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!

Friday, May 18, 2012

When you are a calligrapher, or rather a calligraphic artist, you continue to look for ways to enhance your lettering. You want to venture forth from just black ink on white paper into a world of color, art, and all kinds of avenues to make your lettering speak out. That's why I took this one-evening Zentangling Class instructed by Sharon L. Payne. I want to meld Zentangling with Calligraphy with Watercolors, etc. Every student was taught the exact same "Tangles," but each Zentangle Tile was unique to the artist. After we all finished our first round of tiles, they were laid out side-by-side. Each one was beautiful. You don't have to be a mature artist to be able to Zentangle. You just need to be able to hold a pencil and a pen! And having a Certified Zentangle Instructor like Sharon L. Payne showing the way doesn't hurt!

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