Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Art Elements: Monthly Challenge


The Monthly Challenge from the lovely ladies at Art Elements Blog.
Check them out Here at their Blog.
About a month ago, I decided to start calligraphy again. I had an old pen and ink that I kept running across when I would clean my craft area. So of course, I had to go and buy more things and I started following You-tubers and bloggers and I generally OVER obsessed about it. What I found however, was a huge following for the new brush pen style writing. So, of course, I had to go and buy more things etc, you get my point. I now need to buy something to store all my pens and markers and tips and books (of course) and THREE different, oh wait, FOUR different pads of paper.  And paper practice sheets! I have already gone through a ream of paper printing practice sheets. My favorite sheets for calligraphy are from ThePostmansKnock  https://thepostmansknock.com/author/lindseybugbee. Lindsey has been blogging since 2012 and teaches online and in person. What I like about her, she puts together fun practice sheets that are more about the strokes and less about the alphabet. Below is some unfinished and finished Halloween practice sheets that she made. You can see, its all about the strokes. I also started using them for my Brush Pen practice as well.

When I signed up for the Art Elements Challenge, I never in a million years thought I would do a calligraphy project! But I found some coloring book papers on line of Petroglyphs
(I KNOW...RIGHT?!?!) and I found some information about Petroglyphs found here in Pennsylvania. Here is the story about the coloring books sheets.
Pat Preble, has been drawing and painting since two years old.
After working for a number of years with the encaustic medium, she decided to look into the images created in encaustic by our ancient ancestors and was fascinated by the highly sophisticated ancient cave art. She decided to try reproducing some of them.
Deborah Harmon, Archeologist, Grant Meister, and artist, sent her more than 100 petroglyph line drawings to use Pat's cave art paintings. The rock drawings started her on the quest to make a rock to paint on and eventually she created the modern cartonnage. She wanted a surface that looked and felt like a rock; a kind of 3-D sculpted canvas. She created a derivative form of Ptolomaic cartonage based on ideas from ancient Egyptian cast paper and sculpting media.
Visit the site she created titled AncientArtMaterials.com which explains these processes of discovery.
Here are the locations of the Petroglyph sites in PA.

Here is a simulation picture of the Little Indian Rock site and accompanying legend.

So, with out futher ado (and before I buy any more supplies) I present you with my 

Petroglyph Calligraphy Practice Sheets!

This is a Blog hop, so be sure to check out what everyone else made!
Art Elements Team:
Lesley Watt: http://www.lesleywatt.com
Jenny Davies-Reazor: https://jdaviesreazor.com
Cathy Spivey Mendola: http://cmendola.blogspot.com
Sue Kennedy: http://www.suebeads.blogspot.com
Caroline Dewison: http://www.blueberribeads.co.uk
Laney Mead: https://laney-mead.blogspot.com/
Marsha Neal Minutella: http://blog.marshanealstudio.com
Claire Fabian: https://saraccino.blogspot.com

Our Guest Artists:
Jill Egan: https://kilnfiredart.wordpress.com
Tammy Adams: http://www.paisleylizard.com/blog/
Alison Herrington: http://AlisonAdorns.blogspot.com
Alysen: http://chicchixnchampagne.blogspot.com
Sarajo Wentling: https://sjdesignsjewelry.blogspot.com
Jenny Kyrlach: http://anafiassa.blogspot.com
CraftyHope: http://CraftyHope.com
Kathy Lindemer: https://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/


  1. Oh wow those are amazing!! I have a dip pen here somewhere and some brush pens and loads of paper... oooo I 'might' have to have a go!!! I love where your muse took you, fantastic take on petroglyphs :D

  2. I love what you have done here, love those loops, I'm in awe of your calligraphy skills, I'm rubbish at it.

  3. These are so fantastic! And how cool is it that there is a map of Petroglyphs in PA :)

  4. Oh, your drawings are awesome! I am always so impressed by people who can draw! Great job! And PETROGLYPHS IN PA????? Now I will be taking field trips to find them! Thanks for the info!

    1. Oh, I thought I would field trip too.. but only two are on Public land and still in their place (not taken to museums or University’s) One is In the south east that’s accessible by boat or canoe... NOT for me. The other is in the north west and quite a hike, so that may be the only option. I’ll definitely let you know if I go! 😀😉

  5. How fabulous! The last one is my favorite, hands down!

  6. How cool! I would never in a hundred years thought of doing calligraphy for this challenge... your work is fantastic! (And petroglyphs in PA? I didn't know that--that's pretty cool, too. *grin*)

  7. This is really cool! I would never ever thought of that! :)

  8. I may have to take a trip to PA to see some of those petroglyphs. Thanks for including that information. I have to say I would never have thought to create practice sheets, but I am glad you did. Well done!

  9. I've been bitten by the calligraphy bug too, it's really addictive and relaxing to do! I love how you used it for the challenge, your designs are fantastic!

  10. What a fun take on this challenge. I would have never connected calligraphy and petroglyphs, but they are both forms of communication to some extent. And, how neat that there are real ones in your own state!

  11. I love your interpretation. It is so unique and very creative. You really took it in a new direction! Thank you for joining our challenge!

  12. What a unique interpretation and so well executed.

  13. Alison, your idea of calligraphy to interpret this challenge is absolutely unique and the results are awesome! As are the story and images explaining your choice. I remember taking a calligraphy class way back in the late 70s. I still love swirls and the like, though haven't practiced since... Alysen.

  14. It's a real problem that the buying of a single new art or craft tool inevitably leads to the buying of more. The struggle is real, as they say. Your calligraphy is beautiful and completely unexpected for this theme. Great work.

  15. These calligraphy practice sheets are so fun! I really enjoy what you did with them. What a cool direction to go in.


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