Gather together a selection of items for the scariest phase - the removal of any pieces of paint from the word CLARE that don't feature in the word HUNTER.
We have scalpel (new blade - hence pliers), razor blade, 3 rubbers (one electric), smooting stone. Missing from view - dog tooth burnisher (in photo below) and large pot of courage!
Retouching. Trying to get the surface of the paper back to being smooth. This is tricky, because too much smoothing will give it a shine, too little and it will look dreadful.
Also because of the pastel background, I'm trying to stay as close to the letters as possible as I disrupt the paper.
Reintroduce the pastel shading that makes the tree behind the whole piece. And breathe....
It's not perfect - but if you don't know the correction's there, you won't see it (the tree has 70 people on it). The important thing is that the customer was happy. I have to say I'll be happy if I never have to do that again - it was painful! So here's how it finished:
I'm Janet Smith, a calligrapher who loves to experiment with lettering and calligraphy.