At the Westcoast Calligraphy Society April meeting, we were treated to a demonstration of brush lettering using felt tip markers. I've always wanted to learn brush lettering, and I've borrowed a few books from the library about it. However, most of the lettering I've seen done with brushes seems to be based on the Italic hand, and I've never been happy with my attempts. (Italic and I don't seem to get along.)
I was thrilled to learn from our talented instructor to think of the brush as another pen tool and to try different kinds of lettering with it. So, of course, I tried Weaver Writing, my new favorite BF.
I made this card for a friend who is being ordained as a United Church minister next month.
Stamp by Heart and Soul
The second card is for my brother-in-law and his new wife. They were married in Japan recently, and we had dinner at their house last week. They brought me some lovely paper from Japan and I couldn't resist playing with it immediately.
I'm thrilled to be using calligraphy on my cards finally. It took awhile before I found an alphabet I can do well enough to be pleased with - Weaver Writing! This hand also feels like me - not too formal, kind of fun, but not too cutesy.
Inspired by Ms. Moss over at Dispatch From LA, I followed the link she provided to this Youtube video "Tips for Painting Figures in Landscapes". They are easy and fun and I think they'll be useful for my art journal pages. My landscapes often seem boring to me and figures just might provide the needed vitality to the picture.
I'm still not sure I "get" the doodling thing, but I grabbed my Unification Journal and paint pens the other day while I was chatting with my sister on Skype, and made some marks. Now THIS I get. What's in a name, anyway?
As Canada mourns the death of a great man, Jim Flahrety, two tributes stand out for me. These tributes describe Jim Flahrety as a great friend, even as he is being lauded for his great service to Canada in his recent and long tenure as Finance Minister. I hope that these tributes will touch your heart as they have mine: Rex Murphy on the National, and Father Raymond J. de Souza in the National Post.
Each month in her on-line course, Draw Your Awesome Year, Joanne Sharpe helps us to design a page for recording our daily highlights. Due to a sudden splurge of volunteer commitments, this is all I find time to do in my journal most days. It is a good thing that this forces me to crack the journal otherwise my creative life would be restricted to problem solving committee activities!