Monday, October 6, 2008

Calligraphy

Now that we are in a new house, in a new city and a new state, I will start learning a new hand in calligraphy. Here is a photo of the pens I use to write Spencerian Script. The two pens on the far right were ones that I commissioned Bill Lilly to make. The wood was removed from the White House during renovations in 1950 and under the pens is a small brass plaque that came with the length of wood. My Mom bought the wood for $1.00.
My new course of study is Foundational hand with Monica Dengo http://www.freehandwriting.net/ and below is a photo of my new pen made by Cynthia Ellis-Petrow http://www.woodbyc.com/ The wood has been dyed with deep greens and blues and is incredibly smooth --- feels like satin.


4 comments:

MaryjoO said...

these look stunning -- what beautiful wood. And a great story behind them.

What a fun looking site -- and I laughed, looking at the "freehand writing.net" words -- I could use that plain caps work as my handwriting has gotten worse over the years ...

fabulous photos, too!

jann said...

Which pen(s) will you use for your new calligraphy class? They each are unique, beautiful, and so graceful. I'm wondering how the curvy one on the left would feel in the hand.

Unionpearl said...

Beee-autiful! Gorgeous pens, gorgeous, gorgeous. Can't wait to see what flows out of them!

freebird said...

Wonderful looking pens! I have plastic myself but was never into calligraphy beyond a beginner's course in Copperplate. Looks like you will be having some fun. I've got plenty of books but hadn't thought of taking something online. Hope you find it a worthwhile class and that you'll share some of your efforts with us.