Thursday, February 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday - Rough Edged Letters

It's Suzanne here again today with this oldie! I started the byhand newsletter in 2001 and I was having a look back at a few of those first newsletters and found this:


This is some lettering that I did at the calligraphy conference in 1999 at Lethbridge in Carl Rohrs class. (I apologize for the quality of the picture. I had a really nasty rolling scanner at the time!) Can you see the little ferns growing out of the foot of the R? They are made with a pencil crayon. The class was experimenting with different tools and this was one of my experiments!

Rough edge lettering is nothing new - check out the Kettle Creek Chips logo - but it is fun. It works best on rough watercolour paper with a very broad tool. 

However, this piece was done on a fairly smooth paper and a similar effect was achieved by intermittently lifting the left edge of the nib as I made each stroke. When I say it works best done with a very broad tool, I mean outside the normal nib sizes (which go up to about 5 mm).

These larger tools start at 1/4" width and go up from there. Some of the names are: Automatic Pens (although there is nothing automatic about them!), Coit pens, Techniquills or they can be made at home, with a little ingenuity. 

Anyway, large letters are FUN.

The above lettering was done with an Automatic Pen, on Canson Mi-teintes paper, using Walnut Ink. The "R" is approximately 2 1/2 inches high.


I found this in another very early newsletter.... Just passing along important information.  I think I've only used two of these, okay, maybe four....

:-P ........ sticking out tongue
8-) .........wearing sunglasses
d:-) .........wearing a baseball cap
O:-) .........I'm an angel
:-O .........I'm surprised!
:-( .........I'm sad.
:-D .........I'm very happy.
:-| .........Ambivalent
o:-) .........Angelic
> :-( .........Angry
|-I .........Asleep
(::()::) .....Bandaid
 :-{} .........Blowing a Kiss
\-o .........Bored
:-c .........Bummed Out
|C| .........Can of Coke
|P| .........Can of Pepsi
:( ) .........Can't Stop Talking
:*) .........Clowning


Thanks for dropping in! Suzanne 

Here are the links to some of the products used today.


2 comments:

  1. I love your rainforest sample...gorgeous! I don't do calligraphy but I am a great admirer of it. I once knew a chap in England who wrote out the Queen's ceremonial orders. It wouldn't be a task you would want to do methinks! It has to be written on fine calf vellum without any punctuation so that nothing can be inserted. He found it quite tedious but it paid well! He was most happy with private work in which he could be more artistic! Lovely work, joy as are your calligraphy stamps. TFS!

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  2. Love the look of those letters and the fern is a cute touch! TFS

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