I was delighted to be asked to write a piece of calligraphy for Pen Heaven to include in their blog. The theme was Valentines, and myself and various other lettering artists were asked to write a haiku.
Well - there are many gushing haiku out there, but I chose one which I think is rather beautiful and maybe a little poignant.
If you like stationery (and I DO!) you might understand how exciting it was to be asked to choose a tool from the Pen Heaven site to use for the piece. (Some might say I spent longer drooling over pages of writing tools than I did writing the haiku... I couldn't possibly comment.) In the end I chose a Lamy 2000 pencil - thinking it would be a good idea to help people realise that calligraphy doesn't have to be all about the fancy pens.
The pencil is chunky and sturdy, with a slightly rough surface to the barrel (a bit like slate). I'm not going to claim it does anything that an ordinary pencil won't do - but I am going to say that it's lovely in the hand and a pleasure to use - and of course it allowed me to get the variation of shades that give the letters a slightly 3D look.
(I worked my way back over the letters and the shading 5 or 6 times.)
Even the colour is in pencil - 2 shades of ordinary coloured pencil together.
(If you've never tried using 2 different coloured pencils on top of each other I recommend it - it always gives a much more interesting colour than either of the single pencils. As my classes will attest, I have been known to cheekily say "1coloured pencil is colouring in, 2 is ART.")
Here's a picture of the pencil as well as the haiku:
The Pen Heaven site is beautiful - full of desirable objects - and the blog is going to have more haiku in the next few days so well worth a visit. http://www.penheaven.co.uk
Wishing you all a happy Valentine's Day!
I'm Janet Smith, a calligrapher who loves to experiment with lettering and calligraphy.