Autumn leaf birthday greetings paper using brown craft paper and leaves coloured, cut and pasted onto the paper. The text written in David Jones script.
I made this box for a friend who is going to SSIW for the first time. It has enough room for a collapsible water jar. The paper is some beautiful Japanese paper I have been hoarding for some time.
My second piece didn't attract as much attention as my first. Perhaps it was a little too busy. The words are written in David Jones script and the hand marbled paper is from a batch I did a few years back. I am starting to use the paper instead of hoarding it!
Over the past couple of months I have been working on my pieces for the 2017 Canberra Show held this weekend. I enter the show every year mainly to be part of a group that promotes calligraphy to the broader community. I also, along with other calligraphers demonstrate and write names on bookmarks at the show. It is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the show.
The first piece 'Friendship' is a combination of Neuland and Roman lettering on a piece of 'witches broom' paper. The text is a repeat of the words 'Friendship is the Golden Thread that Ties the Heart of the World' by John Evelyn. It has gold shell paint running through it and highlighting the word Friendship which was done with a ruling pen. It is quite a large piece.
I was very pleased to receive a 2nd prize for it.
I forgot to photograph my second piece before it went to the Show. Oops. I will have to do that when it returns home.
Sgraffito is a technique that I haven't used for ages. I laid on a layer of oil pastels and then cover all of it with black gesso. I'm not sure if this is the right use of gesso but it seems to work. By putting one color under another one and scraping through the upper layers, you can show colour underneath. It is a pretty cool technique. Of course I only did the one and then moved on to a piece of bookbinding that I haven't yet finished. My studio is full of half finished pieces! Still it was fun.
I have had the materials to make a gilding cushion for nearly a year now. Finally got around to making the cushion. Now I need the box to go over the top so the gold does't fly away. Maybe by next year??
Revisiting an artwork from a couple of years ago. Solomon's Song is always nice to do for the beautiful words. This particular piece was done on a marbled paper done in my backyard. Mental note: Do some more marbled papers!! Looking back my calligraphy could have been a little better but on the whole it is quite a nice piece. It was placed in an exhibition and did sell at the time so someone else also thought that it was quite nice!
I was looking through my copies of Letter Arts Review for inspiration when I came across an article by Jerry Kelly on Lloyd Reynolds. The entire article is very interesting but I was particularly attracted by Lloyd Reynold’s idea for Weathergrams.
The idea originally came from the Japanese tradition of attaching prayer slips to trees. Lloyd thought it would be nice to write a short verse (similar to a haiku) in calligraphy about some sudden insight. This exposure to the elements would weather the verse (hence, Weathergrams) making it complete.
Llyod's Weathergrams were made with kraft paper with a piece of twine attached. I wrote my sayings with waterproof black ink, for obvious reasons, on a strip cut from a brown paper bag with a piece of twine attached. Mine were about 24 cms by 6.5 cms and turned over 4 cms at the top. They have two of my favourite quotes along with with my handmade cat lino cut print at the bottom having a sleep. I gave the completed Weathergrams to my lovely friend Carol who has been such a delightful friend and a good influence this year.
This eco print has turned out to be a very delicate print. So pretty. It is a reminder that I need to do another batch soon!
Another variation on the little boxes. This time a geometric print with Fine Tec watercolour gold. They are beautiful and show up particularly well on black. The circles were made with Dr Martin's white and a ruling pen. Good fun to do if time consuming.