Posts Tagged ‘calligraphy’

leaf fun

October 19, 2012

Having a little fun with leaves tonight.  These were drawn (okay, honestly?  I just traced them) onto watercolor paper and painted with pan gauche I found in my mother’s studio.  I then painted words on them with acrylic ink and varnished them.  I like the way they look.

These would be great tags for presents if I ever put that kind of effort into wrapping presents!!

The leaves are pretty this year here.  Hope you are enjoying them!

Summer Afternoon

July 2, 2011

I have had a free day today and I have spent it playing!  I saw a cute little idea here  surfing the web via stumbleupon and/or pinterest, can’t remember which.  My daughter and sister introduced me to these two ways to see cool stuff.  These are small river pebbles (I bought mine a while back at Lowe’s) painted with acrylic ink and varnished.  What a fun way to spend a couple of hours.

I made different words out of these letters (letters limited to a one time use considering I only did one alphabet).  My favorite word based on visual interest only??? Joy.  With such brevity,  an ascender beginning and descender ending, and that balanced little “o” in-between, I think it may be the perfect word without even considering its meaning!

Celtic Knots

January 14, 2010

Do you know what a Celtic Knot is?   All I really know is that they were used to illuminate manuscripts during the middle (or were they dark) ages.

I found a video that shows Popparoc creating a Celtic knot and I am amazed.  I tried to do some (and made Ken and Taylor try it too) and found it is not hard and is a rather fun pasttime.  What I don’t understand is how it works and manages to close up all nice and neat regardless of  how large or whether it is an odd number or even number. 

The colors represent the different closed loops it makes.  In the case above there are 3, but in the lower two black and white examples there is just one.  I think it must be due to the proportions.

I wondered what would happen if I took out the center and it still worked!

I kind of like the idea of being a monk.  I would be happy to illumninate manuscripts all day long.

Writing on Writing

September 1, 2009



I have been practicing my copperplate calligraphy style for my future career as a calligrapher.  I read up on this style of writing.  It was originally called roundhand in England and came into practice after the printing press was created.  The makers of the plates for printing had a harder time creating the block lettering (uncial and such) popular at the time (think Old English typestyles) and this was an easier engraving to make.  And since they used copper plates it became known as copperplate style.  In America, it became known as Spencerian.  Can’t remember why.

It is not really easy for me to do.  And the pen nibs break easily but my sweet husband went to Pearl’s today and bought me more.  I will keep practicing and be ready to address your invitations!  Just let me know!!!

Oh, and while seaching thru my attic, I came across Wm. Shakespeare’s signature.  Up for sell, any takers?

a new page

July 21, 2009


Karen’s blog –

The nest and feathers were done in watercolor.  This compromise took an exorbitantly long time to produce.  Next time I “blog” like this, I will be much less wordy.