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Offline Erica McPhee

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Design Tips for Calligraphers
« on: January 01, 2015, 02:50:15 AM »
Hello Flourish Friends! We have a new board! In celebration, I created this mini-tutorial (PDF attached for download below) to help explain design principles and how they apply to creating a calligraphy piece. Enjoy and as always, let me know if you have any questions.

Also, I highly recommend these design resources (affiliate links):




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Re: Design Tips for Calligraphers
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2015, 02:56:25 AM »
Here it is as a JPG.
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Re: Design Tips for Calligraphers
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2015, 05:35:11 AM »
Hi Erica,

thank you so much. That's great ;)
Enjoy your new Years Day.

Best regards,
Jenny

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Re: Design Tips for Calligraphers
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2015, 08:14:07 AM »
Thanks, Erica!  That is super helpful!!

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Re: Design Tips for Calligraphers
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2015, 08:25:27 AM »
Awesome!!! Thank you! This is going to become the place I learn a LOT!

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Re: Design Tips for Calligraphers
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2015, 08:46:27 AM »
Thank you Erica! This is a treasured gift. I am flourishing because of this forum.  :)

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Re: Design Tips for Calligraphers
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2015, 09:33:59 AM »
Erica,

Thank you for your helpful post with .pdf guide and the list of books! Exactly what I was looking for to guide me as I take calligraphy from letter form practice to projects. Thanks so much and Happy New Year!

Best,
Matt

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Re: Design Tips for Calligraphers
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2015, 12:27:27 PM »
Wow, Erica, this is awesome!!! I am so excited to practice this stuff. But first, to the paper store I go! Woo hoo! (new year, New budget, right?)
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Re: Design Tips for Calligraphers
« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2015, 01:58:13 PM »
Thanks, Erica! Happy New Year to you! :)
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Re: Design Tips for Calligraphers
« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2015, 03:25:31 PM »
Thank you Erica - now I know what I've been doing wrong
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Re: Design Tips for Calligraphers
« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2015, 03:59:18 PM »
Erica, your design guide is so helpful & very much appreciated!  Happy 2015 to you & the entire Flourish community.
Enjoy your day!
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Re: Design Tips for Calligraphers
« Reply #11 on: January 01, 2015, 09:58:09 PM »
This is so helpful and I truly appreciate this. I can't wait to be on this forum more this year!
Happy New Year everyone!

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Re: Design Tips for Calligraphers
« Reply #12 on: January 01, 2015, 11:13:44 PM »
thank you erica!  as always, you're super helpful :)
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Re: Design Tips for Calligraphers
« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2015, 10:45:03 AM »
thank you, this is awesome :)
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Re: Design Tips for Calligraphers
« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2015, 12:16:39 PM »
Another tip when you are designing a piece that is to be framed.
If you are not going to have a custom frame, it is wise to have a selection of standard sized mats.
You may want to adjust your layout so that it fits nicely within the dimensions of the opening.

Or if you do not want to have mats on hand, you may draw a pencil line for reference.
I like to do layouts on graph paper.
It helps to keep things in a grid, which is one of the tips on the PDF.

When doing commissioned pieces, it is wise to discuss the framing before you do the artwork.
You may ask clients with a modest budget to supply the mat and frame and then you can do the
artwork to suit the frame.

Most clients appreciate suggestions for frames and I like to steer them towards choices that I think will look best.
It is always sad to see a nice piece of art that has been stuck in the wrong frame
because somebody did not have a good eye for how to frame the piece.

Jean