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!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Up Late

I took a class at Jerry's Artarama a while back from Ophelia Staton. She is an avid journaler. This little journal book is what I used in that class. It's not great for watercolors, but we were not using that medium. We were using Gesso and Acrylics. So last night when I could not sleep, I thought I'd use that page for today's start of journaling. I have more to do because I went to an amazing celebration today, but you'll have to wait to see that later! I've also started buying rubber stamps and ink and am using them in my journaling. They're fun!


  1. I love this page!!!! I wish I loved closer to Jerry's so I could take some of their workshops. I love using stamps in my journals too. Instant gratification!

  2. Well, guess who gave me the inspiration to use stamps.....