Whatsoever things are true,
Whatsoever things are honest,
Whatsoever things are just,
Whatsoever things are pure,
Whatsoever things are lovely,
Whatsoever things are of good report;
be any virtue,
and if there be any praise,
Think on these things.
Beautiful, austere, and inspiring words, but calligraphers will probably join me in their first reaction; WHAT am I going to do with that one long line!? I tried focussing on the repeating W, but turning them into six butterflies or nesting swashes didn't work our for me. Then, sooner than most of my searches for a rough draft, I did this thumbnail sketch at right:
I saw right away it would transform that long line from a problem into an asset, so I enlarged the sketch from 1" across to 8" across, took a stab at the guidelines, and wrote a rough stab at the word placement, at left below. Yesssss!
|Check to see if the words will fit the idea.|
|Get the lines accurate, try colors.|
You'll still need to write a final rough draft to get the letter spacing right and make sure the chosen pen nib fits the letter size. Check tomorrow's blog post to see how that calligraphy turns out.