This image shows the front of the birthday card I made last year for my secret, calligraphy pal. Knowing my Cal Pal's favorite color was red, I wanted to use red, stick-on gemstones.
First, I lettered the initial with pointed pen and ink. Once dry, I enlarged the "D" using my copier.
Next, I slipped the enlarged copy under my good paper and placed it on my light table. Then, I began to place the gemstones onto the good paper using my copy as a guide. I tried matching the smallest gemstones to the thinnest parts of the letter and increased the size as the stroke swelled. As you can see I had to modify my letter, because I was running out of gemstones.
My 2012 Cal Pal was Doris Sisk, a gentle, quiet, encouraging, and inspiring soul. Fellow calligrapher and blogger, Jan Hurst, wrote a wonderful tribute to Doris on her blog. You can read it HERE.
Go forth and Flourish!