Monthly Archives: May 2014

Calligraphy idea….

This is more of a picture post to help me with my failing short term memory! But I have had an idea…. brought on by reading about what other people think about calligraphy. I will only explain my idea when I’ve actually done it… so the following photo is kind of like a sketchbook note to remind me to do something about the idea…


The first cut is the deepest….

And on a different note, I have been looking at examples of Gothic calligraphy that is appearing all over the internet and I’ve noted that generally men seem to favour gothic calligraphy and women seem to like modern quirky lettering or copperplate… there are some wonderful female letterers who do superb Gothic, but it seems to be a very blokey thing… possibly because the overall effect of it has an aggressive punch. I like the work of Luca Barcellona and Niels Shoe Meulman – they are hugely influential at the moment. I am probably more drawn to the work I’ve seen from Niels Shoe Meulman… probably because he is is a bit more splashy and wild.
Anyhow, I have just found some of my Gothic calligraphy, written just before December 2013… because all the blokes were swearing and cursing in Fraktur I thought I’d redress the balance and write some words considered to be stereotypically female 🙂


Time of the month….?

It’s not brilliant! But it’s an idea to play with… I think I might have a go with a flat brush, as this might give me more of the effect I’m looking for. Plus I must get rid of my natural tendency to slant forward! This could also be a meme… I would be delighted if all the women out there reading this picked up their broad edged pens and began writing really nice words in Fraktur… think pastel colours, gentle words etc… go on, you know you want to…

Scribbly Calligraphy

I am no longer going to write posts. Have decided to slap up pics in an instant way deprived of any explanation. Nobody reads anymore anyhoo. I could write penis, penis, penis and nobody would be any the wiser so long as there is a picture to distract them.
Here is a crap picture of some italic variation wot I did at the weekend.





Calligraphy and Poems

A couple of weeks back I slapped up a few pictures of a poem into a blog post without much of an explanation… this was gratuitous calligraphy exposure… akin to unnecessary nudity in films. I apologise. I am referring to my rendering of Sweet Neglect by Ben Jonson. It is time to right that wrong… put some clothes on it so to speak.
Whenever I write a poem out in calligraphy I probably write it out in rough about four or five times to get a sense of what the poem is about. Sometimes I write it out more than this depending on how stupid I am feeling.
I realised what Sweet Neglect was about half way through my third rough draft… Ben is a bloke waiting to go out somewhere special with his partner. She is late home from work and hasn’t got time to get ready properly. She is flustered… Ben looks at her, and instead of simply saying you look fine as you are, he instead puts pen to paper and writes her the poem Sweet Neglect… which more or less says the same thing, but with more words…
Anyhow… with this in my mind I decided on a fun approach when I came to writing it out… I used a modern calligraphy style, which I actually drew rather than wrote, which took far longer than just writing it… but it gave me more options when it came to colour/shading etc. I used gouache and gold powder.
Here are some pics of the poem in progress….


Still to be coloured in….


Should I have left it like this?!


Adding colour…


Colouring the lettering….

The finished version of this is in my gallery… HERE

This was an interesting experiment, I am sort of pleased with it. There is more about Ben Jonson HERE…. blimey… he used to write satirical comedies… I have only just looked this up. I am amused! Hopefully he would be happy with my interpretation!

Meanwhile… I have a few more experiments on the go… so better get on….