Tuesday, January 20, 2015
A few days ago I did an audio interview with Mormon Artist for podcast. http://mormonartist.net/podcast/episode-7-joan-layton-merrell/
I rambled a bit more than ideal and didn't really answer everything, but at least nothing seems too embarrassing! It was a fun experience and if I could go through and rewrite it all, it would be pretty good.
The transcript version includes images of the art discussed so if you are interested you might wan to read or to scroll down the transcript as you listen.
I'll update this with some pictures when I'm home on the computer.
Friday, June 21, 2013
Doing the crest was tricky, thank you Patricia for hints.
I had a learning curve on the shipping - its the packaging that costs most, but UPS does a great job of getting things to St. Louis overnight with regular ground shipping.. And I recommend BareWalls framing in St. Genevieve! They pick-up and deliver in St. Louis and make everything smooth and easy.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
You can print this out as permission to print for your own use hereby given by the artist, Joan L. Merrell, March 31, 2012.
if you have trouble getting to the file, e-mail me through the website home "contact me" and I will send you a link directly from DropBox.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Anyone interested in learning or just trying out calligraphy, there is a 6-week class starting at Capital Arts in Jefferson City next Thursday (6:30-8:30). It's a lot of fun, and kind of cool to do something that is largely a "lost art", we'll do some fun little projects along the way.
You can register for the class by calling (573) 635-8355 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Below you will find a link to drop box folder that includes files for a professional photograph and a hi-res scan, either of which can be used to print an art-quality print up to poster size. Permission is hereby given for anyone to use this to make prints for family, home, church or other use that is non-commercial. You may try your own color printer, or put the file on a thumb drive and take it to a color copier or a photo printshop. It fits well on an 8 1/2 x 11 paper and I hear that Costco will do poster prints for only $6. In Jefferson City, you can get inexpensive 11x17 color copies at the UPS store near Schnucks.
OK, an added warning for do-it-yourselfers: if you open an image in a viewer or even photoshop, it usually opens at just 72 dpi, which is plenty for viewing on a screen but will not print up nicely. You might want to be careful that when you save the file it is the whole thing, and if you go to a print/copy shop, you can ask them to make sure it is printing at 300 dpi. This might mean they take it back into photoshop and increase the resolution. In Jefferson City they are really helpful at the UPS store by Schnucks and will make sure it is top quality, and you can use heavy photo paper there if you want it extra nice. Even if you take it directly to a photo place like Walgreens or Costco, make sure you find out if you have the file at top quality uless you are printing it fairly small.
The jpg should be good enough for most any purpose, the second (huge) file is a scan for printing really large.
Feel free to print these for those you home or visit teach, for your own home, for anyone you feel could use it. BUT no permission is given for any commercial use, only free gifts.
(If you think it's odd that I picked a quote about the Book of Mormon, here's a link to getting you a free copy in case you are curious just what's its about. http://mormon.org/free-book-of-mormon)
If you have any trouble getting the file, e-mail me through the website home "contact me" and I will send you a link directly.
Please feel free to pass this along, spread it around, share anywhere you like!
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
|Family Tree in calligraphy by Joan Merrell in Jefferson City MO, circa 1999?|
One of the first large jobs I ever did on commission was a family tree. The client had an old xerox that was about three pages taped together lengthwise and written out with quite a few mistakes due the the transcriber not understanding the original German.
I had a bit of difficulty coming up with a nice layout. Many times I wished I could take a few children and move them from one family to another to balance things out. Fortunately the client didn't have a deadline, as I found that after working on it for a while I would have to give up and put it aside, sometimes for a couple of months. Eventually I did work out something I liked, using lettering appropriate for the German. I was lucky to have a husband who knows some German and was able to help with correcting some of the text.
I used walnut ink on Nidegen paper.
A few years later, I was asked to fill in a Martha Stewart family tree. This was more nerve-wracking, as I wasn't sure I could correct anything and I had to fit some long names in some tiny spaces. I thought I had really messed up until I realized that one section was repeated because there were common ancestors.
The most recent family tree job was filling out a Fraktur print, which included a little creative correcting of the form to fit in some large families.
|detail of purchased family tree print from client with names filled in|
Thursday, November 1, 2012
|cast paper certificate, hand done in a mold carved by the lettering artist in polymer clay|
|this calligraphic papercasting shows raised lettering as well as opposite "indented" letters) cast with cotton linters in a polymer clay mold|
|learn papercasting through tutorials on this blog|
So, if you want one, just get onto the board of trustees.................... or learn to make your own castings through the tutorials on this blog :) or through workshops for your group or guild.