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Calligraphy Piece #1: The Witches' Rune (+ giveaway!)

Postby Xiao Rong » Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:36 pm

Hi everyone! I have been interested in calligraphy since I was 8 or 9, but only started doing it regularly. I've been practicing bastarda script (a 14th century cursive Gothic script) and using a dip pen on multipurpose paper (essentially watercolor paper). Although I am still very much an amateur, I'm finally confident enough in my calligraphy to show off my first piece, which is a copy of the Witches' Rune!

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Do you want this scroll for free? I love doing the calligraphy, and I thought it'd be fun to give this away to someone on EUTM. Frame it or stick it in your BoS! Plus, it's on a 9"x12" piece of paper, with generous margins so it's quite easy to crop.

If you are interested in this script, post a number between 1 and 100. I'll pick the winning number, let's say, next Wednesday, March 5. If you win, PM me your address and I will mail it to you!

OH - and if you have suggestions or requests for my next calligraphy piece, let me know!


Note on reading the script: I used a lot of long S's (look like a lowercase F without the crossbar) and rotunda R's (lowercase R's that look like the numeral 2), if that helps explain why some of the words look spelled wrong! I also made one mistake, which is I wrote "will" instead of "mote" in the third to last line.
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Re: Calligraphy Piece #1: The Witches' Rune (+ giveaway!)

Postby BabyBear » Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:45 pm

lol yay um then im going with 36

and grate job i love it
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Re: Calligraphy Piece #1: The Witches' Rune (+ giveaway!)

Postby firebirdflys » Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:14 pm

Hi ! I would like to be # 18

very cool Xiao!
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Re: Calligraphy Piece #1: The Witches' Rune (+ giveaway!)

Postby syngerin » Fri Feb 28, 2014 3:12 am

Oh God, that's wonderful! More than the scroll itself, I would love to learn your calligraphy! How did you learn, Xiao Rong?
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Re: Calligraphy Piece #1: The Witches' Rune (+ giveaway!)

Postby Echo_of_shadows » Fri Feb 28, 2014 3:33 am

Stunning work, Xiao! :o It looks like something from a fairy tale. :fairy: I pick 4.
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Re: Calligraphy Piece #1: The Witches' Rune (+ giveaway!)

Postby Xiao Rong » Fri Feb 28, 2014 8:33 am

Thanks everyone!

Syngerin, I think I took a two hour workshop once when I was 9 or so, which showed me the basics (how to hold the pen, simple italic calligraphy, etc.), and I took a class in college on Chinese calligraphy, but besides these, I'm mostly self-taught. I'm a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), where we try to recreate the cooler aspects of medieval life (i.e. the fashion, arts, fighting, archery, food, etc.) and skip the bad parts (e.g. plague, sexism, no flushing toilets, etc.), and I'm hoping that if I get good enough with this script, I'll be able to make "scrolls" for them, which sounds like hella fun.

I'll definitely be doing more of these in the near future, but keep the numbers coming! I'm also happy to take requests!
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Re: Calligraphy Piece #1: The Witches' Rune (+ giveaway!)

Postby Xiao Rong » Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:07 am

Last call for giveaway! (picking numbers tomorrow)
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Re: Calligraphy Piece #1: The Witches' Rune (+ giveaway!)

Postby Xiao Rong » Wed Mar 05, 2014 10:56 pm

Hey everyone, the number I picked was 73 ... making BabyBear the winner!! BabyBear, I will be PMing you about a way to mail the piece to you.
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Re: Calligraphy Piece #1: The Witches' Rune (+ giveaway!)

Postby firebirdflys » Thu Mar 06, 2014 12:45 am

WoooHoooo!!! congratulations Babybear!!!
Nice job Xiao :fairy: ...it's beautiful
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Re: Calligraphy Piece #1: The Witches' Rune (+ giveaway!)

Postby Echo_of_shadows » Thu Mar 06, 2014 11:33 am

Congratulations Babybear! :D
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Re: Calligraphy Piece #1: The Witches' Rune (+ giveaway!)

Postby Xiao Rong » Thu Mar 06, 2014 11:47 am

I'm working on more (and getting better, I might add) ... on my list of upcoming projects are house blessings, kitchen witch spells, the Elder Futhark rune poems, the Wiccan Rede, pagan prayers ... so more giveaways coming!
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Re: Calligraphy Piece #1: The Witches' Rune (+ giveaway!)

Postby YanaKhan » Thu Mar 06, 2014 3:33 pm

This is such a piece of art (and that's the biggest compliment I can think of). I envy your diligence a bit :) And such a great thing to give your work to others. Just wow!
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Re: Calligraphy Piece #1: The Witches' Rune (+ giveaway!)

Postby BabyBear » Thu Mar 06, 2014 6:05 pm

thanks everyone for the congratulations and thanks again Xiao Rong for makings such a wonderful piece of artwork
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