July/August 2002 - Issue 15
Welcome to all the new subscribers!
Happy Summertime, everybody!
You may notice that I am taking a wee break over the summer and combining the July and August newsletters. I always underestimate how much time parenting takes over the summer and never get as much accomplished as I expect... I think I may need a lot of time this summer for physiotherapy, too!
On June 1st and 2nd, I was in Vancouver teaching the Westcoast Calligraphy Society. On the Saturday, I had a truly happy crowd bent on adding Funk to their Foundational. We spent the morning warming up with classic Foundational, then had some fun with it. We topped off the afternoon with creating a small accordion book filled with Funky Foundational! To see photos of these cheery calligraphers and their cool little books, click here to go to the class photos page.
On the Sunday, a smaller, but no less
enthusiastic group assembled to do the Artist's Journal. Lots of sharing
made this day a real treat!
Again, you can see the photos for this workshop on the Class Photos page - check out the sanded magazine pages - fabulous!
Many thanks to suzy_q for hosting me - she always has lots of Diet Coke and Popcorn to make me feel like I'm at a party and not there to work! And thanks to Trevor for arranging the weekend!
I have made a couple of additions to this website. There
is now a Links page which still needs to be plumped
out... and I have added a
I hope you're all enjoying your summer days. You may be using your time to get caught up with things, busy playing with family or you might actually have time to make art!
event I have a
you click here, you will go to the Challenge page.
Don't forget if you print the grid out with an inkjet printer and you get the page wet, the grid will run! Perhaps a photocopy of the grid will prevent unexpected accidents.
When you're finished, copy and send it to me and I will display them in the Subscriber's Gallery.
H a v e F u n !P.S. Just to give a little incentive there will be a little reward for the first 5 submissions postmarked after August 15! - you need 30 days to fill in the 30 blocks...
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Thanks so much to all you wonderful
people who were so kind to send me cards and e-cards and greetings over
the last month when I was layed up with the broken ankle.
Go ahead, try it just for fun! Now try to get out.... :-)
Thanks again for thinking of me!
Some information that I have been meaning to share with you for some time is about the artist Robert Genn. His website is the Painter's Keys. Twice a week Robert sends out a short letter that is really well written. This is the information from his home page and I can't say it better!:
Creative people worldwide appreciate the level of informed inspiration and information provided by this letter. It arrives in your inbox every Tuesday and Friday morning, and itís free. Nothing to buy. Your name or email address will not be used for any unpleasant purpose. You will not be put on any lists. Youíll probably find something of value right away in your first letter. If you donít, just delete. You can unsubscribe at any time. To find out what you can expect from the twice-weekly letters and other free benefits for artists, please take a look at our welcome letter for new subscribers: Welcome letter
He always includes an interesting quote or two, sometimes some technical advice - it's always a short pleasant break from the day.
Recently I was contacted to do some artwork for a new zine, Capricorn Gypsies. The creators, Mary and Sandra, chose the theme of travel and friendship for their new venture. Here is the digital collage that I did for them. Thanks to Nancy Q for the quote! I wish Mary and Sandra all the best with their new endeavour. They are both wonderfully talented so their "baby" is sure to be a keeper! Here is a bit more information about Capricorn Gypsies:
The Capricorn Gypsies is an art/travel/correspondence zine featuring two fictional characters, Shandlynne and Gessine and their letter exchanges, along with articles on and samples of different styles of art along a theme. Each issue also has instructions for one or two art projects, as well as "creative challenges" where readers can submit their art for possible future publication. The first issue focuses on collage; future themes include nature sketchbooks and Asian-influenced art. For ordering information go to http://home.att.net/~emelge
Alphabet Tag Swap
And lastly, in the current round of this swap, is the tag I did and my friend Susan's tag. If you're interested the background of this swap click here to read what we did!
My inspiration came at the last minute as usual. I liked the cave man stamp I carved for my Christmas card so I thought iceman...ICE. Blue came to mind like the variety of blues in glacier ice. On the tag I used acrylics with iridescent medium added and thinned with water. I put 3 colors on letting the colors dry between each other. I used some kind of texture on each layer, sponging, saran wrap, and bubble wrap. I dabbed some gold on with a sponge and stamped a blue snowflake (also hand carved stamp). On mulberry paper I lightly sponged some acrylic blue(s) and printed the "Ice"man with black block printing. The back of the tag was done at clean up time. I took a credit card and scooped up the remaining colors and smeared it on the back. I added the word ICE in gestural lettering and highlighted with Dr. Martin's non bleed-proof white. I really enjoyed this project as I actually completed something!!! It's funny how it turned out nothing like what I saw in my mind. It was a learning experience to go through and solve problems when things didn't work out. Best of all is receiving all the other artists' tags, eye candy for sure!!! You artists are great!!!
I worked on many designs
and themes before I settled on the Ancestors theme. I wanted the tag to
look old, so I soaked it in water and crumpled it up. Tags don't like
that treatment....! When dry, I brushed on some acrylic glazes and allowed
those to dry. Next was the copy transfer of my Grandfather's photo, followed
by lettering Ancestors. The little tags were crumpled the same way as
the big ones. My Grandmother was a colour printout glued on. The A is
a rubber stamp. I took a small piece of copper and embossed my grandparents
surname and punched a hole in it then tied all the pieces together with
a piece of waxed linen thread, embellished with a button from my Grandmother's
button basket. The quote on the back was lettered, scanned in, printed
on unryu, torn and glued on the back of the tag. It is the Thomas Hardy
I just had to include this cool idea from Susan in Ucluelet (pronounced you-clue-let!). I makes me wonder why I teach bookbinding at all!!! Thanks for sharing, Susan!
guys....okay, this is a cheat, but it works. I needed -- quickly -- a
little notebook to pop into my handbag, very thin, quite small. The obvious
solution was to make one, but I was in this tearing rush & didn't want
to take the time to make the cover & wait for glue to dry & so on. So
I grabbed a pretty note card & 4 pieces of co-ordinating stationery from
my stash, cut the stationery slightly smaller than the opened card, folded
them in half to make a nested signature of 8 sheets (16 pages), slipped
them inside the note, punched 5 holes with a big embroidery needle & sewed
the whole thing together w/ colour-co-ordinated embroidery floss using
a running stitch, and voila -- instant mini-book. It's absolutely gorgeous,
is the perfect size I wanted & took about 10 minutes (5 of those spent
trying to thread the needle
Susan, hurriedly, from foggy Ucluelet
I'd be delighted to receive your favourite tips for inclusion here - we can all learn from them and probably save someone - like me - frustrations!
For those of you who have taken the Coptic
Stitched Class, you may still acquire waxed linen thread from me.
It is $0.50/yard Cdn ($0.30/yard U.S. funds plus $2 for postage).
Here is a list of the colours I currently have in stock:
It takes two yards of thread to complete the book as we made it.
* 2 Canadian $.48 stamps to Quietfire Design, Box 1231, Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 7M1 Canada
I'd just like to say that if you're an American subscriber, the exchange with the Canadian dollar makes this a very worthwhile event!
I have put together some sewing cradles for sale as some of you have been asking for them. They are not things of great beauty, but really, really handy for when you have a lot of holes to pierce. They are large enough for an 8.5" spine length and are $20Cdn (or $15US - to the States) shipping included. Email me if you can't live without one! I will try to bring these to classes so you can see them in person!
|As well as the waxed linen, I now have some brass
corners (the 3rd one down is Nickel or silver coloured) which are 50 cents
Canadian (or U$0.35) each. They fit nicely on a bookboard of about 1.0mm
thickness covered with decorative paper. Email
me if you are interested - I don't think shipping will
be too much, but that depends on the quantity!
Here is the third installment of the information panels from my exhibition....
On the tail of the Arts and Crafts movement, in the early 20th century, Edward Johnston almost single-handedly revived the craft of calligraphy with the publication of his book Writing & Illuminating & Lettering, which is still in print. At that time, one could walk into the British Library and browse through ancient manuscripts, and that is exactly what Johnston did. He came upon the Ramsey Psalter, written at Winchester in the 10th century, and upon much study and some modernizing decided it would be a perfect letterform to give his beginning students. Thus the Foundational Hand was born.
Technically, the hand is considered Carolingian and can be found referred to as Roundhand, Roman Minuscule or English Caroline Minuscule. It developed during the reign of Charlemagne during the 8th century and gave way to the Gothic hands in the 12th century. It is extremely round in shape and was written at 2-3 pen widths with a 30 degree pen angle. It is an excellent book hand, useful for its legibility.
Historically, we now see the full separation of minuscules and majuscules.
(Majuscules are the capitals and minuscules are the little letters)
To get more details go to my website Calendar of Events page. Use the back button on your browser to return here.
July 13 Victoria
Criss-Cross Coptic Paperworks
And yes, can you believe it, I'm already booked into January 2003! Here is the tentative schedule! (This is not on the Calendar page of the website yet.)
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let me know. Each month I will email you to let you know the new issue
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will put them on the list. Bye for now and thanks for visiting!
The original title lettering of byhand was done with a Mitchell's Roundhand Nib, size 0, and Higgins Eternal Ink. Quietfire Design Rubber stamps were used to create the other designs.
© 2002 Suzanne Cannon
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