Over the years, I have noticed that my supply lists for workshops are constantly evolving. In fact, even though I re-do my handouts to update my
supplies and techniques for each workshop, I now add a disclaimer to my notes stating that I constantly re-evaluate supplies and may be demonstrating with new products. During this morning's commission I noticed how much I prefer the Escoda Brush to any other in my brush box. I painted the entire piece with the size 4/0 Kolinsky sable brush. It felt very comfortable in my hand and the brush hairs have excellent springiness and water hold out.It maintains its point and there are no stray hairs in any of my Escoda Brushes. I was very impressed and find that I reach for the Escoda more than any other of my Sable brushes. The piece was done with an Esterbrook 818 Extra Fine which is another new favourite for me. It is very flexible yet not overly sharp so it doesn't catch the fibres in the paper no matter how much pressure I put on it. Another big change for me is from the oblique to the straight pen holder. Although I still use the oblique pen holder with my Spencerian work, all of my pen drawn floral flourishes, European style thrown flourishing and even Golden Age Style Offhand Flourishing are now done with my Snakewood Straight holder.
The holder is very precious to me as my husband made it for me. I still get to spend time turning my own pen holders on the lathe, but the majority of the work is done by Chris.
This commission was done for a birthday card. The terminal lobes of the ribbon script letters are gilded with 23 K gold leaf. Staedtler Aquarelle Watercolour pencil was used to colour the design and my favourite Diane Townsend Pastels, Finetec Gold, Sakura Gelly Roll pen and Hot Foil were used to add accents. It was done on another new favourite, the new diploma parchment from John Neal.
All the offhand flourishing on this website is original and has developed over years as my own personal style. The designs cannot be reproduced, copied, traced or reprinted in any form without my written consent.
I am a freelance calligrapher specializing in ornamental penmanship and offhand flourishing. I live in a small village in Ontario, about an hour west of Toronto. I have been happily married to my best friend Chris for nearly 25 years and we have a precious daughter Holly.
I have studied extensively with Master Penman through the organization Iampeth and the Spencerian Saga. I am currently an active member of the Royal City Calligraphy Guild. If I am not working with the pointed pen, I am studying medieval and renaissance illumination techniques. I love to spend time alone in the studio working on my art. It is a very spiritual activity for me.