A friend draws sheep cartoons and did this card for my birthday. I love it, thanks Jan!
Just had a quick run to a local supermarket and saw this little bit of stone carving. Now why haven’t I noticed it before?
I was contacted by KMPG Malta to ask if I could go and teach some of their staff calligraphy as part of their team building exercises. Not a problem! In 90 minutes? Oh heck! So after much thinking, plotting and planning I came up with the lesson; how to write their name in uncial. I provided 2 sets of guidelines, my uncial exemplar and a Zig calligraphy felt tip pen.
What fun it was! Hardly any history, the briefest of briefest explanations about x-height, nib angle and ruling guidelines and off we went. I was absolutely amazed at how quickly they picked it and how well they did.
The nearest student was called Eric so I demonstrated how to letter an E then went round each of the 8 students correcting and encouraging. Then it was onto the R and how important the serif is. The I which is nothing without the serif and then the C which is basically an E. The next name, Esther, well we’d already done the E and R so it was just the S, T and H. The last person was Francesca who had waited patiently for us to get round to the F to complete her name and there was 80 minutes gone! And what is it with the letter F? Everyone got the hang of it straight away.
There were a few letters that weren’t in people’s names so I demo’d them at the end and then we briefly did a bit of Celtic knotwork but we really needed a bit more time to fully understand it!
These are all on offcuts and scrap limestone found at a local building site.
Drawn on paper and traced onto the stone, rearranging the letters as I went. The ‘A’ and ‘M’ should be slightly more slanted which I didn’t notice until all the letters were cut.
Computer font Trajan, traced directly onto the stone. I was really pleased with some bits and thought ‘ahhh, that’s how to do it’, then immediately cocked up the next bit.
A small piece of stone. I drew the letter directly onto it. Thought painting cut stone would be easy! At least it can be seen, unlike my dodgy black and white pics!