Monday, June 18, 2012
Our scrapbook: Mom-and-daughter calligraphy projects
The thing is, the past year or so hasn't exactly been an ideal for us to spend time on a lot of projects. In all seriousness, our days looked like this:
No fun - and very little TIME for fun.
So it's been fun to start working our way through everything from crystal-making kits to slime-making kits to calligraphy kits in the past few months!
The calligraphy, though, was especially fun. Sarah and I sat down together and spent literally several hours doing different projects together.
I used to do calligraphy when I was about Sarah's age - I was basically insane about my handwriting, so it was a natural step in my world!
For Sarah, who could not possibly care any less about the neatness of her writing, the motivation is much more creative: To experiment with different inks and different ink-delivery mechanisms!
We tried a bunch of different "pens" - glass quills, traditional calligraphy pens, a calligraphy ink brush and even what turned into Sarah's favorite - a feather that we made into our own quill pen, Benjamin Franklin-style!
In fact, it was the quill that prompted Sarah to start writing the Constitution. I didn't suggest that - I just looked over and there she was, "We the People"-ing!
And, lest you think that I was raising a Constitutional scholar, after doing the first part, Sarah decided to improvise and go for a sci-fi theme.
The good part is, practice makes perfect, right?! Our later projects included me practicing with the brush and drawing an Indian tepee complete with native drawings, and Sarah drawing an abstract zebra in bordeaux and goldenrod. He's, um, bright, but beautiful!
So what have you been working on lately?