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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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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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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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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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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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Italic Rhythm DVD Set by Denis Brown

I received a 2-DVD calligraphy set by Denis Brown called Italic Rhythm. It was beautifully filmed, edited, narrated, and demonstrated by Denis. He also supplied the music and designed all the printed work – the box and printouts.

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Illuminated Manuscript, Numbers 6:24-26

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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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Google Alerts

Sometimes we would like to get more information about our hobby (or livelihood). I remember back when I started in calligraphy (which was on or not long after 1972, based on the 20th Edition Speedball Handbook copyright, one of my … Continue reading

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Calligraphy by Design: Generating ideas using design principles

In the past, I let my spiritual side lead me and waited for inspiration to strike before I started on a calligraphy project. But that way was hit-and-miss, and led to long stretches of time between projects. Now that I’m … Continue reading

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Favorite Calligraphy Videos

Updated January 19, 2014. Contents (Contents links not working? Just scroll down.) Demonstrations Flourishes Gothic Capitals Insular Half-Uncial Medieval Manuscripts Quill and Reed pen making Misc. Instruction Personalities Saint John’s Bible Uncategorized Demonstrations Writing with different instruments (Japanese language) Envelope … Continue reading

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Calligraphy Internet Resources (guilds, supplies, images, learning, etc.)

Contents Calligraphy Guilds Learning Calligraphy Calligraphy Supplies in the U.S. Calligraphy Books Published Historical collections Glossaries of Calligraphy and Lettering Terms Wikipedia Calligraphy Entries Misc. Calligraphy Interest Calligraphy Images (various Internet search results) Sell Your Work or Services Alphabet Sentences (pangrams) Informational … Continue reading

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Calligraphy Books in Steve’s Collection

These books in my collection are listed here in no particular order at this time. I noted several books as RECOMMENDED for their particular excellence. The Art and Craft of Hand Lettering Annie Cicale 192pp 2004 Softcover. Full-color photos. Instructional. One … Continue reading

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Video of My Calligraphy Process when Creating John 1:14

I videotaped the creation of a calligraphy piece over the weekend. I used John 1:14 for my inspiration. calligraphy-john-1-14b from Steve Husting on Vimeo.

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Spiral Calligraphy with The Hobbit

I put my new spiral guideline sheets into practice with this piece. The red text is from The Hobbit, featuring the poem, “Roads go ever ever on,” and the black text is a poem from the Lord of the Rings, … Continue reading

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The Ten Commandments in Calligraphy

I created this after a friend asked for the Ten Commandments for his wall. I was challenged to figure out a way to list them in a visually appealing way. Originally I had listed the commandments in neat blocks, one … Continue reading

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Brother’s Wedding Vows

When my younger brother got married earlier this year, I asked him to send me his wedding vows so I can create them as a calligraphy project. He emailed me two vows, one spoken by the bride and the other … Continue reading

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Calligraphy Supplies Around the World

Sometimes people from outside the U.S. would like to know how they can get calligraphy supplies in their own country. So I thought I would do a search to find calligraphy sites around the world. The following is only a … Continue reading

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Making Line Spacing Guides in Microsoft Word

To make guidelines easily in Microsoft Word (and similar text programs): 1. Open a new page and set the margins all around so they are narrow, like .5″. 2. Hold down the Shift key and the Underline key and “draw” … Continue reading

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Classroom project

Barbara Close showed us an intriguing art treatment consisting of abstract text forms cut out as squares and put together in a line, with text above and (if I remember) below. She suggested we do this ourselves in class. When … Continue reading

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Calligraphy Homework, Uncial

I’m taking another class with Barbara Close as instructor. This 10-week class will cover Uncial and Gothic forms. The text above used a 5th century form of Uncial (pronounced un-shul). The text is taken from Isaiah 53:3-5a, which prophetically speaks … Continue reading

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Practicing my Handwriting

Ames’ Guide to Self-Instruction in Practical and Artistic Penmanship, Daniel T. Ames, Author and Pulisher, 1884. I’m following the above lessons to get better handwriting. I’ve been working on my lowercase letters for the last few days. I normally scribble … Continue reading

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See Spiritual Calligraphy in Video

I uploaded a video of my book, Spiritual Calligraphy. Take a tour of the book online! Spiritual Calligraphy, by Steve Husting

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Calligraphy based on Mark 5:19

Here is my latest calligraphy piece added to my series on Mark. Lettering was created with a Pilot Parallel pen on Strathmore 11 x 15″ watercolor paper. The background was created with a Letraset LetraJet Air Marker with various colors, … Continue reading

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Calligraphy for Mark 10:27

I created this piece for my devotional app, Steps of a Disciple. I have four more to go before the series of 16 is complete. I used heavy Strathmore watercolor paper. I first tore painter’s tape in half lengthwise and … Continue reading

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