North West Calligraphy

past workshops 2017

FEBRUARY 2017

Raised Gilding
Mike Orriss

Port Sunlight:                    Saturday 11 Feb 2017
Lower Withington:             Sunday 12 Feb 2017

Raised gilding can add an extra dimension to a piece of calligraphy.  It can be a border, small dots, a star, leaf or lettering.  We will prepare gesso from the basic non-toxic ingredients, measuring and dry mixing, prior to grinding this with a glass muller on plate glass with distilled water.  This will be left to dry, with samples taken home for further drying.
  Mike Orriss calligraphy
Ready-made gesso will be provided for mixing and using on the day.  We will look at applying the gesso by pen and brush for either lettering or decoration with simple shapes and also random application.  And finally the handling of gold leaf and protection of finished work (most important for all gilding work).  

Materials:

Small plastic container with lid
Mitchell nibs, copperplate and small nibs without reservoirs
Piece of good quality paper (A4 size, 200gsm)
Small piece of hard plastic (for placing under when burnishing)
Small piece of white card (breathing tube)
Old watercolour pointed brush, size 3 or 4
Small piece of thick leather (around 5x7cm, to be used with Armenian bole)
Cheap palette knives (for mixing / handling we gesso, available cheaply from The Works)

I will have the following that may be used, and some cases bought, during the day, but please bring you own if you have them:
Mike Orriss calligraphy

Burnisher or polished stones (haematite if possible)
Piece of silk / silk handkerchief
Transfer gold and loose leaf gold
Gilder’s knife
Gilder’s cushion and wooden tweezers (I have made a quantity of these which will be available on the day)
Glassine paper

 

 



MARCH2017

Painting a Medieval Miniature
Vivien Lunniss FSSI FCLAS

Port Sunlight:                    Saturday 11 March 2017
Lower Withington:             Sunday 12 March 2017

Drawing inspiration from medieval manuscripts and bestiaries, we will create a special miniature of an animal or bird using pure gold leaf and paints. We may be able to feature some of the raised gold following Mike’s workshop last month, or we will use transfer gold on a PVA base.

EQUIPMENT & MATERIALS:


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APRIL 2017

Brush Writing: Pointed and Broad, an Exploration
Mary Noble
Port Sunlight:                    Saturday 8th April 2017
Lower Withington:             Sunday 9th April 2017

Mary-Noble calligraphy
If you’re wary of using brushes, don’t be.  This is your chance to try out several scripts, with a pointed brush and a chisel-edged brush, finding out what they’re good at, what they’re not. We’ll try formal Roman, Italic, and freer forms, and see what works best for each. The most essential thing is to have the right brushes, so please check - if your old brushes are not making a sharp edge or a fine point, leave them behind.
Our aim by the end is to have written one good word with each brush, or a phrase with your favourite, and plenty of trials for home digestion.

EQUIPMENT:

Mary-Noble Calligraphy


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MAY 2017

Cnut Hand - Jilly Hazeldine
Port Sunlight:                    Saturday 13th May 2017
Lower Withington:             Sunday 14th May 2017

The Cnut hand is so called because the scribe Eadui Basan wrote the Cnut Charter of 1018.  He was also responsible for Arundel Psalter, as can be seen C8 of Stan Knights Historical Scripts book.  It is a beautiful, elegant script, lighter in weight than the Ramsey Psalter and requires some manipulation of the pen.  We’ll explore this during the day.

Cnut Hand
Equipment Required:


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JUNE 2017

Contemporary pointed pen - Janet Smith
Port Sunlight:                    Saturday 10th June 2017
Lower Withington:             Sunday 11th June 2017

Contemporary pointed pen1
This workshop is perfect for those who are new to using a pointed pen, or have only used it for copperplate.
We will work with an alphabet that is fresh and modern, and will ensure we’re getting the very best from our pointed pens.

Contemporary pointed pen2
There will be plenty of opportunity to break all the rules (if you want to!) and to create a piece to take away with you.


EQUIPMENT (in addition to the ordinary calligraphy kit):
A softish pencil - 2B or 3B would be perfect.
A pointed nib in a holder (I really like Brause 361,Brause EF, Nikko G, Zebra,  EF Principal.  I will have some nibs/holders for sale, but please bring along any that you have lurking in your calligraphy box and we’ll see what we can do with them.)
Ink and/or gouache.
Paper that you like practicing on - nothing too rough - I find cartridge paper is ideal.
A few small pieces of nice paper - including something coloured.
Some short quotes.

Also if you have any of these please bring:
Dr Ph Martins Bleedproof white
FW Acrylic - especially white
Coloured pencils
Watercolour set
(I will have all of these for borrowing - so please DON’T shop especially!)

 Nibs – about £1.50 each

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