I am currently working on the homework for Reggie's class, Session One, Homework Assignment #4.
We are to mark out gridded paper into the line spacing and interlinear spacing for a Mother Teresa poem entitled "Just It Anyway." It is 135 words long. OR we can do a poem of our choosing of similar length.
I chose to write a Love Letter to my Dad and use it instead.
This first pic is of the gridded paper. We were to make spaces 1/2" for the lettering with 1/8" interlinear spacing for the text of the piece. Needless to say, just doing this little bit took a while.
Next, I taped off an area of my Arches HP paper in which I plan on lettering. I want to lay down a light coat of yellow watercolor as background for this piece, let that dry, then do the lettering in values of blue. We are to use 5 values of one color to do the lettering. Each letter is to have a different color value, starting at 1 and going to 5 and back down to one.
Let me try to make that clearer...
Let's take a simple "I Love You."
"I" would be value 1.
"L" would be value 2.
"o" would be value 3.
"v" would be value 4.
"e" would be value 5.
And now we head back to 1.
"Y" would be value 4.
And so on, throughout the entire length of the poem.
I will insert pictures as I get done with each stage of this process. (Right now, my gmail is not cooperating with me and I cannot get my pics!)
Friday, February 14, 2014
I continued working on the Color Wheel today using egg cartons to mix my gouache.
And here is the finished wheel. Maybe. I have other ideas that I want to work into my design, but you will have to wait to see those. I hope my ideas turn out to actually add interest to my wheel instead of detracting from it or possibly ruining it altogether!
Will you cross your fingers for me?
I will be posting a lot of pics of what I am and will be doing in the year-long calligraphy course I am taking called "26 Seeds" and taught by Reggie Ezell.
One of our assignments was to make a color wheel. I won't go into all of the details on how to actually do this, but needless to say, it was a learning experience. At this stage I am halfway through. This took me 3 hours!
Reggie had designed a Color Wheel Flower for us to paint our colors into, but I wanted to do something different. Why??!! Well, I guess because I want to be a bit different? I want to make it even harder than it is? I'm insane?
I have given myself permission NOT to be perfect with any of the assignments we will be given. This will enable me to avoid the mental ward. We're supposed to be artistic, right? So, art is freeing, or at least that's how I see it.
Anyway, hope you enjoy this pic and the ones to come.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
I signed up this year to take Reggie Ezell's yearlong calligraphy class entitled "26 Seeds." The image above shows my notes written for the first session. I wrote on the grid paper we were using in class. When I got home, I decided to transfer them all into a beautiful orange bound book with lines.
This is going to be a journey I have been preparing for since my decision to be serious about lettering in 1997. To put it metaphorically, I have been walking slowly and steadily on a straight path, and now the journey will be uphill with some leaps and bounds.
I hope you will enjoy this journey with me.
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Since this celebration is held in the month of December, I thought Christmas colors were in order. I used Pilot Parallel Pens, which I just love. Blended green and red inks to get what I wanted and thought the little swirls at the end of some of the letters made them kind of elfish. Gold dots were the finale.
This was fun, fun, fun!
If you are interested in having something like this done for you, give me a "jingle."
Saturday, November 2, 2013
I am in the process of making a brochure for my Kerrlligraphy Biz. This lettering was done using the Cola Pen. Since I enjoyed learning how to use it at our last Guild meeting, I thought I'd use it for my brochure.
I wanted my brochure to have calligraphic lettering that might be outside the norm of the usual Wedding Calligraphy. I am slowly seeing that what I really want to do is more in the realm of artistic designs. Not that all things Wedding aren't!
So, I dipped my Cola Pen into black Higgins Eternal as well as some FW inks. I then scanned it into PSE and manipulated the colors even more. This is the end result, and I really like it!
This Kerrlligraphy will be on the front of my brochure. And, all thanks go to my daughter-in-law, the Graphic Designer, who has made this happen beautifully!