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#21 midnightblues

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 19:01

Gorgeous! :clap1:

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 11:38

Truly incredible work Mac!!
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Posted 09 March 2013 - 06:15

gorgeous! Love that red too.

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 17:15

These are all such incredible pieces of art on this thread. And I ESPECIALLY love that they were done with relatively simple materials. Reminds me that you don't (always) need fancy equipment to make beautiful art. Thanks for sharing!
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#25 mac47

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 14:40

Birthday cards for my stepkids in Ottawa. Quick in Sheaffer calligraphy pen, on some kind of fancy paper. Colored initial half-uncial W (how's that for an anachronism!) decorated using Speedball acrylic inks.

 

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 15:29

Beautiful work! Especially the colouring.

Calligraphy posts usually go to the Penmanship forum... if you want to move it



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Posted 23 July 2013 - 04:44

Thanks, Barleycorn. If a moderator will move the thread, I'd be happy to have it placed in the penmanship forum. 

 

In the meantime, here's a practice sheet I did today, with a quote from Pastor Mark Buchanan of British Columbia:

 

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 04:03

Your work is lovely and your range admirable. 

 

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 21:33

Your work is amazing!

 

This capitals are awesome!


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Posted 22 August 2013 - 00:02

Latest project: the Lord's Prayer in Greek. I'm making the opening word ("Father" in Greek) embossed and gold painted. The rest wil follow in a denser, but still flowing ligatured Greek hand in imitation of Cretan calligrapher Angé Vergéce, like this:

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(Trying to make it a little bit Copperplateish, a little bit Zapfino with mad ligatures, and all with a Renaissance era Greek flavor.)

Before deciding to switch to that hand, I experimented with this other hand for the body of the prayer:

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The embossing was fun, and gives very satisfying results. Here's how to do it.

First, use a broad nibbled dipping pen to write the letters on cardboard, then cut them out with an exacto-knife:

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Then, on a glass table, flip the cardboard over and place your paper face down on top of it. This will allow the light to shine through your cut-out letters. Take a blunt instrument that won't tear your paper, and rub the letters to make them raised above the surface of the paper, tracing the inside of the cut-out:

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Then flip the paper over, and you should have something like this:

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Then paint it whatever color you want. I hadn't thought of this, but it occurs to me that it might be possible to use the cut-out cardboard as a mask for painting, maybe even with spray paint. I may try that. It's very easy to emboss another sheet of paper with the same letters. But as it is, I just used a paintbrush with Speedball gold acrylic:

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The result:

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 03:26

Photobucket has really messed up my previous post, replacing photos with other ones in a most incongruous manner.

Here's two versions of the Lord's Prayer in Greek:

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Practice sheet with ligatures in margins:

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 09:41

Wonderful work, love the book of kells stuff and the hebrew. I'm curious are you a student of hebrew? I've studied Sanskrit and Hindi before and sometimes do calligraphy in the devanagari script.

I've actually seen those cadels before on another site, i even practised copying the W. Some great work.

It should be noted though that Cadel letters aren't as hard as they look, because there are only really a few critical strokes and then lots of decoration. My point being don't be afraid to have a go. I'd love to see more of them about.

Again great work

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 10:44

I'm a deacon in the Reformed Episcopal Church, and a student of Biblical Hebrew. I have a PhD in Greek from Cornell.

Glad you liked my stuff. Sanskrit is some scary hard language. Do you have a thread here to show your calligraphy?

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 16:17

Cool stuff Mac

I have a thread on The Write Stuff called Calligraphy Examples but i'll post some more here on the Penmanship section soon

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 12:51

I think I neglected to post this piece, done last Christmas for my mother-in-law. It is Psalm 128:6 in Hebrew.

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Posted 06 October 2013 - 22:40

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 14:47

I think I neglected to post this piece, done last Christmas for my mother-in-law. It is Psalm 128:6 in Hebrew.

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What kind of paper did you use for this writing?


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Posted 12 October 2013 - 00:09

Wow that "C" in merry christmas was just mind blowing. Good job for all your pieces.


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#39 mac47

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 08:01

 
What kind of paper did you use for this writing?


It is a sheet of Ivory Parchment Paper made by Southworth.

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 12:56

Opening of Psalm 6. Quink on white card stock via Sheaffer calligraphy pen medium nib (pictured).

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