Friday, July 14, 2017

Putting ink on the page without a pen

Song of Solomon: timeless love poetry from the Bible, in contemporary calligraphy. 

The flames in the green circle above
were formed with the ink dropper.    
The Bible verses in the previous post describe a young woman's intensely smoldering love.  The images suggest embers, ashes, and fragrant smoke, which can all be portrayed with words lettered in pen and ink.  But going further, you can make some very dramatic ink strokes without using your pen at all.   Just use the ink bottle's dropper stopper. 

You will need to lay the paper flat to dry thoroughly, perhaps for days.  When you eventually frame the page, add spacers so the glass doesn't stick to the ink.  

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