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 27, 2013

UNCIAL Thumbnail

This is the thumbnail that I designed for my online UNCIAL a Medieval Script class. 

I started out by laying down a background with watercolors on a heavy, rough, watercolor paper. Once that was dry, I lettered using a Pilot Parallel Pen. Next, I took the image into PS11 and tweaked it.

I just bought PS11 last week because I am taking some online classes to learn how to use it. I know, it's been out for a very long time, right? I am just now learning it. I think I have had the book for a decade. Probably useless now.

But this is my first attempt at manipulating my art with Photoshop.

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