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 37 years since that white piece of chalk was laid on its side. I am still learning. Come learn with me!

Monday, November 9, 2015

This wedding mat was an interesting one to figure out. Seems like every calligraphic commission turns up something I've never done before. Sure, I've most likely done the lettering, at least, but even in this case, I had never done this type of lettering before.

So, what do you do? You tell your client you can do it and then you figure it out.

I was given an image from Pinterest to imitate with the lettering "Thirsty Script." I thought I would need to look at only those letters in that two-word image and then try to come up with the rest of the alphabet, figuring out which tool to use to accomplish the thick monoline effect.

Then I had the bright idea to Google "Thirsty Script." Lo and behold, it is a font, a downloadable font. So that's what I did. I downloaded it. Then typed out the names and the date.

What next? I used Saral Transfer Paper to transfer the outlines of the words onto the mat board. Once the outline was transferred, watercolor was laid into the words using a Princeton monogram brush. 

This took a lot of thinking and a lot of time, but once done, I was satisfied, and so was the Bride. And I learned how to do something I had not done before. Win-Win.

Happy Halloween

This brush lettering always lends itself to quick, easy, colorful, and fun lettering. I used Mead Academie Sketch Pad and Tombow Brush Markers. Colored pencils were used for the art. As far as the art, most of it is freehand. Some of it is based on images pulled up online, but still freehanded, not traced.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Always String in Pencil

It's fun to delve into something artistic other than lettering. I must say, I do enjoy Zentangling. but if you notice, I did letter in monoline Italic. :)

Duke University Award Certificate

I really enjoyed this commission for the Program in International Comparative Studies at Duke University. I designed and lettered the entire certificate. Then it was sent to my letterpress guy who letterpressed it in Duke blue. Once that was done, the certificates were sent back to me to add in the names in black qouache. I get to do these every year, and am honored to do them.

Gabby's Apron

Gabby is my granddaughter. At the time of this posting, she is 3 years old. She LOVES to help her Mother, and anyone else, in the kitchen. She is quite good at it. In the morning, she helps "Ukki" (her grandfather, my husband) make his coffee. She then helps make the oatmeal with  him. When her Momma makes cupcakes, Gabby is right there with her, getting flour everywhere...except under her apron. :)

I used fabric markers for the lettering.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Nib Tine Positioning

This is an interesting image to think about from calligrapher, Dr. Joseph Vitolo. If you are lettering Copperplate or any other calligraphic hand that requires shades (thick lines), this image is food for thought and then experimentation.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Face Painting

This is off the beaten calligraphy path, but when asked by my daughter to hold court at the Face Painting Station for my granddaughter's birthday party, how can I refuse? And with such a lovely canvas, my attempts at face painting are enhanced greatly.