Project – Feathered Borders

I thought this week I would share a project with you. It’s quite a simple one to do and makes a nice set of feathered borders for a line of calligraphy – especially if you are working on a long narrow piece of paper, like an accordion card or book.

So here’s the video showing you how to do this. Enjoy!

If you would like to send me pictures of your projects using this idea, I’ll add some of your images to this post later.

Welcome to the New Dancing Pen Calligraphy

Dear Dancing Pen Calligraphy Community,

Five years ago with high hopes I started a website called Dancing Pen Calligraphy. And then – as they say – life happened. And the website got put on hold. I certainly did not expect it to be this long till I got back at it – and some of you have probably forgotten all about signing up here.

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Well – I’m back and excited about being able to welcome you to the NEW Dancing Pen Calligraphy!

There are new things in the works:
New website
New products –instruction via a membership site – in progress
New information – coming by e-mail

One of the first things on my new to-do list was to set up a new website with a blog – you can check it out here – Dancing Pen Calligraphy. The home page is the blog – and the blog posts (starting soon) will come to you as e-mails. I’ve moved over pretty much everything I want to from the old site – and I’ve started adding new information – so we are ready to go!

This new site will make it easier for you to search for information. It will also make it easier for me to add information to the site and to get that out to you. It will help DPC to become a community where we can share with and learn from each other.

One of the things I was planning to offer and that you have requested is instruction. So new products are coming soon – A Calligraphy Basics course (almost done), followed by a Basic Italic course (in progress). I’ve decided to do this as online courses which will be available through a membership program. The reason I did that is because I wanted a way to continue to grow the programs as we go along. This way I can add to the programs – and once you’ve paid for a course – it’s available to you online anytime and whatever I had to the course later you get for free.

My goal over the next while is to get new information to you on a weekly basis. This will come as e-mails – like this one – at least once a week.

One of the e-mails I want to send you soon is a survey or questionnaire. There is so much I could share with you – but what I really want to know is – what do you want when it comes to calligraphy? So start thinking about that this week – maybe even make a list of what you want – so that when you get the survey, you’ll have some great ideas to help me decide where to go from here.

I have to admit I sometimes wondered if I would ever make it back. But I never completely gave up hope. While there are no guarantees about what the future holds, I have decided to come back and get things going again. There will likely be bumps in the road – I have a husband with health issues – and sometimes that will have to take priority. So I’ll do the best I can.

Thank you to all of you who subscribed and stuck around. I’m hoping you’ll be glad you did! Thank you to those who sent ASK! requests, to those who sent notices about faulty links, and so on. Thank you also to those who sent words of encouragement along the way – it’s because of you that I didn’t give up. It meant a lot to me.

I’m looking forward to getting to know you and to this new journey together.

To dancing pens and joyful creativity,
Evelyn Grace Marinoski

PS. Here’s some of the new stuff I’ve added recently:
Where do DPC subscribers come from? (88 countries so far!) Is your country included?
• Need a dose of inspiration? Check out DPC on Pinterest

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 can be
  • 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. (Oops – thank to Bob who pointed out that this link no longer works.)

Guess the next best example would be this artist’s work.

 

 

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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