The theme for November has most certainly been family trees! (That's one of the reasons why I've been so quiet on my blog - but I've plenty to share when I get around to writing it all down!)
The photo above shows some of the workings that went into producing a family tree as a commission - it includes working out layout both on the computer and then on paper (because I find that no matter how well I can lay it out on screen, it's only when you write it out for real that you can really get it balanced.)
This lovely client wanted 2 handmade versions of the same tree. As I nearly always create 2 "finished" versions, this time I actually created 3, choosing the best 2 for the customer. (The main reason I do this is to trick my brain into believing that I'm always working on the spare one - never the finished piece - which makes me more relaxed and therefore my writing is better. Stupid, I know, but it works for me!)
I rather like the lettering in blue and red - makes a nice change from black!
A good version of the finished piece will go into the gallery after Christmas.
I'm Janet Smith, a calligrapher who loves to experiment with lettering and calligraphy.