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The Foundational or Roundhand Alphabet. With thanks to Richard Crookes.

You will remember that some time ago Richard allowed me to use his italic worksheets at Bill’s Space. They have proved very popular. Over 1000 views, so far, with many people clicking through to download the zip file.  If you missed them, don’t worry they are still available at his website.

I was interested to hear that Richard has set up a series of very well attended calligraphy classes in Thailand, and has a blog, “Calligraphy Classes in Bangkok“, here on WordPress.

He made this ‘g’ during one of the classes and says, “that ‘g’ was about 4 feet high on a white board. It’s great fun working that large”.

He has completed some brilliant worksheets on the Foundational Hand, and has once again given me the go ahead to show them.  I think, however it would be in your own interest to have a look at his blog and a thorough root through his website where among loads of other goodies you will find some copies you can download for yourself.


Thanks Richard.

Don’t forget to then come back and see what is going on at our first lesson,  TIME TO GET TO WORK

Keep watching this space.


My work on eBay in time for St Valentine’s Day

Isn’t it strange how sometimes a passage leaps off the page and really makes you think?   Rumi  has long been an inspiration for me, though I can’t say that I totally live up to his Ideals.  This piece speaks out, I believe, to everyone who has ever been in love, so feel free to copy one of these and send it to your special someone.  If you would like an original take your pick of three I have listed.

 This link will take you to my eBay page where you will find all three versions. 

UNSOLD.   Still available though. at  Calligraphy by Bill Grant

The first is A4 size.  Roundhand.  x height 1/8″.

A3 sizeItalic.  x height 1/4″.

A3 size.  Italic.  x height 1/4″.

Hoping you all have a great Valentines day.

Keep watching this space.


A Calligraphy Workshop at Jewels.

Last month I noted my first impressions of the Jewels Calligraphy Group.  Tutor Julie has done a great job. Not only teaching this little band of scribes, but with her friendly, relaxed manner,  keeping them together for a number of years.

When my offer of conducting a workshop was taken up, I was really pleased but as it is at least two years since I stood in front of a class of adults there was a tinge of trepidation.  So, rather than relying on the old adage: ” Teaching is like riding a bike “, I decided to do a bit of preparation. The subject, which is very close to my heart, the roundhand alphabet.  Not only writing with, but also showing the versatility of  double pencil when planning a layout.

Bearing in mind I had quite a large space at Jewels to work in, my idea was to write ” Jewels ” as large as possible on a roll of paper 30″ wide and then superimpose, in italics, ” Arts & Crafts Centre ” across the centre.

After a thoroughly enjoyable couple of hours this is what I ended up with.  Two clicks will magnify this to a huge image.  (Original 24″ x  84″).

 This is the result of stitching three photos together. The x height of the lower case ” Jewels ” is 12″. The almost hidden, ” Art & Craft Centre “, 5” .  All written very quickly with double markers on a roll of decorators lining paper…………..

…………….3″  and 1″ nib width, then roughly filled with some old inks that needed to be used up. So roughly filled, with automatic pens,  a goodly amount was deposited in places where no ink was supposed to be.  Never mind. This is just a trial run. Enjoy, and go with the flow! Having run out of a decent yellow, I even splashed on some Turmeric.  Heheh.   Perhaps I should call this piece ” Jewels after Shahed “.  A reference to a friend who has an album named Spilling, Splashing, Scribbling.

Then the little matter of an example or two of the script we were going to be working on…………………………..

First my double pencil version.

Then a piece from my archives.

Another with a guide to spacing

And a historical piece from the British Museum manuscript collection.

Then to the Workshop itself. Time to fill :- two hours.  Drying up a couple of times due to old age / lack of practice, I briefly tried to conjour up the image of the court of Charlemagne, Alcuin’s friendship with the King and, among other reforms, their long-term aim of unifying the script of the age and how this then evolved into the humanist hand seen above, and eventually into the font we are reading now.

Guide-lines already marked on my roll of poster paper, we then got down to the nitty-gritty of adding the writing which fitted just like magic.  There was even enough room for each participant to add their own contribution.

I could then sit back with my feet up and let everyone get on with it. And, I am pleased to say, get on with it they did, even to the extent of letting their tea get cold.  ( Have I mentioned the TEA? )

Gill and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting with and enjoying the company of the group.  So much so, that we are now members also and looking forward to some good times together.

Hoping I might be asked to continue with a workshop perhaps on Roman Capitals next, I say thanks for having us.  See you again next week.

Don’t forget.  If you want more on the roundhand alphabet, have a look at Lesson One

Keep watching this space.