|"The Perfect is the enemy of the Good." ~Voltaire|
Much to the amusement of friends and family, I've been at it again, scribbling on the walls! This quote had been rattling around in my brain for a while, and seemed a propos
after coming away somewhat intimidated by the hundreds of more-accomplished calligraphers at Calligraphy Northwest last month. Not that those inspirational folks are the enemy
, mind you--I am perfectly capable of taking on that role for myself--but for me, it's an important reminder that just plain "good" is something to feel, well, good
I thought I'd share a bit of process this time. I started with a little doodle on a graph-paper sticky note; as usual, television = design challenge.
Although the finished project is done with dime store chalk, for some reason it was hard for me to get started with such a blunt tip. Enter two handy tools, both marketed primarily to quilters:
The Fons & Porter is ultra-fine chalk--about the size of pencil lead--and happens to be sold by Paper & Ink Arts for lining dark envelopes. The bolder "pen" is made by Dritz and I picked it up at Joann Fabrics. It comes with a little box of white and colored "leads"! Joy!
I started out sketching with the Fons & Porter...
Then defined lines a little more with the chalk pen:
Gradually I filled in and tweaked:
As you can see, there's still some clean-up to do, but I kind of like the chalkiness of it all. By the way, this wall is painted with plain old latex (hadn't actually planned to be writing on it back then), which is getting a bit trashed by all this foolery. My "buddy" Martha has a recipe for homemade chalkboard paint, and some great ideas for using it, here
. Check it out!