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!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Uncial - Abecedarian Sentence

This is an Abecedarian Sentence, written in the Uncial Hand. I did this today while teaching my Online Uncial Class.

"What is an Abecedarian Sentence," you ask? It is a sentence in which every letter of the alphabet is used. It does not have to make any sense at all, but this one kinda does. Anyway, they are good sentences to use while practicing lettering.

The students just learned all of the letters from A-Z, so I was showing them how to put them into words and sentences.


  1. Isn't the last word supposed to be quickly?

  2. Dear Anonymous,
    You are SO right! As many times as I looked at this sentence, and seen the video, I NEVER noticed that error! I will now need to refilm that segment of my online UNCIAL a Medieval Script class. Thank you for pointing that out to me!