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Learning about calligraphy

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This week I have been a bit of a creative butterfly. I have been painting , sewing, making jewellery and practising some calligraphy.
The calligraphy is a new thing.
Although I bought some pens and ink back in April, when I was in England, I have only recently started using them.
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The reason being I am finding the light in my work room quite poor for painting first thing, so I thought I would try out some calligraphy for 30 minutes every morning, and see how I get on. ( it’s tempting to stay in bed a bit longer some days, but I have to say I am enjoying the results I am getting after a weeks practice, so that’s been enough to get me out of bed !)

I love beautiful handwriting, and have always longed to be able to manage a few beautifully written words on the cards I make. My hand writing is pretty messy, so I thought I would see if I could improve it.
I know it is possible to get fonts for the computer and print out what I need, but to my mind it’s not the same

I have started with the UNCIAL(unshall) alphabet.
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1. I like how it looks
2. There is only one alphabet ( no capitals and small letters )
3. I could find a lot of information about it and several free work sheets online.
4. I can use the pens and nibs I have


1.Calligraphy is much more enjoyable than I thought it was going to be
2. It is quite a challenge.
3. You get through a lot of paper
4. After just one week of 30 minutes practise I know the basics of how to write in Uncial
5. Although I know how to form all the letters, it is hard to get them looking good
6.When I am concentrating on forming letters, my mind sometimes forgets how to spell.
7. It is hard to get the words spaced correctly on the page, and needs planning.
8. Anyone who wants to improve their handwriting and learn some calligraphy can do so. All you need is a pen, ink, and paper. It does not cost much to get started, and all you need is a small table to work at.
9. There are variations of certain letters, depending on what you read. I tried out the different variations and picked the one I thought looked best .

10. It is a fun way to start the day.

I will continue with the uncial alphabet for a bit longer, and then I want to start learning to write using one of the versions of italic, which will be more of a challenge.

If you fancy trying it, you can print out basic information on forming the letters a practise sheet, and guide lines at

Go on, grab a pen and give it a go !!

Back at last . Sketching Challenge – Week 3 ( I think)

5 days ago I restarted my 5 day sketching challenge. On the first day (after a two-week break, and my visitors gone), I sat down with my sketch book, and found myself looking at the blank paper with an equally blank mind.

A distracting voice in my head was saying, “sort out the cleaning and the laundry, and start tomorrow.” The next day it was saying, “sort out painting the other half of the walls, or go and buy bread.
Luckily another little voice was saying, ” Come on, it’s just 10 minutes. Do something. Anything. Just make some marks on the paper.”

I looked at a Picasso quote I have on my desk
” Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working ” and stayed there until I had made some kind of sketch or doodle. ( thank you Mr Picasso)

Here are this weeks offerings .

As I am writing this, the sun is shining and occasionally my mind wanders to thoughts of lying under a tree down at the river beach, but I am going to stay at my desk, and once I have posted this I will decide which sketch I am going to create something from tomorrow.

Tune in on Friday to see what I came up with !

Whilst writing about the distracting voice I had in my head, It made me think of something the wonderful artist Vincent van Gogh said.

“If you hear a voice within you that says “You cannot paint” then by all means paint, and the voice will be silenced ”

I think I should stick that quote on my desk too !

Creative quotes I like .

Some times I feel a certain way,and can’t put it into words, then I see a quote and think , YES ! thats what i am feeling .

Other times I need a bit of a kick up the you know what , and I read a quote that motivates me.

And other times I find quotes that help sort out grey areas of thought, whilst others plant questions in my head .

I thought I would share a few I like regarding creativity and crafting

” You never find time for anything. You make it “ Charles Buxton

” Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties “ Erich Fromm

” Things are not difficult to make. What is difficult is putting ourselves in a state of mind to make them ” Constantin Brancuse

” We do not find freedom along the grinding lines of discipline” Yehudi Menhuin

“The creative spirit demands persistence ” Shane Mc Niff

” Go on working freely and furiously and you will make progress” Paul Gaughin

” Craft is what I do all day, Art is what i end up with at the end of it ” Harlan House

ART V CRAFT “eye candy v hand & eye candy with a purpose” Wayne MacKenzie

“Art can’t deny craft, but refuses to acknowledge it. In the end they are still brothers” Christian Barr

Do you have any favourite quotes ? If so what are they ?