Long-time customer Jane Farr has one of our favorite calligraphy blogs and consistently creates lovely work. Thus, it is a pleasure to have her as a guest blogger to share how to create lovely handmade greetings for Father’s Day. Her thorough instructions will help you design a card of print you can frame for Father’s Day or any other special occasion. Enjoy learning from Jane!
Creating Handmade Gifts
by Jane Farr
You’ve studied and practiced your letters; you’ve studied and practiced forming words
and sentences, and now you’re ready to take your work to the next level and create a
more finished piece. You have the words picked out that you’d like to write, but you don’ t know what colors or mediums to use. If you find yourself too intimidated to take that next step, then I hope the following ideas will help you.
Sometimes it can be overwhelming to even know where to start in choosing colors. A tip I learned from my calligraphy instructor, Ellen Simon, is to create a small viewing window. I made this one by punching a 1.5”square cutout in an index card.
Take the viewing window and move it across a natural, scenic image. I am using a photograph I took of a flower, but you could use images from a magazine, calendar, etc. Once you’ve settled on an area, tape the window in place.
Observe the colors that are within the window, and select colored pencils, watercolor pencils, and/or watercolors to match those colors as best you can. Not only does this exercise help those who are afraid to try color in their pieces, but it also helps those who tend to use the same color palette over and over again.
I am going to write the same quote three different times using the same color palette but different mediums. All three pieces will be done on Arches Textwove.
For the first piece, I used gray gouache and a pointed pen for the quote and added the lines with a ruling pen
I wet a small, pointed brush in clean water then touched the brush tip to the watercolor pencil and then brushed the color onto my penciled border.
After my border was completely filled in and dry, I erased my pencil lines.
We are so grateful that Jane took time out of her schedule to write such a fabulous article for our blog readers. You can find more of her work by visiting her website or one of the following channels: