Welcome Home for August

I think I mentioned before, but I like to make sure I put my calligraphy to some sort of practical use from time to time. Here’s the one for August, which I knocked out a couple of days early on the occasion of the visit of The Boyfriend’s parents.


For what it’s worth, the visit went well. We had a lovely lunch, and I got to show them some of the work I’d done over the last year. This was actually the first time I’d shown these works to people in person, rather than in a digital form, and it’s a different experience. Digitization is a wonderful thing to have, but it simultaneously takes some of the life away from a work and emphasizes its flaws. At least, that’s what happens when I do it.

Anyway, welcome home, everyone. Have a good month!

Ink Drop Limerick for July 2015

It’s that time again, to play with new inks! Thanks, as usual to the fine people at Goulet Pens for such an entertaining and slightly addictive service.

This month’s limerick is timely, as there’s currently a typhoon running roughshod over western Japan. The winds seem to have died down, but it’s still raining to beat the devil.

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So, let’s see – the Roher & Klinger Helianthus is a nice light orange that seems like it should be a lot lighter than it is. I don’t know how it would work in a pen, but for calligraphy it seems to be okay. Unluckily enough, I spilled a large amount of the ink sample on my desk. Such is life.

The next three – Noodler’s Habanero, Diamine Blaze Orange, and Noodler’s Cayenne all match up nicely. The Habanero seems to shade well, which I always like in an ink, while the other two seem to be pretty stable light and dark oranges. Go nuts with those.

Noodler’s Hellfire is a very pink pink, which stands out pretty conspicuously in this mix, but if you need a pink, this may well be the pinkest pink I’ve got in my collection at the moment. While I don’t usually write in pink, it’s nice to know I could if I wanted to.

As an interesting aside, this is not the first time I’ve done this limerick. Last time a big one blew through here in August of ’14 I did the same one, in rather primitive italics:

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Oof. Let this be a lesson to you all – consistent, diligent practice will get you far.