Friday, Thursday and Wednesday.

I’ve been challenging myself to improve my calligraphy skills. If you follow me on Pinterest you’ll notice I pin a lot of calligraphy art. I want to be that good. I want to be able to create masterpieces with a few letters and flourishes.

So I’ve been practicing. Meet “Friday”:

I tried out glamour glow on this one. Jury is still out.
I tried out glamour glow on this one. Jury is still out.

There are actually quite a few zendoodle elements in this one. It seems that I can’t resist. I really like my loops, there are fewer areas which just don’t quite conform to the loopy look I’m going for.

Now meet “Thursday”, which I created on a Wednesday. You’ll find out why this is important to remember later:

Gothic-inspired, gloriously swashbuckl-y.
Gothic-inspired, gloriously swashbuckl-y.

I’m drooling looking at this. Not really, because that’d be gross, but I love this look. I’ll probably do this font for other pieces. I kind of used this for one of my very first pieces:

Gaaaaah the photography. I know I have a ways to go right now but lookat how far I've come!
Gaaaaah the photography. I know I have a ways to go right now but look at how far I’ve come!

Ok. Meet “Wednesday”, which was created on a Thursday, and then almost trashed because it started looking funny in the way letters/words do when you look at them too long:

My flourishes make me happy.
My flourishes make me happy.

You’ll notice I don’t always center precisely. That’s on purpose, I actually don’t like things that are perfectly centered. It bothers me. I like to have my center slightly up, if that makes sense.

All of these pieces-except for “Nostalgia”, that was sold awhile ago-are available in my etsy shop, wordsremember. 5×7, $15+$1.95 shipping. I’m thinking they would look smashing in an off-white frame or a black one with personality. If you don’t want to mess with etsy (they require a sign-in) send me an email at wordsandwares@gmail.com. I have Paypal and we can go that route.

Materials used, affiliate links included:

I’ve been using this paper for calligraphy. Seems to work out just fine.

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This ink is reliable and looks black, which is good since it’s supposed to be black.

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I decided to try this brand of gold marker because it’s archival quality. I don’t want my stuff deteriorating any more than the greats do.

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I find that the C-3 nib size works extremely well with the styles here. Highly recommend trying them out.

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