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!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Formal Italic Capitals

I am in the process of teaching Formal Italic to a very talented and quick learning student. She is keeping me on my toes!

Here is an exemplar of some of the Capitals that I made today for her using a Pilot Parallel Pen. (I will post the other letterforms tomorrow.) I can't say enough about the ease of use of those pens. Very user friendly!

If you are interested in learning this "hand," be sure to send me a comment, or you can email me at Kerrlligraphy@gmail.com and I will give you details.

It is not unusual for a beginner to start out learning Formal Italic. It is a beautifully rhythmic style, that when mastered, can be artistically altered to create imaginative and lovely works of art.

Come join me as well as others in our endeavors to make beautiful letterforms!

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