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Friday, September 24, 2010

Sonnet 116

Maria was given a commission to reproduce Shakespeare's Sonnet 116 for an upcoming wedding. She researched lettering styles of the late 1500s, early 1600s to find this popular lettering style of that era.


She used that as her inspiration for her initial letter, except she incorporated Zentangle tangles for its surrounding filigree. Finished piece is approximately 13 x 26 inches. (We smudged the bride's and groom's names for privacy.)



Here's a close-up of that "L" in all its tangled glory . . .



This paper has such a beautiful laid pattern that I had to hold it up to the light and take a picture so you could appreciate its pattern.



Maria had so much fun with that "L" that she did an "R" on a Zentangle tile this morning. (Thanks, Maria!)



In case you've recently joined us, Maria keeps up her day job as a lettering artist and designer. You can see some of that work here.

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8 comments:

Deb Kopeschny said...

Georgeous and mesmerizing as always Maria. Thanks for the ongoing inspiration. Deb

Carole Ohl said...

Wow. Stunning. Such a fluid and beautiful hand. I especially love how the first letters of each line are artful strokes that seem to anchor the poem. Gorgeous. I agree with Deb... endless inspiration! Thanks!

Judy said...

Wow, this lettering is a "knockout"!! Beautiful flowing lines.

Heather Victoria Held said...

Maria you are positively brilliant! I love what you have done with the lettering. Thanks for sharing!
Xo,

Heather

Shelly Beauch said...

Magnificent!

laurenfinley said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Connie said...

A masterpiece! What a treasure that couple has on their hands. Lucky them!

Cookie said...

These wedding invitations and letters are beautiful, Maria!