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.

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.


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.

A Celtic Design with Christian Prayer





I took inspiration from Celtic designs for this piece.  Used sepia ink for the
lettering and a size 3 nib for the Uncial handlettering.  The letter “B”
I  created from a design you can find in “Designs
from the Book of Kells
” which is altered to work in the piece. Her books are
very useful as she has a couple books I have learned from.  The boarder was
inspired by multiple designs I found using “55
Classic Celtic Boarders
”  There are many good Celtic books to learn from
about this and a search on will show you many.