Thank you for taking time to visit, and I hope I am even a tiny bit helpful as I have been helped and blessed by so many others. I have been doing Calligraphy since teens, and card making for many years as well. In 1990 I delighted in the joys of stamping with ink and embossing after a trip to Cairns, Qld. In 2009 I discovered the brayer, 2010 the Cuttlebug, also have now taking to reading up on crafting blogs and lo! Here I am, on one of my own.

I live on the coast of eastern Australia. I am a Christian. I trusted in the LORD down here at the beach, amazingly it is not far from where I now live. It was over 50 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service at the age of 12 years

Monday 29 November 2010

"Every word of God is pure"...x 7

Well since this blog is called Cards and Calligraphy I thought it time to even up the balance with another calligraphy post. This piece of work I did was one of the biggest projects I have ever undertaken. I have had two other large projects which I may or may not post at later date.

  In October I was asked by a lady to do some Bible verse texts as Christmas gifts.
I gave her my portfolio to look through as I said if there is one I have done before she wanted she would save time and money by choosing one of them.

At first I thought she wanted one or two then she said it was five then; when the list was presented to me it had grown to seven. At first I was simply dumbfounded. However God enabled and a VERY big thanks to everyone who was praying for me in it also!
Now just little word of explanation with these works. Some of my works can take 50 + hours and more to do depending on the detail and layout size and the ornamentation. The Title Verse at the top of my blog was probably about 40 hours even the third and fourth time it would be 30+ hours because the layer building all takes time.

So due to the size of order I made a few rules.
1. Would all be the same A4 size approx. size and same frames etc. for ease of procuring.
2. I would chose from her list the verses I thought were easiest to do and there would be double ups i.e. more than one of them.
3. I would not do any of  raised gold leaf common in my work- although I did break this rule on one of them, my favourite one!

The seven finished were over 50+ hours of work. I will post details below.
There were a total of four texts, three of which were done twice. 
My favourite is the easiest one of the lot and I will post it first with a little close up of the work. 
 I was going to put up a post of work table too... it may shock some!? notice the Nestie (to the right) in the mix - funny where these things appear? 

 These Bible texts are all done in ink, Gouache, Gold leaf ( 23 carat) I  just bought my new book of gold leaf on trip to doctors in Sydney at Will's Quills in Chatswood - a calligraphers' dream place.
Just as well for my bank balance I only had a total of twenty five minutes in the shop before catching bus and train back to doctor's!
One other  stop to replenish paper and paint supplies too at another art store in Oxford St. Sydney. The best part of trip to doctors!
 The verse "As for God His way is perfect" is actually hanging in my bedroom in English grandmother's silver frame, and oval frame. I did it in the 1980's when I was using watercolours.
These are a whole lot harder to work with, and I find the gouache blends beautifully (with the exception of Alizarin Crimson, it can be a bit of a nightmare). This text was done in Alizarin Crimson (x2) .

   You can see from my work table that my paint palette is an end piece of a sheet of rag ie paper made from 100% rag as it works well with whole range of colours mixed on it. I just keep adding to them as I need the more shades.
And don't worry the paint spots on the table all wash off!! it is a wash and wear table. ;)
  Any questions or queries please just ask, thanks so much for looking at my blog!

And may God bless His word as it hangs in the homes to where it is going for these Christmas gifts of 2010!!.


ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...
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ShazOzCardsCalligraphy said...

Dear Sharon at Heartstrings,

I will try and help you through how to post a comment.
1. Click on comment at bottom of post, it will bring up a box empty for you to type message in.
2.I guess you have done that step three or more times from your email. You then select Profile. You could choose anonymous but as you have had trouble with that maybe try your website as there is a last choice which says URL or name and maybe stick your web link there, which I have put at top of this note.
3.It will say it will be posted after it has been checked by me, if successful!!
I get an email sent to my address and I then allow it to come on. It was the only way I could allow anonymous people to sign who dont have the required profile.
As I do not have any email on your post I guess last night's efforts were not successful I will pray you work your way through the steps, okay. Thanks for trying and for your newsy email.
love Shaz.x

Jocelyn aka JoBear2 said...

Hi Shaz, thanks for the lovely comments you recently left on my Blog - they really made my day :-) And thank you for adding my Blog to your Blog List - I keep pinching myself that people are actually interested in my Blog - I want to stay humble and not let it go to my head (you know where I am coming from?). I am absolutely blown away by your Calligraphy - WOW - and I'm sure that many people are blessed by your amazing talent that our Lord has given to you. I'm sure that these beautiful pictures will be so loved and appreciated - what special Christmas presents they are for the recipients! God bless you Shaz!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

You are special too have been following your blog for ages now Jobear2 (makes me wonder who Jobear1 is?) since earlier this year when I discovered it (not even sure how I found it but was excited to see you were a Christian here in Oz)and yes I know where you are coming from re. not wanting to let it get to your head. I have only just worked out how to leave comments on your blog that is why I have just started doing it think you had spam issues when tried to do it before..thanks though for your lovely lovely words as they have made my day too! God is good!
Shaz in Oz.x

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

WOW! What fantastic work and what a labour of love it must be. You could not do such wonderful things without real talent and love for what you are doing.

The verse at the top is particularly apt for us at the moment. I lost my mother on Boxing Day 2008, and my mother-in-law on Valentine's Day this year. We have just been to a memorial service at the undertaker's, to light a candle to them both and put a star on the Tree. Such a lovely service and a chance to remember the good things, and to release some of the emotion.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Thanks Maggie and any praise of this should go to the LORD - for this it is His Word, which is more "precious than GOLD yea than much fine gold", the psalmist says.
I think we often need to get the perspective on life right in our materialistic age. I will pray for you too as it can be a sad time for many folks this time of the year. I feel with you and the Lord Jesus understands even far better than another can how great you loss can be. The God of all comfort.
love Shaz.x

peggy aplSEEDS said...

these are just gorgeous! i love these!

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