कृतज्ञा हुँ kritajna hum, cultivating conscious gratitude.
Another view of the cut paper floral motif marriage certificate with gold-dipped lotus edges. Calligraphy in English and Arabic with gold filigree background on archival paper. Handcrafted wedding certificates by Stewart J. Thomas, www.palmstone.com
Wedding certificate with cut paper floral motif and gold-dipped lotus points, gold filigree background and calligraphy. Designed and hand done by Stewart J. Thomas.
In the studio again, tools of the trade. This is an actual shot of the area to the left of my workspace, which is a large tempered glass light table. I keep my inks to the left, except those I’m currently using. Most of my brushes are in a roll up brush holder tucked under the glass. To the right are my pens and nibs and other assorted items. In this photo are various types of dip calligraphy pens, both broad nib and pointed pen styles; quill pens; sign painting brushes; Chinese brush painting and calligraphy brushes; the traditional reed qalam ney and some cut from bamboo; bone folder, scissors, agate burnisher, bookbinding knife, and no doubt a few more tools.
Azza — عزة — a beautiful girl’s name in Arabic meaning a young gazelle. Your name in Arabic, contact Stewart Thomas at email@example.com. www.palmstone.com
In the calligrapher’s studio (mine): pen nibs, gold wash, ink, gouache.
Alisha — अलिशा — in Devanagari script. Get your name in Sanskrit, Hindi, Gujarati and other South Asian languages. www.palmstone.com
For today — براى امروز — my reminder to take things one day at a time.
Detail of Nikah—Islamic Marriage Certificate—with English, Urdu and Arabic calligraphy and watercolor border by S. J. Thomas.
I did this Shanti butterfly design for a client this week. शान्ति Shanti (Peace) in Sanskrit. The calligraphic style lends itself well to the added curves of the butterfly wing at the left. More of my work at www.palmstone.com.