Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Student Work from Black Magic Workshop

The St. Louis Calligraphy Guild had me in to teach Black Magic over the weekend. The workshop is about using color on black paper for lettering. Everyone worked really hard, and there were lots of oohs and aahs as they saw how amazing these colors look on black paper. Here are some samples of what they created.

We started by mixing 12 shades of gouache and then testing samples on different kinds of black paper.  We used Fabriano Ingres, Bugra black and Arches cover black. 


Then we moved on to testing Pearl-ex pigments and Twinkling H2Os:




Here is one table covered with samples of lettering done by the class on the second day:





These two were done by a left-handed calligrapher using a parallel pen:



27 comments:

Cyndi Watkins said...

Beautiful stuff going on here. I really like the PearlEx and Twinkling H2Os on the black--really stunning.

gramarty said...

WOW Roann! Almost anything looks good on black but these are spectacular!
I would love to be able to do this.
Bev

Cory said...

Hello Ro...this stuff is gorgeous, wish I had the patience to learn it.

Charmingdesigns said...

WOW!! I came to visit you after reading what you wrote in the transfer yahoo group. Laurie

Brent Diggs said...

Oh I do like the black.

Victoria said...

Great stuff Roann!

Vicky

trish said...

I just viewed your Africa book. Wow is that incredible! I love all the colors, prints and journaling you put into it. What an inspiration. I love to travel and have something to inspire to. Im doing an Alaska journal now.

Roann Mathias said...

Trish,
Just to clarify, the Africa book was made by Lynn Slevinsky from Calgary, Canada. And, yes, it is beautiful and amazing to see all the detail she put into it!
Thanks for commenting!

Sue said...

Oh Roann...gorgeous results! And what a great excercise! Having references to how different paints and inks react on different surfaces is so important. I be everyone had a ball.
I must do more work on black!

Love and brightest blessings,
Sue (Poppie) Simpson UK

Rita said...

Your talent is amazing. Thank you for not hiding it. I stood before your piece in the Newberry and memorized parts of it - not just the words but the composition. And then when it was so beautifully hung at conference, I again stood in that marvelous space and took soul pictures of it. Thank you Roann. In your art you give much.

Anne said...

The color contrast on the black is really great. Something I will definately try in my scrapbooks

Anne said...

The color contrast on the black is really great. Something I will definately try in my scrapbooks

Cindy Yount said...

These are absolutely gorgeous, Roann. Thanks for sharing! :)

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