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…

24 thoughts on “Calligraphy idea….

    1. Debbie Martin

      Hi Scarlett. Debbie here from The Forum. I love your work and comments. This is wonderful as is your poem and I’ve noticed the same things about gothic and italic calligraphy being what’s attractive to men and copperplate, to women. Especially modern copperplate! I think men want to get to the point and women find it easier than they do to appreciate the art along the way. :o)

  1. Roseann Gutierrez

    Hi Scarlet!
    I love the idea of writing feminine words in Gothic. I can’t wait to see more.
    Your blog is so fun!

  2. Moya

    Scarlet I love it!!! You are so talented. I think there’s some ladylike gothic in my near future!

    1. Scarlet Post author

      Thank you, Moya! Switching styles and nibs is fun… trouble is that sometimes I can’t decide which pen to pick up. I am being a broad today!

  3. IDV

    I love your calligraphy, Ms Scarlet. And in particular, I *love* that ‘h’. What with that and the drops/splashes (I’m trying not to think about having the painters and decorators in), it is all very stylish!

  4. bitchontheblog

    Just cottoned onto your calligraphy. I could cry at the sheer beauty of it. One of those interests of mine which I won’t put into practice. Not everyone can be the ‘artiste’. There need to be people, like me, who look, admire, applaud that which others, like you, ‘produce’.


    1. Scarlet Post author

      Hello Ursula! Thank you for finding me! I feel like I am neglecting my old blog… this one seems to get most of my attention, and I am missing writing my random nonsense. I will spend next week at the old place and do some proper blog visiting.

  5. savannah49

    I love it! Especially the drops on the page. I like your idea of taking up a pen and giving it a go! Just might have to splurge on a small bottle of ink and a pen! LOL I’ll keep you posted, sugar! xoxoxx


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