Calliarts - 8 August 2015

Dear Members and Followers,

Yours truly is taking the August calliarts, the script is Neuland.

Here is the materials list so you are all organised for the afternoon.

Materials list -
  • Usual calligraphy kit (A3 or A4 bond layout pad, ink, pens or chisel edge marker 5mm, ruler, eraser,) - if you want to copy my letters from the exemplar you will need to include a pen with a 5mm nib (Brause 5mm, William Mitchell size 0 or Speedball C size 0)
  • Tracing paper, at least 2 sheets of A4
  • HB and 2B pencils
  • Coloured Pencils, Water Colour Pencils and Metallic Coloured Pencils (if you have them and want to work on black paper - the metallic coloured pencils are very striking)
  • Some good paper any colour, any size (you may finish up with a completed master piece) include some black if you have some (miTentes is fine)
  • A small cutting knife, just in case you become inspired
  • Water jar and brushes if you are using Water Colour Pencils
 If you wish to create larger letters bring along an automatic, coit or parallel pen.

Calliarts - Japanese Cards Wrap Up

Dear Members and Followers,

Well we had another very good roll up of people for this month's calliarts with Penny Laver and it was good to see some new faces. The new participants saw the What's On Entry, were from Pat's class or saw it listed on the blog. In total we had sixteen people come along for the afternoon.

This afternoon saw us creating a padded Japanese card with mice on it. Penny had created stylised patterns for the mice and we cut out bodies and ears. We then attached the body patterns to very then foam on one side and Japanese paper on the other. Or a contrast paper, if you listened carefully to the instructions. Carefully we then sniped into the one centimetre allowance right around the body so that we could neatly fold up the Japanese and glue. That was the tricky bit, as the piece needed to be glued down and then more glue applied to the top so that the next fold could take place. As I said tricky, but we all seemed to get there.

Next were the ears. These were a lot simpler as you just needed just to cut out the pattern and attach it to either contrast paper or Japanese paper depending on how you are organised your mouse bodies.

Then we needed to attached the bodies to the mounts of our cards. Having completed this we attached ears to bodies and then proceeded to attach whiskers and tails to the mice for a total picture. All the cards looked very cute as you will see from the pictures below.

Some of the participants went on to create more cards which were very inspiring.

Thank you to Penny for a great afternoon.

P.S. Remember that the next Calliarts afternoon is on 8 August where we will be learning Neuland!


Alison's work

Meril's












Modern Carolingian Workshop Report

Dear Members and Followers,

Glenis provides us with a great report on the full workshop in June:



MODERN CAROLINGIAN WORKSHOP
Saturday, 20 June 2015
Tutor:  Patricia Moody

On a cool, winter day 14 students were very snug inside a small function room at Sutherland’s Club on East, where we spent the day exploring the Carolingian hand and some script variations.

Pat started the workshop by giving us a brief history of the script and showing us examples from books, as well as her own pieces and those of members Valerie Keevers and Penny Laver.

Then it was time for us to start practising a French style Carolingian, complete with the characteristic small body height, tall ascenders, heavy clubbed serifs and wider interlinear spacing.  This was followed by making our x-height slightly larger and using small entry serifs.  Writing with a 10o slope I found myself lapsing into Italic letters at this stage.  More concentration needed!  Our final variation was to write the letters sans serif, with the suggestion that we also compress or extend the letters.  These combinations gave a modern look to the script.

With time running out we wrote some prose on better quality paper.  Our show and tell display gave us all a chance to see what everyone else had been doing.  Carolingian written on paper with washed backgrounds looked particularly effective.

Armed with a large supply of handouts we have no excuse for not continuing to play with further variations at home, including trying English Carolingian on which the modern Foundational hand is based.

Thank you Pat for an enjoyable workshop and for introducing some, and reacquainting others, with this lovely, versatile script.


Glenis Sheather













Calligraphy Southscribes, Inc. is kindly supported by Sutherland Shire Council 

Modern Carolingian Workshop Report

Dear Members and Followers,

Glenis provides us with a great report on the full workshop in June:



MODERN CAROLINGIAN WORKSHOP
Saturday, 20 June 2015
Tutor:  Patricia Moody

On a cool, winter day 14 students were very snug inside a small function room at Sutherland’s Club on East, where we spent the day exploring the Carolingian hand and some script variations.

Pat started the workshop by giving us a brief history of the script and showing us examples from books, as well as her own pieces and those of members Valerie Keevers and Penny Laver.

Then it was time for us to start practising a French style Carolingian, complete with the characteristic small body height, tall ascenders, heavy clubbed serifs and wider interlinear spacing.  This was followed by making our x-height slightly larger and using small entry serifs.  Writing with a 10o slope I found myself lapsing into Italic letters at this stage.  More concentration needed!  Our final variation was to write the letters sans serif, with the suggestion that we also compress or extend the letters.  These combinations gave a modern look to the script.

With time running out we wrote some prose on better quality paper.  Our show and tell display gave us all a chance to see what everyone else had been doing.  Carolingian written on paper with washed backgrounds looked particularly effective.

Armed with a large supply of handouts we have no excuse for not continuing to play with further variations at home, including trying English Carolingian on which the modern Foundational hand is based.

Thank you Pat for an enjoyable workshop and for introducing some, and reacquainting others, with this lovely, versatile script.


Glenis Sheather













Calligraphy Southscribes, Inc. is kindly supported by Sutherland Shire Council