I've got a new challenge with my calligraphy - and thought I'd share!
With a lot of calligraphy (especially such as family trees) there's a lot of white paper in the finished piece, and it's really important that this is pristine. I'm very careful not to bruise paper, or to mark it in any way. (I am slightly obsessive about it, I guess - my poor customers get an email from me instructing them on how to unroll their work when it arrives - really Janet!!)
In this lovely sunny weather the warm stones and window frames outside seem to be a good home for these little beasts - called clover mites, I believe. They're tiny - maybe 1mm including their legs.
I've learnt this the hard way by seeing one on a fine art print and going to "dust" it off - unsuccessfully! After that I've been more careful, but there was one on the underside of my guard sheet when I was working on a customer piece - it got squashed and left its signature red splat on the work - aargh!
(It was toward the very edge of the piece so I've painted it out, but I'm not thrilled about it)
I'm sure this is a very British problem - I know in hotter climates there are creatures that eat the paper and glue, as well as bite the calligrapher, so I'm keeping it in perspective - just thought I'd share!
(If anyone's any tips for removing ex-clover mites from paper I'd be most grateful!)
I'm Janet Smith, a calligrapher who loves to experiment with lettering and calligraphy.