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.

03 October 2010

blue & silver series

χαίρετε, salvete, & greetings!

Welcome to my new blog for my calligraphy projects.  Eventually, I'll start posting new pieces as I create them, but for now, you can look at my blue and silver series from last Christmas.  Until later, farewell!