Gather together a selection of items for the scariest phase - the removal of any pieces of paint from the word CLARE that don't feature in the word HUNTER.
We have scalpel (new blade - hence pliers), razor blade, 3 rubbers (one electric), smooting stone. Missing from view - dog tooth burnisher (in photo below) and large pot of courage!
Retouching. Trying to get the surface of the paper back to being smooth. This is tricky, because too much smoothing will give it a shine, too little and it will look dreadful.
Also because of the pastel background, I'm trying to stay as close to the letters as possible as I disrupt the paper.
Reintroduce the pastel shading that makes the tree behind the whole piece. And breathe....
It's not perfect - but if you don't know the correction's there, you won't see it (the tree has 70 people on it). The important thing is that the customer was happy. I have to say I'll be happy if I never have to do that again - it was painful! So here's how it finished:
Before Christmas I wrote a large family tree for a customer - it was delivered in good time and was, I though, all correct.
While the customer was very happy, when she gave the tree to her husband for Christmas and they looked at it, it turned out to have a couple of mistakes.
On this occasion the information provided to me had included the error, so I had correctly written what had been sent - but the fact remains that the tree is wrong.
We considered a rewrite, but have decided instead to go for a correction.
Here's what it says now: (The piece has the outline of a tree pastelled onto the paper, which is what the green behind the lettering is. So yes. that's another challenge to face.)
And where it says CLARE it needs to say HUNTER. So here's how I did it.
Step 1 - remind myself of which colour and pen I used. Don't trust myself - find some paper of the same type (Saunders Waterford) and write out the words CLARE and HUNTER in the pen/paint colour I think I used - colour match is good, so the paint was Raw Umber in a No3 pen.
(Of course if I did what I tell all my students and took good notes, I'd know this already!)
Step 2 - practice all the steps below several times on the spare paper.
Step 3 - on the real piece, write the word HUNTER over the top of CLARE. (Although it isn't centred perfectly, I decided my best plan was to recycle the E from CLARE).
Step 4 - let it dry for a long time - I'm going for 24 hours.
I was playing (oh yes, more playing) with gold paint this week, and pondering what the scribes of old would have made of modern materials. It still seems that nothing matches the brilliance of real gold, but the muted shine of gold gouache or gold acrylic does have an appeal, as do the gentler colours of watercolour. My experimenting with materials was made more fun by the introduction of some creatures - i'm no artist but I was please with these cheery little fellows.
Cat on the right is Talens gouache, the birds are W&N gouache, and the blue cat is real gold laid on Miniatu
I didn't really expect to have consecutive posts about weddings, as we're on a cold snowy blowy February day, but this week I received some prints of some wedding stationery in its right and proper setting.
In fact this had been a labour of love for my nephew and his wife Chrissie, and I was a guest at the day - but it was a delight to recieve photos that (a) I didn't think to take and (b) were of a much higher quality than I ever manage. (I'm working on it!)
I'm Janet Smith, a calligrapher who loves to experiment with lettering and calligraphy.