Because the pieces are scanned and printed, I write the lettering larger than the finished size in black on plain bright white paper, such as Canson Pro-Marker Layout. I scan the lettering, make any corrections needed using Photoshop, then reduce and set up the final for print using Adobe InDesign. The finished pieces are 4 1/4" x 5 1/2", allowing me to set up four on a page for print with crop marks.
|Title lettering: Uncial|
Starting with parent sheets (26"x40") of
Arches Text Wove paper, I tear it down to 8 1/2"x11" sheets for print, then tear these to the finished size after print using my crop marks. Tearing allows for more natural looking "deckle" edges.
|Main text lettering: Batarde|
The embellishment is different each year for the individual poems, but I have consistently used FineTec gold watercolors and Winsor Newton watercolors, and either a Winsor Newton 000 or Princeton liner brush to apply the color.
|Title lettering: sloped Uncial|
Merry Christmas everyone,
and many blessings to you as we enter the New Year.
May 2016 be full of inspiration!