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Make a Pop Can Pen

If you’re from the Northeast United States you probably call it soda. Folks in the Midwest tend to call it pop and those in the deep South know it generically simply as “Coke”.

Here in the Pacific Northwest in an attempt to be diplomatic we call it soda pop. But whatever you call it, it comes in a can, it’s sweet and you can drink it. When you finish drinking it, you can use it to make a really cool calligraphy pen.

Click this link for the instructions.

Make a Weathergram

The Weathergram was invented by Lloyd Reynolds. Lloyd is considered to be the father of calligraphy on the West coast, especially Oregon.

Lloyd’s idea for Weathergrams originally came from the Japanese tradition of attaching prayer slips to trees. Lloyd thought it would be nice to write a short verse (similar to a haiku) in calligraphy about some sudden insight. This thought, or insight, would then be left hanging outdoors between the equinox and the solstice or the solstice and the equinox. This exposure to the elements would weather the verse (hence, Weathergrams) making it complete. The verse is often written on a strip cut from a brown paper bag with a piece of twine attached.

Since this is a very improvisational art form there really are no rules to follow. Although most traditional Weathergrams share some things in common – they are written in Higgins Waterproof Black India Ink with some initial or words highlighted in acrylic vermillion. Weathergrams are very short. Typically just ten words or less.

When Lloyd started this back in the 1960’s brown paper bags were everywhere. However, brown paper bags are getting harder and harder to find so many now use brown kraft paper.

For detailed instructions on how to make a weathergram click this link.

For detailed instructions in French on how to make a météogramme click this link.
Thanks to Saskia Latendresse for the translation.