This commission was for a great friend. She wanted the words of two meaningful songs writing out together. Having looked at it, I really felt I did not have the skill to do both songs justice if they were together in a piece. Tentatively I asked her if she'd like to choose one of the songe to be "the piece". She's a lady that knows her mind, and it was both she wanted, so she asked for 2 pieces instead! We talked a little about how it might look, but it was really left to me, with a strong steer to the colour purple!
In the end the 2 pieces are quite different (even in size) but my friend was delighted, and that's what it's all about!
Photography still not good - the white lettering is very crisp in real life. Still learning!
It's a privilege to be asked to write in a memorial book, and you hope that the entry will bring back a happy memory or two to the people wanting to remember.
This book is for Holme Pierrepont parish and was started by a very good calligrapher (I don't know who) so I had some beautiful examples of entries to guide me.
Luckily the paper is great to write on, and so far, no messes!
It's quite challenging writing in a book rather than on a sheet of paper - I chose not to have it on my sloped drawing board, so had to be careful that the ink didn't rush out of my pen. Also, it's hard to find a comfortable writing position as the book is thick, and the page to be written sits 3-4cm higher than the table.
As promised - these are the calligraphy things I worked on during my fabulous week away in Yorkshire.
I worked on a Carol Ann Duffy poem - Last Post - that I've been progressing on and off for a couple of years. Not finished yet, but getting there.
I also wrote almost the whole Italic course for online learning - partly prompted by someone asking if they could do the course. They've since vanished with out trace, but at least the course is written!
And finally I went back to Versals which I love, and played with some quirky layouts and colours - this is a rough but could become a greetings card or similar.
Thought I'd share with my blog friends my first attempt at a video - this one is quite safe because it's a collection of stills - but I think does add some life. It would be nice to have it without the Animoto logo, but as I'm trialling their service for free, I guess it's fair enough!
Try our slideshow creator at Animoto.
I'm also starting to think about videos for the Online Learning - so much easier to understand how to construct a letter if you can see it being written.... I think I'll save moving pictures for another day!
I'm Janet Smith, a calligrapher who loves to experiment with lettering and calligraphy.