Psalm 118:24 has always been an uplifting verse for
me and a favorite that I had done often during my
“Self-Taught” calligraphy days-before meeting
Reggie. We had learned about Roman variations and my
goal throughout the course had been to try as many
techniques as I could to learn as much as possible
during the year, knowing that I would continue to
learn and practice for years to come. I actually did
three different quotes for this assignment, all in
different Roman Cap Variations and colors.
I had never worked on Arches Black Cover paper, so I
wanted to try it and came up with a design that
filled the page. Using Saral Transfer Paper, I
traced the letters on the black paper. I used Dr. Ph
Martin’s Bleed Proof White with my gouache. Both of
my gouache colors were mixed- white was used to
lighten the value of the yellow and the orange was
made with yellow and white. Two different Roman
hands were used for this quote. The orange letters
in the verse were from a variation in ”Schrift and
Symbol”, using the Speedball B-2 nib along with the
Brause EF66 nib.
The word, “Rejoice”,
was done in a hand by Rudolf Koch. The yellow letters were drawn and
filled in with a brush.|
My father was an engineer and he had given me a number of his drafting
tools, so I had an old ruling pen that I wanted to try to use for my
straight lines. After much practice, I lightly drew a circle in pencil
and started the yellow straight lines in the interior of the paper and
moved to the outside edges all the way around.
I chose this radial design to provide an image of a new day to
emphasize the meaning of the verse.
These Roman letters are made so close together that the words form a
focal point for the message that radiates out, like the sunshine of
the new day that the Lord has made.