Nearing all the holidays, that was my theme for my demo in their front lobby yesterday. I sell my calligraphy cards and prints there, so it is relevant to what our visitors are seeing me creating . Thanks to Taylor also. Each card I make is decorated by hand, with watercolor or gouache, a non transparent color. This is what I usually write with, although a new stash of colored inks are working well on envelopes Those inks are almost permanent , lately leaving a nice red stain on my fingers. I was told by staff member Debra Shinn, that I should consider this my badge of honor. Cate , the high school artist working there, made a lovely video of my hand actually painting, which is on Facebook also. It was kind of exciting to see the actual sequence of brush strokes. Check it out. My technique here, is to write out my original, then print on card stock, so it will not bleed when I add wet paint. I can do many alphabets, but people seem to like the Italic style . I like using Uncial also, which is on my sign . Each card is a one of a kind. Watercolor is tricky. Once you make your "mark" it stays. Corrections usually make it worse, so there is always an element of surprise, even for me! I don't know if people are aware, but I taught Calligraphy at SAC for fourteen years, and then went on to teach at NAU for five years as adjunct faculty. I see my demos as a way to educate the public about the beautiful art I love .