I thought long and hard about Peace before putting pen to paper and agree totally with Fiona's words on Paper Ponderings:-
It is pretty hard for me to actually, really influence world peace. I'm not in the UN, I'm not a conflict negotiator, I'm not in charge of any armed forces rebel or otherwise; and I'm not running the country. My contributions on a world stage are going to be very very diffuse and small.
With this in mind I thought about what peace means to me, and what my most peaceful moments are. Firstly, I am usually in a peaceful frame of mind when I write calligraphy. Secondly, I have peace when I am outside, by myself, smoking a cigarette! I also use smoking as an excuse to escape from situations I don't want to be in, i.e if I am at a social gathering where I become irritated, bored, or simply don't like the direction in which the conversation is going, then I can simply pop outside for a cigarette and find peace.
With both these things in mind I thought about calligraphy and I thought about ephemeral nature of smoke - fragile like peace... anyhow, I can waffle on like this for ages. Here are the pics of my process so far:-
I chose the lower case roman hand for its simplicity, which I associate in my mind with peacefulness. I wrote it with a very large nib and then traced it.
I then used a black pastel and smudged it around the letter with a cotton bud to get a smokey effect. At the time I wanted to use charcoal, but I couldn't find it, but of course I have found it since! I will do my next four letters with the charcoal and see how they compare.
These weren't my first attempts. I did experiment with tissue paper, cigarette papers that I gummed together before writing the letter, and I also tried writing with cigarette ash and water... these ideas probably need a little more refining before publication :-)