Pointed Brush for Beginners

1-Day Workshop

Monday, July 5 at 9:00 AM CDT

Beginner
Lettering

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Description

In creating this workshop, it has been my intention to try to make pointed brush lettering more accessible to beginners.

We will work through the necessary steps to success in a systematic, logical way.

My handouts include line guides that should work under both 8.5” x 11” and A4 paper.

Prior to the class I will send the students links to my two beginning YouTube videos How to Hold a Pointed Brush and Step One Warm-ups.

Morning session: We will begin learning the basic brush strokes by making patterns with deconstructed letter strokes and move to minuscule letters. The class will progress more quickly if everyone has taken the time to watch the videos. As we go along we will discuss various papers and ink so that students can make educated choices when adding to their personal collections.

Afternoon session: I will introduce simple majuscules and encourage participants to try the many variations that can be made with this extremely versatile tool.

At the end of the session I will give out the link to my YouTube video Elementary Brush Capitals.

A working knowledge of the Italic hand, though not essential, would make progress much simpler and faster.

Supplies

Recommended Books:

Speedball Textbook 25th Edition: A Comprehensive Guide to Pen& Brush Lettering
Suzanne Cunningham, Carl Rohrs & Sachin Shah

Brush Lettering: An Instructional Manual of Western Brush Lettering Reaves, Marilyn; Schulte, Eliza – many second-hand copies are available.

The Lively Brush by Eliza Holliday and Marilyn Reaves – on sale now at John Neal Books – comes with a DVD. At the moment, John Neal has a great sale on The Lively Brush plus three Pentel Art Brushes, black, sepia and turquoise https://www.johnnealbooks.com/product/brush-lettering-kit The sepia would be great with walnut ink.

Essential Tools:

Black Pentel Art Brush-non pigmented ink: https://www.johnnealbooks.com/product/pentel-color-brush Item Code: FP57

Black ink: Whatever you have. Although the Pentel Art Brushes come loaded with ink, I like to dip mine when I use them. If you have a new one you will probably have enough ink for one day, but you may want to invest in a little ink just-in-case.

Paper: In order to excel you will use a lot. You want something with a bit of “tooth.” Brown paper bags are great, but they are not all created equal. If you can find some that don’t bleed with your Pentel Art Brush ink you are in luck.

I like the Pacon Medium Weight drawing paper recommended by Julie Wildman https://www.dickblick.com/items/pacon-bright-white-sulphite-drawing-paper-12-x-18-60-lb-500-sheets/ It is inexpensive and you will not feel guilty about going through lots of it!

OR

Strathmore 300 Charcoal paper – 9 x 12 glue bound pad https://www.dickblick.com/items/strathmore-300-series-charcoal-pad-9-x-12-glue-bound-32-sheets-64-lb-95-gsm/

If you don’t mind spending a little extra my favorite paper for brush lettering is Rives BFK Lightweight paper 115 gms. https://www.dickblick.com/items/bfk-rives-printmaking-paper-26-x-40-cream-white-115-gsm-light-sheet

Recommended but not essential:

Like me, you have probably taken many workshops where you have purchased a lot of tools or paints that you never used and then wondered why you had to spend that money. OR perhaps you just like adding to your stash of calligraphy goods 😊. So I offer these things as recommended but not essential:

Yellow Pentel Art Brush: https://www.jetpens.com/Pentel-Art-Brush-Pen-Yellow-Orange/pd/10992

Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor Starry Colors: https://merriartist.com/products/mc20sc-6v

Or any other mica-based paint. Coliro (Finetec) are fine but I like the Kuretake Starry colors better.
Any other Pentel Art Brushes that you may have. I dislike most of the colors that these art brushes come with, so I dip them in ink or watercolor when I use them.

Mostly I use them with the Kuretake Gansai Tambi 6 color pearl set: https://merriartist.com/collections/gansai-tambi-japanese-watercolors/products/zgmc20pc-a336v I’ll demonstrate.

I am also exceptionally fond of Noodler’s Apache Sunset ink at the moment. At John Neal’s it’s: https://www.johnnealbooks.com/product/noodlers-fountain-pen-ink I’ll demonstrate why.

If you like to use walnut ink, then the Pentel Sepia Art Brush would be handy – or just a Pentel waterbrush: https://www.johnnealbooks.com/product/pentel-aquash-waterbrush John Neal Item Code: FP93

Gemma Black Legacies III

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WORKSHOP LINKS

YUKIMI ANNAND
Sequence: Journey of Experimental Calligraphy

PAUL ANTONIO
Fraktur In Its Glory

SUZIE BERINGER
The Unconventional Pointed Pen

GEMMA BLACK
Drawing the Fibonacci Sequence

TROY BOOKS
Itty Bitty Books

IVAN CASTRO
Basic Rudolf Koch:
Blackletter Und Neuland

MARCO CHIOINO
In Search of the Essential

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
Bone Script: Bookhand with a Twist
Stamp Carving

DEBORAH DUTTON
Buttonhole Art Journal

JOANNE FINK
Contemporary Ensō Circles
Expressions of Faith

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

MARCIA FRIEDMAN
Morphing Monograms

CONNIE FURGASON
Season Leaves Booklet

RISA GETTLER
(M) Painting Knotty Letters
Visigothic Versals

TAMER GHONEIM
Gothic Lettering Magic with Procreate
Blackletter Circles on Steroids
Hand-Lettered Abstract Paintings

CLAUDIO GIL
Bruta LaGrafia, Calligraphy Beyond Styles 2-Day

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

KEN HARRIS
Medieval Illuminating Techniques
Traditional Raised & Burnished Gilding

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
Mark My Words
(T) Mastering Italic
(M) Blame It On The Tools

GINA JONAS
Moto: Movement and Touch
(M) A Meditative Calligraphy Technique

ALINE KAORI
Mix and Match:
Calligraphy & Lettering as Design Tools

BILL KEMP
Engrosser's Script

SALMAN KHATTAK
French Roundhand
Introduction to Riqa Calligraphy (Arabic)
(M) Pen to Pixels
(M) Lines & Tines

ROB LEUSCHKE
Tool2Type

MARTA MAPELLI
Expressive Pointed Italic
Pointed Brush

HEATHER MARTINEZ
(M) Learn to Sketchnote!

ELIZABETH MCKEE
Pointed Brush for Beginners

GUI MENGA
Mix and Match:
Calligraphy & Lettering as Design Tools

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

BARRY MORENTZ
Morphing Monograms

LORNA MULLIGAN
Loosening Up With Calligraphy & Paint

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

AMY NIELSEN
(M) A Handwriting Called Petrarch

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

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!
Calligraphy on the Go! Writing On Glass

CAROL MEASURES SCOTT
(M) Captivating Color in Calligraphy

MARINA SORIA
The Empty Space, Womb of Shape
Weaving Words

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

JANET TAKAHASHI
The Art of Miniature Painting & Lettering

NINA TRAN
Flourishes Unraveled

JERRY TRESSER
(M) The Techniques and Secrets to Raised Gilding

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
Alphabet Book
The Inside Curve Alphabet

ELEANOR WINTERS
Copperplate Boot Camp
Gothicized Italic