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

Transferring lettering and design onto Chalkboard

Here is the next step in the Chalkboarding Process. (If you are coming in late, see earlier posts.)

Once the chalkboard has been primed with the white chalk, the next step is to transfer my lettering and compass design from the computer paper layout onto the chalkboard. This is done by first turning over the computer paper on which I laid down the design and rubbing the underside with white chalk. Now, lay the computer paper face-up on the chalkboard, chalky side down. Take a pencil and trace the design and the lettering.

As you can see from the image above, the design and lettering will transfer onto the chalkboard. All you need to do now is put color to the design.

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