I was intrigued by discovering Nietzsche's quotation,
not only in English language, but in German. I loved the
challenge of using two languages in one calligraphic
I initially began the
project by spritzing water onto Arches 140 Lb. Hot
Pressed paper. While the paper was still quite damp, I
dropped in grey and blue-greencalligraphy ink onto the
paper. Moving quickly I placed plastic wrapinto the ink
& pulled tightly in two different directions. I
uncharacteristically was patient and left the plastic
wrap in place until the following morning.
After peeling the plastic wrap from the paper, the right
side of the paper was exactly the lightness of color
that I'd hoped for; the left seemed too dark.
However, I decided to use this contrast to my advantage.
I used Black Letter for the German translation. I
started with a very light value on the left, graduating
to dark on the right. I also added metallic silver foil
in the middle of each letter. Finally, I used graphite
pencil for both the shadows on the Black Letters and for
the English translation.