ONLINE Calligraphy: Broad Brush Uncial - Fri 3rd December 2021 at 10am
If you wish to take part but are unable to attend the workshop demo live, please select the recording only option below.
All students will be given access to watch our video playback service of this workshop for 30 days. Please note that the follow up session is not recorded.
Fri 3rd December 10am - 11:30am workshop demo
Fri 17th December 10am - 11am follow up and feedback
This LivePlus™ online workshop is ideal for beginners and improvers.
The broad brush opens up new avenues for calligraphy, and the Uncial hand is an ideal script with which to practise the tool, owing to its simple, chunky, round forms. Enjoy the texture the brush makes and learn to write a short text.
First we’ll examine the brush’s qualities, how to keep its working edge sharp and how to hold it for best results. As the brush feels quite different from the pen it can take a while to adjust to how much pressure to use, but once that’s understood we can explore the versatility of this tool when it’s manipulated. Proficiency with the brush comes with practice, so we’ll follow some stroke exercises to develop the skill, working towards the Uncial letterforms.
The Uncial hand, being rounded and relatively simple in shapes – and no capitals versus lower-case to worry about, it’s just one alphabet – is the perfect vehicle for getting to grips with the brush. There are optional versions of some letters which accommodate everyone’s taste, and if the manipulation part is a step too far, there are easier ways.
The look of the letters can also be varied by how wet the paint is – so we’ll investigate opaque, transparent and textured effects.
Specific skills you will learn at the workshop
- How to hold the brush to retain its writing edge
- Techniques for manipulating the brush for more complex results
- How to achieve opaque, textured and transparent letters.
- Understanding the Uncial letterform
Equipment & materials list
Materials are not included in the course fee. All the materials and equipment you will need are listed below.
- Nylon or acrylic flat brush approx. 1cm wide/ ½ inch such as Galaxy no 10 or Winsor & Newton series 995
- Cheap paintbrush for mixing
- Ruler & pencil
- Tube Gouache (any colour)
- Paint Palette
- Water pot & kitchen roll
- Cartridge paper (A3 preferable but A4 ok) either smooth or with slight texture / lining paper (from DIY stores) / BFK Rives paper (printmaking paper, the premium choice for the more experienced, has soft surface, good for brush)
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