January 27, 2012

Layout Principles

Had an enjoyable time sitting by the fire last night with those who came to the Help Session, bringing their ideas and sketches for their AGM Fanciful Letter piece.

Before the 5 women arrived, I sat down with my stack of books and read their chapters on Layout. I tried to summarize all of the various instructions into a one-page easy-to-peruse sheet.

Also, you will see the paper that was used to work out some layouts for some of the pieces. One gal had a circular piece, so you will see an illustration for that in the bottom left-hand corner. Another one had a piece suited for the portrait layout.

So, if you were unable to come, I thought you might enjoy seeing what we did, and hopefully, if you need help, you will consider the next Help Session!

January 26, 2012

Deb's Heart

Just wanted to brag a little on Deb. Today was her final session in my Italic Brush Lettering Class. We had fifteen minutes left, and I gave us both a challenge to do a piece from start to finish. A finished piece that she could take home with her.

She finished hers. I did not! Her talent just flowed out of her and she hardly had to think about it.

I'm very proud of you, Deb!

January 24, 2012


This is brush lettering using Marvy Le Plume brush markers on watercolor paper.

January 22, 2012

I love the way Peter Thornton wrote Nell's name. He did mine in a different way, too. Can you see all the letters in there? It really was a wonderful workshop - I learned a ton!

This is a photo of a piece I did for my brother using photos from a trip to Pipestem State Park in West Virginia and some Cherryl Moote inspired writing.

January 12, 2012

Nell's treat

In the Gilding Workshop that Peter Thornton just instructed, he lettered each student's name with his ruling pen. Here's is Nell's, which I thought was especially exciting. There was a blob of ink that fell on the page as he was lettering, so he just made it a part of the piece! Blew on it with a straw and ta-da!

As you can see, the Versals are gilded.