The letterform Christine developed arose from doodling, as many of these things do! She decided it might be fun to write letters informally without needing to lift the pen. We used felt pens at the workshop but you can also try this Snazzy Single Strand Script with various nibs that have a rounded rather than chisel end which give a monoline.
OK, so it may not be calligraphy as such but we all love working in ink. I found these title sequences to Marco Polo the most beautiful I have ever seen. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
With Angela Hillier
At Anything But Nibs students were encouraged to make marks on a variety of papers that were supplied.
We used the following objects to make marks:
Two texts were provided and many interesting effects were obtained.
It was an interesting and inspiring workshop and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.
It started with an envelope between two talented people communicating across the world, who participated in an envelope exchange group. Jenni contacted Betty and was given permission to use her script for our workshop. So a big shout out and thanks to Betty.
The feature of this script is that each letter exists within a box, with the box being part of the design. The letters can be straight in the box, or at an angle.
Templates: small cardboard squares, small plastic squares (made from overhead film)
Exercise 1--using light card
Draw 2 lines 1.5cm apart then make 1.5cm boxes with a 0.5mm gap between them.
Then try the same size boxes again, using different angles, so it looks like each box is leaning on one another.
Now draw the letters in the boxes, making sure some parts of the letters touch the outside of the box, as in the illustration in the previous column.
Next step is to take a dark, fine point black permanent marker and using the square template, trace around the template by hand. Do not use a ruler to do this.
When adding colour, we first coloured in both the letters and the backgrounds, before outlining using a black outliner/marker. Use a light coloured pencil to colour in, then outline in black. The reason for this is if you go over the black line, the viewer will see the pencil on top of the black line, and really who stays within the lines.
Colour the word using coloured pencils to outline the letter using the Tex Mex script. Inside the letter do some doodles, people may know this as Zentangle©. Mix it up with colour, design and movement of the boxes.
TIP—tip the ruler over so that the bevelled edge is face down on top of the paper/envelope. This avoids smudging the black ink onto the paper when the ruler is moved.
Exercise 2--using beautiful chrome leather
We wrote on a piece of leather, that Jenni provided, with white paint, sharpies or gouache. If using gouache you will need Gum Arabic to bind it. Gum Sandarac powder will prepare the surface before you write on it. Do your design with a square within a square, and then add your Tex Mex letter. Don’t forget to add a fixtative at the end to ensure it remains on the leather.
Last weekend at the Kingston Old Bus Depot Canberra Calligraphy Society had a stall, along with many other community groups from all around the ACT.
It was an opportunity to showcase calligraphy in the National Capital and to let people 'have a go'. Many people stopped and asked for book marks or had a go at calligraphy for themselves.
One couple only came to the Expo because they saw that we were going to be there on our website (!) and they wanted to find out about calligraphy in Canberra!
Many beautiful and original Christmas cards were produced by the members of the Canberra Calligraphy Society to exchange with each other at the annual Christmas party. Click here to see the individual photos.
Our final workshop for this year will be held on Sunday November 22nd
from 1.30 - 4.30
Jill Robertson will take us through the basics of Italic script and then for those who want a challenge there will be encouragement to play with the script.
Jill also has a special project to use Italics. It won’t be hard, it will be fun, so do come along.
Register with Christine Wilde
Some lovely examples of what can be done with Pointed Pen Uncial's from Pam's workshop.
The CCS Exhibition for 2015 was officially opened at the Hellenic Club last night by Gemma Black, renowned Calligrapher.
Prizes were awarded due to the generosity of Steven Brown owner of Bespoke Framing in Phillip.
Have a look at the slideshow of the exhibition and find out who the lucky winners were under the tab CCS Exhibition 2015.
Photos from Elaine's workshop. Some lovely examples!
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