Monday, June 21, 2010

More Images from CCC Library Outreach

A few more photos of our event at my local library!

A guest tries Blackletter!

Another guest tries Blackletter, 
taught by the amazing master of Blackletter, John.

The talented and creative Lora demonstrates parallel pens and a special multi-color technique by doing beautiful bookmarks for one of the librarians.

The multi-talented and treasure-trove-of-all-things-calligraphic, Corinna, taught about the history of writing and demonstrated various tools and writing surfaces that were used throughout the ages. A patron tries her hand at stone carving!

The vivacious and very talented Karen demonstrates pointed brush and unusual tools using inks, bleach, and various other mediums to show patrons some funky lettering styles!

A shot of those unusual tools.

Blessing Book

I also spent the last week compiling handwritten "blessings" and making them into a book for a friend who just "retired" (she's too young to retire; just quit her job of 23 years to move on to other wonderful things!). We held a surprise birthday/retirement party for her and one of her other friends came up with the idea to have everyone write a blessing for her in this new season of life. I suggested we put them together in a small book and present her with it at the party. We had everyone mail their blessings to me, along with a word that summarized the blessing. I then wrote the special word on a separate page that introduced the blessing.

Here is the result. (I've only included a few photos. The book was about an inch thick.) I used Arches Text Wove for the pages; diluted sumi ink and a pointed brush for the lettering; my hot foil pen for gold dots on the page; and some really nice handmade papers from PaperSource for the covers and inside covers. Also, I changed the black, thin ribbon to a thicker gold satin ribbon. It looked much nicer.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Summer is Here!

Happy Summer, a few days early!

As you've probably figured out by now, I've been away from blogging for a couple of weeks. Being "mom" has kicked into full gear with the beginning of summer vacation for my almost-8-year-old son, so I haven't had much to blog about. However, yesterday the CCC hosted another outreach event at my local library. It was a gorgeous day outside, so we didn't have a lot of people, but the 30 or so that showed up had a great time! (As did we!)

I decided to do "tattoos". One could either choose a name or a favorite word, which I then wrote on the person's arm. I had practiced on myself the week before, and found that I was able to use a wide, broad-edged pen, a pointed brush, and the Sharpie Poster Paint pens with great ease. I also used some opaque Pelikan watercolors and some Crayola markers, all of which were very washable and non-toxic. So, I tried some of my favorite styles and got some fun results. Take a look!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Meet My Friend April!

Happy Summer to all my readers, even though it's not technically summer yet!

Last week I had the delightful experience of going to lunch with a friend at a place called The Center. (Check it out!) My friend had heard that there was going to be a Garden Poetry Luncheon and thought it would be fun to attend. So we booked our spot and headed out. The Center is on maybe about 100 acres (not sure of the actual size) and is just southwest of Chicago in Palos Park, IL.

When we arrived at the luncheon, I was delighted to see one of my blogging friends, and fellow Chicago Calligraphy Collective member, April Schabes at the event. I was even more surprised to hear that she was one of the poets that would be reading in the Garden!

May I just say that I was completely overwhelmed by the beautiful poetry that the 8 women shared, including April's. So I asked April if she wouldn't mind sending me one of her poems and perhaps a piece of her lovely art to go with it. Without further ado, please enjoy "The Robin", by April Schabes. And while you're at it, check out her lovely art here!

Oh robin, you early bird
Flicking your tail - so alert.
The ground is still frozen
And you're scanning the dirt!

Are you casing the block
For black wormy soil?
Before choosing your site?
Before starting your toil?

Make it convenient!
Pick a spot nearby.
When  your family is calling
From far, you'll not fly.

Soon it will warm up
The sun will shine -
With your full nest adorning
This front yard of mine.

Then I'll watch you tend them
You're all they have known.
Too soon this will pass -
They'll be out on their own.

And so life will go on
After those you did raise
And you'll say with a sigh -
How fast went those days.