Samuel Clemens letter to wife, Olivia | Skillshare Projects

Katie Leavens




Samuel Clemens letter to wife, Olivia

I chose to write out a letter that Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) wrote to his wife, Olivia (he called her Livy) in 1888.

Here is a his original note:


Here is what I came up with. I think it is the least shaky my calligraphy has been yet!


I wrote it out on a hotpress watercolor paper. I wanted to use walnut ink, but due to bleeding issues I had to use india ink. 


So much bleeding with sumi and walnut inks!

Here's one more photo of the final product and my beautiful simple oblique by Rodger Pen Box on Etsy:


I haven't done any envelopes in a long time. I never know who to write to. Does anyone want a pen pal? It would be great practice for what we learned in this class!


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