Over a dozen inquiries came to me here, but some technical change left them unseen in my message box.

My sincere apologies to those who did not receive an immediate reply.  

Today was too late for those last minute Christmas gifts!


Chenille Quilt

Clearly this is not calligraphy, but sewing has been a favorite activity since I designed clothing for my Barbie doll. This 36″ baby quilt I sewed is soft as can be.

Sewing strips of a specially made bias cotton tape results in lines of soft fuzz after washing.  So easy to do.  Don’t you love the result?  At market we saw darling pillows, quilts, textured wall hangings, scarves and other wearables.

Watch for more sewing arts projects as I will be teaching this and other innovative art classes at Donna Sandidge’s Fabric & Fiber Shop in Springfield, TN.

The books of the Holy Bible

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.


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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.


Some of my recent work- scrapbook page for a client; Green Hills Library exhibit; my “S” from Lyrical Lombardics workshop with Harvest Critteneden, Boy Scout Badge display



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Easter Greeting

Experiment with masking fluid and chalk pastels

Creative Illuminated Letters

My S among other students’ illuminated letters

Green Hills Library exhibit

My calligraphy in Green Hills Library exhibit – May, Nashville, TN

Wall Calligraphy “Our Habits Make Us”

Calligraphy finished to the perfect smile of my satisfied dentist

Calligraphy finished to the perfect smile of my satisfied dentist

paper layout beneath painted words