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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Art Lettering / Calligraphy on AJ journal pages w-i-p!

by Mary Lou 'LuLu' Haynes

Howdy and Welcome!

Here is a sampling of my calligraphy and art lettering on art journal pages in progress.



Front cover of wire bound art journal -
glazing covered with calligraphy and art lettering

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I often use my version of the ancient Greek Boustrophedon style of writing alternate lines upside-down. My version does not incorporate mirroed characters - yet! Although I do write phrases, numbers and sayings in variuos languages, my art lettering is not designed to be read - I just think it makes an interesting texture layer. Texture is what my art is all about. 'The more texture the better', I say.

TOOLS

Gel pens, chisel tip and calligraphy markers are my fave tools for calligraphy and art lettering (Zig, Sharpie, sometimes Copic, whatever I can find with a chisel tip that is permanent & water resistant).

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This page is written with Sakura gel pens - yellow and white.

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This page is written with Sakura gel pens - yellow and white.


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Most pages have been embellished with my embossed and painted metal corners. Plus most pages are edged with printed tapes (my own 'LuLu Too Beaucoup', or Tim Holtz or 7 Gypsies tissue tapes). You can see my own printed tape at the bottom edge of the bottom photo!

INSPIRATIONS FOR ART LETTERING
I've practiced penmanship and calligraphy since elementary and high school. I still communicate often by writing long letters with fountain pens. (Love fountain pens!) But my inspiration for 'art lettering' comes from discovering Martha Lever's blog and other lettering artists whose work I've admired in the Stampington mags!

What do you think of the lettering backgrounds on these art journal pages? They are so much fun to create.

Thanks for stopping by - please follow me - and come back again real soon!

Peace,
LuLu

4 comments:

Diana Trout {Nan.DT@verizon.net} said...

Hi LuLu, your calligraphy is wonderful! I love the colors of all of the pages and the different writing tools you used. Very inspiring.
thanks for the great tute on embossed metal tags. Well DONE!
Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting. I look forward to keeping up with you.

Kimberly's Mixed Media Art said...

Lulu I love the calligraphy, but I really love the tags. Both are stunning. Keep up the good work.
Peace, Kimberly

LuLu said...

Howdy Diana,

Thanks for visiting and for your kind words. I'm glad you like my work.

Love your videos on Youtube, too!

Please come back again real soon!

Peace,
LuLu

LuLu said...

Howdy Kimberly,

Glad you like my new work. Had so much fun making the embossed metal embellishments.

lease come back soon!

Peace,
LuLu

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