Practice: The Irene Wellington Copy Book (cont.)

I have been continuing to work my way through the ...Copy Book. 

This week, I am connecting letters and writing with a pencil.  This is instructed in preparation to write more quickly. This is new for me. I usually write very slowly, so it will be nice to practice writing a little smaller and a little quicker.

Practice: The Irene Wellington Copy Book (cont.)

Happy New Year! I am continuing in the The Irene Wellington Copy Book.  I am wrapping up the lowercase we started a couple of weeks ago. 

This week I ordered a Pilot Plumix pen this week from JetPens.  The pen produces thicks and thins with a medium straight cut nib for italic calligraphy.  I may keep this as an everyday pen, but I am still getting use to it. It seems a little more appropriate for the smaller italic I am practicing in the ...Copy Book.

Practice: The Irene Wellington Copy Book

This week I am starting practice out of The Irene Wellington Copy Book.  I found this book at a bookstore housed in an old movie theater (the Iris) called Books and Crannies in Terrell, Texas. 

So far I learned a new way to write my lowercase 'c' that I like.  I am enjoying the practice of writing smaller. Since I am writing small, I am sticking with the 1.5mm Pilot Parallel Pen and writing directly in the ...Copy Book.

The book begins with practicing the basic forms in lowercase and progresses to writing uppercase and lowercase in paragraphs with connections and faster (leading to a natural slant). 

I may skip posting the next week or two, but will pick back up in The Irene Wellington Copy Book.

Practice: Simply Calligraphy by Judy Detrick (cont.)

I am continuing my weekly post about calligraphy books. 

This is the final practice sample from 'Simply Calligraphy' by Judy Detrick.  It contains straight forward, but deeply informative instructions.  I am sharing a sample of me practicing flourishing and ornaments using two of the easily accessible tools suggested in the book: a Parallel Pilot pen (size 1.5 mm nib) and college rule notebook paper.  

Next week I will start work out of The Irene Wellington Copy Book.

Practice: Simply Calligraphy by Judy Detrick (cont.)

I am continuing my weekly post about calligraphy books. 

I am still work my way through 'Simply Calligraphy' by Judy Detrick.  It contains straight forward, but deeply informative instructions.  I am sharing a sample of me practicing flourishing using two of the easily accessible tools suggested in the book: a Parallel Pilot pen (size 1.5 mm nib) and college rule notebook paper.  

Next week we will wrap up with ornaments, and move on to the next book (which I will reveal next week).

Practice: Simply Calligraphy by Judy Detrick (cont.)

I am continuing my weekly post about calligraphy books. 

I am still work my way through 'Simply Calligraphy' by Judy Detrick.  It contains straight forward, but deeply informative instructions.  I am sharing a sample of me practicing numbers using two of the easily accessible tools suggested in the book: a Parallel Pilot pen (size 1.5 mm nib) and college rule notebook paper.  

Next week I will look at flourishes.

Practice: Simply Calligraphy by Judy Detrick (cont.)

I am continuing my weekly post about calligraphy books. 

I am still work my way through 'Simply Calligraphy' by Judy Detrick.  It contains straight forward, but deeply informative instructions.  I am sharing a sample of me practicing uppercase Italic using two of the easily accessible tools suggested in the book: a Parallel Pilot pen (size 1.5 mm nib) and college rule notebook paper.  

Next week we will look at numbers.

Practice: 'Simply Calligraphy' by Judy Detrick

I will be doing exercises from books about calligraphy, and posting about them weekly.  I hope this will help me stay sharp through practice and spread the word about some great books.

Today, I am a starting with 'Simply Calligraphy' by Judy Detrick.  I found this book at Jade and Clover in Deep Ellum (downtown Dallas, Texas).  It contains straight forward, but deeply informative instructions.  I am sharing a sample of me practicing lowercase Italic using two of the easily accessible tools suggested in the book: a Parallel Pilot pen (size 1.5 mm nib) and college rule notebook paper.  

Next week, I will post a sample of uppercase.

Epistolary Paper Quilts and More this October

October is an exciting month for A. Scribe. 

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After (or before) you check out Yayoi Kusama's 'All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins' at the Dallas Museum of Art, please come by my exhibition 'Epistolary Paper Quilts' on Sunday, October 1st from 1:30-3:30p at the Dallas Public Library on the 4th floor in the Lillian Bradshaw Gallery. The show will run through Sunday, October 29. 

Epistolary Paper Quilts' is a celebration of the connection between calligraphy, and letter writing and journaling; as well as paper, ink and origami. Excerpts from five epistolary novels ('Dracula' by Bram Stoker, 'The Screwtape Letters' by CL Lewis, 'The Color Purple' by Alice Walker, 'Parable of Sower' by Octavia Butler, and 'Super Sad True Love Story' by Gary Shteyngart) are featured.

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Also, I will be offering my online Italic Calligraphy course for the entire month of October (1st-31st).  The first 100 students to sign up for any section will get the supplementary material (found on this site under products) for free and proceeds will go to Dallas Academy (a private school for children with learning differences) and schools in the southern sector of the Dallas Independent School District. 

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I will offer my Spencerian Method class at Oil and Cotton on Friday, October 13 and Friday, October 20 from 6:30-9p.  Spencerian Script is a traditional American handwriting style.  Experiment with a variety of inks and range of paper surfaces, and improve your own cursive handwriting skills with the Spencerian method in the process.  Also, learn to make your own quill pen.  Materials include dip pen nib with holder, quill pen, ink, and marker paper pad.

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Epistolary Paper Quilts

I am getting far along in creating seven paper quilts for an exhibition I have coming up at the Dallas Public Library, Main Branch in October 2017. 

I also have a calligraphy summer camp for children ages 6-10 coming up July 5-7 from 1 to 4p, and an Intro to Calligraphy class Friday, July 14, 2017 at 6:30p.

Intuitive Calligrapher

I had a wonderful time as always being the Intuitive Calligrapher (a terrific idea by Shannon Driscoll).  I was the Intuitive Calligrapher this Saturday from 3-5p at the Dallas Festival of Ideas with Oil and Cotton.  Connecting with people through this activity is immensely enjoyable and so special.

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I had the pleasure of taking a class by Lyndsay Wright of Lyndsay Wright Design.  It was a wonderful experience.  I take classes in order to learn, keep up good habits, and make new friends in calligraphy.  Taking classes and seeing calligraphy standards I strive to meet, keeps me motivated to always improve and strengthens my love of lettering.