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What does it say?

Can the hive mind take a look at the picture of this necklace and see if the back of it is calligraphy of some sort? It looks like Arabic or Persian. If so, does anyone know what it says? Here's the picture.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies on Mar 10, 2014 - 8 answers

Do you read Qing dynasty era Chinese characters? Read these, pls!

This is a calligraphy banner with a colophon on a Chinese ink landscape painting on silk. I don't know the date, but I'm assuming it's Qing. The painting is a vertical scroll - mountain, houses, river beneath - with two or three sets of scene-setting characters. What does this say? Any date? Thanks!
posted by heigh-hothederryo on Dec 7, 2013 - 5 answers

Japanese Calligraphy Translation

In one of Toko Shinoda's prints there is some Japanese calligraphy in gold. Can anyone translate it for me? [more inside]
posted by gregr on Apr 7, 2013 - 3 answers

Meaning of this Muslim calligraphic motif

I design a newsletter for a group with an interest in religious ecumenism, and have chosen a Muslim calligraphic motif to illustrate an article about a lecture on Islam – but I want to know what it means. [more inside]
posted by zadcat on Apr 1, 2013 - 4 answers

The Calligraphic Representation of Muhammad's Name

Do you know the importance of the calligraphic representation of Muhammad's name in the Muslim world? [more inside]
posted by slowlikemolasses on Feb 28, 2013 - 10 answers

Another Arabic translation question.

Another Arabic translation question. [more inside]
posted by ditto75 on Nov 29, 2012 - 5 answers

once-off letterpress possible?

I want to print a once-off version of a long poem I've written for display; all I have so far are the words (no specific designs or illustrations or whatever). I really like the look of letterpress but it seems that letterpress places only do bulk orders. Is this true? Are there other options? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Nov 17, 2012 - 9 answers

Sepia-Toned calligraphy video?

Looking for a video about calligraphy. [more inside]
posted by slater on Sep 9, 2012 - 2 answers

Calligraphy in my yard, perhaps.

This patio seems to be calligraphy. I can't read it. [more inside]
posted by ptm on Aug 16, 2012 - 5 answers

Where to get reproductions of Lalla Essaydi's photographs?

Does anyone know where to get reproductions of Lalla Essaydi's photographs? [more inside]
posted by Spanner Nic on Apr 16, 2012 - 1 answer

Suggestions for fine art Torah, Bible, and Quran editions?

I am building a collection of books to teach the history of fine art book making, and I would like to find copies of the Torah, Bible, and Quran that are visually pleasing. Do you recommend any specific editions? Unfortunately, my total budget for a starter collection is only $500, so I would especially value suggestions that are modest in price. At the minimum I would like to show my students a range of calligraphy, typesetting, and illumination, but I suspect that I can find some really interesting editions that do much more. All suggestions are welcome.
posted by mortaddams on Mar 22, 2012 - 12 answers

Chinese calligraphy framing in Nova/DC

Chinese calligraphy framing in the Northern Virginia or DC area. [more inside]
posted by typography on Jan 6, 2012 - 1 answer

New Signature a Problem

Is changing my signature a legal no-no/nightmare? [more inside]
posted by DU on May 16, 2011 - 34 answers

What's this say?

Another Muslimgauze shirt translation! [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Jan 14, 2011 - 4 answers

Identify antique text/document

Could anyone identify this antique document written in an unknown script (Kashmiri?) and perhaps comment on its purpose? (Pictures inside) [more inside]
posted by Petromyzon on Sep 22, 2010 - 13 answers

What does this calligraphy say?

What does this piece of Arabic-script (Persian?) calligraphy say? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on May 25, 2010 - 3 answers

Hangul help

Help me find someone with Hangul calligraphy skills. [more inside]
posted by larsks on Nov 17, 2009 - 3 answers

Buy Yukata and calligraphy (shodo) set in Tokyo

Buy Yukata and calligraphy (shodo) set in Tokyo. I usually don't buy souvenirs on my trips, ever, but if they can be considered tools or clothing, I might go for it. [more inside]
posted by avocade on Jul 24, 2009 - 9 answers

Handwriting font, or real handwriting?

How do I achieve this in Photoshop? Photo included. [more inside]
posted by Brettus on Jul 12, 2009 - 15 answers

German to English

Can anyone please translate this short phrase into German? It's from the Rankin-Bass movie, Santa Claus is Comin' to Town. [more inside]
posted by rahnefan on Jul 10, 2009 - 17 answers

Don't get me wrong, clotheslines are great, but help me make one AWESOME!

Items weighing less than 1lb that make you think "WOW that's cool!" or "GOT to buy that!" on first glance? Catch: items already in your home or could do a bang-up job of creating in two weeks. [more inside]
posted by variella on May 27, 2009 - 16 answers

Insha'Allah or jihad?

Can anyone translate this Arabic calligraphy? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Apr 24, 2009 - 2 answers

Magic Chinese calligraphy paper

Where can I find practice sheets for a student of Chinese/Japanese calligraphy? [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace on Jan 5, 2009 - 2 answers

Please read calligraphy of Mao Ze Dong.

Can you please read this calligraphy of Mao ZeDong (in white) and translate it and/or give me the pinyin. [more inside]
posted by sydney54 on Mar 20, 2008 - 3 answers

Here's to never buying a fabricated greeting card again!

Where can I begin to learn or practice calligraphy in Southern California? [more inside]
posted by Asherah on Nov 27, 2007 - 2 answers

Fiber Pentel replacement?

Pentel no longer makes the porous-tip pen that my boss loves--the Fiber Pentel. They've discontinued the Tradio, too. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Squid Voltaire on Jun 18, 2007 - 5 answers

Chinese calligraphy question

I've bought a couple pieces of Chinese calligraphy in recent years and have been wondering what the characters on them mean/represent. Can someone here fluent in Chinese or just knowledgeable about Chinese calligraphy give me a decent translation of each? (Sorry about the frame glass glare in the first picture.) Thanks! http://tinyurl.com/38movo http://tinyurl.com/2nvc66
posted by aught on Jan 29, 2007 - 10 answers

Downloadable wedding monogram font?

A friend is looking for a free (or really cheap) downloadable font to create a monogram for her wedding invitations consisting of the bride and groom's first initials and an ampersand (ie N&V). Any tips for a scripty, engrave-y, calligraphy-y, weddingy type font with lots of flourishes? Is it a monogram if it's for two people? I have no idea.
posted by obiwanwasabi on Nov 2, 2006 - 12 answers

Addressing wedding invitations...

How rude is it really to use a printer and a nice calligraphy or script font to print addresses on wedding invitation envelopes? [more inside]
posted by tastybrains on Aug 5, 2006 - 54 answers

looking for letters

Harvard students, staff, faculty & visitors: Where's the good lettering? I'm looking for recommendations for the best engraved lettering, printing, calligraphy and other lettering on your campus in preparation for an upcoming visit. The type of stuff I am talking about: like the inscriptions on the Harvard Gates, or the Eric Gill piece downstairs in the memorial chapel. Any suggestions? For that matter, any typographic or chirographic must-sees in Boston and Cambridge overall?
posted by luriete on Jul 26, 2006 - 5 answers

stoned at harvard

Who is responsible for the wonderful type engraved in stone seen on gated walls around the Harvard campus? I am not talking about architectural lettering, but about the several quotes engraved in slabs of smooth stone and mounted in the walls separating various parts of the campus. The work looks contemporary, or at least very well-cared-for.
posted by luriete on May 30, 2006 - 13 answers

Help me uncover the Seven Mysteries

Help with basic Chinese calligraphy: I'm typesetting a book for kids that includes the "Seven Mysteries" (the basic strokes of Chinese calligraphy). and I need some help finding the characters in a computer font. [more inside]
posted by Alt F4 on Nov 17, 2005 - 4 answers

black paper for calligraphy

Can anyone recommend a good black paper for calligraphy? I used to use Coloraid (silk-screened colors), but they've gone out of business and afaik, Pantone/Letraset stopped making such paper long ago. If there's no alternative, I'll consider having paper custom silkscreened. What sort of silkscreening is good to write on? The general characteristics for a calligraphy paper are smooth but not glossy, and I'd prefer something more flexible than snapshot paper. (I mostly use my calligraphy for buttons/badges, and I'd rather have something that folds around the edge of the button.) Part of the challenge is ink/paper compatibility--these days I'm using Luma Bleedproof White and McCaffery's Ivory. If you've got a favorite opague, tractable white ink, please let me know.
posted by Nancy Lebovitz on May 31, 2005 - 3 answers

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