean crossing as close to right angles as possible. "Scripsit" is a good example. This creates uncluttered open spaces.

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Re: Flourished Majuscule
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2014, 05:31:32 PM »
Wonderful advice!  Thank you, Ken!

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Re: Flourished Majuscule
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2014, 12:22:25 AM »
I'm awful at flourishes, and generally have no idea how to do them without merticulously planning them out first. Do you think i could use a pencil or a pen to practice before transiting to dip pen? I figure I'm going to need lots of practice and it'll be quite annoying to dip every 2 test loops

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Re: Flourished Majuscule
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2014, 12:26:24 AM »
Faeleia, definitely use pencil or pen!  My teacher wouldn't let us even think about ink until we had a grip on general swoops - we spent many hours practicing with chisel-tip marker pens (for broad pen script flourishing) and pencils (for pointed pen).

The trick is, though, once you come to inking it, don't stick religiously to your pencil lines - it will look stilted and difficult.  Use them as guides, rather than as strict rules.  Your muscle memory should know how to do that.

(I'm still rubbish at flourishing...)

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Re: Flourished Majuscule
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2014, 07:46:56 AM »
I have a little book that I bought that has flourishes in it & I've been copying them.  I haven't tried free-handing any yet, as I'm too intimidated, either with pen, maker, or pencil!  :)  I hope to work up to it, though, as I admire all of the flourishes that the talented member of this Forum produce!!

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Re: Flourished Majuscule
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2014, 07:57:02 AM »
Faeleia, definitely use pencil or pen!  My teacher wouldn't let us even think about ink until we had a grip on general swoops - we spent many hours practicing with chisel-tip marker pens (for broad pen script flourishing) and pencils (for pointed pen).

The trick is, though, once you come to inking it, don't stick religiously to your pencil lines - it will look stilted and difficult.  Use them as guides, rather than as strict rules.  Your muscle memory should know how to do that.

(I'm still rubbish at flourishing...)

Thanks Moya! When I try some simple flourishes they come out okay in pencil but when I have a nib it catches esp on big loops and is shaky and unsure, and I can't stop or it will pool.. :(

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Re: Flourished Majuscule
« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2014, 08:28:00 AM »
Ahhh! That's makes a lot of sense! Thank you for sharing! :)
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