I started #foldedpenfriday on Instagram in 2015 as a personal creative outlet. After a full work week of pointed pen script, I found that turning to a non-conventional tool was incredibly relaxing. It even led to some wonderful collaborations!
I was initially introduced to the wonder that is the folded pen by Monica Dengo, who taught a gestural calligraphy workshop in Montreal. She showed us how to make our own pens by folding a rectangular piece of aluminum in half, cutting it into a knife-like shape and securing it to a chopstick with tape. I learned to embrace (and delight in!) ragged edges and unexpected ink splatters. Monica’s words come back to me often, especially her statement that “It’s not important that the mark is perfect, but that it’s honest.”
Here are some of my favourite #foldedpenfriday pieces from 2015, including the very first post in upper right hand corner as well as the pen I made in Monica's class (images 1 and 8). I typically source text from favorite authors, via Goodreads and from song lyrics that I just can’t get out of my head. Image #9 was my contribution to the pangram card exchange at the IAMPETH convention.
In 2015, I even decided to throw a wild card into my mix of lettering samples that I showed wedding clients, to include an envelope with splashy folded pen lettering. I wish I could have seen the look on my face last March, when I met with Kortnee and Erik. They looked past all of my script samples and immediately chose the folded pen style. Creating their paper suite was a blast and made my heart very happy!
I used my trusty folded pen, a long roll of Canal paper, a pot of Moon Palace sumi ink and the lyrics to Deck the Halls (written in full approximately 2.5 times).
Here's some behind-the-scenes action, shot by Ania Jamila of Luve Films.
My folded pen adventures will continue over on Instagram and I plan to share some tutorials here in the future.