Calligraphy

   

A random thing today, calligraphy. I’ve loved calligraphy since I was a child and still do bits and pieces from time to time. It makes our home happy when I spend a day doing some calligraphy and because we have some gorgeous pieces of calligraphy around the house. I love the modern brush lettering and illustrative calligraphy and have some gorgeous pieces from hope ink, like this one here:

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NOT a sponsored link: http://www.hopeinkshop.com/

The problem about calligraphy is you need to spend lots of time practicing and that’s not something I have at this stage of life so instead I have been trying to carve out some time for workshops that allow me to try different styles intensively.

This afternoon I spent a few hours at a Japanese calligraphy workshop learning traditional and more modern Japanese calligraphy skills and produced some pieces in Hiragana (the traditional Japanese syllabary), Katakana (syllabary used for English words, so our names are translated into Katakana script) and then some set Kanji characters. 

I came home with about 30 pages of script and made a few cards and had a wonderful break from the boys as well as learning a new skill. Here are some photos of my work from yesterday. Have you ever done any calligraphy? 

Writing a Japanese proverb

Writing a Japanese proverb

One on the left is my first attempt at this proverb (the one I’m working on in the photo above), the one on the right is the second attempt, with the hiragana script (used for grammar not the look) made smaller to improve the balance of the proverb. 

One on the left is my first attempt at this proverb (the one I’m working on in the photo above), the one on the right is the second attempt, with the hiragana script (used for grammar not the look) made smaller to improve the balance of the proverb.