I really enjoy the change from an edged pen to a pointed pen, and tomorrow for the first time I'm running a workshop on it. I'm at Nottingham Calligraphers - my group - so I'm hoping they'll be kind to me ;0)
I've been rummaging through to find pieces to show - this is one I did a few weeks ago. The photographs are still not brilliantly sharp - it's onmy list of things to learn about!
If ever there was something to illustrate how my self employed life as a calligrapher differs from my previous life in corporate world (other than my bank balance!) it might be that I spent a day last week playing with paste papers, including potato printing. Never got to do that when I worked in an office!
It was very soothing, and quite messy - and now I have all sorts of beautiful paper that I'm scared to write on....
Interesting sorting the images to go on my blog - starting to suggest some ideas to me....
My car is packed to bursting point with calligraphic catalogues and magazines for people to buy at the Society of Scribes and Illuminators Lay Members Day tomorrow (LMD for short!). The plus - a day with calligraphic friends, many beautiful things to see (and probably buy). The minus - driving in London - right in to Waterloo - aaargh! My SatNav and I had a falling out last time I used it - I hope it's not going to take its revenge on me tomorrow!
I'm happy to say that the recipients of the Shipping Forecast piece were very happy! They live in a huge house, so although the piece is very large, it'll easily be swallowed up by one of their giant walls. Barry was in the Navy, so I'm sure he'll be checking that I've got all my information right!
Now - because the recipients are family, I couldn't contenance charging them for anything more than materials, but I knew they'd not be happy about that! So instead I suggested they bought me something for the garden. Imagine my surprise when a delivery lorry arrived.... bringing me a chicken house!
That really wasn't what I was expecting... but we're now ready to take on our first ever chickens! I often say that calligraphy spins off into other interests - didn't see this one coming though!
It might only be a little change, but I'm delighted!
I have a beautiful spacious studio, with masses of natural light and more cupboard space and working space than one person needs or deserves! The only thing that's not been great is that my laptop is perched on the end of a cupboard, and because I think "I'll only be on there a minute or two" I rarely move it, and end up scrunched against the cupboard, doing my back no good at all, I'm sure!
Anyway - today I had a little shelf installed for me, thanks to my lovely husband, which the laptop sits on - and I can sit straight at it, with my knees under the shelf - amazing!
Might mean I remember to post a little more regularly now.
Oh- and a spin off benefit was that I was forced to clean a few dark corners as I moved the printer etc. So I can even claim I've done a little spring cleaning!
I don't quite know how it happened, but I seem to have 4 craft events in very quick succession! The first is in mid May, and is an Ecclesiastical crafts event. Southwell Minster is a lovely place, and although I've no idea what to expect, I'm curious to go along and find out some more.... including which crafts are represented!
The person organising the event is a stained glass artist - so that's one....
My sister in law and her Welsh partner were married at the end of last month. I'd done the table names, place names, and today the table plan. Davies? Check. Evans? Check. Jones? Check, check, check. Yes - a wedding in Wales alright!
I am very grateful to a Welsh speaking friend who checked the welsh tree names for me. Although they'd come from a reputable Welsh university website, it seems that the word given for the Ash tree (LLUDW) was in fact the word for cigarette ash, ash in a bonfire, even ash after a cremation - not quite the perfect word for a wedding table! The correct word, for those of you interested, is ONNEN.
I was reprimanded at the weekend that my blog has been very quiet - it's true! I got into that spiral of - I haven't gos something really momentous to break the silence, so I'll say nothing.... and suddenly a month whizzed by!
Anyway, I am still here, and have been busy panicking about up and coming events (and even doing a bit of lettering).
I don't often use acrylic paint (which is silly, because it's great for backgrounds, as not only does it dry waterproof, but it dries to a silky surface which is rather nice to write on). Anyway, I'm creating some coloured cards for next term's teaching, so this was the scene of rainbow mess that I made!
Ooo... and less break between blogs now - I promise!
I'm Janet Smith, a calligrapher who loves to experiment with lettering and calligraphy.