I’ve been in a little vacation for the past two weeks and neglected a bit my online presence, my blog and even my Etsy shop. But that was for good reasons--my sister visited me in Portugal so we were going to places and having fun. We also worked together on our bookbindings and made all kind of artistic experiments. It was great.
Here’s what we did one day, inspired by a book from 1893 which we bought at an antique fair in Porto. The book is huge and has hundreds of pages filled with beautiful handwriting about the accounting of a shop. I guess the person responsible to fill it should have had some calligraphic skills. Just imagine how much time was spent to write it!
The book really got us in the mood to play with text, so here’s how our calligraphy experiments came out:
Text written by my sister with a bamboo pen and brown ink
on paper cream paper aged by hand.
Text written by me with the dip pen and china ink
on recycled paper stained with acrylics.
Next days we also made handmade and decorative papers. It was fun!