For those of you who are not on instagram, I am currently participating in a little challenge launched by a group of Swedish women. It’s about calligraphy words or expressions in Swedish. Here are my first realizations.
tindra which means “twinkle”
äntligen fredag which means “thanks god it’s friday”
And then I thought that this kind of lettering, not necessarily easy to decipher, could be useful. You’re tired of not remembering your passwords or your wifi code but you don’t want to display them too obviously? I can write them down for you!
As an example, here is a wifi code containing 8 lowercase letters, 9 uppercase letters, 2 special characters, 4 numbers and 3 latin abbreviations.
The first person to give me the right transcription as a comment on my french blog (go to the bottom of the page : https://cutt.ly/6WrOP1X) will receive the original of this code as well as a small filigree letter with the initial of his choice.
And to help you even more, here is a version of the same code without the decoration.
And it is a reinterpretation of Mendeleev’s table as he presented it in 1870. Of course, some elements are missing compared to what we know today and the usual representation reverses the lines and columns compared to this one but it is always good (or almost), to return from time to time to the fundamentals 🙂
I calligraphed the symbols of the elements with walnut stain and I decorated the table with iron gall ink, decorating the different cells with small clouds of electrons.
And (I shouldn’t say this but you don’t get to do it again), I had made a mistake in the position of the gold (Au), I cut out the incriminated square and replaced it with an embossing of a golden patina that my wife had made on kraft paper. I think it’s very beautiful, it’s normal, it’s my wife who made it 🙂
So as I have a lot of time, I decorate the ceiling of my workshop with 0 and 1 stamps (hand-made by cutting out old erasers), a binary translation of a text by one of my favourite authors, Albert Caraco.
I’ve “written” about one twelfth of the text for now, I think I’ll be done before the end of the confinement 🙂
Poem by Paul Althof, found in Ver Sacrum magazine. It was therefore obvious to calligraphy it with the Art Nouveau lettering that I recovered from the same magazine. The calligraphy was done with a palette nib, except for the separations between verses which were done with a drawing pen, all in acrylic ink.
And for those who would like to learn how to make this alphabet, I remind you that I am organizing a course in my workshop on April 4 & 5, 2020. To register or for more information, contact me 🙂
I have finished composing my Art Nouveau lettering model from Ver Sacrum, I still have to work on a few decorative elements but, in the meantime, I am practicing a bit by preparing the workshop certificates for Montreuil Bellay.
I will propose a workshop on this Art Nouveau lettering in my workshop in April, the weekend of the 4th & 5th. If you are interested, you can already contact me to register.