Friday, March 23, 2012

Practice, practice, practice!

That's all for this week. Just lots of practice...many more like these. Outdated phone book pages are good for reusing this way with the added bonus that they force a lighter touch or the very thin paper will tear. I am working on several projects at once, but can't post them yet. In between - lots of practice.

Side note. Many years ago Peter T, a favorite calligraphy instructor, cryptically replied, 'those who can, do' or something similar when I asked him for advice about my flourishing. I thought he was trying to tell me I should not be flourishing, but I think I misunderstood. Barring the awkward left swing on the flourish on the p in the first photo above, I think my flourishing is pretty okay. I think I was too timid early in my calligraphy career. I'm not now.

Have I posted the above yet? My grandson did some finger painting. I asked for the yellow piece. I sealed it with an acrylic medium and then lettered a Pablo Picasso quote on it, framed it and hung it in my kitchen. I love it! Our first collaboration! The bold lettering is Neuland and the light is my copperplate script. Art by Jace.


  1. What kind of ink lends nicely to that poor of a paper choice? Doesn't it bleed all over the place? Let me know.. very nice practice. XO

  2. It's Moon Palace Sumi in a pointed pen (naturally) with a very light touch.

    Someone recommended Tiger nibs so I just bought some. Ugh! They require way too much pressure.