Visigothic Versals

2-Day Workshop

Monday, July 5 at 9:00 AM CDT

Beginner – Advanced
Lettering • Design • Painting

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Description

Perched on the tiptoes of the middle ages stand the tall and slender Visigothic Versals; the exclusive and independent lettering tradition unique to early medieval Spain. Visigothic Versals adorn the Christian manuscripts written in the golden age of Spain when the Ottoman empire of the east met the Holy Roman Empire of the west. We begin by looking at slides of original manuscripts to discover and discuss the letters, ligatures and layouts. The letterforms are gently introduced via the friendly pencil on grid paper. (Hooray, no guide lines) Next are Ligatures that are fun and aid us in controlling line lengths. The pièce de résistance is a set of uniquely decorative Visigothic capitals. This interesting lettering course invites and encourages your creativity, offers an opportunity to learn a national hand, and will heighten your sense of visual balance and symmetry, and best of all is a lot of fun. Your project will be original, personal and expressive. Class includes slide references from Spain and Morocco, examples of student work, books and website references.

Supplies

  • Eraser (Moo eraser is a favorite)
  • Gouache, black + mixing brush and 6-cup plastic mixing palette
  • Highlighter, yellow
  • Light Box
  • Micron pens – red #8 is preferred (to outline your Zoomorphic or decorative element)

Nibs

Bring your favorites – I like the flexibility of Mitchell nibs for Versals

  • Brause – #1 and #1-1/2 or equivalent
  • Mitchell – in the #4 range.
  • Plus optional sizes for variations

Papers

  • Grid paper – 4sq to 1″
  • Tracing paper
  • Lettering paper – a minimum of two sheets of your choice of writing paper (such as Arches Text Wove). Minimum size is 9″ x 12″, keeping in mind the size will vary according to length of the quotation.

Pencils

  • 2-B mechanical
  • Hard lead (for precise for ruling)

 

  • Quotation or poem of your choice consisting of a minimum of 15 words that you love.
  • Plus an alternative quote
  • Scissors
  • T-Square or Ruler (or what you use when making guide lines)
  • Tape, any brand as long as it’s not too sticky (I use artists white tape)
  • Water – with a distributor, such as an eye dropper, pipette or distribution bottle.
  • Paper towels
  • Watercolors and small round pointed paint brushes, selection ranging from #000 to #2
    (See Options below for alternatives)
  • X-acto and cutting board

Optional

Color pencils, gouache, metallic watercolors, magnifying glasses, writing board

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