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, October 10, 2011

Having Fun With Tiles

Today I had fun with these bathroom tiles I bought. A while back I had taken a class at Jerry's Artarama using alcohol inks and Stampbord Tiles. I thought I would see if these inks worked on these bathroom tiles.

This process was so much fun! You never really know what will come out when you start combining the inks with the alcohol, or if you want to drip or sponge them on, etc.

With this tile, I first wiped the surface of the tile with alcohol. Then I dropped one drop of a colored ink onto the surface. Before it had a chance to dry, I blew through a straw over the ink and pushed it around. I continued in this fashion, sometimes dropping a color near another one, or on top of it, or near it.

Last, I added a little touch with a stamp and pale ink.

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