Lettering on Vellum

Mini-Class

Saturday, July 3 at 1:00 PM CDT

All Skill Levels Welcome
Vellum

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Description

Calfskin aka vellum is one of the most delightful surfaces for a calligrapher to letter on. It is commonly called parchment, a skin prepared for writing. Many medieval manuscripts survive today because of the durability of these skins. In addition to calf, sheep, deer, goat (and others) are used for the making of broadsides and books.

In addition to a general education about working on parchment, learn how to prepare and letter on calfskin aka vellum with ink or gouache. Please prepare to use the pen(s) and lettering styles that you are most comfortable with. Broad edge pens or pointed (oblique) pens/nibs will work for this workshop. 

 Prepare skin for Framing: Holly will demonstrate a technique for securing the skin so that it will ‘breathe’ when it is framed. 

 We will touch on the application of gold on vellum. 

Digital Presentation, Handouts

Supplies

  • Vellum Offcuts (vary in size/price)
  • Sandpaper 3240 or 400 grade (wet/dry)
  • Pumice
  • Mitchell Roundhand Nibs – Holly’s favorite (preferred sizes for this class 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, 5, 6)
  • Double Ended Pen holder for the nibs
  • And/Or Oblique pen holder – nib of your choice (previous experience with this necessary)
  • Gouache (or watercolor) – 1 or more colors
  • And/Or Ink of your choice – Moon Palace or other ink (ink should not be too thin)
  • Favorite Quote(s)
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Eraser – Mars Staedtler or Faber Castell Kneaded Eraser
  • Waterpot – to rinse pens
  • Paper Towels
  • (OPTIONAL) Stick ink and grinding stone – you may just watch the demo

Try along, as Holly describes, or you may watch the demo and purchase these later:
Talas Bookbinders Glue – Jade 403 (purchase from www.talasonline.com)
Irish Linen Thread – 18/3 50 gm (purchase from www.talasonline.com)
8-ply rag board – at least 4 or more inches larger on each side than vellum is (purchase from your local framer)
Blue Painters Tape – ½ to 1” wide (hardware store)

MATERIALS FEE: If needed, purchase directly from Holly’s website in the “For Calligraphers” section of her SHOP > www-hollymonroe-com.myshopify.com/collections/for-calligraphers
Vellum (size varies $5-20), pumice ($2), sandpaper ($1.50-1 sheet) AVERAGE: $10 per approximately 6×8” off-cut. Plus shipping..(will be posted by June 1, 2021)

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