Author Archives: Helen

About Helen

The plan was to leave Tripoli in 2012, head home to Malta and set up a calligraphy business but it's all happened a bit quicker!

An Overload of Orange

Tightly and very well packed!   Gift wrapped All in all, a brilliant package to open, I wasn’t expecting each item to be gift wrapped with La Couronne du Comte ribbon or the surprise notebooks.           … Continue reading

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Students’ gothic work at the end of the 8 week course

So last week, the students chose one scary piece of paper or card from my stash.  I’ve been warning them that there’s nothing scarier than a blank piece of good quality paper – especially when you only have one piece … Continue reading

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Start of carnival!

Wow, it happened right outside the window during lesson 7! We heard the drumming getting closer then it stopped right outside our first floor window.   When the drumming stopped a guy starting talking. In Maltese of course so the … Continue reading

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Coming to the end of the Gothic course

I’ve really enjoyed this bunch of students!  They’ve worked so hard and been so enthusiastic that they’ve been a pleasure to teach.  Here’s some pics of their work from weeks 6/7. This is Marion, the lady who brought a felt … Continue reading

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How (not) to clean watercolour pans

Let’s just say that this Whatsapp conversation happened between two friends…. Gouache Girl:  How do you get the nasty old pan watercolours out of a cute little travel set? Watercolour Knowall:  Um, soak it with water and then grab the … Continue reading

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And keeping with the Gothicky theme – students take note!

Here’s a Twitter post from the British Library. I love the ‘diaper pattern’ of the tiles or cobbles in the first pic. The second pic perfectly shows the ‘not square’ shape I was talking about in the last lesson.  And … Continue reading

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Gothic course – week 4

I love watching students’ progress and hearing their moans and groans; just when they think they’ve cracked lowercase, here comes uppercase.  Just when they think they’ve cracked lower and uppercase, along comes a bit of illumination.  One of my students … Continue reading

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