Calligraphy on Pinterest

pinterest wallpaperI was asked to share this post about chalk board signs: http://www.blogto.com/arts/2012/06/who_writes_all_those_fancy_restaurant_chalk_boards/ and this amazing post is another example that calligraphy today is more popular and stronger than ever!  And this reminded me about how a modern social media platform called Pinterest is sharing calligraphy from all over the world.

Here is how Pinterest works

People first sign up for a Pinterest account, then when they see something they like on the internet they can share it on Pinterest and “pin” it on one of their boards.  It is similar to an interior decorator who might clip design ideas, sketches, colour swatches, textures and photographs from magazines onto a physical board for a client.  Except in this case, the magazines are the web, and the sharing is potentially with the rest of the world (rather than just a single client), and designers have become curators, displaying amazing content from all over the world.

I have been posting my calligraphy works over the years on http://flickr.com/photos/steveczajka and I found that people have reshared many of these onto Pinterest.  Here are just a handful of examples of other inspirational calligraphy, lettering and type from all over the world, shared on Pinterest:

Hint to Calligraphers

When posting your works online be sure to include a watermark so that other people will know who did the work.  You never know where this might lead. Also be careful about sharing your copyright works on the web, perhaps only share them using a watermark covering the work itself, or perhaps only share a low-resolution image or cropped image sample.  The main message here is to share your works in order to gain awareness.  Speaking from personal experience the awareness does grow significantly over time.  To quickly see if your works are already on Pinterest, try this . . .

Google Search [“Your Name” site:pinterest.com], an example… CLICK HERE!

I hope you enjoyed these inspirational works.  Interested in learning calligraphy?  Join our Guild, or take one of our courses.  The next set of courses are planned for spring of 2014. Our next Guild meeting is in early January. Follow our blog (via email – upper left) to make sure that you stay connected and don’t miss out.  Out last class held by Mark Lurz was sold out, so be sure to sign up early once the courses are announced.

Twitter Mural

The #TwitterMural project was a partnership between the City of Mississauga and the Calligraphic Arts Guild of Toronto.  The project was completed in the spring of 2013 during Youth Week.  Several members of CAGT were involved with the training of students, planning, design, layout and painting of the mural.  Learn more about the project in this gallery of slides presentation below…

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January 2012 Calendar – Berries Edition

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Normally I post one calligraphy piece each week on http:steveczajka.posterous.com. I have decided to release additional pieces in 2012 for monthly calendars, and holiday specials. I hope to build up a portfolio of works.

For the January desktop calendar, I couldn’t decide on which image to use, so I posted both an Orchard Edition (not shown) and a Berries Edition.

The new gothic identity shown in the lower part of the image with the red “S” is going to replace my current avatar. I plan to slowly roll this out into the new year for all new pieces and my avatars on my social media properties: posterous, twitter, google+, email, flickr, youtube, and a few others.

The hand done, authentic calligraphy for the January piece and my gothic “S”, was inked as part of my gothic typeface project which is now more or less complete. More about this typeface calligraphy project later.

Thanks to the photographers for their royalty free photos:

Berries – Photographer: Nossirom on sxc.hu
http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1252451

Orchard – Photographer: night fate on sxc.hu (not shown here)
http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1330247

Cheers
Steve

Circular Calligraphy Border – Full Edition – Part 5

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In the fifth and final part of this video tutorial series, lean about the final images and how you can freely use them yourself. Also check out my final thoughts on the project.

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