It was an organizing kind of day. I enjoyed ordering scraps of work into folios for binding into my next journal.
After a hiatus of some years, I've rejoined an 11-months-long monthly decorative envelope exchange. I'm enjoying it. We aren't required to include anything calligraphic in the envelope -- although we do have to include something. I'm putting calligraphy in mine.
I'm thinking that the little meander book (2.5 x 3.5 in or so) in the corner may be how I got this leftover palette of gouache in the first place. The colors match. If so, then I began with three primaries (warm yellow and blue, cool red), and that's it.
At this rate, I'll be binding another journal of daily lettering soon.
The past few days' daily lettering have been all about uncials, particularly one old exemplar that is unlabeled except for "late XII England".
As "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" is considered to be the quintessential abecedarium, so "minimum" is the stock word for practicing letter spacing. Here the challenge was to change the style each line while keeping each line as consistent as possible. Difficult! Here were the styles/rules I had in mind on each line:
- foundational connections and proportions with flat base;
- foundational connections with classic two-part triangular serif at top and rounded exit strokes at bottom;
- gothicized italic with flattened horizontal-ish exit strokes (copy of Edward Johnson's version);
- a rather softened style of blackletter;
- a hybrid of bookhand and italic which requires a pen-angle change on the branching, with exaggerated pen-angle stops at the base;
- italic with a very low branch point;
- springy italic with increasingly
erraticum, unrestrained gestural strokes.
practicing one script : working/playing in this manner :: practicing a straight scale : improvising a Hanon exercise using a jazz scale and syncopated rhythm
Home again, after a month in Japan. And back to daily lettering practice.