Spencerian Workshop with Michael Sull + Penmanship Specimens

Spencerian Workshop with Michael Sull + Penmanship Specimens

Last December I was lucky enough to attend a four-day Spencerian workshop with Michael Sull in Saint-Petersburg. Michael is a great Master Penman, author of several books and a wonderful teacher. It was such an invaluable experience for me to watch Michael's demonstrations and his writing process. Moreover, Michael brought some old calligraphy specimens and let students take pictures of them. With his kind permission, I'm happy to share with you some of the fascinating examples of penmanship.

New in Portfolio: Calligraphy over Photos

“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” Ralph Waldo Emerson  Calligraphy by Type and Graphics Lab  typeandgraphicslab.com  | Photo by Averie Woodard | Source  unsplash.com

“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Calligraphy by Type and Graphics Lab typeandgraphicslab.com | Photo by Averie Woodard | Source unsplash.com

For the last couple of weeks, I've been interested in writing calligraphy over photos and creating some kind of background texture with letters. A quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson was an experiment in modern calligraphy with bouncing expressive letters. The next one was a little phrase from a wedding vow, which I wrote in a more traditional way. And the last quote about ballet by Peter Martins was even more experimental (and challenging!) since I tried to incorporate a lot of flamboyant decorative elements. Looking at these three pieces together, I realized that in terms of letterforms I prefer more traditional styles of calligraphy not only for legibility reasons, but also for their timeless elegance.

“To have and to hold, to love and to cherish”  Calligraphy by Type and Graphics Lab  typeandgraphicslab.com  | Photo by Chiến Phạm | Source:  unsplash.com

“To have and to hold, to love and to cherish”

Calligraphy by Type and Graphics Lab typeandgraphicslab.com | Photo by Chiến Phạm | Source: unsplash.com

“Ballet is pure and demands that you serve something larger than yourself, whether it be beauty or art, or a combination of both. It requires discipline, taking care of yourself, taking care of your own body first. Then it allows you to give of that beauty, the beauty that you acquire by sculpting your own body all your life.” Peter Martins  Calligraphy by Type and Graphics Lab  typeandgraphicslab.com  | Photo by Ron Sartini | Source:  unsplash.com

“Ballet is pure and demands that you serve something larger than yourself, whether it be beauty or art, or a combination of both. It requires discipline, taking care of yourself, taking care of your own body first. Then it allows you to give of that beauty, the beauty that you acquire by sculpting your own body all your life.” Peter Martins

Calligraphy by Type and Graphics Lab typeandgraphicslab.com | Photo by Ron Sartini | Source: unsplash.com

Anniversary Love Letter

Anniversary Love Letter | Calligraphy by Type and Graphics Lab | typeandgraphicslab.com

There is one thing I am really bad at, and it’s keeping gifts a surprise. At the end of December, my husband and I are going to celebrate our anniversary, so I decided to write him a love letter. I started to prepare it quite in advance, and I knew that it would be hard to keep it a secret. By the time the ink dried, my excitement was already unmanageable. I know, I know, there is something wrong with me, but I can’t wait until the official day to give my gifts. Why wait? The celebrations are usually fun anyway. Receiving a gift unexpectedly (not because it’s time to) makes the whole moment more joyful and exciting. Moreover, similar to that idea of life being short as the reason to start your meal with a dessert, I believe that we don't have to wait for some special day to show our love and appreciation (and to give gifts). Any day is good enough for that.

Anniversary Love Letter | Calligraphy by Type and Graphics Lab | typeandgraphicslab.com
Anniversary Love Letter | Calligraphy by Type and Graphics Lab | typeandgraphicslab.com