• A card that says, "Thinking of you"

    Thinking of you

    Posted on 03/06/2016 by mjer in Thought of the day.

    Thinking of you Isn’t it important sometimes just to send a short note to say that … you are thinking of someone who counts in your life? If the message is written in calligraphy, it is even more precious to he/she who receives it. Writing tools : Pentel brush pen, Brause nib 2 mm Letter […]

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  • Thanks (with some ink spots)

    Posted on 18/04/2016 by mjer in Gifts and tags.

      There are days when nothing seems to go like it should. (Those days generally follow the nights where you didn’t get enough sleep.) And here is a case in point! I wanted to do a simple Thank You note for friends that invited us for a wonderful dinner and evening at their place. My […]

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  • A Fairy Tale for Baby “O”

    Posted on 07/04/2016 by mjer in Gifts and tags.

    A tale for Baby “O” This tale for Baby “O” was destined for my cousin’s baby shower. It was a bit of a “stab in the dark”, as I don’t see him often & I don’t know the baby’s Mom, so I just based myself on the info’s given to me by the baby’s grandmother. Working with […]

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  • Pocket Letters I & II

    Posted on 15/03/2016 by mjer in Blog, Gifts and tags.

    Making Pocket Letters are a great way to spend time in your craft room! These first two took me several hours to create – but I had a load of fun doing them! They are “baby cards” for 2 newborns that have arrived in the Roussel family. Admittedly, there is little calligraphy on them (just […]

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  • Bloomin’ Happy Retirement

    Posted on 10/02/2016 by mjer in Blog, Gifts and tags.

    A gift for Michèle, who is now enrolled in Retirement 101 Writing tool : Touch® marker and Pilot parallel pen (3.8 mm) Letter style : Freehand and Modern Gothic First of all, perhaps you’d like a translation of the text : Wishing you a flowery retirement doesn’t sound very pretty in English. Wishing you a Bloomin’ […]

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  • Tag and present for Miléna

    Using calligraphy for a tag

    Posted on 06/02/2016 by mjer in Blog, Gifts and tags.

    Write a tag in calligraphy to embellish your gifts Letter style: Modern Gothic Writing tool: A Pilot Parallel Pen 2.4 mm was used with their standard red ink to write the name ‘Miléna’ on the tag Yes, you’re right, it’s awfully late for Christmas presents! I just happen to be one of those that is perennially […]

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  • Journeys & Destinations

    Journeys & Destinations

    Posted on 05/01/2016 by mjer in Blog, Thought of the day.

    Journeys & Destinations … Writing tool: 3.8 mm parallel pen (the green one) Letter style: Modern gothic Over the holidays, our friend Michel gave us a little book of thoughts to meditate on. There are 365 of them … obviously the author forgot that this is a leap year! This one “speaks to me”, as it says […]

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  • An advent calendar of words, Day 24: Merry and Bright

    Posted on 24/12/2015 by mjer in Advent Calendar of Words, Blog.

    Wishing you all things merry and bright this Christmas A simple black marker (0.7 mm) is what I used to wish you and yours a wonderfully MERRY and BRIGHT Christmas this year. I simply wrote the text once (with a regular HB pencil) then traced over it several times with the black marker. Add a […]

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  • An Advent Calendar of Words, Day 23: Tree

    Posted on 23/12/2015 by mjer in Advent Calendar of Words, Blog.

    Oh! Christmas Tree … Writing Tool: that same scruffy, hard-bristle brush as day 20 Writing Style: No style at all! I am thinking of Cyndy Lauper singing “Girls just wanna have fun”. Today, I just had fun with my paint and brush. And this is the result I got using green paint, white printer paper, […]

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  • An Advent Calendar of Words, Day 22: Smile

    Posted on 22/12/2015 by mjer in Advent Calendar of Words, Blog.

    Smile, Christmas is almost here! Writing tool: 5 mm Zig Calligraphy marker Letter style : Uncial The ZIG CALLIGRAPHY MARKERS have two tips, a wide one (5 mm) and a narrow one (2 mm). These are good quality markers, as the tips stay crisp quite a long time. The ink doesn’t dry up fast, either. […]

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  • An Advent Calendar of Words, Day 21: Star

    Posted on 21/12/2015 by mjer in Advent Calendar of Words, Blog.

    Wish your wish upon a star … Writing tools: an HB pencil and 0.7 mm black marker Letter style: free-style This style of lettering is a logical follow-up to yesterday’s post. The technique is much the same. Using a regular, HB pencil, I wrote the four letters of the word star on a plain piece of […]

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  • An Advent Calendar of Words, Day 20: Kids

    Posted on 20/12/2015 by mjer in Uncategorized.

    Christmas is for kids. Winter is for kids. Basically, for those of us that have kids, our whole life seems to revolve around them! Writing tool: a scruffy old hard-bristle paintbrush (1 cm) Letter style: free-style To write the word kids, I mixed up a little green watercolour paint and wrote the word on a plain piece […]

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  • An Advent Calendar of Words, Day 19: Best Wishes

    Posted on 19/12/2015 by mjer in Uncategorized.

    Writing Tool: pointed pen Letter style: Cursive People tend to send their Best Wishes by email or SMS these days. What a shame! It’s just so much fun to race to the mailbox to see what the postman has left for us. Sadly, he leaves fewer and fewer non-window envelopes (synonymous with bills or publicity). As […]

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  • An Advent Calendar of Words, Day 18 : Home-made

    Posted on 18/12/2015 by mjer in Advent Calendar of Words, Blog.

    Writing tool : pointed pen Letter style : Cursive Adjustments made in Illustrator I love this card, depicting freshly fallen snow on my uncle’s suspended tractor! Funny enough, this photo is dredging up some Homesickness. There’s nothing like Christmas in Canada … The calligraphy is simple enough. I am rather desperately trying to learn to master […]

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    An Advent Calendar of Words, Day 17: Winter

    Posted on 17/12/2015 by mjer in Advent Calendar of Words, Blog.

    How sad, lots of people will never experience the joy of Winter Wonderland, as I have. Yes, this is just a copy of a Christmas card that I received in the past, but it certainly evokes memories. We have a pond down in our back field at home (home being the farm that I grew up […]

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  • An Advent Calendar of Words : Day 13 HO HO HO

    Posted on 13/12/2015 by mjer in Advent Calendar of Words, Blog.

    Writing tool : Speedball steel brush Style of letters : Gothic free-style I had to really dig to find an image of Santa to go with my “ho ho ho” calligraphy!  This is, in fact, an old stamp from PSE (Personal Stamp Exchange). You may have guessed that I only wrote the “ho” once, and […]

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  • An Advent Calendar of Words, Day 12: FEAST

    Posted on 12/12/2015 by mjer in Advent Calendar of Words, Blog.

    Writing Tool: Speedball Steel Brush 3/8 Letter Style: French Roundhand Christmas is the time of year when diets go out the window, as do most of our good intentions! But since it only comes but once a year, let’s enjoy it! It’s always fun to know what other people have planned for their Christmas meals. […]

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    An advent calendar of words, Day 11: POINSETTIA

    Posted on 11/12/2015 by mjer in Advent Calendar of Words, Blog.

    Writing Tool : Calame 5 mm (reed pen) Style : French Roundhand Should I let you in on a secret? When I wrote this word with the calame, I made a spelling mistake; I forgot the second i. Of course, I didn’t see the error until I was scanning the word. So, instead of getting all […]

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  • An Advent Calendar of Words, Day 10: GIFTS

    Posted on 10/12/2015 by mjer in Advent Calendar of Words, Blog.

    Writing Tool : Speedball Steel Brush, 3/8 Letter style : Italics Every once in a while, people ask what my favourite letter style is. Always hard up for an answer, I suppose I could say … this. Free-style italics are what seem to flow out of my hand the most naturally. And as I said […]

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  • An Advent Calendar of Words, Day 9 : the night before Christmas

    Posted on 09/12/2015 by mjer in Advent Calendar of Words, Blog.

    Writing Tool : Pointed pen Letter style : Script All I’m going to say about the calligraphy today is that … at times I tend to be too tidy! Sometimes it might be better to vary the height of my letters, and to slip below the baseline here and there (like in this example : mother’s day card). […]

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