For the last class in Reggie’s year-long course
Primitive to Modern 2017 in San Diego, I wanted a
piece that involved a little more calligraphy. I
have been very intrigued with the idea of
calligraphy in a circle.
An Amazon purchase
of St Armand’s watercolor paper sealed the deal. The
single sheet arrived, and it was round. Perfect for
I chose the words to Joni
Mitchell’s song The Circle Game. This had
significance to me because my children used to sing
it at summer camp every Friday for a dozen years. A
painted pony was the only art to be considered.
After working out all the layout issues, I layered
pink gesso and pink Instacol on the areas to be
Despite my impatience, I also added a coat of
activator since our fearless leader mentioned that it gives a better
finished look. It was worth the wait.|
Once the 24kt loose leaf
gold was applied twice, I began painting the horse. I used Winsor &
Newton gouache and watercolors. This part took me about an hour. Onto
the lettering. I originally was going to do this is black letter, but
it was too heavy. After fiddling with many scripts, I settled on this
variation of uncial done with Zillers gray ink (my favorite) and a
pointed pen nib (Nikko G).
I did the letter in consistent rows
rather than a spiral. Overall, I am happy with how this came out.