Mapped Out

A few months ago I saw a wedding map drawn by Lindsey from The Postman’s Knock. Across the wall, in another study room was a friend of mine who had just passed out her wedding invitations. My friend (Virginia) likes vintage and art and maps. And, of course, spending time at interesting places with her fiancee, now husband, Kenneth. I sent her a link because I knew I couldn’t make this gift a surprise. She also thought it was a wonderful idea, and agreed to send me a list of locations.

The original idea was supposed to be for the insert in the invitations, listing the places the wedding would involve. Instead, the couple chose places special to them while they were dating. Thanks to Virginia’s directions and a few extra emails, we got pictures of all the places which I put together into one map using my calligraphy pen, India ink, and watercolors.

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The finished piece ended up involving most of my family. My little brother kindly made this frame for me out of weathered cedar. I was going to skip the glass because I didn’t know where I could get glass that would fit. Then my mom wondered about glass and said ACE Hardware would cut glass to any size I wanted. Yay! Then my dad decided I needed to rout out a space to hold the glass, which he proceeded to do for me. My mom picked up the glass that night and I had it all ready. I tacked on some cardboard we had for the back of frames and the whole thing was a nice, neat package. (It’s great to live with a crafty family! 🙂 )

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A Peek into my Sketchbook

I’ve had this thing for poppies recently so on Sunday afternoon I sat outside and played around with my watercolors and painted poppies to my heart’s content. They’re so much fun and quite easy!

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Watercolor Calligraphy

Watercolor calligraphy. Sounds intriguing. But what is it? I recently purchased the book Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe. This book is a fantastic introduction to modern calligraphy and inspiring for those of us who have dabbled in calligraphy a bit already.

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When I first saw watercolor calligraphy in her book, I was interested but not convinced. I wasn’t sure that it was really my style. I tend to go for simple, understated art and it looked like the writing, though beautiful, was a touch on the gaudy side. But thanks to the encouragement of a few friends I decided I had to try it anyhow.

SONY DSCIt’s a lot of fun! Yes, it is more challenging than ink from an inkwell. But the delightful variety that just happens makes it worthwhile. Besides, learning a new skill will help fight off Alzheimers, right? 🙂 The thing that gives me the most difficulty is that I can’t tap my nib against the inkwell because I’m loading the nib with a brush. This left me with lots of ink blots at first. But I’m learning.

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You really can do this with the cheapest set available at Walmart. You know those Crayola sets you had when you were five. Yes, it will work. The blending happens when you add a new color to the nib before the old color is gone. So in one paper you might have ten different shades even though you only used three colors!

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I chose these colors to show the fresh green of spring. Yes, spring is coming. Even in rainy Guys Mills where we see more rain on sunshine than sun on rain.