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It is no secret that I love working with unorthodox media for calligraphy. Of course, paper is home. Paper is like that metaphorical calligraphy warm blanket on the couch that always accepts you no matter how awful the day was and when you stick to the right calligraphy paper brands (Clairfontaine, Rhodia, Canson), she always gives you what you need. Predictable and smooth. Makes me think of a song from high school about a pen..."she's #1 in my stable and she didn't freeze on me when I wanted her to write on cold Michigan nights.....I pimp my pen". I digress...
Glass can be that same way when it comes to lettering on it. Engraving?....ABSOLUTELY NOT. All glass is not created equal with regard to engraving it. I can ALWAYS tell the difference between a wine or spirit bottle when my bur kisses it at my table for engraving. Wine and spirit bottles that sell for $300+ tend to have nicer glass and engrave almost like crystal. Not always, but most of the time. The most expensive spirit bottle that I have ever engraved to date sold for $4,000. That darling cognac bottle glass engraved like silk. True story. (Get back on track, Janet...)
So calligraphing glass such as mirrors is smooth and easy and breaks up the monotony. ***I bore easily until I find what speaks to me.*** The mirror above is from a set of about 6 mirrors that I calligraphed with sayings that I love. I read & listen to music incessantly and rarely turn on a TV. Truthfully, I typically only have the TV on if a guest requests it or possibly on 1-2 Saturdays a month before I leave for a gig. Not a TV person. I would remove all of the TVs in my house if I didn't fear a revolt from the natives. HOWEVER if I am watching TV, it is likely a classic movie. I love Alfred Hitchcock movies, black & white movies, anything suspenseful or classic drama. Gone with the Wind is definitely up there. Obviously, there are aspects of the movie that don't shine the best light on many of the mindsets in America during the 1800's however it is what it is and it is our history.
I have a strong affinity for love stories & the love story between Scarlett & Rhett is epic. No other word fits. Absolutely epic. But for everyone who has loved, you have been pushed to a point where enough is enough and you just say "I'm done". There is no anger. You've just hit your limit and you're over it. For Rhett, that epic line was "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn". I had to ink this in calligraphy on a mirror, because it isn't just about love. It can also be applied to certain situations in life. Insouciance applied at its best. Cheers!
This mirror is for sale in the shop and on Etsy.
Peace & Love while Slinging Ink®
So my last wedding hand lettering project has just been completed. It was a calligraphy welcome mirror for a wedding later this month. A little bittersweet, but excited about the future. Cheers!
Peace and Love while Slinging Ink®
This morning, I calligraphed these arabesque, antiqued mirror tiles for an event in Dallas. I enjoy working with mirrors and glass as a medium for calligraphy as it is something a little bit different from the norm....like me. I have fallen in love with ribbons and fabrics from Silk & Willow (shown in the picture) so now I am looking at ways to incorporate their beautiful work with mine at every opportunity. Cheers!
Peace & Love while Slinging Ink®
When I started out with the idea for the Confidently Lost collection, I was in an interesting & dark place. I read these love letters from great artists and leaders over & over. Beethoven. Napoleon. Lord Byron. My heart wrenched in the turmoil that is the love that they must have felt. The passion that these men freely shared with the loves of their lives was now “audible” and right there in black & white. Who doesn’t long for that passion?
I am an introvert and have found that I am most comfortable expressing myself through the written word....more specifically calligraphy and hand lettering (no surprise there...). I decided to create a collection of mirrors that would exude a presence (70" x 30") and be filled with the love letters of great artists and leaders. I used their words as a view of the madly, intense love that I wanted to receive in return. And then I used calligraphy to place them on mirrors. This has become an extremely personal and passion-filled calligraphy project for me.
Peace & Love while Slinging Ink®
Mirror, mirror on the wall....who is the fairest of them all? I have no idea, but I do ADORE placing calligraphy on these little mirrors. They are roughly 4" and have an antique appearance in an arabesque shape. I have used these a few times, but sadly I am only just now providing pics of one of those projects. Please accept my sincerest apologies for the tardiness...and I DO detest tardiness :)
These are great for 3 reasons:
1. They provide another canvas for me to place calligraphy on as you know that I so often become bored with the garden variety.
2. It provides a keepsake for your guests at your wedding or event that was calligraphed just for them
3. It's nice for the ladies to have a mirror to check the lipstick etc without looking too vain...because you were checking out the calligraphy right? Um hum.....
Cheers! Peace, Love and Slinging Ink®!
Someone asked if I could provide more pictures of the mirror seating chart that I created back in June. Wanna see it? Here it is!
I couldn't be more pleased to have my work featured with Style Me Pretty for a California wedding that I provided calligraphy for! Remember that massive "Howdy Ya'll" sign? Here it is! You can access it with this link: http://www.stylemepretty.com/2017/06/23/texan-couples-destination-wedding/
What do you do when you receive a mirror that is bigger than you and unframed (hence unable to stand against a wall), but you need to place a calligraphy seating chart on it? Time to work on the floor. Let's make it happen. #calligraphy #calligrapher#handlettering #mirror #seatingchart#mirrorcalligraphy #love #floor #work#writing #write #penmanship #lovemyjob
It's always a treat to see my work featured in publications and I was quite honored to have my work chosen as one of the "looks to see" in 2016. Cheers!
I've calligraphed quite a few mirrors in the last few years, but this was by far the largest and it was just absolutely gorgeous in person. It measured 90" x 34"...had to use a small ladder for this one. This mirror was also cool as the client wanted a scattered organization with the lines as the mirror was much larger than what was needed for the list roughly 65 lines (about 100 guests). The monogram was nice as this was the first mirror where a client already had a monogram that was used from the invitation and wanted to incorporate that with the mirror....and I got to play with illustration a bit with the florals around the monogram.....Yes that was freehand :). Groovy times! Cheers!