©2007 Suzanne Cannon
*links go to www.quietfiredesign.ca
link will open a new window. When you are finished looking at the
new page, just close it and you will return here!
This article first appeared
in the September 2001 issue of byhand
This is some lettering that I did at the calligraphy conference in
1999 at Lethbridge in Carl Rohrs class. (I apologize for the quality
of the picture. It did not scan perfectly and I would be the first
to admit my photo editing skills need some enhancing... can you see
the little ferns growing out of the foot of the R?) The class was
experimenting with different tools and this was one of my experiments!
Rough edge lettering is nothing new - check out the Kettle Creek
Chips logo - but it is fun. It works best on rough
watercolour paper with a very broad tool.
However, this piece was done on a fairly smooth paper
and a similar effect was achieved by intermittently lifting the left
edge of the nib as I made each stroke. When I say it works
best done with a very broad tool, I mean outside the normal nib sizes
(which go up to about 5 mm).
These larger tools start at 1/4" width and go up from there. Some
of the names are: Automatic
Pens (although there is nothing automatic about them!), Coit
pens, Techniquills or they can be made at home, with a little ingenuity.
A member of the Warmland Calligraphers (Duncan, BC) makes a very respectable
version at a very reasonable price, called the Qualley
Quill. They come in three sizes and Barbara (Qualley) tests
them all before they are sent.
Anyway, large letters are FUN.
The above lettering was done with an Automatic
Pen, on Canson
Mi-teintes paper, using Walnut
Ink. The "R" is approximately 2 1/2 inches high.