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

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Miniature Art 1"x 1"

Tonight in class we learned how to do Miniature Art. This is actually step one on the way to a finished project. It took me an hour and a half to compose these 15 minis. They are all done with watercolor using either a flat or round brush. After the paint dries, then embellishments are added - either more paint, paper glued on top, flower petals glued on top, paint splatters, or lettering. Go wherever your imagination takes you.
After I came home and scanned this whole piece in, I then took it into PaintShopPro and cropped to just the one containing the "C." Next, I added text. This little square is now ready to be just one little part of a whole piece that will be done for my niece's birthday.

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