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, October 22, 2013

Calligraphy on Tiles

I have had a box of tiles sitting under my desk for about two years! I have done things with them using Alcohol Inks and decided to play with one today using Marvy DecoColor Opaque Paint Markers.

The Marvy DecoColor markers were black, gold, and silver. The yellow and two blues were Marvy Brush Markers. 

I am letting the tile sit on my desk now and dry for at least 24 hours. Then I will spray with a fixative. I want to test to see if anything will happen to the colors/lettering when I put a hot or cold drink on the tile. If nothing happens, yay!

The markers were a bit unwieldy and slippery on the tile, so I did not have as much control over my lines as I'd like to have. I can make better stars, and my lines are a bit wiggly! But I guess practice on this kind of surface with these kinds of utensils is part of the process to make things better. 

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