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!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Finished Chalkboard Design

And here is the finished product! (See earlier posts for the step-by-process up till now.)

Okay, so I left you with the transfer of the design from computer paper to chalkboard. Once this was done, I just needed to add color, to fill in the transferred design and lettering. I used basic chalk. Nothing fancy is necessary. Since the Bride's Wedding colors are royal blue, I used blue chalk for the lettering. I shadowed the lettering in white chalk which made the lettering stand out better. I used green chalk inside the compass since green hydrangeas will be the flowers at the outdoor wedding ceremony. I chose to make ocean waves under the lettering and have Mr. Wind blowing above. 

I really enjoyed this whole process and I hope to do more chalkboarding in the future!

And here's a helpful hint:  sharpen chalk with a pencil sharpener!

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