Birthday card

A friend draws sheep cartoons and did this card for my birthday.  I love it, thanks Jan!

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This year’s Christmas cards


Season’s greetings!


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Stone carving I’ve not seen before

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?



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A little bit of design that made me smile


Although I would’ve used a different font as I see the first word as “we’ve”!












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Pencil play


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KPMG – 90 minute calligraphy!

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!




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Practice at home

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!


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