Home Events Beginners Zoom Workshop – Foundational Hand with Janice McClelland


Sat 10 Oct 2020


10:00 am - 12:30 pm


£18 Non-members / £15 Members

Beginners Zoom Workshop – Foundational Hand with Janice McClelland

Foundational was developed by Edward Johnston (1872-1944) as a ‘modern, formal hand’. The script evolved from his study and analysis of 10th Century Carolingian lettering used in the Ramsey Psalter and comprises fully rounded letters, based on a circle, that are well spaced and clear to read. Foundational is an ideal hand for beginners to learn as an introduction to edged pen scripts. Janice is an experienced teacher and is a member of CLAS and the SSI and is a CLAS Accredited tutor.


In this class you will cover; basic tools and materials, how to rule up lines, how to construct the letters of the lower case alphabet and spacing between letters.


There will be tutor demonstrations and feedback during the session. Handouts will be emailed to you to print at home.


H or 2H pencil
Ruler, minimum 12″ preferably clear plastic
Small pot of water and a small paintbrush, kitchen roll
Dip pen – Brause 2.5mm nib.
For left-handed writers, you need a 1.5 Mitchell left oblique roundhand nib and a Mitchell reservoir
Penholder – such as William Mitchell School penholder
Ink – Higgins Eternal
Paper – Layout paper 50gsm or Gerstaecker No. 2 cartridge paper. A4 size
We can supply a beginner’s kit of nib, penholder, small pot of ink and paper for £10.80 including p&p. You need to supply your own pencils, ruler, eraser, water pot, brush and kitchen roll. Please let us know by email if you would like to buy a beginner’s kit. If you wish to source your own equipment the following suppliers will have what you need; blotspens.co.uk, penmandirect.co.uk, scribblers.co.uk

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