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

Note Taking

There are so many different ways to do a journal. Since I listen to Sunday teachings and find my mind sometimes wandering, I came up with the idea of note taking through art. Instead of taking notes with pen and paper, jotting down verses, writing down all of the salient points, why not just capture the highlights with lettering and art?

What a difference this has made in my ability to stick with the topics! And if I had taken notes on a piece of paper, I would, in all likelihood, never look at those pages again. But, since I love art and love lettering, I find myself continuing to look at what I've done. And as a result, I remember the teachings.

So, if you are stuck in a meeting having to take notes......

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