One of the homework assignments from class five in
the “26 Seeds: A Year to Grow” class called for a
quote written as a finished original piece using
“fine materials.” This page is my response to that
My yoga teacher of many years, John Calabria,
provided me with one of his favorite quotes. For me
the quote is contemplative and speaks of reassurance
and mindfulness. I chose to write it out in my
favorite of Reggie’s italic variations, the one from
the Calligraphers Engagement Calendar.
I made Sumi paper with Arches Text Wove. I gently
dropped Sumi ink water (in a large pan) so it
floated on the surface and swirled the ink to create
the marbled effect. I carefully lowered the paper
onto the ink surface until the entire paper surface
was touching the water and ink. I then removed the
paper to dry.
Using a dry pigment
mixed with Gum Arabic in class five, I then wrote out the quote. In
class I’d received the Iron Oxide Red 222 Dark #48250 as my color for
the day. I loved writing with the pigment and saved what was left to
use for this piece.|
I created a golden dragonfly using patent gold to grace the edge of
the quote and add that “fine material” feature. I think it’s now ready
for a frame.
You have to be able to float the paper on top of a water surface so
container should be larger than paper being used.
We dropped sumi gently to pool on top of water and swirled it a bit.
Drop one side of paper to surface and gently lower the other so that
all of paper surface touches water surface.