An Advent Calendar of Words, Day 23: Tree

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

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

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

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

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

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
Deer at pond

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

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

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
calligraphy

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

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 8: BAKING

Writing tool: SPEEDBALL steel brush 3/8″ Letter style : Italics The steel brush is a fun tool to use — it’s probably one of my favourites. The edges of the letters remain pretty “rough”, which makes for some interesting effects. The steel brush fits into a regular pen holder, and washes up easily. They seem to […]

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An Advent Calendar of Words, Day 7: SNOW

Writing Tool: Pointed Pen Style of writing: Script This word is the logical suite to yesterday’s (snowman), but the writing style is nothing the same. If yesterday’s Gothic style letters are relatively easy to master, the same isn’t said for script lettering. With the oblique nib (or calame) used for the gothic letters, the thin […]

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An Advent Calendar of Words, Day 6

Writing tool: Calame (reed pen), 5 mm Style of writing: Simple Gothic Script This is a simplified variation of a Gothic Script. In my opinion, it is the easiest for beginners to learn, as the letters do not have any inclination to master. I use it often when I’m conducting classes in schools, and the […]

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An Advent Calendar of Words, Day 5

Writing Tool: Calame (reed pen), 5 mm Letter Style: “La Caroline” (similar to Bookhand) This style of calligraphy seems familiar to us all — it’s what we often see in books, on posters, in manuals of all sorts. The letter shapes are round and regular, making it easy to read (as opposed to a gothic […]

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An advent calendar of words, Day 4

Writing tool : calame 5 mm Style of letters : Round When using a calame, the edges of the letters are not always as smooth as you’d like them to be. Sometimes the calame doesn’t slide over the paper as smoothly as some of our other tools. But, as you will see in later posts, […]

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An advent calendar of words, Day 3

Writing tool : Pentel brush pen Free-style letters Well, our house doesn’t look at all like this one, and I certainly don’t leave the lights on in every room (being a real tree-hugger at heart), but I DO love the sound of happiness at Christmas. Yes, “happiness” has a sound; it’s called LAUGHTER. Spirits are merry […]

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An advent calendar of words, Day 2

During the 24 days leading up to Noël, I’ve decided that I’m going to recycle old Christmas cards by scanning them and using them as backgrounds for words and short phrases that I will write in calligraphy. Thierry and I came up with the list of words in the car one day. I’m not going to write […]

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