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 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 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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