The dearest of dear clients asked me to letter a prayer her
father had taught her when she was young. She wished to frame
the original and make high quality copies as Christmas gifts for
her own grown children. Having done several other commissions
for her, I knew her taste leaned toward simplicity and
legibility, but I asked her to come to the studio to choose
paper, letterform, and color.
This was right after the November 1996 class with Reggie so I
was armed with the handout, “How to Analyze a Calligraphic
Hand”. I thought I would show Marge several samples of lettering
that I was anxious to try making my ‘own’. Marge chose Arches 90
lb watercolor paper, viridian gouache, and the lettering sample
of these wonderful uncial/foundational forms which happened to
be the handout “How to Analyze a Calligraphic Hand”.
Marge loved those letters. I am so glad I asked for her input
because I was going to do something easier with indigo gouache
going for simplicity and legibility.
The handout was in monoline, so I translated the forms into a
pressurized version, adding some extra pen widths to the
x-height to give some boldness to the forms. If I remember
correctly, at some point while trying to work out the alphabet,
I came across a sample of the letters I was striving to create
among the many samples Reggie gave us in the mountains of
handouts. Re-inventing the forms became much easier after that.
What you are looking at is the page I did for our guild’s
calendar. I re-did Marge’s prayer for reproduction. It was done
on Arches Text Wove using 30205 stick ink. Original size: