It's always great to hear back from customers with their thoughts on their calligraphy, and to know you've done something that pleased them - while it's the money that goes in the account for the business, it's the comments and the thank yous that give the most pleasure!
Thought I'd share a couple of thank yous with you of the non-electronic variety.
The first is from a young lady who visited during Open Studios and was very interested in calligraphy - she sat and played with the pens for quite a while, really getting the hand of how it works. So a week or so later I sent a pen across to her - and this was her lovely note to me, along with a sweet little heart decoration she'd made.
I hope she stays interested - maybe in years to come I'll be able to remind her of her first days of calligraphy!
Last weekend I had a few calligraphy friends to stay - and we talked and talked and talked (my poor husband!) - such a lovely couple of days. Today I received a delightful thank you card - what a treat - thank you Cathy Cooper!
This week has seen me answering calligraphy questions from all sorts of places.
Very excited to be one of a little team of Experts for Scribblers website - it's a free service for calligraphers - you ask the question via the website here.
So far the questions I've received have been really excellent - it's a great pleasure answering them because I end up having to try things out to make sure my answer is sound. Spent a happy hour experimenting with writing on leaves for a lady who is tasked with creating gold lettering on an aspidistra for Chelsea flower show!
(The best solution I found was actually a metallic Sharpie - not sure how the plant will feel about this....)
There's also my first blog post for Scribblers here.
I've also had some questions coming in via Twitter (OakleafCallig) and Facebook (OakleafCallig) from people starting out in calligraphy. Some become online learners on one of my courses, others just need a handy hint or two and they're on their way.
Most popular question - which are good books to learn from? Of course it's a personal thing, but here's some of my faves:
There's something very satisfying about writing on unusual surfaces. I used a proper calligraphy pen (pointed nib) and some bleed proof white ink for these - the pebbles are very pleasing, and I thought that the bigger stones would make fantastic "name cards" for a beach themed or rustic wedding.
I also had a go at writing on stones with a Sharpie pen - as you'd expect, the pen write well, but it wasn't as sharp as the ink (and of course couldn't be in white).
The middle photo made me think I'd created a prehistoric version of Countdown!
Over the 2 weeks around Easter mine was one of around 60 studios open on Anglesey. The sun shone and visitors came - it was lovely to chat to interesting people and be able to show off my studio.
And thanks to everyone who bought pieces from me - large and small.
The event was also supported by 2 exhibitions, one in Holyhead and one in Beaumaris - this is the Beaumaris one with the giant map of venues, and a few of my favourite pieces (Pam Ing, Dorothy Russell, Maggie Jones)
Although my studio is not open to the public all year round, if you wanted to visit you'd be most welcome - just contact me and we can arrange something.
So my studio's looking rather bare now, but it's given me space to go back and finish some commissioned pieces, and to carry on with my Anglesey Map pieces that were so well received by all my visitors (more on these soon).
I'm Janet Smith, a calligrapher who loves to experiment with lettering and calligraphy.