A Meditative Calligraphy Technique
Saturday, July 4 at 9:00 AM CDT
All Skill Levels Welcome
Calligrapher’s tool and relationship to consciousness
Gina invites you to discover your body’s potential to develop the potent calligraphic qualities of movement, energy, rhythm, and feeling. To start, we engage the conscious breath to become present, relax, and slow down. Then, through tool exercises, we cultivate our awareness of the ever-intriguing calligraphic act: moving a tool and contacting a surface to form letters. By sensitizing fingers and arm muscles to the forces of stroke making—pressure, pushing, and pulling—we nurture a relationship that connects us to ourselves, our letters, and our world.
This class is also a prerequisite/preparation for
“Moto: Movement & Touch” – 2-Day Workshop.
1. “Calligraphy as Art and Meditation: A New Approach,” Gina Jonas.
Page numbers below refer to this book.
2. Artist pencil (48) – See page 3.
• Please follow the instructions in “Preparing the tool.” Video available in conference hub.
3. Conté crayon (Sanguine). Please prepare this tool as the pencil. (The marking substance is softer and takes a more sensitive touch.)
4. A large, dry “edged” tool, (approx. ½” -1″) such as a piece of:
• Square-edged chalk
• Pastel color stick (not oil)
• Compressed charcoal
5. Cloth wiper, moistened on a corner (for cleaning hands)
6. 3mm Brause nib (new) and staff – See pages 136-7 to prepare
7. Free-flowing ink such as Higgins Eternal
8. An ink well, (See page 140, “Ink setup”), such as:
• A large dinky dip (see JNB link)
• A very small, transparent jar
• An empty glass bottle of ink
9. Eye dropper or pipette
10. Wiper for cleaning the nib
11. Large paper tablet or a few sheets (14×17, 12×18, 11×17, 11×14 – or larger), suggestions:
• John Neal Bookseller, Calligraphy Practice Pad (plain)
• Strathmore drawing paper
12. Padded slant board, suggestions
• Portable writing board
• Portable desk set at a slope
• Drafting table
• If your paper is in a tablet, you can use the pad itself or a few sheets from it.
• For other possibilities, see my article: “Nib Contact: the case for the touch-sensitive writing board.” (www.ginajonascalligrapher.com, in Publications – scroll past the first large image, “the letter ‘a’ at play,” to the articles. It’s the fourth one.)
Click on photo to visit biography page
Sequence: Journey of Experimental Calligraphy
Fraktur In Its Glory
The Unconventional Pointed Pen
Drawing the Fibonacci Sequence
Itty Bitty Books
In Search of the Essential
Beginning Copperplate Script
A Letter and a Rectangle
Buttonhole Art Journal
(M) Handwritten: The Art of Tattoo Lettering
Season Leaves Booklet
(M) Learning to Sketch Out Celtic Knots
(M) Learn to Sketchnote!
Pointed Brush for Beginners
Loosening Up With Calligraphy & Paint
(M) A Handwriting Called Petrarch
CAROL MEASURES SCOTT
(M) Captivating Color in Calligraphy
The Art of Miniature Painting & Lettering
(M) The Techniques and Secrets to Raised Gilding
ELMO VAN SLINGERLAND
Broad-edged pen: Roman Capitals
Colorful Lettering Composition