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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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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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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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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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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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Calligraphy class: Brush

I’m taking Barbra Close’s newest workshop series, and she’s starting us off with brushwork. Following are a couple of projects I completed. The orange lettering is from a class handout containing five quotes and we instructed to choose one and … Continue reading

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Latest Copperplate Practice

I’ve let my Copperplate calligraphy go for quite a while. I started practicing again, using the excellent Vitolo PDF handout from online (iampeth.com – “video workshop handout” link). You can compare the two to see I’ve still got a way … Continue reading

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Illuminated Manuscript, Numbers 6:24-26

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Illuminated Manuscript color studies

I’m starting on my first illuminated manuscript. I settled on the two verses for the 16 x 20″ piece, and the arrangement of the words. Next, I needed to work on the color and decorations. Here is one of my … Continue reading

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Anniversary and Mother’s Day fell on the same day!

My wedding anniversary and Mother’s Day both fell on the same day this year — May 11, 2014. I used the double occasion to practice offhand flourishing around the lettering I that learned in this year’s Letters CA class with … Continue reading

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Letters California Style 2014

This calligraphy conference was held February 2014. I was a student in Carl Rohrs’s class (my work in two of the styles, folded pen and pointed brush pen, are shown in the photos). Below is a report on my class … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day card, 2014

I had fun designing this Valentine’s Day card for my wife. I had been practicing Copperplate calligraphy, getting ready for a new calligraphy how-to video app, and decided to do more modern-style lettering to loosen up This was the result. … Continue reading

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Playing with Uncial

I had a great two “Uncialicious” classes with Jane Shibata, who taught several varieties of the Uncial lettering style to our monthly Orange County Society for Calligraphy members. Here are several in-class work and homework projects.

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Pointed Pen: Square and rounded downstroke tops

When you make a thick (“shaded”) Copperplate downstroke, don’t you hate it when they are rounded at the top and not square? I made a video showing how the flat top is made. I show both stroke tops so you … Continue reading

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Feel like giving up?

Do you feel like you’ve hit a brick wall with your calligraphy? You feel like you’re never going to be good enough? Then read this: http://zenpencils.com/comic/90-ira-glass-advice-for-beginners/

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Calligraphy Certificate Received

Barbara Close presented her students with this wonderful certificate, which started out as a blank piece of paper. She gave it to her students who had taken all four of her classes throughout the year. She used the pointed pen, … Continue reading

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