May 1, 2005 archives

you are here [x]: Scarlet Star Studios > the Scarlet Letters > May 1, 2005
<< before April 25, 2005
after >> May 6, 2005

May 1, 2005

mhcc calligraphy: class 4

by gl. at 4:26 pm

we're beginning rustic letters, and i -hate- them. hate hate hate. they don't like me much, either. they're 7.5 penwidths tall and as awkward as a fawn learning to walk but not nearly as cute. it's got a steep angle and there's major pen manipulation involved, which in my opinion is an advanced topic.

however, i used sven's unbirthday card as my uncial project due last friday. the instructor liked it so much she asked me to participate in the student art show next month. she also spoke a little disparagingly about calligraphers who deliberately write illegibly. my most recent work w/ the soda pop pen falls into that category, so i wonder if she'll accept "tongue far from heart" or "a grace it had, devouring"?

posted by gl. | permalink | categories: calligraphy, classes & workshops

a very merry unbirthday

by gl. at 4:13 pm

it's sven's unbirthday today, so i made a card for him:

sven's unbirthday card
(click the image for a larger version)

technical details: this is modern uncial done w/ a speedball c2 nib on a strathmore card. the counters were filled w/ watercolor pencil and a gold paint pen left the shiny raised dots this picture doesn't do justice. i left the pencil lines because sven finds them charming and i adore ephemera like that.

posted by gl. | permalink | categories: calligraphy