ONLINE Back to Basics: Italic for Beginners - Tues 6th September 2022 at 2pm
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. The feedback session is not recorded.
Tues 6th September 2pm - 3:30pm workshop demo
Tues 20th September 2pm - 3pm feedback & follow up
This LivePlus™ online workshop forms part of our 'back to basics' range of classes, and is specifically designed for absolute beginners and those looking to build confidence using particular materials.
Join us for a step-by-step guide to achieving beautiful Italic writing from scratch.
First, we’ll develop a good writing rhythm by exploring the possibilities of pen patterns, then focus in detail on the letters and spacing, giving you the tools to develop a fluent calligraphic hand. Italic is the most popular of the calligraphic scripts as it has a flowing, evocative nature and is the closest to handwriting. Popular for wedding stationery, small gifts and artisan labelling, once you have become skilled at Italic it will open many creative avenues, particularly for writing special-occasion poems and commemorative quotations.
After looking at the best pens to use, we’ll try some useful pen patterns which are both decorative and a good introduction to developing a rhythm to your writing. This then helps us focus on the strokes needed to form good minuscule lower-case) Italic letters, which we’ll cover in shape groups, focusing on arch formation and ‘family’ relationships. We’ll have a brief look at the related capitals and how they relate.
Finally you’ll be able to see how to apply your skills to small projects. There will be several handouts covering what you need to ensure you can practice regularly to develop your skill.
Specific skills you will learn at the workshop:
- Familiarity with the dip (and other) pens
- Exploration of pen angle and writing rhythm using pen patterns
- Writing Italic minuscule (lower-case) letters in their family groups
- Developing a rhythm in writing
- Developing an eye for letter- and word-spacing
- Understanding how the capitals fit
- Applying Italic in day-to-day settings
Equipment & materials list
Materials are not included in the course fee. All the materials and equipment you will need are listed below.
- Pad of Layout / Marker paper, or other thin paper (so you can see through to save ruling lines)
- Broad-edged calligraphy pen, preferably a dip pen nib size 2.5mm wide (but fountain pen or Pilot Parallel Pen also fine if nib is wide enough) could be following brands:
- Brause, 2.5mm
- Tape, 2.5mm
- Mitchell size 1 ½
- Speedball C series size C2
- Ink: fountain pen ink, or any available non-waterproof ink (check the label, reject anything with acrylic or shellac) or paint watered to ink consistency
Note: It is worth getting a full set of nib sizes if you want to develop this, but just the one size is used in this workshop. All above nibs have integral ink reservoirs except Mitchell which has a slip-on reservoir purchased separately. Mitchell & Speedball supply nibs for left-handers.
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