artwork by Catherine Langsdorf

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Where do patterns come from?


This is not a piece inspired by the Zentangle method.

This is a piece inspired by the scribes of medieval times who crafted hand lettered and illustrated books. So much of the designs that they doodled in the margins and around the letters are showing up today - everything old is new again.

So as a calligrapher, I have studied these works of art for 25 years. I have been fortunate to have classes with many internationally known calligraphers who have studied the masters as well. I have a love for studying anything that contains letters, calligraphy and type. I feel like a sponge sometimes trying to absorb everything I see.

Here is just one sample of a medieval manuscript page that depicts the typical versal letters used as a focal point on a page and all the wonderful doodles these scribes played with on a page. If you are also interested in this style, I have a file on Pinterest, you can visit that @: Calligraphy - Manuscripts

This piece is 12.5" x 10" - only tools used are Sakura's Metallic Gelly Roll pens. They glide so smoothly with a brilliant gel ink.


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Hearts Desire

Created at another wonderful session of our Random Doodlers in Saluda, NC.
One of our regulars brought these dictionary pages for us to work on. I had brought a large stencil and used that as the beginning string.
So good to just sit and get mindful.