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penmanship & calligraphy by Schin Loong | updated everyday
  • "Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower."

    Hans Christian Andersen
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  • cassieanabellee asked : 我来自中国,不过我很喜欢你写的字,很漂亮!l come from China,but i like your wirting,so beautiful!O(∩_∩)O

    你好! And thank you, I’m glad you like my work!

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  • Thou wouldst be loved? -- then let thy heart
         From its present pathway part not!
    Being everything which now thou art,
         Be nothing which thou art not.
    So with the world thy gentle ways,
         Thy grace, thy more than beauty,
    Shall be an endless theme of praise,
         And love -- a simple duty.

    A simple and beautiful Poe poem. You could really feel his passion in those words. Written using a Leonardt Principal and bleedproof white ink.

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  • Anonymous asked : Hi, Schin! Do you have any recommendations of nibs for heavy-handed people? I did look at your FAQ page, but was wondering if any of those are good for heavy-handed people in particular.

    Hmm.. well the aim is to eventually develop a light touch, but if you have a heavy hand perhaps a Nikko G or Zebra (both made by the same people) may help. It is a friendly, long lasting nib and I frequently use it as well. Just make sure to clean the oil off of it thoroughly before using!

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  • I found these beautiful Jane Austen postcards in Paper Source, and had to take the $17 plunge. Quite expensive but the box was so impressive, with the letter press and pretty design everything.

    I was a little disappointed when the actual postcards were super flimsy. The design is really nice, but the paper stock is very thin. I don’t think they would survive the postal service without being torn or creased or even folded.

    You can buy these on Amazon, but I wouldn’t.. just read the reviews. At least I got a really nice box out of it.

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  • Some gold envelopes. Those poor plants in the back died only a week later.. sigh!

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  • Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup
    They slither wildly as they slip away across the universe
    Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my opened mind
    Possessing and caressing me
    Jai Guru Deva Om

    Nothing’s gonna change my world
    Nothing’s gonna change my world
    Nothing’s gonna change my world
    Nothing’s gonna change my world

    Images of broken light which dance before me like a million eyes
    They call me on and on across the universe
    Thoughts meander like a restless wind inside a letter box
    They tumble blindly as they make their way across the universe
    Jai Guru Deva Om

    Nothing’s gonna change my world
    Nothing’s gonna change my world
    Nothing’s gonna change my world
    Nothing’s gonna change my world

    Sounds of laughter, shades of life are ringing through my open ears
    Inciting and inviting me
    Limitless undying love which shines around me like a million suns
    It calls me on and on, across the universe
    Jai Guru Deva Om

    Nothing’s gonna change my world
    Nothing’s gonna change my world
    Nothing’s gonna change my world
    Nothing’s gonna change my world

    Jai Guru Deva

    My very favorite Beatles lyrics. 
    I’ll do another John Lennon calligraphed portrait, but with my second favorite Beatles lyrics “Imagine.”

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  • Openinkstand at Tumblr just broke over 4000 followers. Wow! I am not very proficient with Tumblr (for example I don’t know how to answer questions in reblogs without reblogging) so I am thankful for all your likes and hearts. I have a huge backlog of Ask Me Anythings but am trying to answer them proficiently when I can.

    Thanks again!

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  • Fancy fairytale style in gold. These look complicated but were soooo fun to make!

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  • Some colorful envelopes for an exchange.

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  • Painted pen #4, this is a peony design. These pictures were taken before sending off to Brian Smith for lacquering, and will be available for purchase at Iampeth 2014. Please contact him for more information!

    edit: This pen has been sold at Iampeth to no other than Master Penman Harvest Crittenden herself!

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  • I don’t often manage to take nice photos but I was happy with how this one turned out. Then again I’m convinced flowers make everything better.

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  • Check out these gorgeous stamps! These are from 1980 and are commemorating letter writing. Just perfect for penpaling don’t you think?

    You can still find them on ebay.

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  • My very favorite Game of Thrones character, Tyrion Lannister.

    This illustrated portrait was made using his famous quotes (from book and show). The original is about 8.5x11 inches, done using Leonardt Principal and iron gall ink.

    Prints available in my etsy shop.

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  • The blog is moving!

    Hi everyone! If you have been going to Openinkstand.com to view this blog, please change it to Openinkstand.tumblr.com

    In the next few days I am going to redirect the Openinkstand.com domain to point to an actual website instead of this blog. The blog will still remain the same though.

    So if you go to a calligraphy website instead of this orange blog (I will change the design soon too), don’t panic! It’ll still be updated daily at Openinkstand.tumblr.com

    Thanks! 

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