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'm Janet Smith, a calligrapher who loves to experiment with lettering and calligraphy.