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 2, 2013

Kerrlligraphy with Cola Pen and PSE

I am in the process of making a brochure for my Kerrlligraphy Biz. This lettering was done using the Cola Pen. Since I enjoyed learning how to use it at our last Guild meeting, I thought I'd use it for my brochure. 

I wanted my brochure to have calligraphic lettering that might be outside the norm of the usual Wedding Calligraphy. I am slowly seeing that what I really want to do is more in the realm of artistic designs. Not that all things Wedding aren't!

So, I dipped my Cola Pen into black Higgins Eternal as well as some FW inks. I then scanned it into PSE and manipulated the colors even more. This is the end result, and I really like it!

This Kerrlligraphy will be on the front of my brochure. And, all thanks go to my daughter-in-law, the Graphic Designer, who has made this happen beautifully!

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