Because there have been a few corrections in the titles since I memorized the names of the books of the Catholic Bible in grade school. I decided to write the list and share it with members of Our Lady of the Lake Connect bible study.
I began with a rough plan in uncial because it was used during medieval centuries before the printing press, and because I love twisting the pen to design letters.
You can see that I proofed it with several thoughts: spelling corrections, decision to slightly enlarge the first letter since uncial does not have upper case letters, modifying individual letters for a more artistic design, and inspection to improve spacing for a consistent presentation.
It’s off to the printer tomorrow for reduction into a bookmark size – probably 6 to an 8.5 x 11 inch sheet.
How to begin? Once sufficient information exists to plan, I start writing the words to get a sense of the space needed.
I begin to explore what the overall shape each element will become.
For example, all upper case letters always make a rectangular shape. The tails and ascenders in lower case spread out, up and down into unique areas.
Rough drafts of the entire information come next. I don’t concern myself with centering, still just an overall feel for what the text will do.
Calligraphy finished to the perfect smile of my satisfied dentist
paper layout beneath painted words
In under 24 hours I received a TREASURE MAP and lettered this imaginative invitation on the back. What a memorable way to ANCHOR a PIRATE to SHIP out, and not BOTTLE up a dream in a BOX!
A bit of bright color enlivens an ordinary envelope, doesn’t it?