Last Saturday I took a Friends of Calligraphy workshop with Judy Detrick, whose work I've long admired but whom I had never met. It was titled "Decorated Caps" and was a fun bouquet of techniques we were given to apply to our own letter designs. The Vs above were probably my most successful experiments.
We started by designing a letter and tracing it onto nice paper, then filling it in with gouache to get a feel for the medium.
For transferring the image to its final destination we used a reddish-brown powder called Armenian bole rubbed on the back of the tracing paper; it was magical and worked really well (and looks suspiciously like a makeup product sold in little terra cotta pots called Indian Earth, very big in the late 60s/early 70s). Seems like there's always some new (to me) "must-have" in the calligraphy/design world!
We experimented with framing the letters and filling them in with patterns.