Exploring the effects of graphite with Old World Iron Gall ink on this bookplate design. It adds a bit of dimension. Finished size is 5"x 3.5" on Arches HP Paper. The Old World Iron Gall ink works well for work that will be reproduced. It is quite a bit heavier than McCaffery black and thickens up rapidly as it exposed to air. I still prefer it to any sumi inks for work that will be reproduced. It allows for the delicate hairlines and crisp shades without getting overly heavy. This design was done with an Esterbrook 357 in a straight holder.
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.