Versals & White Vine Decoration
2-Day (9+ hour) Workshop Available through June 1, 2022
All Skill Levels Welcome
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In this class, we learn the basic vocabulary and structures of:
• Romaneque Versal-structure: Basically Capital or Uncial letters with exaggerated entasis and serifs.
• Versals built of straps of consistent width, and their binding “hardware” of “cuffs”, “rivets”, etc.
• Sprouts, leaves, branching, flowers, petals, and other building-blocks of vinework.
• How to construct beautiful growth-curves, with spiraling, interwoven, and balanced branching.
Vinework initials are ubiquitous… So common because their rules are simple, consistent, and learnable.
My teachers were the Medieval artists who made the manuscripts that enthrall us today. Having deciphered their techniques by scrutiny and experiment, I employed their ingenious improvisatory decorations in my calligraphy work for decades.
These are the easiest and most improvisational illuminated-letter techniques. None of these require gilding (though one can add it for accents, or the letterform in Renaissance White Vine can be gilt). Like any improvisatory style, they have basic rules, but once these simple rules and methods are mastered, then the designs are improvised; they really grow organically.
- The usual calligraphic stuff: pens, inks, good paper, pencil & sharpener, eraser… Plus:
- Drafting pens (My preference: Pigma Micron, sizes 005, 01, 02, 03, 08), or any black-ink pen that makes an even line…
- “Bowl-Point” pen nib (and holder) for laying color… Speedball makes one, also most other pen manufacturers. (like a fountain pen-nib). Crow quills if you like them,
- Watercolors and mixing apparatus (I like a Carmex® jar for each color…),
- Brushes for laying solid color areas.
- Traditional colors: Red, Blue, Green, Yellow……but bring whatever colors turn you on.
Sequence: Journey of Experimental Calligraphy
The Unconventional Pointed Pen
Drawing the Fibonacci Sequence
Basic Rudolf Koch:
Blackletter Und Neuland
Value Contrast: Exploring the Grey Areas
Word Meets Image on the Page
Letters & Blossoms
Beginning Copperplate Script
A Letter and a Rectangle
Ben Shahn Lettering
(M) Handwritten: The Art of Tattoo Lettering
(M) Painting Knotty Letters
Gothic Lettering Magic with Procreate
Blackletter Circles on Steroids
Breaking the Rules
(M) Variations in A
The Glittering Vine
Victorian Frames & Labels
(M) Learning to Sketch Out Celtic Knots
Ruling Pens Beyond the Rules
The Alchemist’s Magic
(T) Mastering Italic
(M) A Meditative Calligraphy Technique
(M) Pen to Pixels
(M) Lines & Tines
Expressive Pointed Italic
(M) Learn to Sketchnote!
Italic Lettering - Basics & Beyond
(M) The Business of Calligraphy
(M) Lettering on Vellum
In the Glow of Gouache
Page Dazzle: Patent Leaf Gilding
Loosening Up With Calligraphy & Paint
(M) Decorative Borders w/Simple Tools
(M) Watercolor & Lettering with Masking Techniques
Monoline Lettering with a 'B' Nib
Monoline Lettering Techniques
(T) Foundation Tune-up Class
(M) Pastel Dusting Technique
(M) Pleated Scroll Book
Creative Colour for All Occasions
Embossing with Extra Pizazz!
Graffiti Writing - The New York Lesson
(M) Playing With Pens & Pencils
Round & Robust: Exploring Uncial
Simple & Semitic
The Graceful Marker: Pointed Brush Script
Calligraphy on the Go!
CAROL MEASURES SCOTT
(M) Captivating Color in Calligraphy
The Empty Space, Womb of Shape
Cold Wax Calligraphic Abstracts
(M) Calligraphy & Mark Making with the Gel Plate
(M) Mini Book Madness
The Art of Miniature Painting & Lettering
Sketching Flowers with Watercolors & Ink
ELMO VAN SLINGERLAND
Broad-edged pen: Roman Capitals
MARK VAN STONE
Versals & White Vine Decoration
Colorful Lettering Composition
Akim Variations and Long Compositions