As well as offering online calligraphy learning, I'd like to provide information to anyone who's interested in calligraphy.
When I get a moment, I'll try and publish some useful ramblings. The very first of these is on places to shop (a favourite habit of calligraphers, I find!) so please feel free to have a look HERE and let me know what you think.
Also let me know if there's an article you would find useful - I'm happy to do requests!
Had a call from a couple wanting their name cards written onto luggage tags which they have provided.
Commissions that start with the customer saying "I'm a perfectionist" might ring alarm bells, but actually the couple are delightful AND the luggage tags are quite easy to write on.
They come in bags of 30, and I have 3 bags. With 87 names to do, sacrificing one tag for testing inks, and finding one bag was a label short that gave me, yes, ONE spare!
Successfully wrote them out - delivered them to the customer. Horror! I had misspelt a surname on 2 cards. (Of course I check and check again - this was one of those situations where what was written and what I read just weren't the same - so every time I checked I thought it was correct :0(
The labels were from Hobbycraft so I didn't panic - until I discovered they'd complete sold out - in the shop and online - of the labels. Tried making matching labels, but matching the shade of manilla was impossible! In the end, the lovely bride knew someone else who was using the same labels for her wedding, so we were able to acquire a few - and it all ended up fine, with a fully matching set of labels delivered in time for the big day.
It's tricky because, although I ask for spares when I start the job, if they're not there, I'm not going to turn the job down.
The job I'm starting today is the writing of 150 certificates - and the customer is providing 300 certificates - I think that should be sufficient!
(The first picture shows the device I used for ruling the lines - corner with the x lines up with the corner of the label - easy. (Device? Who am I trying to kid! It's a piece of green card with a hole cut in it!) 2nd picture - all written and waiting for paint to dry. I prefer to leave it for 24 hours if I possibly can.)
A couple of weeks' ago my mum commented that she'd not yet looked at my website. She's perfectly comfortable with the internet, and uses it for shopping and all sorts, so doesn't need to be shown.
I suggested she had a look and let me know what she thought.
A week or so passed, and back she came with her in depth review. "I had a look at your website. It's very big, isn't it?" Thanks Mum!
(I think I can say with some confidence she'll not be revisiting, so won't see this post!)
I'm Janet Smith, a calligrapher who loves to experiment with lettering and calligraphy.