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!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Lyon's Birthday Chalkboard

This is one big reason why I learned calligraphy in the first place - just so I would be able to make cute signs for my kids. Now I am making chalkboard signs for my grandchildren. 

I bought this board from Lowe's (can't remember the name). It comes with the black surface that acts like a chalkboard. I have primed some with the overlaying of white chalk all over, then wiping it off; and I have also used them unprimed.

The chalk comes off easily with either a wet cloth or windex. So easy!

Everything is in plain 'ole chalk except for "Lyon" and "the Prince." I used chalk markers for those.

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