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Week #21
This work was done by Kathy Barker in 2016 in Seattle for the session “How to Modernize a Traditional Calligraphic Hand: Blackletter” in PRIMITIVE TO MODERN. In her own words
The final size was 10" X 19" done on "vintage", tan-toned Hahnemnhle Ingres paper.

Materials: Speedball C-0 Nib, Winsor Newton Alizarin Crimson watercolor, Moon Palace Sumi Ink.

The technique, which was demonstrated in class, was to write each letter in Alizarin Crimson watercolor and then drop Sumi ink (Moon Palace) into the wet paint. This allows the sumi ink to "bleed" into the freshly written Alizarin Crimson giving it a lovely shaded effect. I found that dropping the sumi into the still wet paint at the tops and bottoms of each letter gave the most dramatic effect. It was important to do the sumi blending at the completion of each letter while the paint was still wet.
The verse, a favorite of mine, was chosen because of the focus on Peace and honoring those who are "peacemakers". In our current times of world unrest, injustice and civil unrest, I felt that this is a message that needs to be expressed. As a part of our Gothic variations study, this piece, using a gothicized hand with a more contemporary flavor ( taken from the exemplar based on the typeface "Schwabacher") was done in contrast to a more formal Gothic style.

The process of developing the piece was mainly focused on arriving at a unified design that allowed the lines to fit together. This involved writing it several times and exploring the spacing and line length. The flourishes also needed to be designed so that they would add to the integrity of the overall piece. All this took much time and many trial practice pieces; so that when I did the final it could flow and have a pleasing effect.

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