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. :)
Friday, April 3, 2015
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 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
Saturday, March 21, 2015
This beautiful lettering is an example of what calligrapher Rachel Yallop cranks out prolifically with ease. She lives in England and I have been a fan and follower of her work for over a year now. I was fortunate to have been able to take a workshop from her in the summer of 2014 during the international calligraphy conference in Richardson, Texas, called "Legacies II." If you want to see exquisite letterforms, check her out on FB.
I took a yearlong class from Reggie Ezell called "26 Seeds, a Year to Grow." For one of the last sessions, he brought quills for every student that he had cut for us. I had never used a quill before. I dipped the tip into some blue pigment I had made, then started lettering in Italic. It was an experience like none other. The quill glided over the paper, making the letters seem effortless, and I thought I heard The Hallelujah Chorus softly singing in the background. If you have never written with a handmade quill, I encourage you to leap tall buildings in a single bound to do so.