Some quick (20 minutes tops) posters I made in support for my friend’s IM soccer game last night. I’m happy how they came out for having not used any guidelines or rulers for spacing.
Studies for a sample piece.
I’ll be opening an online shop soon.
Calligraphy practice today.
1. We have carpet! The fitters did the bedroom yesterday then left to work on another unit. They finally made it back today just after lunch and now we can put everything back in its place and use the lounge again! It’s much nicer than our old carpet.
2. I made a wild rice salad for dinner. Mixed rices, quinoa and lentils, dried cranberries, an orange and chopped almonds.
3. Much of the evening was given over to calligraphy practice while I let Banished (a town-building game) run in the background. Left is the Hunt 101 nib that I’ve been using for copperplate. Right are the two new nibs I bought yesterday: a Hunt 22 and a tiny Hunt 103.
4. “Join,” “zones” and “gray” are written with the 103 and Windsor & Newton leaf green ink. It’s a lovely, flexible nib but so very sharp - the upstrokes are challenging.
5. I used the 22 for “maize” and “young”.. It’s a much stiffer nib so it’s easier to control but not quite as responsive and subtle. I worked in Mont Blanc for a while and then changed to my Higgins waterproof black with the 103 nib again for “company”.
6. After two pages of practice I pinned up some quilt pieces. The pairing, pinning and drawing on of seams is tedious, so I like to do a batch in one go and then I have lots to hand when I want to sew.
The French postmodernist philosopher Michel Foucault from the brilliant book Discipline & Punish: the Birth of the Prison. Quoted in the liner notes from the “post-rock” band, Isis’ amazing album, “Panopticon,” from 2004. This was the first Isis album I heard, and is still my favorite. I discovered the theory before the album, but did not read Foucault in any depth until well after, when I took my PhD, when all are required to experience some postmodernist self-flagellation. While not the easiest reading, it is quite fascinating stuff…even better with Isis playing while you read :-)
The Spencerian isn’t getting better much faster - I see slight improvements. I tried another “wet” ink on this (three days’ work since I can only devote a little bit of time to calligraphy practice each day, for now. Soon, I hope to have more time). Anyway, I’m having trouble with the spiderweb-thin lines, and wet ink makes it even harder to avoid the somewhat uniform thickness I’m getting. I will go back to the Higgins Eternal for the next project.