YiRan Carroll

Art Director

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Calligra-fiend

Oct. 16, 2013

I've always loved beautiful calligraphy, probably since I first purchased a replica of the U.S. Constitution on an 8th grade school trip to D.C.

I was amazed at how perfect each letter is! This is a pretty intense piece of calligraphy.

Anyway, that was like 15 years ago and I'm surprised it's taken me this long to actually enroll in a class. I'm hoping this class will help me with my lettering skills (to help me understand where the thicks and thins go in script) as well as become something I really enjoy doing for its own sake.

I've bought 2 straight pen holders as well as 2 Nikko nibs to start. I already have transparent layout bond, and have 2 inks from another project that I'm trying out.

I had only a short while before work this morning to try this out, but am enjoying it so far. I'm having a bit of trouble getting the right amount of ink on the nib. Maybe I need to soak the nibs in hot water again, because when I dip the pen in ink it looks like the ink slides right off. Or, there will be a rounded pool of ink on the nib which oozes out into a blob on paper. Maybe I need to purchase the recommended ink. I'm hoping that with a bit of practice I'll get the hang of it eventually. Ideally I'd like to practice a little bit each morning as a mindful way to start my day.

Oh, also, I wanted to know if anyone else feels the need to angle the paper while writing to get the letters to be oblique. Is that the right way to do it? Or am I just holding my pen wrong?

That's it for now, thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more!

Oct. 18, 2013

A little more practice yesterday morning before work:

After soaking my Nikko nibs in hot water for a few more minutes, I felt that it took the ink better. I find it much easier to trace than to do the letters freehand. I wonder if it would be worth getting one of those calligraphy templates? Where there's a baseline as well as slanted lines to help you angle your letters the same way? I'm having troubing keeping my letters the same size, keeping a consistent baselines as well as consistent space between the letters.

I probably need to practice a lot more. Actually do those IOUSs.

Have more pictures from this morning but will have to post those later!

Oct. 21, 2013

Posting some more photos from last week's practice...

The second half of the alphabet, and I also tried my hand at flourishing the first half of the alphabet. My cat was so intrigued by what I was doing that he decided to help by sticking his paw into wet ink! The smudge on the second line of my practice is the result of his contribution.

Here he is, post-incident.

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