It's always exciting to get a new family tree to work on. This one was a very interesting shape, and also required a crest. I don't often do heraldry (it's a great specialism, and there are some amazing heraldic artists out there such as Tim Noad (http://www.timothynoad.co.uk) and Neil Bromley (http://www.calligraphyandheraldry.com).
But I decided to be brave and go for it! I had an image to work from, so lots of practice with colours and shapes made me feel able to deliver something that would look good. Then the dilemma.... do you do all the lettering then add the crest, or out the crest on the page first?
My approach is almost always to do the bit that scares me most first, and that was the crest. (Of course I'd done various practice pieces, so knew exactly where the lettering and crest needed to be on the final piece of paper).
Then the lettering - knowing that a mess up would be more costly than usual!
It all went fine - phew - and the customer was very pleased with their classy family tree.
(This image shows the texture of the paper nicely - it's Saunders Waterford HP 190gsm for those of you who like to know that sort of thing!)
I'm Janet Smith, a calligrapher who loves to experiment with lettering and calligraphy.