If you've been reading this blog, you'll know something about How to Be in the World: An Abecedarian Commonplace for Living. This is a portfolio of 26 sheets that each contain an illuminated letter, a verb, and a favorite quotation relating to that verb. Written and drawn all in pencil, these pages were developed over a number years. It was featured in Letter Arts Review earlier this year, and I also made a clamshell box to hold the stack of original sheets.
As of the end of April, there are only a few of the 100 print versions of this portfolio left for sale. Twenty-nine pages enclosed in an embossed, printed folder. $25 each, postage paid to US.
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending Harvest Crittenden's workshop hosted by the Big Sky Scribes in Helena. The subject: Spencerian script. I had never studied this hand before. Harvest is very organized and clear, and we learned a lot in a short time. Now all we have to do is ... practice, of course.
I haven't been as regular about it as I could wish, but yesterday I sat down to practice in earnest again. I began with 2 pages of warm-up exercises designed to build kinetic memory. After the page of cross drills, I decided to simply trace, in pencil, a letter written in the 19th century in Spencerian. It helped to teach myself the rhythm of the script, and I was surprised to discover by that method a few things I had been glossing over. Then I wrote a letter in Spencerian using a ball-point pen. I have this lovely ball-point pen with a 0.3 mm point, and I didn't want to get out ink.
Spencerian practice using a pencil and ball-point pen on B&R layout paper and Crane stationery.
I've been so enamored of the pencil since Amity Parks' workshop. I'm starting to think about moving back to the wet stuff. I still like drawing the letters, though; I may take that back to gouache and sumi ink.
Remember this post? wherein I claimed to be making progress. Hahahahahaha.
I've scrapped those pages, and the minuscule progress I've made since then, to make it a pencil-only portfolio. Here are two completed pages. We will make portfolios for our projects in August, so I really do have to get cooking on these.
I'm loving my new pencil journal. Here's a page I started right after the workshop but just finished yesterday morning. Really, the lines are straight. It's just that the page was folded back and set on a cushioned chair.
In association with the Woman's March on Washington, there was a call for posters and banners. The deadline was today. Here's my poster submission, done in pencil, scanned and stitched together in Photoshop: