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#1 mac47

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 01:50

I don't know if this is the place to post photos of my work, so if the moderators can correct me, that will be appreciated.

I do most of my calligraphy with a pair of Osmiroids and various fountain pen inks from Diamine, Parker, and PW Akkerman. But this week, I ordered a bunch of Speedball dipping pen inks, and tried my hand at imitating the Book of Kells. I'm making a birthday card for my 16-year-old daughter, whose name starts with T, so I tried to make an ornate T in the shape of a cat. Everything is acrylic ink except the black outlining, which was done in Quink with a fine point Parker 51.

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I need to study and practice the knotwork more.

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 02:44

More than I would even attempt. I know a seventeen year old who'd think that "T" on her birthday card was VERY cool, and her name starts with "G".

caliken would be the one to get advice and guidance from. There's some advice and links from him on Celtic calligraphy and knot-work here.

Keep up the good work.
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Posted 20 December 2011 - 23:55

Here's another project, this time of the Gloria sung by the angels in the Lucan account of the nativity -- a Christmas card for my mother. The capitals are taken from the Book of Kells, and the lettering is my Insular half-uncial hand modeled on the Kells calligraphy. The initials were done with a fine point Parker 51 with Quink. The lettering was done with an Osmiroid 65 calligraphy pen (fine nib) and the same Quink.

I'll be using color on the initial capitals and I'll post again when I'm done. Not sure whether to use watercolor with a fine brush, or use pens with Speedball acrylic. The former might work better for preserving and not obscuring my outline work.

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 04:57

Colored with Speedball acrylic:

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 23:43

Bravo!

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 00:03

Wonderful stuff!
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 18:37

Isaiah 58:12 (LXX) in an imitation of Renaissance era scribe Ange Vergece:

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 18:41

Isaiah 58:12 (Hebrew). Not actually done with that Sheaffer pen, but with an Osmiroid 65.

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 18:47

From a birthday card for my wife:

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 18:48

Scratch sheet, from playing with Diamine orange and Noodlers forest green:

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 18:49

The tools:

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 18:50

Triglot Proverbs 15:1.

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 18:52

Ampersand with knot work and bird in the style of the book of Kells. (Incorrectly proportioned because I drew it freehand.)

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 17:06

How do you keep the fill-in color from making the outlines run? Quink is not waterproof. A water based wash should make it spread and feather.
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Posted 10 September 2012 - 03:03

I don't know. I think I read somewhere that Quink was designed to bind to the cellulose of paper, and therefore be less prone to feathering. But it may be a matter of the Speedball Acrylic inks I used for the coloring.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 13:50

My family have moved to the Philippines as missionaries.

I've been experimenting with Rossi-style cadels. Made this Heidelberg Q1 for my pastor here in the Philippines:

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Got it matted and framed for 300 pesos (=$7.50) at a little shop on the street 100 yards from my apartment in Davao City.

Here are some closeups:

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And the whole thing, without frame:
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Posted 17 February 2013 - 13:52

Also wrote few other things with similar lettering:
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All done with a Sheaffer calligraphy pen and either black Quink or Diamine classic red.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 14:04

Ŕlso did some Greek and Hebrew calligraphy for a friend. This is Isaiah 58:12, IIRC.

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The Greek was done with Speedball acrylic ink and a dipping pen. The Hebrew was with a Sheaffer calligraphy fountain pen, which ran out of different colors of ink in the middle of the job. I was in a hurry, and liked the effect, so I left it.

All done on illustration board.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 15:02

Also wrote few other things with similar lettering:
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All done with a Sheaffer calligraphy pen and either black Quink or Diamine classic red.




I love these capital letters!!!!

In awe...

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 15:04

That, sir, is brilliant. Please do post more.

Regards,
Subramaniyam






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