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!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Our Christmas Card this Year

This was fun to do. I made a tree template, cutting it out of a sheet of plastic with an exacto knife. Then I used stamps. Once those marks were dry, I painted the tree with watercolors and pitt brush pens. Again, whenever I design something, I try to always scan it into a folder on my computer so that I have a copy. And I try do this scanning in stages as the piece is being layered. I make sure I have the almost finished piece, before the lettering goes on, so the design can be printed out for other uses. Once the lettering is on, it can only be used for that individual.


  1. Awesome! Glad the stamps have come in handy.

  2. Thanks, Nancy! Yes, they are fun. Thanks for all of the shopping trips to buy them!