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甲骨文字 — 金 — jīn — metal. Before the Chinese characters were standardized, there were many variant forms of the characters, especially on the “oracle bones” where they were carved into tortoise shells and bones. Sometimes the variants are simply the result of the non-standardization, but once in a while it is clear that a was using the art to make a point. Here is a variant of the character for metal. I was very excited when I first stumbled across this character because I could see immediately that this is a diagram of the lungs within the chest cavity, the calligrapher making the visual connection that is part of medical theory of the metal element with the lungs. The standard modern character is in the top right hand corner. Calligraphy by S. J. Thomas www.palmstone.com

甲骨文字 — 金 — jīn — metal. Before the Chinese characters were standardized, there were many variant forms of the characters, especially on the “oracle bones” where they were carved into tortoise shells and bones. Sometimes the variants are simply the result of the non-standardization, but once in a while it is clear that a was using the art to make a point. Here is a variant of the character for metal. I was very excited when I first stumbled across this character because I could see immediately that this is a diagram of the lungs within the chest cavity, the calligrapher making the visual connection that is part of medical theory of the metal element with the lungs. The standard modern character is in the top right hand corner. Calligraphy by S. J. Thomas www.palmstone.comRead More

Celtic Knot Marriage Certificate, detail. Delicate italic script encircles black and silver celtic knot work with the names of the bride and groom in the center. Each certificate I create is a unique, hand made original on acid free paper and using the best quality inks and colors available. Remember to order at least six weeks prior to when you need your certificate to be shipped. Contact artist and calligrapher Stewart Thomas via www.palmstone.com

Celtic Knot Marriage Certificate, detail. Delicate italic script encircles black and silver celtic knot work with the names of the bride and groom in the center. Each certificate I create is a unique, hand made original on acid free paper and using the best quality inks and colors available. Remember to order at least six weeks prior to when you need your certificate to be shipped. Contact artist and calligrapher Stewart Thomas via www.palmstone.comRead More

Taking a moment to hold out the aspiration for Peace on Earth for All. Happy Holidays.

Taking a moment to hold out the aspiration for Peace on Earth for All. Happy Holidays.Read More

Tattoo design in Devanagari script: समाधान — samaadhaana. Although there are many meanings of this word in both Sanskrit and Hindi, in this case samaadhaana references the state of profound absorption or contemplation. Sanskrit calligraphy by S. J. Thomas, www.palmstone.com

Tattoo design in Devanagari script: समाधान — samaadhaana. Although there are many meanings of this word in both Sanskrit and Hindi, in this case samaadhaana references the state of profound absorption or contemplation. Sanskrit calligraphy by S. J. Thomas, www.palmstone.comRead More

Wedding certificate (detail) showing medallion with Monogram of bride and grooms names combined into one design in Arabic calligraphy. Watercolor, ink and metallic gold. Calligraphy and design by S. J. Thomas.

Wedding certificate (detail) showing medallion with Monogram of bride and grooms names combined into one design in Arabic calligraphy. Watercolor, ink and metallic gold. Calligraphy and design by S. J. Thomas.Read More

“I don’t know where I end and you begin” after Rumi. Translated into Tibetan. The calligraphy is in a variant Tibetan script with the first line reading from top to bottom on the left and the second line reading from bottom to top on the right.

“I don’t know where I end and you begin” after Rumi. Translated into Tibetan. The calligraphy is in a variant Tibetan script with the first line reading from top to bottom on the left and the second line reading from bottom to top on the right.Read More

AHAVA — אהבה — Love: gold leaf Hebrew calligraphy on hand painted ketubah featuring birds and flowers, created by S. J. Thomas.

AHAVA — אהבה — Love: gold leaf Hebrew calligraphy on hand painted ketubah featuring birds and flowers, created by S. J. Thomas.Read More

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

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.comRead More

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.

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.Read More

Azza — عزة — a beautiful girl’s name in Arabic meaning a young gazelle. Your name in Arabic, contact Stewart Thomas at palmstone@gmail.com. www.palmstone.com

Azza — عزة — a beautiful girl’s name in Arabic meaning a young gazelle. Your name in Arabic, contact Stewart Thomas at palmstone@gmail.com. www.palmstone.comRead More