Friday, May 28, 2010

Calligraphy Practice - Flourish Friday

This is a practice page done on 100% cotton, resume paper using a Gillott 170 nib and Moon Palace Sumi.  E.A. Lupfer is one of my favorite Master Penmen, and these exercises can be found in his "Ornate Pictorial Calligraphy" published by Dover.  I am naturally heavy handed, and it takes great concentration for me to lighten up.  

For those in the States, I hope you have a lovely holiday weekend! Tomorrow is Matt's graduation open house.  I am swimming in a sea of "to do" lists, but I am looking forward to celebrating this milestone with family and friends.

Go forth and flourish!


  1. Just beautiful, Jane! Your work is so serene you would never know you're so busy. Enjoy every minute of the graduation celebration.

  2. Wow Jane. Even your practice pages are beautiful! I think I'm going to purchase that book. Thanks for giving the info. and link. Congratulations on Matt's graduation and have a gfeat weekend.

    Linda E.

  3. Beautiful flourishes as always, Jane!!! Have a wonderful holiday weekend and congratulations to Matt!!!!

  4. it looks like the only thing your practice sheet needs is a frame.....your flourishes are gorgeous, jane!! have a fun holiday weekend.....and party on, matt!!!! xox, :))

  5. Awesome work Jane! Have a great weekend and enjoy the open house for Matt.

  6. Beautiful as always, Jane. Enjoy the celebrations!

  7. Looks beautiful Jane!!!. Just got back from the Horace Healey collection exhibit in Kansas. It was incredible to see some of Lupfer's original work including some of his earliest efforts! There were a few original flourishes from the book Fascinating Pen Flourishes which later became Ornate Pictorial Calligraphy! I will try to get pictures up soon.
    Enjoy your holiday weekend!

  8. These are awesome Jane, simply great!!
    Yeah and Pilot pens are available in India. I guess these pens are great gifts to calligraphy world.

  9. Jane, these are wonderful! If you have a heavy hand, it doesn't show.
    I hope you had a wonderful weekend and all went well.
    Have a beautiful week~~

  10. HI, Jane, Beautiful loops. I hope the graduation and celebration were tons of fun. Milestones indeed. Can't wait to see more of your beautiful calligraphy.

  11. You wield your pen so nearly perfectly hard or soft. I always love seeing and being inspired by your flourishes. It reminds me that I want to learn how to do them.
    Hope you enjoyed your weekend.

  12. Thanks for posting this and the link to the book. I suck at flourishing and ruin a lot of pieces trying. I have an original Lupfer sample framed, I know he is Bill's teacher.

    Now as yu menoned in another post...practice practice practice!


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