Katie Leavens

Illustrator

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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:

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

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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. 

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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:

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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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