Wednesday, August 14, 2019

We bite the night

Some have pointed out to me (rightly) that I calligraphy almost exclusively male authors. For a change, here is a fragment from the novel Les Personnages by Sylvie Germain.

I made the three O's with a bit of a crate immersed in very thick walnut stain, the rest of the writing is a small humanistic made with more diluted stain.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Vulpis & Corvus

For a long time I wanted to calligraphy this fable in its Latin version because no, it was not Mr. de La Fontaine who invented The Raven & the Fox.
It's not Phaedrus either, but it's the version I chose.

And as I can't draw, I could only show in the border the fall of the cheese and not the protagonists ;-)

Wednesday, August 7, 2019


For a commission, I made this monogram with the initials of both parents and those of their children.
I was only allowed to use black, so I used 3, a black from Mars, a ferro-gallic ink & an ivory black. The difference is subtle and does not really appear in the photos. The main thing is that the patrons are happy, right?

Thursday, August 1, 2019


My godson is one year old. He is already very vocal. To keep the memory of his first speeches, I composed this little calligraphy for him.

Looking forward to other jobs of the same type, it's really nice to do:-)

Sunday, July 28, 2019

The night

After a first version with a too deep black, here is a much more interesting version of this poem by Guillevic written in iron gall ink.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

carolingian script etc

Long time since my last post. It's because I'm preparing for the next workshop.

Working on my carolingian script

& on my knots

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Let's not try not to stain ourselves anymore

After the shorts, here is the t-shirt I had managed to stain I don't know how (red paint spots on the back).

There, the stains have disappeared :-)

Monday, July 15, 2019

Back to work

The students at Rendez-Vous 2019 in Canada were so fond of my little initials that I no longer have a single one.
Time to redo (for the umpteenth time) a small alphabet in advance of the medieval festival this weekend.

I am far from finished....

Monday, July 8, 2019


When I returned from Canada yesterday, I couldn't resist the paper offered to me by Cynthia, one of my students, and I went back to my work desk.
A very beautiful handmade paper, very flexible, what else can I do but emboss it?

Impatient, I didn't take the time to find a text that could have taken place on this page, I just made an alphabet inspired by the NEULAND script.

And as I had to be able to discreetly add my signature, as there was still a lot of space at the bottom of the sheet, I made some filigrees (yes, I am an addict, but you already knew that).

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Canada, here I am !!

Tomorrow is the departure for the 38th International Calligraphy Conference of North America where I will have the pleasure of teaching filigrees for a whole week.
In the meantime, I have prepared some pockets for the participants.

one of the pockets, opened.



Monday, June 24, 2019

This tree & its shivering

It had been a long time since I had read Antonin Artaud, long since I had calligraphied a pretty gothic fraktur.
It is done, here is The Tree.

Friday, June 21, 2019


in other word, more little initials (and even stains) with filigree

I promise to stop soon
or... maybe not ;-)

Thursday, June 20, 2019

spring roll

Whew, just before the solstice, thanks to my wife, I managed to create two rolls to store brushes, pen-holders and other tools.

The two closed rolls

The first, with red buttonholes and filigrees, with some tools.

The second, with a reworked NEULAND lorem ipsum and its black buttonholes filled with different brushes

The same but without the tools

And finally, the back of this second bag

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

New game

Yesterday, I invented a new game. It's called hide & stain ;-)

You take a garment whose stains are so well inlaid that it is impossible to make them leave and you calligraphy something over it in order to hide them.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Just a J

Driven by my momentum in my border of filigrees, I composed this J.

Alizarin paint for the letter, a few gilded dots to bring light and a rectangle of filigrees to finish.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Still in progress

Well, it's true that I had announced something other than filigrees in this post.
But you know me, I'm a maniac, an obsessed man...
So the further work on this composition includes... filigrees

Until I have finished, you will only be allowed partial views, I hope these will satisfy you enough to wait a little more :-)

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Stained glass de-structured

My first version of stained glass engraved in the slate having been very popular (once shown to the public, it was only 3 days in my company before someone bought it), I decided to make another one, more ambitious and this time using the same method as for the backrest of my seat, ie, by de-structuring the stained glass pattern.
Here is a draft in progress on paper, the concept seems valid to me, all that remains is to engrave the slate.

It took me more than a year to make the first one, this one is three times bigger, you will have to wait a long time before you see the outcome :-)

Thursday, May 16, 2019

New course in the workshop

It has been too long since I offered an internship in my studio, so I invite you to join me for a course on a 9th century script from a manuscript from Landévennec Abbey over 2 days, followed by an introduction to Celtic decoration.

All this will take place from August 3 to 5, 2019, possibility to do only the two days of calligraphy if you are only available on weekends.
The price is 50€ per day, 100€ for calligraphy and 150€ if you also want to acquire the basics of Celtic decoration.
For more information and to book, please contact me by email or phone, all my contact details are available on the contact page of my website.

Monday, May 13, 2019

ten-hand game

This weekend was the installation and opening of the exhibition in Sarlat with Alyssia Banon, Julien Breton, Stéphane Alfonsi and myself.
On Saturday, we sat around a table and let ourselves go to mix our worlds, with the contribution of Emmanuel Spaeth who had come to visit us and the kind help of Mathieu Bureau.
At the end of the day, here is the result....

To see the real works of each of them, you have to go to the Sarlat cultural centre

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

recto vs verso

A new poem by Guillevic.
And to materialize the general idea, I folded a corner of the paper to show a piece of the back.

For those who would ask themselves the question, no, I didn't make filigrees on the whole back, only on the corner that we see:-)

Friday, May 3, 2019

Amor vincit omnia

Love overcomes everything
Virgil said it (not exactly in this form), I hope it's true.
In the meantime, a little monogram for friends who are going through difficult times.

I stay on letters about 2cm high, mixture of walnut stain and iron gall ink, the heart is gilded with gold leaf, the filigrees are done with iron gall ink.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Embossing & stained glass pattern

Finally something other than filigrees on this blog!

I invented a rather unstructured stained glass pattern that I embossed to accompany a text. I'm not saying any more at the moment, the work is far from over.

Sunday, April 28, 2019


I can't get out of it.
I barely realized a few letters when they were bought or booked. I'm not complaining, let's be clear, but at this rate, I'll never have a complete alphabet to show!

This is the delivery of the day: