Friday, 10 March 2017

From the Pen of Inky and Scratchy

Today's post is kind of a sequel to my Monday post about the introductory calligraphy course I took in February. Dezzy of Hollywood Spy -- ever the hard-nosed journalist -- demanded "Where's the photographic evidence?" Stacy of MagicLoveCrow and Debi of Puddleduck Grange aided and abetted him in making these demands.

So okay, okay! Here are my three best practice sheets (all from the final class) -- blots, splatters, erratic letter sizes, wonky spacing and all!





Skritch, skritch, skritch!

[All photos by Debra She Who Seeks]

44 comments:

anne marie in philly said...

practice!

Mark said...

Those are really pretty. I don't know enough about calligraphy to tell you if it's good or bad, but I can tell you that it's pretty.

DEZMOND said...

looks delightful, especially for a beginner! The High Court is satisfied!

Miss Val's Creations said...

You did beautiful work. It should not be perfect. Perfect is boring!

Bob Slatten said...

Fancy! I love it.

Adam said...

fancier than anything I could do

Davoh said...

the next trick is to get all the letters on the same line ...
after that ... roughly the same size ...
(and am not here to mention what one should do with 'capitals'.

Davoh said...

This sort of calligraphy is a Discipline almost lost.
May you acquire that discipline.

Davoh said...

Debra ... while yer, you are beginning to understand how variations (and joy) in the width of a physical 'pen' works ... there is much more to discover - but first, methinks, you have to submit yourself to the "discipline" of calligraphy before you launch into "free form" ...

Debra She Who Seeks said...

@ Davoh -- You're absolutely right, Davoh! The instructor in this course was starting us off on free form "modern" calligraphy and one of the reasons I found it difficult is that, by nature, I like things to be disciplined in a straight line, all uniform, etc. I agree that (in everything, really) we need to first know and understand the rules before we break them!

Davoh said...

um, first you have to discover the physical limits and dimensions of the "pen" before you can 'control' it ... so yer ...

Davoh said...

O, ok. (and here's me scrabbling around some ancient cardboard boxes trying to find some calligraphy pens and inks)

Susan said...

I think you are doing a marvelous job!

Marie Smith said...

Well done! It is an art!

Cheryl said...

I am very impressed and also think you are doing amazingly for just a couple of classes. I think calligraphy looks harder than hell.

Toni said...

How fun and how pretty. Quite the challenge!

Lois said...

How beautiful!!!!! I so want to write like my father did... I have some very, very old books I have collected over the years. Some are over 150 years old and the the inscriptions are so beautiful. Flourish and beauty. I want to learn too! Don't stop, now you have to write like that all the time.

MrsDuncanMahogany said...

Gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. Well done you! :)

Janie Junebug said...

You did well. I can't do anything that requires neatness.

Love,
Janie

Jono said...

That's pretty nice stuff! My cursive is deteriorating, but I can still read it. So far. It's great to use calligraphy for personalized greetings.

Linda deV said...

How fun. Can't wait to see how you progress.

Leeanna Henderson said...

Nice! Keep practicing. In the meantime, where's My C?heck

Debra She Who Seeks said...

@ Leeanna -- You bloodsucker! Watch this space on Monday. I'll deal with you! *shakes fist*

Magaly Guerrero said...

You skritch so freaking lovingly!

Birdie said...

I think you are doing a great job. You've inspired me to want to try calligraphy agaIn. My first time was a dismal failure. I'm so impatient and want it to be perfect right away.

JACKIESUE said...

whoa! that is so cool.

John M said...

They look great. I print because often I can't read my own handwriting. I plan to try improving it someday.

lgsquirrel said...

Proud that you are learning to write at your age!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

@ lgsquirrel -- Hahahahahahaha, your comment made me laugh out loud!

Barbara said...

What fun. Looking good.

Jenny Baranick said...

I love how you wrote the word "sweet."

Neesie said...

Great calligraphy Debra. It's quite difficult isn't it. I find that I hold my breath when trying to do it... which doesn't really help when it makes you slightly dizzy and lightheaded!
Have a wonderful weekend :D

Insomniac's Attic said...

I love the wonkiness of it! It'd be perfect for labeling little bottles of Fairy Dust or whatever. Wonkiness is good in my books - I think you should stop practicing right now. :)

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I dunno...looks pretty good to me. Just the fact that you have the patience for this is a bonus!

Missy George said...

You made it your own !! That's for sure..Better than I could do..Happy looking words..

Fundy Blue said...

Way to go, Debra! Beautiful! I'm glad to see that handwriting as an art is not disappearing. I was very upset when they stopped teaching cursive handwriting in our district.

Melancholy and Menace said...

That does actually look lovely 🖤

e said...

Write me a letter, baby, send it by mail. :^)

AntiquityTravelers said...

Good god ... that does not look like beginner's writing! you've been practicing or are just a natural!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Fabulous - I've tried it and it is very difficult - good work - here is a gold star.

Magic Love Crow said...

You did fantastic Debra!!! Well done! Flirty! Very cute!!!

e said...

Beautiful!

The Captain said...

I love it.

Lynn said...

Looks good!