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, September 1, 2011


If you are a journaler or a sketcher, you can use calligraphic lettering on your pages. I did this page while on the airplane headed to Cancun for my niece's destination wedding. That was over a week ago! Just this morning I added the color using watercolor pencils and a yellow gel pen. The lettering was done with a simple Zig Broad Edged marker.


  1. Oh Kerr, I just got the Carolina Lettering Art Society bulletin you sent and you are just the sweetest thing to write about my class. My husband is reading it right now and we are both admiring the bulletin. We no longer have a guild here in Jacksonville and that is very sad. I also wanted to tell you that I will be in Raleigh for the Art of the Carolinas in November. I am taking some Bob Burridge classes!!! If you go let me know and we can meet and hug! ♥♥♥

  2. Thanks, Martha! You are welcome. And WOW, going to the AOC! Do you need a place to stay? You are welcome to crash here. I will look up Bob and see what you are taking. Would love to meet up.