Two Things I Learned Today

Today was Labor Day and a holiday for me. Danny (hubby) was in Mississippi getting the dirt work started for the house we will build there when we move back home. He said he made good progress. We’re excited about being back amongst family and friends in about 5 months.

SO many things I wanted to do on my day off, one of which was to practice my pointed pen calligraphy.  I’m practicing based on copperplate, but I’m not abiding by all the rules.  I got in several sessions of practice, totaling about 3 hours. The writing is coming more easily, but I have so far to go.

First thing learned – getting good at this will take hours and hours and hours of practice.

I then switched over to practicing a more contemporary style of lettering and filled several pages with a looser style.  I was very proud of this rendering of my own name and address and set it aside to dry before filling the rest of the page.  After taking a break, I picked up my paper and, before taping it down, smoothed it with my hand.  Arrrrgh!  The ink wasn’t fully dry!

Second thing learned – Calligraphy ink takes a looooong time to dry.  Perfecting your execution is only a part of learning the craft.  You must also know your materials.

All in all, a good day at home, though.  I’m enjoying the lettering and thinking maybe I can hand letter some designs to make into stamps for my pottery once the new studio is up and running.  I think hand lettered stamps would be awesome on handmade mugs.  Yep.




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