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Week #24
This work was done by Sharon Allende in San Diego this year for the session “Modernizing a Traditional Calligraphic Hand: Blackletter” in PRIMITIVE TO MODERN. In her own words:
I love circles, as you can see. This piece was done at Letters California Style 2017 in Lordana Zega’s “Calligraphy on The Walls” Class. In this class Lordana taught us how to use a dry flat brush to letter in Black Letter or any lettering style of our choice. She taught us how to use 1⁄2-inch up to 4-inch flat brushes to letter and create amazing images. I used a 3⁄4 inch flat brush on Canson Mi-Teintes Pastel paper. The gouache is Winsor & Newton Lamp Black and Permanent White. The Permanent White gouache is mixed with a little Schminke Bronze to give a hint of shimmer. The red contrasting writing is Prismacolor Scarlet Lake colored pencil, and a 2B Graphite pencil was also used. Although it is difficult to read, the words are taken from the Mumford and Sons song “Awake My Soul”, which is how I felt learning this technique. It is very freeing to letter with a brush and paint.

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