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A favourite paper for a proposal scroll

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

If I had to choose a single paper, this Bhutanese Rhesho could be "The One". Either this or the Tsasho which is very similar except that it has the 'laid' lines from being dried on bamboo screens. There's a definite 'tooth' to the surface, which makes it beautiful to write on, and though it is textured, there aren't any annoying little strands of fibres that catch on your nib (at least very rarely!) Rhesho combined with Thai Mulberry tissue makes such a delicious, natural combination… the off-white lettering that tones with the mulberry gives such a harmonious look that I really love. 


The lettering on the outside of this scroll is done with a drafting ruling pen. You're not going to see the inside, as it contains a very personal marriage proposal! 


Ice cube trays make excellent mixing pots but white ones are actually better to show up the true colour of the paint. I'm using gouache here, and I brush it in between the tines of the ruling pen. The little screw on top adjusts the gap & thus the line width.


If you've never tried writing with one of these instruments before, you should, 
& you don't have to be a calligrapher to have a go either! 



This little scroll was to be hidden inside another...


… to be opened on a romantic re-creation of a first date.

this did get petals added, but I also really like it without


It did the trick… Tina said " I couldn't be happier with what began as a "quick enquiry". My enquiry was anything but quick but Suzi remained patient with my ever changing mind and delivered a beautifully bespoke handmade scroll which I presented to my Fiance when proposing to her. Needless to say, she said yes and was over the moon with the scroll and how personal it was to us as a couple."

That's one of the best bits…. getting to hear the happy ending!

2 comments:

Fiona Dempster 11 June 2014 at 11:20  

Great sort, happy needing and beautiful writing!

Suzi Smith 11 June 2014 at 21:22  

Thanks Fiona, did I say that I love it, haha!

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