Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Unexpected Tools for Sign Language

Working on projects away from my home studio, I found myself quite lacking in proper tools. 
Hmmm... No pencil.  No eraser. 
Three small brushes, one plastic ruler.

I had graphite tracing paper, but the lines did not show up on the dark stained board.  So how could I transfer the letters I had designed and intended to paint to make this antique shop sign?
Ordinarily I would have reached for a wood carving tool, or at least my favorite all purpose metal tip - a nut pick.  But alas! this kitchen was sparsely supplied.  I needed a sharp point to cut into the wood without ripping the paper.   For a while I used a nail.  It worked adequately, but was uncomfortable to grip. 

You can see the unexpected tool I preferred: 

No wine bottle in sight, but the grip felt right and the point cut nicely into the pine board!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Make Your Mark in Chesterfield Valley

The largest paint-by-number you have ever seen:  an entire flood wall!  
The leadership of Chesterfield Arts continues to advance visual arts on a grand scale!   For nearly a year, area teenagers have been developing their theme of community, planning its design and color scheme to beautify this bland concrete barrier.  In the space of a morning hundreds of residents ignored the intense 94 degree heat and transformed this eyesore into a delightful painting.

If you saw the six o'clock news Saturday night, 
you saw me smoothing the edges of a giant curve.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Calligraphy Guild Gals

 Calligraphy Guild's Visit  to Brother Mel's Sculpture Gallery and Studio

 What a beautiful depiction of our Tree of Life!

 Brother Mel explained that these are the 5 foolish virgins whose lamps have gone out.

Mountain Columbine in Bloom

No blooms last year from these 4 plants, but the 2011 spring weather has been perfect to encourage abundant flowering at our front door.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Basketball and Cowboys

What is the connection between these unrelated things? 
Hand lettering of course!
A basketball star and an old cowboy song met in my studio. 

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Easter Dogwood and Lettering

I wonder how I could print my images of  snow and dogwood to be able to letter on top.  I want a soft, light image so words could be written.  But what paper???

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Great snow textures today

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Sunday morning, the day after:
What amazing changes this morning as the snow I photographed yesterday is crashing off of fences and trees.  The beauty that was vertical has become miniature snow mogul mounds.
Only 3 days ago we enjoyed 80 degree temperatures and no jackets.  Today we played tennis until the snow got serious. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Get Motivated! 9 Incredible Americans

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
8:00 AM-4:45 PM   Scottrade Center
Imagine hearing ALL of these intelligent, insightful, famous  people in a single day!   
General Colin Powell, Laura Bush, Kurt Warner, 
Lou Holtz, Rudy Giuliani, Dr. Robert Schuller, 
Steve Forbes, Howard Putnam, Krish Dhanam
I look forward to this annual event, spending hours soaking up wisdom from decision makers who are top in their fields.  Amazing individuals all!  Join me!  The price is right for everyone - no age limits either - Teenagers are welcome!  
I will have FREE tickets mid April.  
 Reserve yours by emailing me right away!

Added incentives:  FREE BONUS GIFTS For Everyone - 
Digital book selections from these folks and their peers.
WIN $10,000 CASH & HUGE DOOR PRIZES! Disney World Vacation! Big Screen TV!

Monday, March 21, 2011

'Tis the season to learn Calligaphy!

Today brought several inquiries about learning to write calligraphy.  
I am thrilled to have a range of ages - new students are a Mom preparing for her son's wedding and a family with children ages 5 and 7.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Our Calligraphy Guild Workshop

Features Wisdom Books Volume, Bible Artist

Diane von Arx (back row, fourth from the left) with members of the St. Louis Calligraphy Guild  Photo courtesy of Special Collections and Pius Library, Saint Louis UniversityThe Heritage Edition (Wisdom volume) was on display at Saint Louis University at a presentation given by Diane von Arx, a calligrapher from Minneapolis and one of the scribes and artists responsible for creating the original artwork of The Saint John’s Bible. Ms. von Arx presented examples of the work in progress and the finished artwork in the fine art edition at “Special Treatment Illuminations for The Saint John’s Bible” for the St. Louis Calligraphy Guild. She also gave the calligraphers in attendance personal reflections on the artistic process working with Artistic Director Donald Jackson and the calligraphy team. The workshop was presented in collaboration with the Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library, Saint Louis University (SLU), and hosted by Gregory Pass, head of SLU Special Collections Department and director of the Vatican Film Library.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Rainbows, Grey or Gray?

Such a rainy day! Glad I am warm and dry, back from Sainte Genevieve!
Today's calligraphy special: I gave a new client gray ink as a Gray Day Freebie, because it will be so lovely on her ivory/ecru envelopes!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Saturday's Bridal Show

Signs for "Be Mine"       Bridal Show at Bevo Mill      February 19th

Attendance prizes,   
hors d'ouvres, cocktails, 
a DJ, 
plus a Grand Prize Winner! 
Vendors to meet...   
Special show bonuses ...  
So much fun!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Art Feast - Out west, Out of the Ordinary!

Carol,the Calligrapher Cowgirl 
from Out West, Out of the Ordinary! contributed this practical public notice to Art Feast, for Chesterfield Arts.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Valentine postmarks

Post offices in cities with a ‘love-theme’ name 

offer Valentine postmarks

More than a dozen Post Offices in communities across America with loved-themed names offer special postmarks for Valentine’s Day. 
This makes the envelope just as much of a treasured keepsake as its contents.  
Customers should enclose stamped, pre-addressed valentines in either a Priority Mail envelope or an Express Mail envelope or a box addressed to:                
Valentine Remailing
City, State ZIP Code
(per the city you choose)
Allow enough time for your cards and letters to be postmarked, re-mailed, and delivered in time for Valentine's Day, February 14. Depending on Post Office proximity, items mailed by February 5 should be delivered by Feb. 14.
Some Post Offices offer unique postmarks.

Ask me to email you the list of towns and zip codes. I'll send my favorite examples of post marks too.  And of course I will be happy to design a unique decorated envelope for you to send!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Dunkin Donuts in Boston., Massachusetts

Found Dunkin Donuts in Boston.
Thought of our good friends Ron and Amy Ball and how those Kentuckians enjoyed this treat.
Got a box.
Didn't find Ron and Amy.
Had to consume those donuts quickly 'cause you know they don't keep!

My stylist Rebecca Havlin Eberhart is one amazing gal when it comes to cutting hair, isn't she?
It takes no effort on my part to tame my Savage head of hair.

What's New?

New photos by Brian Side of the sign
I contributed to the production of
Fiddler on the Roof by Broadway on the Driveway.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Tennis Time - No Matter the Temperature... well, at least 30 degrees!

In Saint Louis, MO when the air chills down toward freezing, there are "crazy" people like us Savages who whack tennis balls on sunny afternoons for 2 to 3 hours.  The past 3 days we braved the 36-46 degree temperatures, got our exercise and vitamin D.  Those came with plenty of choruses: "Good shot!",  "Oh, no!" and  "Ya could'a been great!"

Picture this:  I had no siblings, no close male friends, and here I am competing all out with 5 men on the court.   That doesn't add up, you say?  Tennis doubles has only 4 players....  
That is how Bruce and I always played until we met this eclectic group...
Here is what happens: We put the fifth and sixth person to arrive at the net.  Turns out to be my favorite spot because I get abundant LOW stretching opportunities to avoid being smacked from behind by balls intended to barely clear the net.   Today several of those balls detoured off my person en route.   Yes, the net person IS a target!
But I do enjoy the benefits of strengthening my legs and knees as I slink below the net height!
None of us hold back in any swing.  Bill, the tallest guy, fences every week. I belly laugh because he cowers when the two of us are at net!  Balls fly fast and furiously.  We hit as accurately and as hard as possible.  If we can get to it, we consider it in play. Since we volley with 20 or so balls (one or two in continual play until everyone's pockets are empty,) we don't keep score except for the number of times players get hit.     We have so much FUN!

I would be freezin' on the bench if I didn't have Rhodiola and XS Energy drinks to maximize my energy.  
These give me lasting ZOOM from my first swing to the last Whack!

Our friends are in today's photo.  
Bruce, my husband, is wearing the red jacket.  You can see my shadow.

Sounds like an arctic  blast of semi-chaotic fun?  
Join us!  The more, the merrier!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Wedding Trends for this year

                     Have marker, will write!  This huge Thank You was done at Bevo Mill during the reception.  You never know when a piece of foam core board will need lettering, so I was glad that I came prepared for unanticipated signs. I thought it was a very nice idea to say thanks in this special way.

How wonderful to learn from One Wed.com  that this year's style direction is toward elegant and more sophisticated weddings.   "Scripted calligraphy and custom monograms" was listed first!  Bring on the opportunities to swirl and flourish those letters!

The bride had a complete autumn theme with stamped leaves on every piece of stationery! 

One of her dreams was to display table seating assignments on leaves.  These branches with alphabetized leaves stood in 4 vases in the entry so guests could easily locate their table number.