past workshops 2013

DECEMBER 2013

Calligraphic concertinas with wraparound covers
Vivien Lunniss
Bebington:                                      Saturday 7th December 2013
Lower Withington:                          Sunday  8th December 2013
You may wish to use a Christmas theme at this workshop to make a concertina book with a hand decorated wraparound cover. We will also look at some variations, including a new variation of concertina as seen in John Rylands Library, on this theme as time allows.
Materials
Usual calligraphy equipment
Short quotes
Rubber stamps and ink pads appropriate for your theme (if you already have them)
Baby wipes or wet wipes
Kitchen roll
Cartridge paper
Ruler, pencil & eraser
Craft knife, cutting mat & metal ruler
Ribbon for ties
Glue brush, glue pot & glue stick
Additional materials will be available to purchase on the day, please bring small change.

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NOVEMBER 2013

St John’s Bible Script
Gillian Hazeldine
Bebington:                                     Saturday 9 November 2013
Lower Withington:                          Sunday   10 November 2013

In 1998 the Benedictine Abbey of Saint John the Baptist in Minnesota commissioned Donald Jackson to write out the entire text of the Bible on vellum. The project took more than 10 years. Donald was artistic director and a team of six scribes, an icon painter, a botanical artist and many guest lettering artists contributed to the seven volumes that make up the Saint John's Bible.
Probably the single most important thing was the script to be used to write the Biblical text and after some considerable experimentation, Donald arrived at what we now call 'the Bible Script', a modern hybrid; legible at the tiny 2mm height at which it was written, formal, but with a use of hairlines and flourishes that give it a lightness.
We'll spend the day analysing the script and learning to write it fluently. A follow-up workshop will look at the capital letters used in some of the special treatments. If you would like to know more about the subject ahead of the workshop, please look at www.saintjohnsbible.org
Materials
Decent quality smooth cartridge paper, ink (Higgins Eternal or Chinese, preferably) sharp nibs, sizes 2 1/2, 3 and 4. Plus usual equipment to include boards etc.

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OCTOBER 2013

AGM and meeting
Saturday October 12th 2013 at Lower Withington
Guest speaker: Stephen Raw

The meeting will start at 11 am with normal AGM business, election of officers for the coming year, and so on. We then break for lunch - please remember to bring a packed lunch as there are no shops near the Parish Hall. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available throughout the day.
During lunch-time, you’ll be able to browse and buy from the tempting wares on display. At the time of writing, these will include:
Calligraphity: www.calligraphity.com Charlie Perkins with his amazing stock of calligraphic books
Blots Pen and Ink supplies: www.blotspens.co.uk All the tools and inks you might need for calligraphy
Friends of Bangladesh: Mazidur and his lovely family have a mouth-watering stock of colourful papers (some handmade). Brilliant for calligraphic projects such as little books and special cards.
Also, the usual raffle will be held and drawn. One of the top prizes this year will be the new Gaye Godfrey-Nicholls calligraphy book reviewed in the last issue of the newsletter. If you have anything that you could donate as a raffle prize (especially calligraphy-related materials and equipment), please bring it/them with you on the day (or to the September workshop).
After lunch, the AGM talk will be given by Stephen Raw, Making Language Visible.
Do have a look at Stephen’s fascinating website, www.stephenraw.com, which will give you a good overview of his varied work.


SEPTEMBER 2013

Writing a Rainbow
Josie Brown

Bebington:                                                     Saturday 14 September 2013
Lower Withington:                                          Sunday   15 September 2013
This workshop will investigate the pleasures and pitfalls of how to run colours through the pen so that they change as you write – giving a fluid and dappled look to your work.  We’ll start with several exercises to explore the properties of two different mediums and discover what works and what doesn’t.  We’ll try a variety of tools and the colour ranges on a white ground and then on dark paper to find the best results.  There will also be some experimentation with flooding colour into large letters and streaking effects.  Finally we’ll make a “foldy” thing to take your writing that changes colour as you turn each section – this is great fun! 
Materials
Usual calligraphy equipment including: Small and large nibs/tools of any make – even pointed nibs, if you like using them, and automatic or coit pens, speedball or brause nibs, balsa, cola or ring pens etc. - bring a range.
Two pots for water
At least 5 paint palettes/tiny pots/saucers etc to mix different colours in 2 or 3 lesser quality paint brushes for mixing paint & feeding the nib (one small: 00)
Plenty of kitchen roll
Cartridge paper
Cutting mat or cardboard back of an old pad of art paper
Metal ruler (30 cm or longer)
Stanley or craft knife
Glue – PVA or Pritt stick
Bring the following only if you have them, the tutor will have some available for you to use:
Black or dark paper - just a piece to try out the colour ranges (Canson or Canford)
Watercolour paints
Gouache paints

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JULY 2013
Pointed Pen Legende
David Price
Bebington:                               Saturday 13 July 2013
Lower Withington:                   Sunday   14 July 2013

This pointed pen script was devised by David from his studies of the Legende typeface, created by Ernst Schneidler in 1937. The pointed pen imparts a lighter weight feel in comparison to the typeface, yet the script still retains some of the typeface's quirky characteristics.
Experience with the pointed pen would be beneficial, to gain the most from this workshop, but it is not essential. The workshop will commence with a brief study of the Legende typeface before progressing to the script version, initially using a 2B pencil (an easier tool to master), followed by pointed nib and ink. However, beginners may prefer to continue working with the pencil for the entire workshop.
Materials:
Highly flexible Pointed nib - Hunt Imperial 101 or Brause 66 EF are both excellent
Straight holder to accommodate the above (Note that because the Brause nib has a small radius it has its own holder ref. 30396 - Great Art). These nibs and holders are suitable for both right- and left-handed scribes.
Paper - a lightly textured cartridge - Gerstaecker No. 1 Sketching paper or Gerstaecker No. 2 Drawing paper are both highly recommended (Both available from Great Art)
Higgins Eternal or Walker's Copperplate ink
Dropper pipette for charging the nib with ink (unless you prefer to dip)
A softish graphite pencil e.g. 2B

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JUNE 2013

Monochrome magic & Tantalizing Tones
Jan Pickett

Bebington:                              Saturday 8 June 2013
Lower Withington:                   Sunday   9 June 2013

An exciting journey, exploring monochromatic colour schemes, starting with a single colour, extending it to produce a tantalizing range of tints, shades & tones using pen made and drawn letterforms. Armed with a wealth of ideas, there will be choices of small projects, using written or decorated drawn words for the final sparkle. A fun filled tonal treat to keep spice in our calligraphic lives!
http://www.janpickett.com/

Materials:
Usual calligraphy gear, including:
Gouache colours, plus Black
ZINC white gouache (vital for mixing) & Permanent white gouache
Good quality watercolours
Water pots, mixing palettes, brushes, tracing paper,
Usual range of pens/nib sizes, including automatic
Some heavier weight Cartridge paper & some photocopy paper for trials
Your favourite Hot pressed paper(s) around 250 gms, A3-ish sizes OK,
(Also some black, coloured papers, again, small sizes fine) 
Kitchen sink, patience & sense of humour
Some texts /quotes etc (perhaps think dawn, dusk, light, dark etc)

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MAY 2013
Variations on Italic
Gillian Hazeldine

Bebington: Saturday 11 May 2013
Lower Withington: Sunday   12 May 2013
Having brushed up our formal Italic in November, we will now move on to explore the almost infinite variations on the script that make it such an essential part of the calligrapher's repertoire. It's only really viable to do two variations in one day, so we will look at two of the most useful: cursive and pointed. These have opposite characters; pointed is edgy, brittle, or can be aggressive at heavy weights, while cursive is elegant and flowing and lyrical, very beautiful at smaller sizes.
http://www.gillianhazeldine.co.uk/

Materials:
Decent quality A3 cartridge paper (please note, no A4) and
Decent ink, preferably Higgins Eternal or Chinese or Sumi.
A good range of nib sizes, Mitchell, Leonardt, whatever your preference,
at least nos 2, 2 1/2, 3, 3 1/2 and 4.
Usual equipment to include a board.

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APRIL 2013
21st Century Foundational

Mary Noble

Bebington:                                           Saturday 13 April 2013
Lower Withington:                               Sunday   14 April 2013

We tend to reserve Foundational hand for formal work, but it's time to bring it up to date and give it a modern twist! It's the details that liven it up and give it a contemporary look. We shall try all sorts of variations, in size, weight and widths, but also try some pen manipulation which makes it bouncy, and even translate it into ruling-pen versions. I feel sure Edward Johnston won't turn in his grave.

Materials:

Calligraphy board, layout paper, black ink.
Dip pens especially Mitchell 1 ½ or equivalent, plus some larger pens if possible.
Ruling pen if you have one, and also - don't be too shocked - a black biro. (Now EJ will be revolving..)
Samples of Foundational hand from books or handouts, for comparison & revision.


MARCH 2013

Writing and Illustration with the same pen
Susan Moor

Bebington:                                           Saturday 9 March 2013
Lower Withington:                               Sunday   10 March 2013

Using the same tool for both lettering and drawing is a great way to bring the two together. We will be exploring making letters and drawings with monoline, pointed and edged pens to create simple designs.

Materials:

Layout or practice paper
Pencil and ruler and drawing board
One or two fineliners, 01. - 0.3mm. Pilot Drawing pens are good, but Staedtler Triplus are much cheaper, and available in Staples, Ryman etc.
One or two pointed pens if you have them: the kind you would use for copperplate. I'll bring plenty of my favourite Brause 66EF for sale.
A selection of edged nibs: Mitchell, Brause etc, with sizes around Mitchell 3 - 5.
Ink and/or gouache, and water jar, palette and brush if you're using gouache.
Any 'good' paper you have, such as Mi Teintes or hot press watercolour paper, but I'll bring a selection as well.  Size: around A4 - A3.


FEBRUARY 2013

Introduction to expressive calligraphic lettering
Celia Lister

Bebington:                                           Saturday 9 February 2013
Lower Withington:                               Sunday   10 February 2013
This day workshop will look at and introduce you to ways you can develop 'attitude' in your calligraphy by exploring, discussing and working on letter and word shapes, and the patterns that they make, developing movement to create calligraphic texture.
Primarily working in pencils and fine nibs to develop your expressive lettering skills, not to finish a final piece, but to build up confidence within a sense of play and experiment.
Some Italic calligraphy experience is required.
Materials and equipment:
Please bring your usual calligraphy baggage
Paper; a few offcuts of HP watercolour paper, tracing, a few sheets, layout paper
Ink or Gouache
Pencils: HB. B and coloured pencils
Sandpaper or emery board
Small nibs i.e. Brause 1mm or ½ mm Mitchell no 5 or 6
Some of your favourite short words and sayings

If you are not familiar with Celia’s work, then you might like to see more at www.celialister.co.uk (look at the Foxglove piece in expressive italic)

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