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Magnani Paper Swatches

 I was asked to do some Magnani paper trials for the Calligraphy Society of Victoria. These are my results. S U M M A R Y The papers are beautiful to touch and work with. Some were more responsive to others given the media and the tools used. I included erasing lines as this is so common in our work and I also included embossing. The papers I like the most for the more painterly techniques that I use are almost all of them as you can see glimmers of painterly swatches with and without gesso. They work exceptionally well even the lighter weights, which took on a slight cockling. The best of the Magnani in my opinion for formal pen, ink, gouache and gilding work would be the Revere Platinum (standard white RPT145WH) 100% cotton 145gsm & the Velata Avorio (VEL 120) wove, alpha, 120gsm & the Vergella Arvorio (VERG115) laid, alpha 115gsm. Whilst these Magnani papers are all good for specific purposes, the papers I would like bes

The Briem Report 2012

Great certificate, thanks Briem!!!!  The Briem Report is available for anyone who is interested in an absolutely fabulous calligraphy hard copy book penned by the hands of many of the world's most wonderful and generous calligraphers. All kudos goes to Gunnlaugur SE Briem ... thank you Briem. Many of my friends and colleagues are featured therein.  My work though featured in the online version of the first edition will be featured in the hard copy of the second edition to be published next year. To download the Briem Report 2012 go to:

Clan MacLaren

The MacLaren Chieftain Coat-of-Arms This Coat-of-Arms is hand painted in gouache and watercolours along with pen and ink.