Author Archives: Steve Husting

About Steve Husting

Steve Husting is a mild webmaster by day and fearless writer by night. He is deaf, loves making calligraphy, hiking, terrific movies, and making the Bible's message clear to his readers. His devotionals are regularly published in Daily Devotionals for the Deaf, and his latest apps are sold in the iTunes App Store. His self-published Christian and calligraphy books are on lulu.com/spotlight/stevehusting

“Psalm 148” artwork process

This project began as a homework assignment in which we were to put text in a circle using Copperplate. I drew a couple of circles for the baseline and x-height that would fit neatly on 11 x 14″. I drew … Continue reading

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What is an Artist?

People have wondered when they can call themselves an artist, singer, dancer, writer, or whatever. At what point can you say you have finally arrived, and call yourself an artist? There are different answers to this question, and they depend … Continue reading

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The “Our Father” prayer artwork process

This project began as a homework assignment in Barbara Close’s workshop at her studio space in Costa Mesa, California. We were to do a piece with Fraktur or Gothic lettering paired with gold gilding. I settled on this text because … Continue reading

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Making of the Life of Christ artist’s book

One assignment we had for our class with Barbara Close was to make an artist’s book of painted paste paper. We brought in Arches Text Wove paper for the pages. The benefit of using paste takes place when we mix acrylic … Continue reading

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Artwork process: “Bless the Lord”

Our class assignment, given by Barbara Close, was to do a piece in Italic in two nib sizes and two colors. I had the idea of doing Psalm 103 after my pastor spoke on it the following Sunday. With Psalm … Continue reading

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Artwork process: “Rushing Mighty Wind”

For this class assignment, we were asked to create a work combining Gothic and swashes, an example being a large initial cap with swashes. However, I challenged myself to think of a reason for them to appear together. In what way … Continue reading

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Book with embossed pages

In our class in Uncial lettering, we wre to create a book of 5-6 pages, including a colophon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colophon_(publishing)). Its size was to be half a page with wide orientation. The paper was to be folded in half with the … Continue reading

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Android version of Learn Italic Calligraphy has been released

You can see a sample of the updated content here. The app has been available on the iOS (Apple devices) platform since 2011 when I restarted my calligraphy efforts. I’ve improved over the last five years, and re-did all the lowercase … Continue reading

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Starting a Calligraphy Business?

How do you get started in a calligraphy business? I don’t have all the details, but I do know that you’ll need to determine exactly what you want to do with your skills. I thought I’d jot down the different … Continue reading

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Calligraphy Museum — just dreaming

What would I like to see in a U.S.A. museum dedicated to calligraphy? Here are some ideas. Displays that change art monthly to show us the great diversity in art styles. Show old and new works, and at other times, … Continue reading

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens — in Calligraphy!

Just for fun, I made these four Star Wars character names in calligraphy on bookmarks. Occasionally during the year, several of us calligraphers will attend a function, such a  book fair or outdoor art fair, set up a table and chairs, … Continue reading

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Inspiration in my Flickr account

I have two 3-ring binders of material that I had printed out over time and assembled. When I see an inspirational calligraphic work on the Internet, I save the image to my hard drive in a particular folder for that … Continue reading

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Making a folded pen or cola pen

Barbara Close taught her students how to make a folded pen, also known as a cola pen (yes, as in soda pop). A fellow student, Juan, graciously posed for the step-by-step photos. First we cut the strip of sheet metal Barbara … Continue reading

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Typical Calligraphy Pitfalls

These are different kinds of mistakes I’ve seen in myself and others over the years with calligraphy work. Do you see yourself in these areas? In what areas can you work for improvement? Jumping right into an important project instead … Continue reading

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Publishing my Book on Lulu.com

Here are the steps I followed to self-publish my book, Spiritual Calligraphy, on lulu.com in 2013. I went the POD way: Print On Demand. What this means is that I created the pages and cover artwork of the book, uploaded … Continue reading

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My Cardboard Whopperplate

I made a Whopperplate. Out of cardboard, tape, glue, and two pencils. Yep:

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Prayer Promises Accordion Book

I had a 30″ x 5″ strip of paper left over from my last class homework’s accordion book (previous post). I had cut it to use as a backup in case I needed to redo. I decided to turn it … Continue reading

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Accordion book project

Barbara Close gave her class the homework project of creating an accordion book with our calligraphy on the inside. Once again I was faced with filling a blank sheet of paper. After talking to my architect brother about the project, … Continue reading

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Trying out lessons from “Scribe”

On pages 88-89 of Scribe by John Stevens, John gave several kinds of exercises that he gives to his students. I thought I would try them out with the Copperplate practice I was doing at the time. In the first line, … Continue reading

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Memorial Day piece: In Flanders Field

After I saw several small calligraphy pieces in a Boston bookstore, I was challenged to do my own “small” piece using a Brause 1mm nib. The result is this famous poem rendition in Uncial. Each letter is only 1/8″ high, … Continue reading

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Tiny illuminated manuscripts found in Boston bookstore

I recently returned from a vacation in Boston and came upon the Commonwealth Bookstore not far off the Freedom Trail there. Lo and behold, they had several pages of illuminated texts framed for sale from $850+. What was so interesting, … Continue reading

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Updates to Fantastic Calligraphy Links

Above, you’ll see Fantastic Calligraphy Links. I made several large edits to that section. I inserted my final entries to Western Calligraphy in the Movies that I had not gotten around to adding earlier. Many thanks to those who suggested titles … Continue reading

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Letters CA Style 2015

I and many other calligraphers spent four days this past weekend in Pomona, California at the annual Letters CA Style calligraphy workshop retreat. To get an idea of the many classes and the talent that was on hand, take a … Continue reading

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Birthday Cards for Work

For about a year now I’ve been doing the monthly birthday cards for the company’s employees. In the past, the company bought giant Hallmark cards, large enough for every employee to sign, and they were given out once a month … Continue reading

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Joy to the World artwork, attempt #2 (with video)

I finished my second version of Joy to the World. The problem with the first version is that although the word joy was there, the “joy” wasn’t. So this version was an attempt to put the joy into the work. … Continue reading

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Western Calligraphy in the Movies

This is a fun list of western calligraphy being used in public theatrical films and TV shows. The calligraphy in this list may have appeared in titles, credits, used by characters in the film, or included calligraphic elements on objects. There are two … Continue reading

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Not quite right

I created this piece recently, but it’s not turning out the way I wanted. I thought I would put it up here, because it’s still nice to see!

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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

After many preliminary sketches to decide which way to take this work, I finally finished Hark! today.

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Calligraphy Christmas Cards to my penpals

I created these Christmas cards for my penpals. I used ink and paint, Parallel Pen (black) and brush (gold, silver, white). Also used gel pens for added touches and lettering. We had excess green card stock so I used that, … Continue reading

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Gold leaf gilding practice

The last few classes of Barbara Close’s workshop in November were spent learning gold leaf gilding on an intricate illuminated letter. We transferred found fancy artwork to our papers and added the color and gold leaf. I found this pattern … Continue reading

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