Practice: Lettering in the Whimsical Woodlands (cont.)

I am wrapping up Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy. It is difficult to pick a few sentences to highlight chapters 8,9, and 10.  Chapter 8: Writing Out a Page, Chapter 9: Commercial Calligraphy and Chapter 10: Retouching, Correcting and Cropping emphasize the importance of layout, considering colors, considering margins, practice, developing a reliable copperplate, and wabi-sabi (the acceptance of transience and imperfection). I picked up invaluable information from this book. 

In Letting in the Whimsical Woodlands, I moved on to the basic strokes for brush pen calligraphy.  I will trace out the Burrow and Flutter alphabets next, then it's on to drawing/illustration. 

Last, week  I attended the Helen Warren DeGolyer Bookbinding Conference with the Book Doctor crew.  It was an enriching experience.  I took two workshops: Tunnel Book with Maria Pisano and Japanese Stab Binding with Bexx Caswell-Olson.  Both were super fun and informative.

This Saturday at the Tally Dunn Gallery at 6:30p, Cynthia Mulcahy: War Garden.  I have had a wonderful time contributing to this beautifully rich body of work over this past couple of years. It helped me grow as a calligrapher, friend, US citizen, etc.