Artists, and especially those involved in the calligraphic arts, are by nature a sharing group. Many of us can be found on message boards such as Cyberscribes, IAMPETH and Ornamental Penmanship. They are great places to meet other artists and we often share tips and techniques. When I respond to a post, I have sometimes received requests to share my answers in guild newsletters as well. So I thought I might add a category here where I can share some of those little tidbits of knowledge that I’ve picked up over the past thirty years; occasionally from other artists, some from workshops and a great many from that old word “experience”.
Here’s one for today: When I stock up on ink that I use often, such as Dr. Ph. Martyn’s Bleedproof White, I label the top of the container with the date purchased. I use a waterproof marker (white works on the black lids). This way I always open the oldest stock first to avoid finding a dried out container of ink or paint.
I’m a saver, some might even say hoarder, so there are often random bits of paper or unfinished canvases roaming about my studio. Sometimes it’s a canvas that just isn’t working and it can be tempting to toss it out or paint over. Several were just lying around last fall when I needed a piece for an upcoming exhibition. Staring at this one, I started to randomly associate words with the visual. Words such as trees, paths and roads ultimately led to the Frost text used here and, like wine aging in a cask, partially worked canvas became art.
It’s going to take me a few days to really get the hang of this blogging thing. Meanwhile, if you have an iPhone there are several apps that allow for mindful (I was going to say mindless) doodling. It’s relaxing and great fun. The best part is being able to save one’s ramblings for the idea files.
A bit of brush fun to wish each and everyone a Happy New Year.
I’m Sandy Wagner, an Indianapolis-based artist and music engraver. Although I have been a professional calligrapher for more than 30 years, my artistic works now also extend to painting, collage and
the lettering arts. Additionally, I work as a professional music engraver.
Whether you’re planning an event that needs that perfect invitation, in search of inspirational calligraphic art, or looking for that perfect wall hanging, I would be delighted to work with you.
This blog will feature my work, my inspirations and links to current news and events fellow artists and musician might find helpful.
Thanks for visiting; I hope you’ll stop by often!