Here's the picture before I dug in...
Once I knew what script style Marilyn wanted, I wrote out the Bible verse on tracing paper, taking care to use the final font size. Then I cut out the phrases and words and arranged them on the matte until I was happy with the format.
Now that I had decided how I wanted to lay out the words, I lined the space and lightly wrote the text in pencil - allowing room for the tines of my calligraphy pen to spread apart and create thick shades.
Finally, after everything was spaced and traced, I took a deep breath and dipped my pen into black ink. And here is the finished product, happily mounted on a wall!
This project was fun. I learned a bit more about spacing, such as taking into consideration the white space that the frame eats. You can see that, although I meticulously laid out the text by measuring above and below the guidelines to make sure it was centered, the frame took up some of the white space on the outside edge and it is a tad more visually cramped than I'd liked. But overall, good fun! And my client loved it, so what else really matters?
Thanks for taking the time! I hope you enjoyed this step-by-step process post!