Pocket Letters I & II

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

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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Using calligraphy for a tag
Tag and present for Miléna

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

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 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 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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