Yesterday during Day 8, I told you I wanted to begin development on a new script. I already had the concept in mind, but had only began doodling with pencil. Tonight I started designing letters with pen and ink and I cannot tell you how excited I am! As soon as the letters came to life, I knew it would be my new favorite!! So far it has turned out to be exactly how I envisioned it.... and that doesn't happen very often. Normally I struggle and have to put in tons of practice to get my scripts looking exactly how I want, but this one has been different. Either I got lucky or I'm just getting better at it.... or maybe this script is a more accurate reflection of my own, personal style. Who knows... all I can say is that I am feeling quite satisfied right now.
In addition to showcasing the development of my new script, I'd also like to do a simple review of my favorite ink during this installment of The Constant Calligrapher. I began today's practice with a beautiful red. I love writing in red because the letters really pop! Then I tried a purple acrylic ink that I picked up earlier this week at Sam Flax in Atlanta. It didn't do too well, simply because of the physical properties of the ink. Some acrylic inks work well with calligraphy and some do not. I purchased it for a different reason anyway, so oh well. I quickly moved to my most favorite ink: Gold!! For gold calligraphy ink, I like Dr. Ph. Martin's Iridescent Copperplate Gold.
I've tried other golds, but this one takes on a true, shimmery gold color and not an orangey, fake looking gold. It is absolutely gorgeous! Another thing I like is the texture that it creates. Because the gold doesn't absorb into the paper, the writing will take on an embossed look. It provides a little extra impact to an already beautiful color. The only annoying thing about it is that you have to stir it up constantly. And I mean constantly. The shimmery bits simply settle very quickly, and if it's been sitting for some time you have to mash up this gunky layer that forms on the bottom. Shaking simply won't do. It's annoying, but totally worth it when you see the results.... As displayed above with my name. :)