ONLINE Pencil Lines & Glittering Vines - Starts Tues 7th February 2023 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 60 days.
Please note that the follow up session is not recorded.
Tues 7th February 2pm - 4pm
Tues 14th February 2pm - 4pm
Tues 21st February 2pm - 3pm
This LivePlus™ online workshop is ideal for beginners and improvers alike. You needn't have the materials ready whilst watching this online demonstration – it is a time to watch, ask and learn - however, you are welcome to work along with Heather, if you wish.
The process of designing in pencil is a core skill for calligraphers and artists to pursue. During this class, we will deconstruct the process of designing and colouring ornate Victorian vines. Rather than copying designs, you will learn how to see the underlying structure and create original designs every time you approach the paper.
During our first session, we will be working with pencil and paper. This simple skill is peaceful and enlightening. We will look at methods of study, research, and finding inspiration from a variety of sources for your designs. You will have enough time between the classes to work on and develop your pencil designs and will be encouraged to keep a small journal for sketches and recording inspiration. Our vines will come to life through pointed pen drawing, watercolour, and gold leaf during the second session together.
Feedback will be available through the class blackboard throughout the series and in the follow up session. These wonderful vines are so ornate and luxurious when they are completed - you will be amazed at what you can create. We hope you will be able to build on these skills for years to come and access the portable peace of pencil on paper anytime!
Specific skills you will learn at the workshop
- Designing ornate Victorian vines in pencil
- Transferring designs onto watercolour paper
- Drawing with a pointed pen
- Completing your design with watercolour and gold leaf
Equipment & materials list
Materials are not included in the course fee. All the materials and equipment you will need are listed below.
- Graph paper
- Mechanical Pencil with any size lead
- Small Cork Backed Metal Ruler
- Optional: Small Gridded Journal suggested such as A5 Squared Leuchturrn 1917
- Tracing Paper or Light Pad (we may not use these in class but can be handy for complex work)
- 140lb Hot Press Watercolour Paper cut to 5”x7” size (an extra piece of watercolour paper is helpful for testing techniques)
- Waterproof ink such as McCaffery Brown or Ziller Buffalo Brown (a Sepia Copic Multiliner size 0.3 may be substituted)
- Straight Pen holder with a medium flexible nib such as Hunt 22 or Zebra G
- Watercolour paints in any colours you want. Pink, Green and Blue are always safe options for this class. John Neal sells a dot card of my favourite Daniel Smith watercolours which are more than enough for this class.
- Small Pointed Round Watercolour Brushes: I use sizes 0, 1 and 2
- Water dish and small white china plate for palette
- Optional Gold Supplies: 23K Gold Transfer leaf, Miniatum Ink Gilding Size, Pointed Round Synthetic Brush Size O, or Size 0 Taper Point Clay Shaper, a small piece of silk or velvet can be used to burnish the gold. (Students may choose to use gold watercolour or gouache as a substitute gold leaf)
- Any optional embellishment supplies you want to add to your work. Heather will be using a green or blue chalk pastel, Sakura Gelly Roll Pen Clear Stardust, Swarovski Crystals.
All Ardington ONLINE classes and talks are accompanied by their own online blackboard. Helpful and easy to use, they enable students and tutors to share resources, ideas and photos with each other – just as you would in a classroom environment.
Heather will offer personalised critique / feedback via the blackboard for any work uploaded by students during the series, and for thirty days after the follow up session. You will be sent the link to access your blackboard in the week before your class begins and will have access for at least sixty days after the class ends.
After the live session has finished on Zoom, we will share the link to view the recording on the blackboard. You can watch the recording as many times as you like for sixty days.
*The follow up session is not recorded to ensure that you have an opportunity to share your work with the rest of the class, and receive personal feedback, without feeling self-conscious about being recorded. We would encourage you all to join us live if you can – even if you were signed up as a ‘recording only’ participant for the workshop.