Tuesday, 26 February 2013

H is for Happiness



Hello everyone , these weeks are coming around so quickly, I can’t believe we are on ‘H’ already!  This week, I cheated a little bit by copying an illuminated letter from a piece I wrote a few years ago. 
 
I used the illuminated ‘h’ as the first letter of ‘half-uncial’, using  half-uncial letter forms. The half-uncial alphabet was used in the seventh century A.D. in the highly decorated Lindisfarne Gospels. The alphabet shows the development from the earlier uncials to upper- and lower-case letters. 

This Happiness quote is written using the Carolingian miniscule script.
 From the 9th century, this ordered and practical script  clarified the distinctions and the basic structural differences between capitals and lower-case letterforms .


On my original artwork the colours of the Harlequin background are green, blue, red and yellow.  My printer is running out of ink so the copy came out a rather pretty blue and pink, I used ribbon and thread in these colours for the tie on my tag. 

Did you know that in Calligraphy, a Hairline is the thinnest part of the stroke?
The Headline, also known as the waistline  is the line to which the tops of letters are written, excluding the ascenders.

Thank you for all your kind comments on my gold-leaf last week, I'm Happy that some of you might Have a go! I shall be around later to see all your Heavenly H tags!
Bye for now,
Jane xx

14 comments:

  1. I really love this one and it is set off so beautifully by the colourful diamonds. Gorgeous! Carolyn xx

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  2. The pink and blue are indeed, very pretty. Another stunning tag Jane :0) Mo

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  3. Very elegant! Interesting info too!

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous! Valerie

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  5. I really love the colourful 'stained glass" window look which contrasts the beautifully executed h - thanks for sharing the information about calligraphy. I look forward to it each week.

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  6. Another beautiful creation Jane. The effect of the stain glass is a perfect backdrop to the gold and I love the shape of this 'h'

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  7. A really beautiful piece of work - I love the bright colours with the gold letter - a stunning effect. And I really like the pinks and blues on the copy you made for your tag - the different colour scheme works well, especially with the matching ribbon - lovely!

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  8. You are so clever, this is beautiful work! X

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  9. Wonderful work... Stunning! Hugs May x x x

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  10. Beautiful work, Jane. The gold is stunning against the stained glass. I am learning so much about calligraphy!
    Jane x

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  11. Beautifully done, really stunning.

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  12. Beautiful and dramatic!

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  13. My handwriting has always been rubbish so I really admire your beautiful work Jane.

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