I finally had a moment to post some of the work I did in the watercolor lettering class from last week. The class was taught by an English calligrapher named Peter Thornton and the technique was based on a German calligrapher named Adolf Bernd. My work turned out considerably goofier and more candy-colored than Bernd’s but I absolutely loved working with the watercolors and making these little monograms.
The workshop was three days, the first focused on watercolor designs and the third day specifically dealt with casual Roman Caps lettering. I really enjoyed the third day of lettering until we switched to dip pens in the afternoon and it became apparent that I was left-handed. I’ve had my left-handedness come up in regards to being a calligrapher or lettering artist in the past so I knew the tune (“To be a great calligrapher, you’re going to have to learn to write with your right hand”) but I got really blue when I heard it again. I just don’t understand why its such a big deal, why its so rare to be left-handed?