I’ve just been away for a few days at the lovely Knuston Hall in Northamptonshire to do some calligraphy. I decided to take my Brusho crystals with me to try out. I had a short poem about the sea which I wanted to write out and had the idea of using Brusho at the bottom to resemble the sea. Well, I had a go and was quite pleased with the result – I used cold press watercolour paper which I stretched before adding the Brusho ‘sea’ at the bottom. The poem was written out using gouache paints.
I made a few other trials using the Brushos including writing over Brusho backgrounds using gouache. I was pleased to find that I could get crisp letters on the backgrounds. I used cling film on the ‘carpe diem’ background.
I also tried using rock salt on a Brusho background – this time I wrote the word ‘flowers’ onto the watercolour paper using art masking fluid before adding the Brusho colours and then sprinkling the salt over. Once completely dry I removed the masking fluid to reveal the letters.
I feel really guilty that I have not posted anything for ages! I seem to have had a very busy summer, and I have just spent a week on a calligraphy course at lovely Knuston Hall in Northamptonshire. The course concentrated on Versal letterforms, from formal to modern ‘free’ versals, and filling in the letters with various patterns. These are a few of the projects I made, including ‘lace’ letters where the outline of the letter is drawn with a pointed pen and the inside decorated with fine patterns using a very small pointed pen. I tried this out with gold gouache on brown paper, but the white on black is the most effective.
Our Knuston Hall class.
This is a little triangle book I have recently made – it is simple to make using a square of folded paper. I have written a quote by Helen Keller inside the pages and decorated them with stamps by Stampin’ Up. The covers were made from card covered with handmade paper.
I have recently been away for a week at Knuston Hall Residential College in Northamptonshire doing a calligraphy course. Some of you know that I go there every year – a great opportunity to improve my calligraphic writing, meet old friends, relax, and I’m afraid eat too much! The hall is situated in its own grounds in the Northants countryside so it is always a very relaxing and enjoyable time. This time we were concentrating on the gothic hand (or blackletter). I haven’t tried this for ages so it took me quite a while to get to grips with it again! I thought I would share with you a few pieces of work I did during the week.
This first example is a Christmas card on which I wrote the word ‘rejoice’ four times on watercolour paper using red gouache, with a little decoration added in gold gouache. I really liked the result so I wrote it out again in black so that I can photocopy it for this year’s Christmas card, adding some colour by hand.
This second piece is a quote by Oscar Wilde, also written with gouache on watercolour paper and with some little highlights added with gold leaf on Miniatum gold size.
Finally some pictures of a little folding book which opens out into a hanging decoration…. Christmas again I’m afraid! But this is so appropriate for a Christmas card that I could not resist. I have written the first few lines of ‘Ding dong merrily on high’ inside and decorated it with a few pen made stars and holly.
At the last meeting of Leicestershire Calligraphers group (which I belong to) we were trying out calligrams – using writing to create a shape. I decided to try a simple shape first – an Easter egg. I have written the words in various colours of watercolour paints onto watercolour paper, and used the piece to make an Easter card.