Italic Lettering – Basics & Beyond
2-Day (9+ hour) Workshop Available through June 1, 2022
Beginner – Intermediate
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Work on firming up your italic hand by studying and practicing the lower case and upper case letter forms. You will be guided with troubleshooting your letter forms as well as spacing. Learn how to flourish ascenders and descenders.
- 11×17” Grid paper
- D’Arches HP 90 or 140# Fine Art Paper, to letter on beyond practice, ½ sheet
- 18 or 20” ruler (rubber or cork bottom is best, so it doesn’t slide)
- Walnut Ink (brown) or Moon Palace ink (black) or what you have on hand. (You may need a smaller jar to put ink in, depending on how it is sold. Walnut ink ‘crystals’ are handy as you can mix ink ‘as needed’)
- Round wooden double-ended penholder (Qty 1-5)
- Mitchell Roundhand Nibs. Sizes #3, 2.5, 2 for this class–the whole set 0, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, 5, 6 if you would like a variety of sizes. 5 penholders will hold the entire set of nibs.
- Mitchell Reservoirs – 1 for each nib works well, but you can get away with fewer. These are brass and slide on to the nibs. Demo in class.
- Drawing pencil – HB lead or other. My fav is GraphGear 500 0.5 Pentel
- Eraser – Mars Staedtler or other
- Paint rag (paper towels)
- Water Container to rinse pens (i.e. a small butter tub)
- Water dropper bottle with distilled water
- Artist Tape – to help secure your practice papers on slanted board
- Portable Drawing Board – it is best to work at a slant. You can purchase a portable drawing board, great for home and for travel. I often use the light that transforms this into a ‘light table.’ https://www.paperinkarts.com/litdlx.html
Or this less expensive version:
- Optional helpful pens: My favorites are the Mitchell nibs. These allow you to work with multiple inks/watercolors over time. But, if you would like to use Zig Markers (3.0), they are easy for beginners to get started with.
- Optional Color: If you have some experience and would like to work with color, you may use gouache, watercolor or other ink.
- Optional Book: Speedball Textbook – 24th ‘Centennial’ Edition
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