Letters and watercolor and collage, oh my!
Beth Lee — Calligraphy & Book Arts
by callibeth
3w ago
Watercolors, collage, Cocoiro brush pen, bookbinding thread on watercolor paper. 11 x 14 in. I’m having a good time with these new watercolors … and some sewing. At least a few parts of this page are interesting The post Letters and watercolor and collage, oh my! first appeared on Painting Speech ..read more
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What I’m listening to in my studio this spring
Beth Lee — Calligraphy & Book Arts
by callibeth
1M ago
Response to an online prompt: What are you listening to? Walnut ink on drawing paper. 5 x 10.5 inches. The post What I’m listening to in my studio this spring first appeared on Painting Speech ..read more
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A quotation with a green Celtic twist
Beth Lee — Calligraphy & Book Arts
by callibeth
1M ago
I thought this was a Tolkien quotation, but found out as I was lettering it that it was said by the director of the movies. Still, others have said similar things. Gouache and pen. About 5″ square. The post A quotation with a green Celtic twist first appeared on Painting Speech ..read more
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My work is in the Letter Arts Review juried annual issue!
Beth Lee — Calligraphy & Book Arts
by callibeth
1M ago
26+ Alphabets in 4. Gouache and metal pens on paper. 4 x 4 in. I’m so pleased to have my work included in this year’s juried annual issue of the Letter Arts Review! My copies arrived in the mail today. In making this piece I found myself exploring many of the same design elements that quilters contend with: proportion, color, texture, direction. At just four inches square, this was an exercise in small writing. Each 1-inch quadrant contains a large letter made of white space, the remainder of the alphabet in medium-sized capitals, and a lot of smaller complete alphabets.  T ..read more
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More Akim lettering for our guild project
Beth Lee — Calligraphy & Book Arts
by callibeth
2M ago
Gouache, Zig Cocoiro brush pen, ZIG Mangaka 01 pen on Canson XL watercolor paper. 6 x 9 in. I’m continuing to enjoy Akim lettering. I made these in preparation for next month’s local guild meeting. Even though I switched to a brush pen for the main lettering, I tried for a fairly monoline effect. I love doing Akim lettering with a brush pen. Gouache, ZIG Mangaka 01 pen on Canson XL watercolor paper. 6 x 9 in. Here I used the same palette as for the first one, but mixed neutrals. After I penciled in the box and did the main lettering, I went over the lettering inside the box with Pebeo masking ..read more
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Akim – a surprisingly enjoyable script
Beth Lee — Calligraphy & Book Arts
by callibeth
2M ago
Studying Akim for our guild’s long-term project with monoline lettering. Here the lines are discrete, but the letter elements are stretched to maximize the graphic impact and slow down reading. Fine-line marker on Clairfontaine paper. About 4 x 6 in, as I recall. I’ve come across Akim script several times over the years, most usually because I return again and again to Hans-Joachim Burgert’s book The Calligraphic Line. This script is an approach as much as a hand, developed by Burgert. Until now, it has not drawn me in. But now I see it as a relaxation of the confines of lettering in favor of ..read more
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Layouts & monolines guild project
Beth Lee — Calligraphy & Book Arts
by callibeth
2M ago
Our local guild, Bridger Mountain Scribes, is now 8 months into a year-long project. We are each making a portfolio of 6″ x 9″ pieces featuring a variety of monoline lettering styles and watercolor decorations. My theme is “Questions.” And here’s my piece, which I may re-do, for month 6. (You can see 3 earlier months’ work here.) The post Layouts & monolines guild project first appeared on Painting Speech ..read more
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Happy New Year! Ring out the old, ring in the new.
Beth Lee — Calligraphy & Book Arts
by callibeth
3M ago
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Having fun with our local guild’s long-term calligraphy project
Beth Lee — Calligraphy & Book Arts
by callibeth
6M ago
Our local calligraphy guild, Bridger Mountain Scribes, has embarked on a long-term project. Each month, Diana demonstrates a new layout, monoline lettering style, and/or decorative treatment for our 6″ x 9″ watercolor pages. At the end of the project, we’ll make an enclosure to house our pages. Here are three of the pages I’ve made during recent meetings. Zig Millennium marker, travel set of watercolors, watercolors pencils on 6″ x 9″ watercolor paperZig Millennium marker and travel set of watercolors on 6″ x 9″ watercolor paperZig Millennium markers and travel set of watercolors on 6″ x 9″ wa ..read more
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Summer flip-flops, illumination, and Ben Shahn’s folk hand
Beth Lee — Calligraphy & Book Arts
by callibeth
8M ago
Pencil-illuminated Ben Shahn lettering. Here’s a perhaps weird mash-up of summer, illumination, pencil, and Ben Shahn’s lettering. I have an impressive, or perhaps merely excessive, array of flip-flops, all dating from at least 15 years ago, when we moved from Florida to Montana. They were all the footwear I had, besides a pair of sneakers and a pair of dress sandals. My closet looks very different now, but I love hauling out the box of flip-flops every summer for, oh, about 6 weeks each year. Done in my pencil journal on a plane with a Blackwing pencil (Natural). The post Summer flip-flops, i ..read more
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