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It is with some regret that I feel I must discontinue what has become a large and enjoyable part of my life.  A year ago, give or take  month or so, I began to mark the birthdays of my Facebook friends with a Namedoodle.  At that time I was pretty new to Fb and had only about 50 ” friends” .  I decided that it might be a good idea to set aside one hour every few days to create something a little different.  Good practice for me, and, I hoped, inspiration for the recipient.  It also seemed a way, perhaps, that others could send greetings, rather than using Fb. Apps, i.e., ” so and so sent you a bunch of virtual flowers “.

If you haven’t seen a Namedoodle this is just one example

More variations can be found on my Skydrive Photos

Most of my friends are either calligraphers or at least have an interest in calligraphy or lettering.  For the experienced, I hoped that it would be interesting for them to see what another could do with such a remit.  More importantly that it might inspire the beginner / improver to explore various possibilities  when it comes to making letters or indeed, putting letters on a page.

I now have just short of 600 friends and find it much too difficult to cover every birthday, so, I shall stop now, rather than just cover a few favourites.  You might though, see the occasional piece for personal family and friends.  I shall continue to do commissioned pieces through Calligraphy by Bill Grant    Those who’s Namedoodles have appeared so far, have the facility to download and print from the link above.  I am also looking into a way of sending out the originals, in their rough state, mainly on ordinary copy paper, by Self Addressed Envelope.  Contact Calligraphy by Bill Grant ( subject Namedoodles ) for details.

I am hoping that with the time that now becomes available, I shall be able to spend a little more time on this Blog and at Calligraphy at Bill’s Space, to spread the word about the making of good letters.  Ah yes!  And with God’s help,  earn a few pennies by making some good letters of my own.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Keep watching this space.

Calligradoodles_0004 How to write an Uncial alphabet with double pencil.


Calligradoodles_0003 How to write a Roman alphabet with double pencil.


Calligradoodles_0002 How to write a roundhand alphabet with double pencil