Certificate of Appreciation

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Richard is a volunteer is for a nationwide nonprofit called SCORE which stands for Service Core of Retired Executives. SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.  Visiting and exploring this website will reveal a wealth of information and resources for anyone who has self employed income.  Not only can you meet with a counselor for free there’s webinars, links to SBA information and other information for anyone wanting to learn the in and out’s of running their own business.

Richard has been helping me with my side business doing handyman work. Even though I have a BA in Accounting it’s good to have someone to go over my business plans to point things out that I may have missed or didn’t think of.  Eventually, I plan to phase out the handyman work and replace it with a calligraphy business.  This certificate is the first I’ve done and I plan to start doing more.

If you’re looking for something like this message me on facebook, email me or give me a call.  I can draft, scan then email you previews to create the certificate you’re looking for.   If it’s beyond my ability I know professional calligraphers I can put you in touch with.

Everything on this certificate was done by hand.  I used Ziller Black Soot ink for the blacks at the top.  Its 23K patent leaf gold on the initials and small dots throughout the name.  For the shading around the name I used Derwent Graphitint water soluble pencils for the shading.  I followed the technique I learned from Harvest Crittenden. Where I wet the tip of the pencil and load my brush. So the pencil never actually touched the paper.  I used walnut ink for the Copperplate hand lettering at the bottom.

If you’re interested in learning more about calligraphy can visit IAMPETH or contact me. From IAMPETH you can find a local guilds, teachers and suppliers of the tool/inks needed for the art.

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Romanesque P on a black envelope



Peter Bryan has been sending me plenty of work this past summer for my small business doing odd jobs on the side. This funds my expensive calligraphy habit.  So I sent a thank you note in the envelope you see above.  If your buying or selling your home in the Evansville, IN stop by his office.  Here’s a hyper link to his website.  http://househunter.com/sellers.asp?market_id=134

To make the lettering opaque on colored envelopes I followed the instructions in a recent issue of Bound & Lettered a calligraphy magazine.   By adding two or 3 drops of Dr. Martins Bleed Proof White to my W & N Cerulean Blue.  The lettering came out creamy, consistent and opaque.  I did not need to go back with a brush and add another layer.  The letter P itself is in keeping with research I’ve found for letters of the Romanesque period.  There’s a few great books on illuminated lettering but I’ve really enjoyed The Illuminated Alphabet by Patricia Seligan and Timothy Noad.  It’s full of detailed instructions for various periods and lot’s of inspiring sketches from those periods.

October 2013 Romanesque theme

The goal is to do 1 Romanesque letter every 2 to 3 weeks till I have a full alphabet.  Here’s the letter “K” in a two different forms.

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These two were finished letters I used on actual envelopes.  For the blue on black I followed the instructions in this last issue of Bound and Lettered.  By adding a 2 drops of Dr Martins Bleed Proof White to a the blue gouache it came out much more opaque and doesn’t smudge.

Below is a two different practice pieces I was working on, first in water color then in gouache.


You can find all sorts of Romanesque letters in digital scriptorium by searching by the time period.

Septembers uploads


Here’s a few that were completed over the summer.  I’ll be posting some more in October, hopefully I can get back on track posting once a month or more.  I’m sticking to Romanesque theme’s for a while till I feel very confident in the art work. Thanks for all the positive feed back.  If your interested in learning more search for a local calligraphy guild or art community in your area.

Do these decorated envelopes continues to be an enjoyable way to share what your doing and the people enjoy receiving them as way.