Sunday, July 31, 2022

V is for Very long time

It's really been a very long time since I've inflicted one of my filigree lettering on you. Probably because I took a break and devoted myself to other elements of calligraphy.

So here is a two-tone V with filigrees (a little different from what I usually do) and my inevitable little gilded dots.

And I take this opportunity to remind you that there are only a few days left to register for the course on split versals & filigrees that will be hosted by the gentle penman platform.

Thursday, July 7, 2022


 I live in the country of Iroise, a small part of Brittany, France.

In Breton, it's written (probably) Hirwazh.

So here is a work in progress and a reminder for this weekend's lettering class (in English).

There are still a few places left, more info and registration here.

And if you don't speak English but are still interested, there will be a French version in September, information here

Monday, June 27, 2022


 More and more in search of original shapes, I continue to experiment with lettering and distortions.

Here are two small compositions (there should be 4 in the end) with the alphabet and Arabic numerals which makes a total of 6² (easy to lay out).

As I already said, I will be giving online classes on my approach to lettering, basic shapes, mechanics, layout...

The English course will take place on July 9th and 10th 2022, info and booking here

The French version will be a little later in the season, on September 3rd and 4th. Registration is already open, info here.

Thursday, June 2, 2022


 A verse from Walt Whitman to tell you that I love his poetry.

And also that I have scheduled a course on lettering.

Not just any lettering, no. Ferret lettering!

Well, okay, it's just my own version of lettering but it's still pretty nice, isn't it?

So, there's a course in person and in French in my workshop beginning of July, details here.

An online and in English course, still in July, info & registration here

And an online and French version in September, info & registration there.

Monday, February 14, 2022


Just a small note with a variation on the NEULAND, a script that I particularly like for its plastic qualities.

And as it is never enough, some filigrees to embellish the whole.

And a small video showing the process of modification of the letters

If you would like to play this game with me, you can register to my online course for next weekend.
Information and registration link here

Monday, January 31, 2022

Visconti told to the lovers of letters

 You may have heard of the Book of Hours of the Duke of Visconti, a beautiful Italian manuscript from the late 14th century.

You may even have studied fragments of it, whether it be the magnificent rotunda gothic of the text or the countless elements of decoration and illumination.

But do you really know it?

What is this dragon that seems to be holding a child in its mouth?

What does the word dompne mean in the last line? And does a scribe make a lot of mistakes in copying?

Who is this "woman" with three faces?

Where are the beautiful capital letters (including the Y) in this manuscript?

Who are these fiery characters?

What do all these abbreviations mean?

to answer all these questions and many more, you can register for my zoom conference on February 13 at 6pm (replay available for a week) by clicking here

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Happy birthday !

 Today is my wife's birthday.

As I didn't know what to give her, I started to create a new currency and I started with a big banknote, 1 million !

Cashable only with me and in nature :-)

The photo is printed (yes, I know, I should have done it by hand but that's one of the many things I don't know how to do).

Gold leaf for the control strip and the dot of the i, embossing for the number, everything else is done in watercolor, different dilutions of Payne's grey.