Ruling Pens Beyond the Rules
2-Day (9+ hour) Workshop Available through June 1, 2022
Lettering • Design
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Students will learn my freestyle method of using the ruling pen. This kind of writing springs from the sensitive balance of speed and control, and produces uniquely lively, animated letterforms. Because the use of the ruling pen as a freestyle tool presupposes a solid mastery of letterforms and a sense of rhythm and texture, this class is intended for students who have had some previous calligraphic experience. We‘ll begin by learning how to use the ruling pen to write a simple italic script. By adding more and more “controlled momentum” to their strokes the participants will discover a unique variety of strokes and shapes possible with the ruling pen to create a wide range of different looking letters. As a finishing exercise each participant will choose a word or a short quote which (s)he wishes to design. The only rule of the exercise is: There is no rule. Your script will have no consistent baseline, no equal heights, widths or proportions in the single letters; no equal width of the stroke. Sounds like chaos but will look darn good!
Ruling pen (the one John Neal offers (Thomas Hoyer Haff Ruling Pen), if possible; any old drafting tool should do, too.), Layout paper (e.g. Borden & Riley’s Boris Layout Pad Bright White Felt Marker Layout Pad) 14″ x 17″, ruler, pencil, ink in any color you like (please, no sumi).
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Sequence: Journey of Experimental Calligraphy
The Unconventional Pointed Pen
Drawing the Fibonacci Sequence
Beginning Copperplate Script
A Letter and a Rectangle
Ben Shahn Lettering
(M) Handwritten: The Art of Tattoo Lettering
(M) Learning to Sketch Out Celtic Knots
(M) A Meditative Calligraphy Technique
(M) Learn to Sketchnote!
Loosening Up With Calligraphy & Paint
CAROL MEASURES SCOTT
(M) Captivating Color in Calligraphy
The Empty Space, Womb of Shape
ELMO VAN SLINGERLAND
Broad-edged pen: Roman Capitals
Colorful Lettering Composition
Akim Variations and Long Compositions