Peggy Kunkel

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The periodic table gets four new official additions

Nihonium, Moscovium, Tennessine and Oganesson are officially official. This week, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry added numbers 113, 115, 117 and 118 to the Period table of elements (114 and 116 – Livermorium and Flerovium – were added in 2012).<p>While all of the above were …

Chemistry

Stashed cash: Rare Ming Dynasty banknote found inside Chinese sculpture

Art experts in Australia have found a rare paper banknote from the Ming Dynasty of Imperial China hidden inside an antique wooden sculpture that was being prepared for auction.<p>The Chinese characters on the crumpled banknote show that it was issued in the third year of the reign of Zhu Yuanzhang, …

The amazing botanic woman

If traditional botanical drawings capture a flower’s scientific qualities then Rosie Sanders’s paintings celebrate its visceral beauty.<p>Back-lit and blown up out of proportion, they are the sensual stars of Sanders’s canvas, ripe with colour and movement. While meticulously realistic in execution, …

Art

Australian Photographer Captures the Maelstrom of Gigantic Waves, and All You Can Say is WOW!

Luke Shadbolt is a photographer who specializes in action sports, lifestyle and fashion. But his real passion is water photography, as you can see …

Nature Photography

Praetorian Guard

The Praetorian Guard (<i>cohortes</i><i>praetoriae</i>) was, in the Roman Republic, a commander's personal bodyguard and then, in the imperial period, an elite …

Ancient History

John Singer Sargent's watercolours set for rare London exhibition

Eighty works from 30 lenders are coming together at Dulwich Picture Gallery next year, showcasing the Edwardian painter’s ‘fluency and sensuality’<p>The first major exhibition of watercolours by the Anglo-American painter John Singer Sargent – better known for his swagger portraits of Edwardian …

Art

Holiday cookie bakers, here’s your secret weapon: 1 dough, 5 fabulous results

Bakers, to your ovens! It’s cookie time for real and true. The sweetest time of the year is here, and it’s never too soon to start stocking your freezer for the coming weeks and your cookie jar for today.<p><i>[Make the recipe: Dorie Greenspan’s Do-Almost-Anything Vanilla Cookie Dough]</i><p>I’ve got a bunch of …

Grotto Bulls of Ancient Art

<i>--Photos (c) D. Nidos</i><p>When four lads stumbled across a hole in the ground in 1940 in southwest France, they had no idea how profoundly their discovery would remake our understanding of human history.<p>That set of winding grottos they found, painted 20 thousand years ago with images of shimmering birds …

Silbannacus: the Roman emperor that time forgot

During the 1930s, British Museum curators came across a baffling discovery – a Roman coin depicting an enigmatic emperor whose identity was entirely …

Victoria’s Secrets: What the Royal Archives Didn’t Want You to Know About England’s Queen

SYDNEY, Australia — To work in the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle in England is one of the most delicious prizes for a researcher. Climbing the steps to the Round Tower, where you can read centuries-old correspondence between monarchs and their ministers, untie ribbons binding intimate family …

Archives

How to get started in Calligraphy In this our third guest post, typographer, letterer and calligrapher Seb Lester gives us an insight into his practices and offers tips to anyone wishing to develop their calligraphy skills. Full videos of above animations here: Destiny and Heart & Soul Calligraphy is enjoying something of a renaissance at the moment. I first noticed at the beginning of 2013 when mainstream publications like Salon started taking an interest in my calligraphy work. Momentum has gathered since then to the point that one of my calligraphy clips has now had over one million views and, due to the interest Instagram have recently taken in calligraphy, I now have 156,000 people following me there. So something is clearly in the air and I find that very exciting. I think a lot of the resurgence of interest is a reaction to the ubiquity of pixels in our lives and indicative of a more general growth of interest in traditional craftsmanship. Many hundreds of people have been asking me questions about how to get started so this seems a perfect opportunity to help promote the practice and appreciation of this beautiful, ancient art form. Calligraphy is a broad term encompassing a wide variety of letterforms. These alphabets have been created with a wide variety of tools over the past 2,000 years or so in the West. One of the attractions for me is that in calligraphy we find the foundations from which typefaces and typography have been built. The key to producing beautiful calligraphy is perseverance. You will only persevere if you enjoy what you’re doing. In terms of broad edge calligraphy tools, necessary for Gothic and Italic styles, ‘Manuscript’ brand calligraphy fountain pens are widely available and practical beginners tools. Pilot Parallel Pens are also great fun and easy to use. As you advance you will probably want to start using traditional metal calligraphy nibs made by established manufacturers like Brause and Mitchell. They can be a bit more difficult to handle but can help achieve finer results. For pointed pen calligraphy, characterised by graceful curves and strong contrasts in line width, I would recommend trying Nikko G nibs. You can use these in either a traditional or an oblique pen holder, it is a matter of personal preference. Iron Gall ink is best for this type of calligraphy. McCaffrey’s and Walker’s Copperplate Ink get great results for me. Paper is always an important consideration. The paper I often use with Pilot Parallel Pens is Daler Rowney Smooth Cartridge Paper, but any smooth cartridge paper should be fine. When I’m working on roughs for any type of calligraphy I often use Goldline Layout paper and Goldline Marker pads. In terms of sketchbooks a lot of calligraphers like the Rhodia brand as the paper doesn’t bleed easily. As with everything the key is to experiment, paper with more texture can produce interesting results too. In terms of books for inspiration I can recommend ‘Scribe: Artist of the Written Word’ by John Stevens, a true modern master. For instruction I would also suggest ‘Foundations of Calligraphy’ by the brilliant Sheila Waters. ‘Calligraphy’ by Gaye Godfrey-Nicholls was published this year, a very good book for beginners. Any of ‘The Speedball Textbook’ series are also inexpensive sources of information and inspiration. The key to producing beautiful calligraphy is perseverance. Progress comes through focused and sustained study and practice. You will only persevere if you enjoy what you’re doing. For this reason I’d personally suggest starting with a calligraphy style you particularly like the look of. When you have a reasonable grasp of that style you will notice many of the skills are transferable to other styles. I feel so lucky to have found what Hermann Zapf described as “this peaceful and noble art”. My working process as a designer and artist has evolved into a hybrid style blending my knowledge of both traditional and digital tools. I think this is a great way to work and as a result I feel I am becoming a better designer and artist every day, which makes me very happy. So if you want to try calligraphy just have fun. Don’t be discouraged by early failures, there will be many of those. However, I can say with some authority that success is built on failure. Above image: Some recommended tools: From top to bottom: Nikko G nib with oblique pen holder, Copic Wide Extra Broad, Automatic Pen, Kuretake Brush Pen, Pilot Parallel Pen, Manuscript Italic Fountain Pen, Tombow ABT Brush Pen, Ruling Pen. See more of Seb’s fantastic work on: Tumblr and Seblester.co.uk

<i>In this our third guest post, typographer, letterer and calligrapher Seb Lester gives us an insight into his practices and offers tips to anyone</i> …

Calligraphy

Ancient Egyptian mummy discovered 'in very good condition'

Spanish archaeologists find remains in tomb said to date from between 1075BC and 664BC near Luxor in southern Egypt<p>Spanish archaeologists have discovered an ancient Egyptian mummy in “very good condition” near Luxor, according to Egypt’s antiquities ministry.<p>The remains were found in a tomb …

Archaeology

9 Handy Facts About the History of Handwriting

While today we can get machines to write for us, for most of human history, writing was a manual endeavor. And there are people who are super …

Writing

Ink artist shows 'chaos calligraphy' during exhibition[1]

Ink artist Wang Dongling, 71, is holding two exhibitions in Beijing to show his achievements in traditional calligraphy and latest experiments with …

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

by Arnie Fenner<br>There are many wonderful art museums in the U.S., so many places to stand in front of, to learn about and be inspired by masterful …

Museums

5 Truths About Creativity That I Learned From an 87-Year-Old Cloistered Nun & Artist

<i>Gussie's Special</i> bowl by Sister Augustine<p>As a 31-year-old artist and writer, I met 87-year-old cloistered nun and ceramics artist Sister Augustine. At the time, I was stuck at a crucial crossroads in my life, and a stalemate in my career. Meanwhile, Sister Augustine had been long forgotten by the …

Spot the difference? Disputed Caravaggio goes on display alongside the real thing in Milan

A disputed work of art, supposedly created by the renowned baroque artist Caravaggio, went on display last week in the Brera Art Gallery in Milan.<p>However, the reception to the painting has been mixed and subject to much rancor. The piece is showcased in an exhibit that also includes authenticated …

11 Fascinating Facts About Claude Monet

Oscar-Claude Monet is beloved for his series of oil paintings depicting water lilies, serene gardens, and Japanese footbridges. The French painter …

Art

9 Brilliant Quotes by Claude Monet on His Birthday

People<p>His radical style of painting cemented his reputation in art history.<p>,<p>As one of the founders of Impressionism and one of the most influential …

5 Great Lessons You Can Learn From A Tree

<b>Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “</b><b>Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”</b> We would benefit greatly if we only took the time to pay attention to …

Motivation

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year

2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest has come to an end, but before the judges pick the winners, let's take a look at the …

Birds' taste for rare fruit keeps plants alive - Futurity

"It appears that fruit-eating birds are drawn to rare species," says Tomás Carlos, whose research suggests this preference keeps rare plants around.

Birds

WATCH: The incredible movement of God in nature

A short time-lapse movie that reminds us to be still, watch, and listen<p><i>Be still and know that I am God.</i> (Psalm 46:10)<p>This biblical passage takes on …

Time-lapse Photography

Late Fall in the Northern Garden

As the weeks tic by fall is slowly turning into winter. A few hard frosts have come and gone, snow was or still is on the ground and temperatures are …

Trampled and torn painting bought at French fair now believed to be a Raphael masterpiece worth millions

When antiques collector Stephen Hibberts discovered a dusty oil painting of Jesus Christ at a fair in Avignon, France, he believed he was buying an …

Art

10 Tips for Fearless Painting

<i>This article is by regular contributing writer,</i> <i>Kim VanDerHoek. Kim VanDerHoek is an award winning artist and art instructor from California. Her work</i> …

Art

Pieter Brueghel the Younger painting found in Holburne Museum store

<b>A painting found in the stores of the Holburne Museum in Bath has been identified as being by Flemish artist Pieter Brueghel the Younger.</b><p>The painting, titled Wedding Dance in the Open Air, was spotted by Jennifer Scott when she took over as the Holburne's director in 2014.<p>It was previously thought …

Woodville versus the Bastard

‘<i>Laissez aller</i>’ cried a herald as Woodville and the Bastard charged courageously on horseback, carrying sharp spears, each ready to strike the other. …