Author Archives: mannerandmaterial

Another Drop Cap and Calligraphy

This was for a birthday card so I’m not showing the calligraphy for reasons of privacy. After drawing this and inking it in my softcover Zeta sketchbook, I scanned it and took it into Pixelmator and added 3 borders in … Continue reading

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Calligraphy and Drop Caps

These three decorative letters or drop caps were inspired by more of my Dover clip art collections. I used a 1.75-inch square and then drew up the main elements and erased the square. I made a mistake in the calligraphy … Continue reading

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Tree Mural

I am working on a little picture in a Zeta sketchbook with drop caps, but my calligraphy nib was too large and a friend is sending me a different pen in the mail that she doesn’t like, so when that … Continue reading

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In the Land of the Big J

I have a number of Dover clip art books with decorative letters or initials. I’ve used bits of them for redwork embroidery for purses and quilts, and I use snippets of them for drawing. While browsing for inspiration to test … Continue reading

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Stricture and Stasis

It became obvious to me a couple of months ago that my shoulder injury, nerve pain, and tendinitis was not going to allow me to do artwork on a regular basis. This has really been getting me down, because I … Continue reading

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Overview of My Pretend Travel Journal to Chile

This will be a pretend travel journal for the country of Chile with a 52-week itinerary. I will be using a hardcover Stillman and Birn Zeta sketchbook in the 8.5 x 11 inch size which has 26 pages (52 double-sided) … Continue reading

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Overview of Month 12 – Weeks 49 to 52 – Final

What a journey it has been. Thanks to my friends Rose and Bev for doing this with me. I doubt I would have persevered with the habit without them. Rose dropped out in November 2015 and I pretty much put … Continue reading

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