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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An advent calendar of words, day 1

For the next 24 days, 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 them in […]

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Reflect upon this

Your life is a perfect reflection of your beliefs. What you believe is what your life manifests. If you think you are such-and-such (bright, successful, well-off, surrounded by people that love you, and so forth), then your subconscious goes about doing whatever is necessary for that to be true. The trick to getting what you […]

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Keep your eyes on the target

 A good archer hits his target even before the arrow has left the bow. It’s true for all things in life, including Calligraphy. You have to know where you’re going in order to get there. Imagine the end result, visualise the letters and the text just the way you want them to be — then get […]

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Connect the dots …

Do you remember having books of “fun things to do” when you were a kid ? One of my favourites was “connect the dots”. I would try to guess ahead of time what the image was going to be. Sometimes I was right, and sometimes I wasn’t. It’s a bit the same in real life, […]

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Using my watercolour palette as ink

It’s easy to buy and use standard calligraphy inks, but I often like to personalise my colours. There’s nothing easier than getting out my watercolour palette and making up a nice, runny puddle of paint that I load into the reservoir of my nib. Of course, you need to be working on paper that will […]

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Herbs and place-cards

This site is still new, therefore (unless you have come from our French sister-site calligraphie-en-ligne), you really don’t know me yet. So, I’m going to let you in on something : I just love to cook, entertain and set a pretty table. I usually work from a theme, then try to find dishes and table favours […]

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