One of my local libraries offered a free workshop this afternoon on creating illuminated letters, similar to the kinds you might see in the medieval manuscripts of monks transcribing the Bible. How could I pass up the opportunity?
Our teacher was Tracey Massey of the Philadelphia Calligraphers' Society. She explained that calligraphy enjoyed a resurgence in interest and popularity in the 1970s, but is now "sort of a dying art." The Society is reaching out to the public to try keep their organization and this beautiful art form thriving in our area.versal letters.
(Note: Tracy told us that Saral Transfer Paper works much better than regular carbon paper, but she didn't have any for us to use today. It is apparently available at craft stores like Michael's and AC Moore, along with art supply stores.)
creating a repetitive geometric pattern.
You can see my final result here (left column in the middle), along with some of my classmates' work:
I think that anyone who enjoys drawing, lettering, and creating Zentangles and other doodles would have a great time giving this kind of project a try. If you are looking for new sources of art supplies to purchase (ha!), Tracy recommended the following two sites for calligraphy supplies: John Neal Bookseller and Paper & Ink Arts. They look pretty fabulous for those of us involved in painting, doodling, and bookbinding, as well!