Decorated Letters

2-Day Workshop

Wednesday, July 7 at 9:00 AM CDT

All Skill Levels Welcome
Design • Drawing • Journaling • Gilding

DECORATED LETTERS

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Description

Through a series of creative exercises, design on, in and around Versal and Lombardic Capitals, starting on tracing paper and transferring to Twinrocker handmade or other fine art paper. Also, learn how to create decorative vines and boxes to accentuate your letters. Tools, materials & multiple pencil sketches will be the aim of Day 1, with an introduction to mixing gouache in an easy to succeed decorated letter exercise. Choose your favorite sketches and apply the color on Day 2. I will go over the use of binders with gouache and give an overview of various gold techniques used in my studio, including imitation gold gouache, Instacol, Illuminators Bole, genuine gold powder, Gold Size, and Gesso with Leaf. Keynote presentation for inspiration and handouts included.

Supplies

Big Picture: I am emphasizing Twinrocker Paper, but D’Arches HP 140lb or other paper will work. Working small rather than large. Main focus is Gouache, but if you only have watercolor, you may use that instead. I recommend that you use metallic gold or silver gouache, for the accents in your designs, during this 2-day workshop.

Drawing & Painting Supplies:

  • Brushes (WN Series 7 or Miniature 7, sizes 1, 0, or 00…one brush will be fine for this workshop, you need to be able to paint detail) or equivalent. Kolinsky hair is my fav.
  • One larger brush for painting a bigger area – the equivalent of WN Series 7 #1
  • Broad-edged Pen Holder & Nibs, Mitchell or other (NIBS: 6, 5, 4, 3, 3.5, 2.5)-my favs for lettering
  • Gouache (= opaque) at least 3 harmonious colors in tubes, plus WN Zinc White
  • plus Gold or Silver metallic gouache – WN, Schminke (Gold Pearl) or Fine Tech (one pan or 5)
  • Watercolor (= transparent) you may use this instead of gouache
  • Pastels – 2 or 3 that work together. (Or just watch the demo). PrismaColor/Nupastel
  • Razor Blade – single edge for shaving pastel
  • Mixing pans – 6-pan tray or favorite mixing pans for gouache/watercolor. I prefer the porcelain “flower” with 7 spaces to mix, but you can use other mixing trays.
  • Gum Arabic – powdered or liquid, a binder for the gouache (I use powdered).
  • Ruling pen (traditional type, for lines) to use with 6” ruler (or larger) with a raised edge
  • Ruler – whatever you have (rolling rulers or straight edge)
  • Paper -Twinrocker Paper (buy from my website) or Fine art paper of your choosing. Arches HP 140 lb – 1 sheet
  • Tracing paper – Clearprint Design Vellum (my fav)
  • Saral paper (transfer paper-graphite color) Fine ball point pen needed to transfer
  • Drawing pencil (HB lead)
  • Sharp Scissors – to cut down paper
  • Pencil sharpener – or sharp mechanical pencil
  • Eraser – Mars Staedtler (my fav)
  • Water container – to rinse brushes AND a water dropper bottle
  • Paint rag or paper towels

BRING SMALL INTERESTING OBJECTS that appeal to you:

  • 3 small decorative objects for idea starters….a favorite piece of jewelry, a sea shell, small frame with a border, fabric with pattern you like, etc.
  • BRING: Capital letter outlines that you would like to work with…find on-line or in a lettering book. I will provide some examples for you, as well.

CONSIDER: How will you use these letters? w/ quote or alone?

Janet Takahashi

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WORKSHOP LINKS

YUKIMI ANNAND
Sequence: Journey of Experimental Calligraphy

SUZIE BERINGER
The Unconventional Pointed Pen

GEMMA BLACK
Drawing the Fibonacci Sequence

IVAN CASTRO
Basic Rudolf Koch:
Blackletter Und Neuland

ANNIE CICALE
Value Contrast: Exploring the Grey Areas
Word Meets Image on the Page

BARBARA CLOSE
Letters & Blossoms
Graphite Explorations

SUZANNE CUNNINGHAM
Beginning Copperplate Script

JUDY DETRICK
A Letter and a Rectangle

CAROL DUBOSCH
Ben Shahn Lettering

JESSIE FORA
(M) Handwritten: The Art of Tattoo Lettering

RISA GETTLER
(M) Painting Knotty Letters
Visigothic Versals

TAMER GHONEIM
Gothic Lettering Magic with Procreate
Blackletter Circles on Steroids

MIKE GOLD
Breaking the Rules
Spontaneous Creation
(M) Variations in A

HEATHER HELD
The Glittering Vine
Victorian Frames & Labels

NANCY HILLS
(M) Learning to Sketch Out Celtic Knots

THOMAS HOYER
Dynamic Textures
Ruling Pens Beyond the Rules
The Alchemist’s Magic

CARRIE IMAI
Playful Letters
(T) Mastering Italic

GINA JONAS
(M) A Meditative Calligraphy Technique

SALMAN KHATTAK
(M) Pen to Pixels
(M) Lines & Tines

MARTA MAPELLI
Expressive Pointed Italic
Pointed Brush

HEATHER MARTINEZ
(M) Learn to Sketchnote!

HOLLY MONROE
Decorated Letters
Italic Lettering - Basics & Beyond
(M) The Business of Calligraphy
(M) Lettering on Vellum

SUZANNE MOORE
In the Glow of Gouache
Page Dazzle: Patent Leaf Gilding

LORNA MULLIGAN
Loosening Up With Calligraphy & Paint

MICHELE NIDENOFF
(M) Decorative Borders w/Simple Tools
(M) Watercolor & Lettering with Masking Techniques

CORA PEARL
Monoline Lettering with a 'B' Nib
Monoline Lettering Techniques
(T) Foundation Tune-up Class

SALLY PENLEY
Sensational Sumi!
(M) Pastel Dusting Technique
(M) Pleated Scroll Book

JAN PICKETT
Creative Colour for All Occasions
Embossing with Extra Pizazz!
Letters Unlimited

ALI RICCARDO
Graffiti Writing - The New York Lesson
Rudolf Says

ROBBIE SASLOW
(M) Playing With Pens & Pencils
Round & Robust: Exploring Uncial
Simple & Semitic

LINDA SCHNEIDER
The Graceful Marker: Pointed Brush Script
Calligraphy on the Go!

CAROL MEASURES SCOTT
(M) Captivating Color in Calligraphy

MARINA SORIA
The Empty Space, Womb of Shape

JACQUELINE SULLIVAN
Cold Wax Calligraphic Abstracts
(M) Calligraphy & Mark Making with the Gel Plate
(M) Mini Book Madness

JANET TAKAHASHI
The Art of Miniature Painting & Lettering
Sketching Flowers with Watercolors & Ink

NINA TRAN
Flourishes Unraveled

ELMO VAN SLINGERLAND
Broad-edged pen: Roman Capitals

MARK VAN STONE
Versals
Versals & White Vine Decoration

JURGEN VERCAEMST
Colorful Lettering Composition

JULIE WILDMAN
Akim Variations and Long Compositions

ELEANOR WINTERS
Gothicized Italic