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!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Gabriella in Flowers

I am definitely not finished with this practice piece. You will see that I have been trying different layouts with Gabriella's birth stats. (Just had a granddaughter this past Sunday!)

A group of us calligraphic/artist gals got together this past Friday and just played. Such fun! We were taught all kinds of fun things to do with our lettering, mostly using a pencil and monoline caps. Easy. Anyone could do this. You do not need to be a pro with the broad-edged pen or marker to come away with a grand piece.

This one was the last practice sheet where color was added. I like the playfulness of it. Lots to think about.

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations on your new granddaughter! My daughter is due October 14th and it's a girl!

    I LOVE your layouts and your pencil play. The letterforms are great! I bet that was really fun getting together with your calligraphy pals. It's always fun when we do that here although we need to do it more often.