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October 29, 2005

mhcc calligraphy: class 5

by gl. at 5:06 pm

we must be about halfway through now, though we won't be meeting for two weeks in november. as promised, a layout w/ bookhand & roman caps:

[click the image for a much larger version]

after weeks of using zig markers for practice, i was happy to discover that tape nibs give me lovely hairlines when using sumi. here i've used higgins white and it very much sucks, immediately absorbing into the black card stock. in this case, i liked the ghostly & faded historical metaphor effect (which is actually sort of mitigated in the scan), so i kept it. the lettering required three different nibs: tape 2, tape 1 & a random pointed pen. the fireflies are three different colored pencil and you probably can't tell, even on the larger version, that the fireflies have tiny gilded centers. i like using gold dots on things, but they never scan well. i embossed the background lines this time so they are even more invisible than the pencil lines i used in "born": great for ink, but not for colored pencils, which explains why the fireflies look like they have black lines through them. oops.

if anyone reading this also reads dooce, yes, it's that heather armstrong. when i read that line on one of her posts, i knew i wanted to use it in a piece somehow.

next week: a layout using color as emphasis.

posted by gl. | October 29, 2005 5:06 PM | categories: calligraphy, classes & workshops