29 December 2010

28 December 2010

what thinkest thou?

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 It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.  (Jane Austen.)

26 December 2010

more profound in Greek

I didn't know how to draw anything that looked remotely like a frog, so I learnt how here.

24 December 2010

twelve days of Christmas (or a baker's dozen)

This year, I've made somewhere around nine greeting cards and four magnets as Christmas gifts; but rather than post them all at once, I think I shall post one a day from Christmas to Epiphany.  They are all meant to be cheerful, and several of the cards, a bit silly.

the sea
more profound in Greek
enter into His gates
perfect peace
happy un-birthday
Hyla brook
upon us

this is the day
O give thanks
let us sing
greatly to be praised

Christmas thanks

I will say of the Lord...

23 December 2010

I will say of the Lord...

(Psalm 91.2.)  I made this for a friend for Christmas; I'll write more about it later.  Here it is framed:

18 December 2010

Friday flowers: happy Friday before Christmas break!

I made twenty of these; it took about forty-five minutes, not including writing inside them.

14 December 2010

11 December 2010

in all your ways

I was waiting to post this project, which I started a while ago, until I'd finished it, but now that my shoes have been dragged through so much dirt and snow, I fear that any further work would ruin my sharpies, so I will consider it finished enough.

Proverbs 3.5f.

Friday flowers: happy Friday before finals!

I didn't have time for anything exciting, but I did put new cartridges in three of my Sheaffer pens: black, green, and purple.  Unfortunately, I must have forgotten to clean the nib of the green pen after I last used it, which was with black ink, so the green is a sort of hideous olive colour.  At least the purple turned out rather nicely.

03 December 2010

Friday flowers: Daniel 2.20

Daniel answered and said:  'Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His.  And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.  He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him.  I thank You and praise You, O God of my fathers; You have given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we asked of You....'  (Daniel 2.20ff.)

28 November 2010

a rainbow of cardstock

I wanted a basic card-making kit with coloured 4x6 greeting cards and envelopes, but there was nothing at the store.  So, I made my own.

I got a thirty-sheet pad of 12x12 scrapbook paper and cut two cards (8x6, folding in half to 4x6) from each page to make sixty cards in all; there are plenty of nice scraps left.  I also got a box of fifty envelopes.

26 November 2010

a whole wheat flower

Yes, I know, it has nothing to do with calligraphy, but I wanted to post it anyway.  Happy Friday!

15 November 2010


They also serve who only stand and wait.  (John Milton.)

Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart.  Wait, I say, on the Lord!  (Psalm 27.14.)

14 November 2010

Friday flowers: sunshine!

I found these lovely flowers in my mailbox with encouraging notes.  Thank you, friends!

in pacem Dei

This week at work, I decorated a card for several classes to sign and give to Prof. D., whose battle with cancer is expected to end this month.  

 With my size seven sneakers for scale:

01 November 2010

101 pens

What can I construct with one hundred and one inkless purple pens?

Today at work I tested a hundred and sixty-eight dollars' worth of pens, none of which wrote; and, as the department was going to throw them away, I took them for some unforeseen craft project.  Please comment if you have suggestions.  So far I've thought of stringing them together to make something like a beaded curtain or attaching them around the outside of tin cans to make interesting-looking pencil cups.

30 October 2010

happy flower

I was playing with Inkscape yesterday and decided to make a card with instructions for drawing the little Friday flowers from the I John series.  Granted, one could copy them quite easily without instructions; but I enjoyed making the card.

29 October 2010

things bouncing around in my head, and in my pencil-case

I like to keep my things neat: nearly everything in my desk drawers is separated into shallow boxes and then somewhat organised within those boxes.  So, I am posting a third time in an hour because I want the Friday flowers in one box, as it were, and the glasses case in another, and some thoughts here in yet another.

Someone remarked to me that in the blue and silver series 'the letters seem... more elegant and clearly defined than in the others' and wondered whether it was the choice of pen.  The blue and silver series is an example of what I do when I have quite a lot of time: I used a nib pen (though with a cartridge, as constantly dipping into ink tends to multiply smudges) and planned and ruled out the design in pencil before I began.  Everything else posted thus far has been freehand, except for the accidental rough draft when I misspell something and have to start over, and done with felt-tips or ball-points, whose lines are not usually so clearly defined.  When I find time and patience to put a new cartridge in a nib pen, I shall try to write more with it.

I ought, while I am explaining things, to explain my comment that I made the Friday flowers with things that I found in my backpack.  More strictly, I made them with supplies from my pencil-case which (if anyone is interested in such things) contains two mechanical pencils, a red ball-point pen (needed last year for Chinese class and kept this year because I like having it), a strange nib pen that tends to leak all over my fingers, blue and green chisel felt-tip pens, pink and yellow highlighters which I have never used for highlighting, because instead I use a tin of wonderful little book darts (acquire your own here), coloured sticky notes, coloured 3x5 index cards, and my glasses case.  Of course, the glasses case can't be used for calligraphy... or can it?

o say can you see...

Recently, I realised that ink does not seem to come off my glasses case.  I only meant to draw a little swirl or two....

Only let me enjoy Jesus Christ.  (Ignatius.)

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.  ('Lamb of God who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.'  Latin Mass.)

Veritas, caritas, aeternitas.  ('Truth, love, eternity.' Adapted from Augustine.)

Friday Flowers: I John, part two

25 October 2010

Friday Flowers: I John, part one

On Fridays at my college, students often buy flowers to leave in their friends' mailboxes.  Since real flowers are rather expensive, though, I tend to leave little cards with calligraphy and flowers drawn on them.  I made these 'flowers' last Friday with things that I found in my backpack.

08 October 2010

God does not lie

The Christian's chief and only comfort in every adversity lies in knowing that God does not lie, but brings all things to pass immutably, and that His will cannot be resisted, altered, or impeded.  (Martin Luther.)

04 October 2010


Still no new projects, but yesterday I took some photos of my pens for the media page.  The bright colours make me so happy.