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!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Envelope Exchange-November

The Triangle Calligraphers' Guild started an Envelope Exchange this month, headed by Hattie. I am a part of this fun and talented group of calligaphers who wanted to send hand-lettered envelopes once a month to the other participants. Each month has a theme. This month, the theme was Thanksgiving. I went outside and found a leaf that I liked, took it up to my desk, painted the backside, then "stamped" it onto the envelope. "Happy Thanksgiving" was lettered with an old Speedball nib and Daler Ink. "Johanna" was lettered with watercolors using a hand-carved wooden nib. I am looking forward to doing these each month as well as receiving them!


  1. Hi, cute Thanksgiving card. I first learned from nuns too in 1962, my first class. Fell in love with lettering just like you. Still doing it all these years later. Isn't it fun. Thanks for sharing your blog!

  2. Thanks, Jan. Email me at kerrlligraphy@gmail.com
    I'd like to get to know you better and hear about what you are doing with your lettering!