Tag: uncial script

Over the Misty Mountains Cold

Over the Misty Mountains Cold

Here’s a page of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Over the Misty Mountains Cold which I did in uncial calligraphy. The pen is Bexley Corona (in Blueberry Cream) and the ink is Diamine Bilberry. It was a lot of fun to write because it’s very long, and the style fits right into the theme of the song.

As much as I really, really want to learn other kinds of scripts, this is really a more natural fit to my regular hand.

Today’s Calligraphy Practice

For today’s calligraphy practice, I wrote down Psalm 92 on loose Tomoe River paper as part of my letter-writing project. I used Diamine Wagner and oh, isn’t that color lovely?

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It reminds me of pistachio nuts. It’s a harmonious mixture of green and yellow. It’s so calming and mellow and just…happy! Here are a few close ups to show you the crazy gorgeous shading of this ink.

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Stormy, Stormy Night…

I love looking at calligraphy. My own handwriting is boring and block-y, and I’ve tried my hand at copperplate and Spencerian but I’m afraid that flowy, intricate calligraphy isn’t my strong suit. Yet. I think I need a whole lot more practice. I do enjoy another kind of calligraphy, though, and this one is right up my alley.

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Psalm 91 written in uncial script.

Uncial script is a kind of writing that uses all capital letters. It’s said to have developed or evolved from Old Roman cursive. I find the simplicity of the letters, and the simple, round forms to be quite appealing. Many ancient manuscripts were written in some form of uncial script.

I was practicing my uncial calligraphy last night by writing down my favorite psalm, Psalm 91. I used Lamy Safari with a 1.5mm nib and J. Herbin’s Stormy Grey. I haven’t used Stormy Grey in a while, I almost forgot how cool it looks especially with wide nibs. When you shake that ink up, it really lays down sparkly lines. I also like that it’s a dark shade of grey, not an ambiguous black but real, slate grey. I only use it with Lamy nibs, though (yes, even fine nibs) because I’m too scared to use it with pens that are hard (or impossible) to take apart. Besides, I haven’t encountered an ink yet that can clog up a Lamy. A few close ups of the letter forms.

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