When I attended a gestural writing workshop run by the Canberra Calligraphy Society I found it difficult to "let go" sufficiently to create broad free strokes with my pens. I suspect that I have done too much traditional calligraphy to find this easy.
The Canberra Bookbinders' Guild have a challenge every year. The last challenge was to make a dos a dos book. I had a lot of fun with Alice in Wonderland and Alice through the Looking Glass. The photos didn't come out so well.
Nothing I like more than messing around with paper and the Witches Broom. Many thanks to Carol for having me over for the day and to Olive for teaching Carol the Witches Broom 'technique'. These pages (I think) will be turned into a book. Look for them later in the year.
This piece was inspired by a workshop conducted by Massimo Polello. I have called it Progression as a bit of a play on words as the piece is essentially musical but also looks like boats sailing.
As usual, I forgot to photograph it before I framed it and in addition to that I also forgot to photograph before I took it out to the Strathnairn Art Gallery and Shop. As a consequence there are reflections visible.
Envelopes for the last Victorian Calligraphy Society newsletter. It just seems that I have finished one when another one is due! I had fun making these leaves for an autumn look. David Jones script is becoming a favourite of mine
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.
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.
Carol received a beautiful accordion book filled with calligraphy from Olive Bull. We were so fascinated by it that we spent most of one day figuring out exactly how she had put it together. It took me another day to get it to this stage. This is the prototype and it still needs a little bit of tweaking. Nice though. Olive's book was filled with beautiful calligraphy which is the next step.
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.
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