Pencil Calligraphy

     I enjoy joining exchanges - make one get one through the mail. The above piece is a pencil work that I continue to add to. One of my current exchanges is an altoid tin exchange with inspirational cards inside. My inspirational cards are copied images from this piece, mounted on card stock. The altoid tin was to be altered to dress it up. The deadline is July 15th, then probably several weeks before I get my new tin with 9 cards inside. I'll post when available.
    For anyone who might be interested, the group this exchange is sponsored by is a yahoo!group called Christian Paper Artists. Here is their statement:
     A paper artist is one who uses paper in whatever they create…stamp artists, paper crafters, calligraphers, book binders, collagist…etc. The group has expressed a desire for our focus to include all types of paper art, while always developing our ability to express our faith in the Lord. This group will provide an arena to share conversation about what we are creating and how.
     You can look them up at:

     Another group I enjoy is a yahoo!group called Calligraphy Exchange. This group is focused on calligraphy exchanges, but they also answer questions and talk shop. It is much small than cyberscribes, so the volume is more manageable. There statement is:
     If you like to exchange calligraphic art with other artists then this is the place to be. We are an informal gathering place for calligraphers and lettering artists of all levels and from many countries. Share comments, questions, suggestions and your work with us. Struggling with a technique? Need advice? Ask away. We are a friendly, helpful group ---even if our fingers are inky!
     This group has been here since 1999. It is nice to see so many of our original members. Although things were quiet for a while, we are now enjoying a surge in membership and a renewed commitment to exchanges. Please feel free to post whatever is on your mind. Suggestions? Bring 'em on!
     You can look them up at:

Hopefully you will check one of these out and find another creative outlet and folks to share your passions.


Fabric & Paper

I grabbed the opportunity to take a workshop at Random Arts in Saluda, NC. This group of artists use a lot of fun techniques to alter stuff, collage and go wild. It has been sometime since I've had time to play around with this type of artwork, but I do love it! I always find it a creative design puzzle. Playing around with color, placement, texture and meaning. My piece will be a gift for my husband - shhhh! Hopefully a surprise for Christmas - not sure who will be more surprised (probably me that I completed it!) Any who, the workshop was a great day to get into a different place.
Thanks to the instructor Carol Sloan
Thanks to the host with the most, Jane at Random Arts!
A little bit of info on the piece: it is a memory quilt of my husband's years in the Lutheran ministry. There are four spaces with photos from the four churches he has served. The center contains a cross from his grandmother's bible. Each square has a touch of red, Christ's blood. The top right is a photo from ordination - the two of us way back when. The ribbon is to indicate the red stole he received on that occasion. The first square is an image of Martin Luther from a chocolate candy wrapper from Germany! There are a lot of interesting touches like that in each square. FYI.

But now it is time to get back to work! Yes, I have a paying job for calligraphy :) Now that my wonderful twins have time off of school I have a deadline to meet. I'll post images once I get the committee to agree on the piece.


calligraphic mandala

Finally had the chance to get away for two nights!
Enjoyed a little R n R with the husband :)
Here is my most recent mandala.
and here is a little research on mandalas:
Mandalas are most well known as the intricate, meditation circles made by Tibetan Monks.
I've always thought that calligraphy is meditative and wonderfully relaxing when ink is flowing nicely on quality paper. So now I have stumbled across a design that is a match for the art.


Calligraphy flourished mandala

This mandala was a great way to get some practice and create a little piece.