Wednesday, 19 June 2013

The letter X


Hello everyone!  Wonderful W tags last week, shame we can’t say the same about the weather – just wet and windy!  
 It’ll be interesting to see what you’ve all made of this week’s challenge.  Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my Words Tag. 


 
This week I have two calligraphy terms on my tag.

The first is x-height – this is the height of the minuscules without ascenders or descenders, in other words the height of an 'x'.   The x-height is usually proportional to the width of the nib.  For Italic writing the x-height is 5 nib widths.  Ascenders are 3 nib widths and descenders another 3 nib widths. I have tried to show this rule on my tag – I left the pencil guidelines visible.



The second X is xylography.  This is the art of printing texts or illustrations, from woodblocks.  I have written this definition on my tag, along with prints from 2 wood blocks – a flower and a bird. 


On the left of the tag is a small copy (or xerox) of a medieval style woodcut print showing a scribe at work.  The tag is finished off with various brown threads.
Finally X is for Kisses -  this is not a tag as such but a stitched label on the corner of the patchwork quilt I made for my daughter for her 21st birthday earlier this month.

Bye for now,

Love Jane xxx




12 comments:

  1. Another beautiful tag, Jane! I have loved your calligraphy series. Carolyn xx

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  2. Great work! The gold touches are really nice!

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  3. Fantastic work again! Valerie

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  4. This is so cool! Love your tag.

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  5. Love the tag and the wood blocks--just lovely! Thanks for teaching me some new terms. I aspired to be a calligrapher once until I realized I'd have to give up coffee to steady my hands! :-)

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  6. Beautiful tag... Outstanding work... Your quilt is amazing... Hugs May x x

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  7. Absolutely fascinating!! Beautidul work as usual and I love that quilt - so cosy and with beautiful colours too :0)

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  8. I knew you were an amazing calligrapher, but hadn't realized you were a quilter too. Wow!

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  9. Fantastic - I particularly enjoy the explanations which go with your beautiful work.

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  10. Lovely work, Jane, in both the calligraphy and the quilt.
    Jane x

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  11. Beautiful tag as usual, you are a FONT of wisdom! Love the quilt too! X

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  12. Lovely tag nice stamp and print detail too!

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