$1 Supply Fee
I’ve been a calligrapher in Portland, Oregon since I was first introduced to nibs and ink in 1959 as a high school art student. In the 55 years since, I gained a degree in Graphic Design and have studied with every major calligrapher in the US and Europe. I’ve been teaching college level and private classes in town and workshops throughout the US. I have directed three International Calligraphy Conferences in Portland, bringing 500 scribes together for a week of study and sharing. I am interested in every aspect of the field of calligraphy, from the formal invitation to writing on walls. I enjoy seeking out ways to stretch the boundaries of my art. As a life-long learner, I look forward to the next new thing.
This exciting adventure begins by making your own folded pens from thin brass and then moves to learning a very distinctive modern script. The pens are simple to make and promote expressive writing from the first marks on the page. Folded-pen script, though similar to pointed brush writing, is easier to learn and has a unique contemporary feel. By custom-making your own pens, you’ll be able to fit the pen to your hand and also to the “look” of the letters you want to create. We will explore several colorful techniques using the folded pens to make letters that have a marbled effect and letters that are “lifted” from a background wash. The folded pens are likely to become your favorite writing tool, as you develop a passion for expressive lettering. Students will make a simple portfolio with practice papers from classroom exercises.
Gilbert Bond 25% Cotton Practice Pad 11”x17” (no grid lines) (John Neal P70)
Non-waterproof ink, Higgins Eternal and/or Walnut Ink
Watercolor paint box (Prang is a favorite) or tube watercolors & palette, mixing brush & water container
Sharpie permanent marker, fine tip
Hole punch (standard round)
Any folded pens you may already have