Friday, September 04, 2009

Calligraphy


I've always loved calligraphy, typography and fonts. My maternal grandfather taught me how to write at a very early age: from correctly holding the pen to forming the letters. And when I take the time, I can write fairly well. When I take the time....
I've thought of studying the art of calligraphy, but I'm too impatient, so years ago I bought a calligraphy pen, the kind with ink cartridges, and played with that. I didn't like the ink though, and I've long since lost that pen. A few years ago, I got a dip pen from Curry's and some acrylic ink. Again, I didn't like the ink. Finally I wised up when I saw a little bottle that said "Calligraphy Ink." (Yes, I know, so obvious!)

Today I got a new nib and decided to test both nib and ink on a background painted with acrylics. Eureka! I love the effect. Another obsession is about to begin.
Wishing you all a pleasant long weekend. I will be at the bookstore Saturday and Sunday, and will spend Monday -- you guessed it -- with my pens and ink, scrawling on every bit of paper I can find..........

9 comments:

  1. I am in love with words, letters, fonts, etc. I look forward to seeing the artwork you're about to create :-)
    ==lennie==

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  2. There is something romantic...nostalgic...earthy.. about writing with pen and ink. I like the scritchy sound it makes !! yes..scritchy

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  3. My friend yaya loves caligraphy, my son did too. Have fun with your new craft.

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  4. Very nice, and a fond memory to share with us. I look forward to your calligraphic handwritten translation of war and peace. LOL

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  5. Anonymous6:02 AM

    .....well just make sure your scribbling goes wandering over card as well as paper!...postie's been and your little cards are even better in the flesh....they are awesome!!!....make some more!!!

    Don't work too hard at the bookstore....and keep dancing!

    Anon the Elder.....OXOXO

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  6. Hi Colette, calligraphy is something I'd like to try one day. I've picked up several books on the subject from thrift shops over the years, but still not had a go yet! One day ...

    Have a lovely weekend

    Carolyn ♥

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  7. Hello, you have the most fabulously wonderful site here and I had to leave this comment for you ! Your posts are beautifully written, creative and original too, and you have interesting pictures.

    It's all perfect !

    Thank you for sharing your site and best wishes.... 'Happy September'....

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  8. Hello - I'd love to write beautifully. I like your Blog !

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  9. I'm thinking of dipping into my art box again -left dormant too long. I am worried about copy right if I use images from books etc to photocopy & how do you copy a print onto fabric? Hope you don't mind me asking !

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