The random calligraphic ramblings of a self-taught amateur.
(I don't do commissioned work, but thanks for looking.)
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Here’s a certificate I wrote for an associate professor who was kind enough to give a talk to students on the use of humour in teaching. The style is modified English Round Hand, popularly known as ‘Copperplate’. I wrote this using a vintage (pre-WWII) Hunt 56 steel nib, and Talens gouache (silver and deep gold).
Writing ‘Copperplate’ is a tactile experience — one has to know where to press the nib in order to get thick strokes and where to begin gradually easing off; and one needs to be gentle yet controlled on light, unpressed upstrokes. With lots of practice this comes naturally — and it begins to feel like the rhythm of breathing.