Learn Gothic Calligraphy and Lettering – Online Calligraphy Course

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Learn Gothic Calligraphy & Lettering in this online calligraphy course. A portion of the proceeds will be given to the Calligraphic Arts Guild of Toronto. All available as a digital download.

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View Steve’s portfolio at http://flickr.com/photos/steveczajka

Below is a listing of the course topics . . .

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Book Cover Calligraphy Design

The Literary Connection Options v2

This shows some book cover design options for a recent project I completed.  My role was to come up with an attractive cover title, and recommend a font for secondary text and background textures.  I also included some placeholder graphics in option 6 for the publishing company.  Along with the options shown above, I provided the client a written description of each option (pros/cons), fonts, graphics, and background texture(s) specifications.  Once my client selected their desired option, they received the final files for high resolution production. Continue reading

CAGT Alderwood Library Show in SNAP‏

Our show at Alderwood Library has been featured in the October issue of Etobicoke’s SNAP. Hope you enjoy this peek. While most of what you’ll see are on display only on a NSF basis, Mark Lurz, Eileen Rademacher and Michele Nidenoff have wonderful pieces for sale. Hope you have a chance to see the show in person – it’s on until October 29th!
 
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Oktoberfest Calligraphy Tutorial

Oktoberfest Gold Oktoberfest wallpaper grass

Oktoberfest is right around the corner, and what a better way to mark the event but with classic German calligraphy.  This calligraphic typeface is based on Klingspore by Rudolf Koch (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolf_Koch). This is a beautiful Gothic typeface.

This authentic calligraphy was created using a 6.0 mm Pilot Parallel Calligraphy Pen.  It was later scanned, and digitally processed to create the gold raised effect.  It was finally draped on top of the two background images.  The pooling of the ink by the original calligraphy pen creates differences in height and colour.  This effect mixes authentic calligraphy with modern digital arts.  The digital effects were created with GIMP & Inkscape (FREE software). Read more at http://flickr.com/steveczajka.  And “en Prosit!”

Cheers
Steve

CAGT at Scriptus – Toronto’s Pen and Writing Show‏

CAGT will be on hand at the upcoming Scriptus show on Sunday November 2, 2014. Please join us for lettering demonstrations and for an opportunity to purchase antique and new fountain pens, ink and paper.

The show is being held at the Appel Salon, 2nd flr., Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St. (north of Bloor St.) Toronto.
http://scriptustoronto.com/poster-handbill-now-released/

 

 

Beautiful Letters – Calligraphy Show‏

We’re pleased to have a show at Alderwood Public Library running from September 18 to October 29. Entitled “Beautiful Letters,” it showcases previously exhibited work and some new pieces as well. This library is an open and bright space and, in addition to framed works, you’ll be delighted by our free-standing letters of the alphabet in large format contributed by a dozen members and Friends of our guild.
We thank Kerry Morton, branch manager, for this invitation to promote our guild and the lettering arts in this our fortieth anniversary year.
Alderwood Public Library is located in south Etobicoke. Hours are Mondays 10:00 – 8:30; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10:00 – 6:00; Thursdays 12:30 – 8:30 and Saturdays 9:00 – 5:00.