We’re heading into family birthday season for everyone except me. It’s touch and go whether people get handmade cards (I like to keep them guessing), but this time I managed cards for both my mother and my (second) nephew.
Here is a column from my notebook, where I was working out what to do:
I loosely sketched the designs onto thin white photocopy paper, so I could use them as a guideline for the inks using a brush pen.
No calligraphic intent, just loopy handwriting, with some classic ornamental creatures.
And, of course, some hasty (imitation) gold leaf to brighten things up.