Baby Birth Facts illuminated calligraphy finished product

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© Letizia Morley

Recently an acquaintance asked me to do an illuminated calligraphy piece for her new baby. She wanted wall art that included Celtic knots, thistles and rabbits with a colour scheme of coral, blue and green. The baby was born here in St Andrews, Scotland so it seemed fitting. The piece took me much longer than I expected due to my busy family schedule but thankfully my client was very flexible as to the time frame. I am hoping that I can perhaps get more clients who may be interested in this kind of thing for either their own children or as gifts. The finished product was something I was very happy with and my client felt the same way, thankfully. 

Gothic Calligraphy Practice

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© Letizia Morley 2018

It takes me a long long time to practise scripts where I feel comfortable doing a finished project. Here I was working on my gothic textura quadrata font, which was popular in the 1400s and 1500s. It has a gently hypnotic effect with its forest of tall, narrow, rectangular letters so close together. The text is from an old Shaker song of 1848 from America’s New England area. Shakers, similar to the Quakers, were a small religious group that began in the 18th century in England and migrated to the New World. They were known for having simple lifestyles so this song expresses that sentiment. I can’t say the textura quadrata font actually matches the song’s message, but I just picked a text at random.

Illuminated Calligraphy work in progress

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© Letizia Morley 2017

Lately I have only had snippets of time to do my art and haven’t posted much because I feel like I have to have something finished or at least impressive enough to share. But many people enjoy seeing things in progress. Here is a new calligraphy piece, a quote by Socrates, that I am working on in my Procreate app, a drawing app designed just for the iPad Pro. I plan to do an elaborate painted border in shades of blue and orange and green. The script is Roman Capitals that I thought fit in with the classical origin of the quote and yes, I know Socrates was Greek but you know what I mean. I’ll post again soon (I hope) with the finished product.