DPC on Pinterest

Pinterest

Over the past while I’ve set up Dancing Pen Calligraphy on Pinterest since there seems to be lots of great stuff showing up there. I’ll continue to add to that, so you can always come back to these links and see what else has been added – or choose to follow the boards that interest you.

 

Dancing Pen Calligraphy on Pinteresthttp://www.pinterest.com/dpcalligraphy/

 

Calligraphy Alphabets – http://www.pinterest.com/dpcalligraphy/alphabets/

Calligraphy Pens & Tools – http://www.pinterest.com/dpcalligraphy/calligraphy-pens-tools/

Calligraphy Masters – http://www.pinterest.com/dpcalligraphy/calligraphy-masters/

Quotes in Calligraphy – http://www.pinterest.com/dpcalligraphy/quotes-in-calligraphy/

Calligraphy Praise – http://www.pinterest.com/dpcalligraphy/calligraphy-praise/

Calligraphy Inspiration – http://www.pinterest.com/dpcalligraphy/calligraphy-inspiration/

Illuminated Calligraphy – http://www.pinterest.com/dpcalligraphy/illuminated-calligraphy/

Monograms – http://www.pinterest.com/dpcalligraphy/monograms/

Calligraphy Projects & Uses – http://www.pinterest.com/dpcalligraphy/calligraphy-projects-uses/

Roman Letters – http://www.pinterest.com/dpcalligraphy/roman-letters/

Italic Letters – http://www.pinterest.com/dpcalligraphy/italic-letters/

Black Letters – http://www.pinterest.com/dpcalligraphy/black-letters/

Uncial Letters – http://www.pinterest.com/dpcalligraphy/uncial-letters/

 

Letters

A B C – http://www.pinterest.com/dpcalligraphy/a-b-c/

D E F – http://www.pinterest.com/dpcalligraphy/d-e-f/

G H I – http://www.pinterest.com/dpcalligraphy/g-h-i/

J K L – http://www.pinterest.com/dpcalligraphy/j-k-l/

M N – http://www.pinterest.com/dpcalligraphy/m-n/

O P Q – http://www.pinterest.com/dpcalligraphy/o-p-q/

R S T – http://www.pinterest.com/dpcalligraphy/r-s-t/

U V W – http://www.pinterest.com/dpcalligraphy/u-v-w/

X Y Z – http://www.pinterest.com/dpcalligraphy/x-y-z/

Ampersand – http://www.pinterest.com/dpcalligraphy/ampersand/

Numbers – http://www.pinterest.com/dpcalligraphy/1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-0/

 

Enjoy and be inspired!

 

The Why Behind DPC

Recently I was challenged to think about the WHY behind Dancing Pen Calligraphy. What is behind the information, the products, the e-mails and all the rest?

Here’s what I came up with.

  • I believe in calligraphy as a catalyst for growth
  • I believe in beauty and the good it can inspire
  • I believe in making a difference for the better
  • I believe that even small things and small actions matter
  • I believe calligraphy well-done can bless, inspire and motivate others
  • I believe in learning for the joy of it
  • I believe in being creative and that calligraphy is a fabulous tool for developing creativity
  • I believe in excellence and that it takes time and commitment
  • I believe in learning from each other and having fun together
  • I believe in the power of words to inspire change and how potent that can be when words are presented with visual grace and loveliness
  • I believe in challenging and encouraging people to do and be the best they are able of
  • I believe in developing one’s gifts and abilities and using them for good
  • I believe in helping people discover that they are capable of far more than they usually give themselves credit for

If these “I believe’s” resonate with you, then I believe you will enjoy being part of the Dancing Pen Calligraphy community. Welcome!

 

Calligraffiti

Calligraffiti – an art form that combines “calligraphy, the elevated form of writing, and graffiti, its historically devalued twin” (as quoted in Art Knowledge News).

While I’m not really a fan of graffiti, there are times I wish I would have a camera with me, because some of what I see really impresses me with its design and color. As a calligrapher, I especially enjoy the lettering designs.

Art Knowledge News recently featured an article on a calligraffiti show being held at the Pacific Asia Museum. Check out the Art Knowledge News article here to see photos of some of the art and murals.

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Lorem ipsum (otherwise known as page filler)

When you need a block of text to fill a space and don’t know what to write, here’s an old standard. Just cut and paste as much of the following text as you need.


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The Art of the Pen

Following is a pdf copy of a book that was offered as a free download on numerous websites recently.

This book consists of color plates of calligraphy from the court of Emperor Rudolf II.

All I can say is download your own copy from one of the links below and check it out. Pretty amazing stuff!

The Art of the Pen – from RapidShare

The Art of the Pen – from Depositfiles

The Art of the Pen – from Dancing Pen Calligraphy

Graffiti & Calligraphy

We have a railway route that runs through our town. Every now and then when I find myself watching a train go by, I notice that there is always graffiti on at least some of the cars.

More often than not, I find myself wishing that I had my camera with me. Why? Because some of what I see is really beautiful and very interesting. I’m quite intrigued by some of the designs and letter forms I see there.

So I was interested when I found this link to a pdf copy called Graffiti World – Street Art From Five Continents. There are over 2000 illustrations of street art in this copy, so you may find some inspiration here somewhere.

I also recently came across this interesting article – Crossing Over: When A Calligrapher Meets A Graffiti Artist.

For example, do you know why there is so much Blackletter art in the graffiti and tattoes of the gangs? This article will tell you.

Bible Written in Calligraphy by a Robot

An industrial robot has been programmed to write the Bible in calligraphy. It writes the books of the Bible on rolls of paper – it takes approximately seven months to complete a full Bible of all 66 books. See the videos below.

These rolls are then presented to and kept by the library where the robot has been installed.

For more information check out the website for the Robot Bible

 

The Saint John’s Bible

In 1998 the Saint John’s Abbey & University in Minnesota, USA, commissioned the well-known calligraphy master Donald Jackson to create a handwritten and illuminated Bible. This is the first handwritten calligraphy Bible to be produced in hundreds of years. Small wonder, considering that the cost of this one is somewhere in the neighborhood of $4 million dollars, if memory serves me correctly.

To learn more about this special Bible check out:

The Saint John’s Bible

Hermann Zaph Video

There is something special and awe-inspiring when you see a master at work. Hermann Zaph, a calligrapher, font designer and much more, certainly fits the description of a master.

This short video (just under 19 minutes) was taken during a visit by Hermann Zaph to Hallmark cards to share the purposes and techniques of calligraphy.

Something like this makes you sigh – with delighted amazement at the beauty that someone can create so effortlessly – and with a touch of envy, wishing you could come anywhere near that.

Check out the video here:

To watch a slightly larger version, try this link: The Art of Hermann Zapf.

When you’re done with the video, you may want to head over to MyFonts to check out some of the font families that Hermann Zaph has created.

Or, go to Fontshop to see the 1012 Zaph fonts they have available.