Thursday, 24 December 2009
Monday, 30 November 2009
Sunday, 15 November 2009
This canvas has various love quotations written in silver on a pink & white background. the silver lettering is difficult to photograph, but catches the light as you move, giving a lovely effect
Saturday, 14 November 2009
Thursday, 12 November 2009
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
A mantragram is a short quotation, affirmation or message written in a vertical format, designed to hang anywhere. The finest Swarovski crystals hang from the bottom of the mantragrams... catching light and scattering rainbows. The back is decorated to complement the lettering... handmade indian paper, or japanese tissue... or perhaps painted...
Mantragrams are designed to be hung up... ideally in a window where the crystal decoration catches the light, but they look good anywhere!
Any mantragram may be personalised with a name & date, or a short, personal greeting, and of course they can be in any colour. They are a special gift for any occasion... new baby, a christening, birthday, anniversary, wedding etc... or just because you care... and you can choose any wording you like!
The size does vary... i tend to just go with the words & see how they turn out rather than be restricted by measurements. However, they are quite dainty... on average about 7cm wide & about 20-30cm long... (ish), but if size is important to you I will stick to your limits!
The price is £12-50, or for a double-sided one, with wording on the back too, £20
click the link at the top of the page to see more... these ready made ones are £10
Saturday, 7 November 2009
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Sunday, 18 October 2009
"To have & to hold", the calligraphy on the front is layered over handmade paper & japanese tissue. A simple design, with subtle colours, but very effective. Something like this is £2-95 per invite, and can be co-ordinated with your colour scheme... you can choose your own wording or replace it with names & date or an image... you can add extras such as ribbon or extra inserts...and of course the theme can be continued through place cards, order of service, seating plan etc.
The rubber stamps are available from Crafty Individuals, but you can buy cards from me... any colours you like, and if you wish, I can add a name or greeting in calligraphy inside!
This design is available as a rubber stamp from craftyindividuals.co.uk or as a card from myself (my email address is in the side bar). Single hand-made cards are £2.95 each (or 4 for £10) including uk postage, delivery elsewhere is charged at cost.
Friday, 2 October 2009
The long version for those who want to know... i'll do a short one for everyone else soon!
My calligraphic journey began nearly 20 years ago (gasps, noooo it can't be that long) I started a night class taught by Sue over at The Creative Spirit when my daughter was a baby. I was hooked from the start, and soon started attending workshops all over England with Sue... wherever we thought we could get the best tuition. Whereas many enjoy calligraphy purely as a hobby, I knew that I eventually wanted to take it further.
I studied with many 'names' on the calligraphy circuit, but the following made the biggest impression:
Summer schools with Michael Clark, Ann Hechle, Jilly Hazeldine, Ewan Clayton & Katrina Pieper.
SSI Northern Advanced Training scheme with Richard Middleton & Sue Hufton.
And Peter Thornton for workshops & summer schools.... who I thank so much. He taught me more than he will ever know.
My biggest learning curve was when I started teaching calligraphy... having to analyse & explain how & what I was doing. Oh, those first classes must have been so bad.... but people kept coming back; a fair few of my earliest students were still coming until I stopped the classes 5 or 6 years later. I had a spell of teaching teenagers, and I still teach occasional workshops for calligraphy groups.
As far as qualifications go, I passed the City & Guilds Adult Education Teaching Certificate, gained the Intermediate Certificate in Calligraphy from CLAS (Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society) and became a CLAS Accredited Tutor.
more to follow soon!!!