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

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

2011 Students Illuminated Texts + Happy WOYWW!

Hi there everyone -  happy WOYWW - What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday! My my desk is nice and satisfying today - here are the almost completed works by my calligraphy students (Year 8, aged about 14years) as promised a whole term ago now!

This first shot shows me in the process of getting them ready for framing.
For those of you who remember, I had shown their bookmarks some weeks back (click here), or I will put a picture of it a the bottom of this post also..
There is the gold leaf on the lower right of the picture. It is on tissue paper and you put gilding size on paper and then 20 minutes later (up to 40 hours) you can apply the gold leaf. The students put on the gilding size but I applied the 23 carat gold leaf. It is expensive of course but it is beautiful and never tarnishes. Gilding mix is the small jar with gold lid - very tacky, and it is painted on with a fine 000 brush.
Below we see each of the six of them framed (without glass for best photography). They chose their verses and the colours too, which was governed by the matt they had chosen. They are not in any particular order (although they have been marked :D).

Here is my desk now – with the framed (and with glass) texts on it. At the very top of it you can see some delicious loot from the visit to the doctor's in Sydney - a real benefit is that it is across the road from the Oxford St Art shop which sells the most amazing papers and other items. I was very good and did not look out any stamping/craft stores. Even looking can be deadly so stayed clear.

For those of you who love to have a peek join the rest of the world peeking at desks at  Julia's Stamping Ground! 

Thanks to those of you who kindly stop by  and chat. May God bless your day wherever you may be.

Shaz in Oz.x

PS thanks for your kind thoughts andwords last week everyone, almost there. ; D

Also a BIG and very special thank you to my dad's friend, Howard, who kindly helped out with the matts for the framing of these beautiful works - and all the glory should go to the LORD, Whose beautiful Words these are...

PPS. Here is photo of the bookmarks as realised later there were not all of them on the previous post.


Sarah C. said...

Hi Shaz, these are really nice pieces of work and lovely verses. You've obviously done another marvelous job teaching this lovely art...and I think your students also seem to have to have learned well. This would be quite encouraging for you for sure. I miss you and hope all is well.
God bless,

Glenda said...

Each of these is just beautiful! Glad you are somewhat better!

Anonymous said...

Lovely work, but I would hate to have to grade it. It would just be too hard. The all did fab from the photo, so better be A* for all! Yes, yes, I know that's unrealistic, but still. Far better than I could ever manage.

And an apple for teacher :)

Mary Anne

Jennie -The Artistic Stamper said...

great pieces of art, and hope you feeling a whole heap better

Happy woywwing
Jennie #2

Sunshine Girl said...

Great pictures - I too try and avoid shops - will only buy something I dont really need if I go in a craft shop! Glad you are feeling a bit better - have a great week.

Helen said...

stunning work by them all - a class well taught!


Didn't they all do so well, you must be very proud of them all :)

Lunch Lady Jan said...

They are beautiful, the guys who made them should feel very proud. And well done you, for having the patience to guide them to this end result!
Glad to hear you're on the mend, hope the recovery continues apace.
Hugs, LLJ #43 xx

Bridget Larsen said...

We meet again fellow Aussie, oh I love calligraphy but cant do it for peanuts, I had my husbands proposal to me calligraphied, wish I had half your talent.
Bridget #37

Chris(craft) and Dave(photos) Richards said...

Hi Shaz, thanks for visiting my blog !
I also love your work and am following you too !
love and hugs
chris richards
xxxxxxxxxxx ( ella's craft creations)

Karen said...

Wow I love calligraphy - I used to do it a lot, including wedding stationary too, perhaps I'll get my pens and inks out soon, thanks for the inspiration!

Sarah said...

just fabulous and so great that they have so much patience - must be good for the spirit and mind!
Thanks for sharing today! Sarah at 5.

Ann B said...

Beautiful work and especially so for 14 year olds.

Spyder said...

these are really fabulous works of art and will probably be kept forever, lovely! Happy WOYWW!
(Lyn)) #46

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

What good students you have to produce such excellent work. Well done to you are their teacher, you must be so proud. Thank you for your visit this morning. The Silhouette is the same as the Craft Robo or the Wishblade. The same software runs all three. It is a die cutting machine, and you can program it to cut your own designs or buy pre-desdesigned things on the web. There are also thousands of free designs that others have created and posted for the rest of us to use.

JoZart Designs said...

That must be so rewarding for them and for you and you should all be rightly satisfied in the results.
Hope you feel OK,
love JoZarty x

Anonymous said...

Just lovely Shaz, as their teacher I hope you're proud of them. Nice to get a bit of retail therapy in when you had to be in Sydney for an errand. Glad to hear you're a little better and I hope you continue to improve. Stay positive.

Brenda 84

Belinda Basson said...

so nice to see all their finished work. It must take you an age to frame them all.

Eileen said...

Super work here Shaz.... well done to all your students!!.

I am so sad to see that you have been poorly and needed to go to the doc's.... I hope you are feeling better and make a very quick recovery! Thinking of you my crafty mate! BTW thank you for the ladies Scene scape blog .... I hope it will 'kick me' into starting a card with them ... after all I spent £80 on them but for some reason I have a total block!! hugs and love E xxxxx

Morti said...

Hey Shaz - sorry I've not been by for ages, life just gets in the way and I've been rather busy. I did get your email (eventually, blinking broadband) - all AOK, and Mum loved the Calligraphy. Had to remount though cos it got bent in transit. (The mount, fortunately, not the work! Phew!). Fab work from your students on your desk....

Twiglet said...

Fab calligraphy and doesn't it look good framed up! Hope you are feeling better this week. x Jo

The Crafty Elf said...

Shaz, I can't believe what those children have done! Their work is just lovely! You must be so proud of them? Thanks for the visit and have a great week!

Marjo said...

Awesome creations! Thanks for the peek and sharing, have a great WOYWW

xoxo Marjo

Hettie said...

These are gorgeous Shaz. Those students have been taught and guided very well so a pat on the back for you too!
Glad to hear you are on the mend.

Julia Dunnit said...

It must be a matter of pride and huge satisfaction to see the results of your students' labour - they are beautiful pieces aren't they. Clever teaching gal, for sure. Glad to read of a slow and steady progress toward feeling better.

fairy thoughts said...

great work here you are lucky to teach such talented students. . . must be your teaching, very rewarding
thanks for sharing

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

Hi again, Shaz, Just wanted to say a big thank you to you for leaving Debbie a message on her blog. she is over the moon that other people would want to read her blog and leave her comments.

Robin Panzer Art said...

Wow the kids are really doing lovely work! Hope you feel better soon! Happy WOYWW ~#105 Robin Panzer Art

Joyce across the Pond said...

Glad you are recovering as I am - slowly but getting there. My goodness, you were throwing those students in at the deep end well and truly...illumination, gold leaf......I'm sure they are delighted with it all.
Thanks for the translation from Viki...never would have thought of that from Google, silly me.
Can I prevail upon you to spare some prayers for a young mother called Heather who has had multiple operations (bowel related) and is really in quite a serious condition....would be grateful....her husband in a very young Pastor who is doing great work especially with young folks....obviously all this has taken a back seat because of his wife's illness. They have two young boys in Primary school. Would be grateful to you and yours. She's a lovely Christian girl who hasn't been well enough to help her husband in his outreach and around his church - their church is right beside the Giant's of the world's wonders.

Shoshi said...

These are absolutely gorgeous, Shaz. I am so impressed that such young students have produced such excellent work - no doubt in no small part due to your excellent teaching and encouragement! Also very encouraging to see that they have all done beautiful Scripture verses. Real heirlooms! Happy WOYWW. Shoshi #84

voodoo vixen said...

Your students work looks fabulous and then it is framed and it looks stunning! I envy anyone who has the steadyness of hand and patience to do something so lovely. Hope you are getting back on your feet and feeling better soon!

Carola Bartz said...

Your students did beautiful work - and you are a great teacher. I like the touch with the gold leaf - it makes it very special.

lisa said...

What gorgeous work your class has produced, Shaz. You must be very proud of them. Having them framed shows them off beautifully.
Hope you are beginning to feel better.
Take care
Hugs Lisax

l00pyscraftcreations said...

your students and you should be very proud of these pieces of art, they are beautiful,
hug and hope you feel better soon,

happy Woyww
lou #63

:)) ...Вика said...

Ооо, Shaz !! Это замечательно. Ты очень стараешься для Господа! Слава Богу!
Божьих тебе благословений и Его любви.
Жду обещанного поста с переводом на другой язык. Очень хочу.
Спасибо, Вика

Mrs A. said...

these are all fabulous and you and your students should all be justifably proud of yourselves.Hugs Mrs A.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Vika Dolya said...

Ооо, Shaz !! Это замечательно. Ты очень стараешься для Господа! Слава Богу!
Божьих тебе благословений и Его любви.
Жду обещанного поста с переводом на другой язык. Очень хочу.
Спасибо, Вика
Ooo, Shaz!! it's wonderful. You are trying for the Lord! Thank God!
God's blessings to you and His love.
I'm waiting for the promised post with a translation into another language. I very much want.
Thanks, Vic
October 28, 2011 4:52 AM

Sheree said...

Hi Shaz! I cant believe that Blogger is letting me comment tonight!
Your students should be so proud of themselves! I am impressed with their work and am also jealous. I tried caligraphy years ago and found it is a lot harder than you think.
Have a feeling that those guys had a marvelous teacher by the way! Well done!
p.s. I put a link to your blog in my post yesterday along with one for Eileen.

Tertia said...

Your students did a fantastic job, but then, they had a great teacher! As a teacher myself, I find the look on a students face when they finish a new project even more satisfying than creating my own works of art sometimes.
Hope you are feeling a lot better real soon.

peggy aplSEEDS said...

wow, your students must be s pleased with themselves! i'm impressed!

brenda said...

Had to pop over after seeing your comment to say Happy Blog Birthday for tomorrow.

I've just had a little nosey down your recent posts, some awesome photos and how elegant are those cards with the embossed Christmas tree and those Spellbinders. Fabulous work.

B x

Gaby Bee said...

I love calligraphy! These are absolutely stunning!


Sarn said...

Such beautiful work Shaz. Hope you are now feeling better xxx

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