I grew up in Raleigh at a time when the nuns taught at Our Lady Of Lourdes. They lived out back of the school and wore those imposing yet Holy Habits that commanded your adoration, attention, and, quite frankly, your fear. So, when they asked you to "sit up straight" with your "feet flat on the floor" and compose your letters properly according to the Palmer Method of Handwriting, you did just that! I believe it was at that impressionable age that I became infatuated with the formation of letters. When I was introduced to calligraphy in 1978, it was no wonder I fell in love with this beautiful art form. My first taste of the calligraphic world lasted no longer than one hour. The instructor turned a piece of chalk on its edge to form calligraphic works of art from A to Z on the chalkboard. That was that! But it was all I needed to fire the embers that had been sparked in elementary school. Watching the slow, rhythmical shaping of those letters was like listening to classical music. It was not until 1997 that I enrolled in my first formal calligraphy class. Boy, were my eyes opened! I knew I had a lifelong road of learning ahead of me. It's been 34 years since that white piece of chalk was laid on its side. I am still learning. Come learn with me!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

I used a broad edge marker for this. I was practicing Carolingian that I learned in Reggie Ezell's class. I really like using gridded paper for practice. The lines are already there for you, however which way you want to use them. This marker was probably running dry, thus the two-toned effect. I liked it.

He is Risen

One of the first things I learned in Reggie Ezell's yearlong class, "26 Seeds," was Roman Caps and variations of Roman Caps. This was my first homework, to do a short phrase using Roman Caps.

This was harder than it looks, and it is by no means perfect, merely an attempt. I used a Mitchell broad edge and orange qouache.

Monday, October 20, 2014

26 Seeds T-Shirt Design

It sure does take me a while to post on my blog! Life continues to be swift, and in the downtimes I get to play and do calligraphic artwork. This design is a collaboration of 12 calligraphers who are participating in the year-long Reggie Ezell class with me called "26 Seeds." We all contributed letters to this design. 

Here's the skinny on the thinking behind it:

The 26 Seeds just happen to be the 26 letters of the alphabet. We have been learning many variations of many calligraphic hands throughout this past year. The assignment I gave to all of us was to design two letters each, both being a rendition of any of the variations we learned. So, you have Carolingian, Italic, Brush Lettering, Roman Caps, and many more represented.

Since the 26 letters are the "seeds," they are sprouting/growing out of the planter.

Why does the planter say "I'm Fixin' To?" Reggie, upon entering the world of The Southerners here in North Carolina, kept hearing the phrase "I'm fixin' to....." and made sure he used it in every single session.

Every weekend session that we have has homework that goes with it. I, admittedly, did zero of the homework this time around. This t-shirt design, in my opinion, WAS my homework! It has only taken me two whole months to complete it. I hope it looks really good on the t-shirts

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Black Letter Variations

It's been quite a while since I last posted to the blog. Seems like life has been really busy this summer.

I wanted to show you what I did in a calligraphy conference I attended a few weeks ago. I decided I could finally take a week off and attend Legacies II, a week-long calligraphy conference that was held in Richardson, Texas.

I took two, 3-day, classes. One from Rachel Yallop called "Beyond the Literal Letter," and one from Julian Waters called "Black Letter Variations."

The piece above was done while in class with Julian Waters. I endeavored to practice the different variations while also making it into a layout. I used a large gridded pad for this which made it much simpler to keep my letters vertically straight while keeping them on the horizontal line as well. My notes are in the right margin.

The names in the middle of the "exemplar" are those of my 5 grandchildren.

Monday, June 16, 2014

My Art of Cell Phone Cover

Okay, I am venturing from lettering here, but this is way too much fun to do! My son and I took an acrylic art class two weekends ago. I took a picture of my canvas and then made it into a cell phone cover using Vistaprint. It is really easy, and it is fun to have my artwork in hand all day! 

I took a picture of his finished piece and made him a cover for Father's Day. If you have patience, you can wait for Vistaprint to put this on sale.

Note: If you are thinking of doing this with an image, make sure that the image is one that is either a long landscape or a tall portrait.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sailboat Design 2

You have seen in an earlier post the first rendition of this sailboat. When I do a piece, I save each step, either by photographing it or scanning it. Right now, I am not a real fan of my scanner. The one I owned previously was much better! But, hey, my husband picked this one out, so what can I say?

Anyway, the first rendition was on Layout Bond with colored pencils. But I love the way watercolors look, so I wanted to do this sailboat using watercolor paper and different color combinations. I must admit, I like this one better. 

And one of the perks....the Bride got two of them! She can use whichever one she wants.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Recipe For Love - The Finished Product

So, the last time I posted, I talked about Scotch Removable Tape. I just found out about this tape, and I am thrilled. I used it around the outside edges of this piece (in the earlier post, you can see it). In taping around the piece like this, you make sure that none of what you are about to do will get where you don't want it to be. I was going to use pastels in the bottom rectangle and in the "LOVE" area, but wanted to make sure no pastel color got beyond the edges. 

As you can see, none did!

I used cosmetic cotton "rounds" and rubbed them on the pastel sticks, then rubbed that color into the watercolor paper. Fun! I think it is a wonderful effect.