ONLINE Teeny Weeny Writing - Tues 7th March 2023 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 60 days.
Please note that the follow up session is not recorded.
Tutor: Mary Noble
Tues 7th March 10am - 11:30am workshop demo
Tues 21st March 10am - 11am follow up & feedback*
This LivePlus™ online workshop is designed for intermediate and advanced calligraphers. You needn't have the materials ready whilst watching this online demonstration – it is a time to watch, ask and learn.
Sometimes we need to fit a great deal of calligraphy into a small space but can’t get sharp writing that small. Or we’ve completed a beautiful design, want to insert the credit in tiny writing somewhere – and mess it up because it goes blobby. If this sounds like you, we've got the perfect workshop... just don't forget your reading glasses!
Writing very small is a skill, but once you know how, and have practiced it, it can enhance your calligraphy 100%. In this workshop Mary will cover pens, paper and ink, because all those things have to work well together for successful results.
Working our way slowly from a small nib to the smallest, and from maybe 3mm to 1mm (yes, I said you’d need your glasses) we’ll discuss the tricks that will help to retain sharp writing even at such teeny sizes. The lettering has to be adapted too, and the spacing, so we shall focus on how to make those adjustments, writing in capitals and Italic – which each have their separate features to think about.
Specific skills you will learn at the workshop
- How to rule lines accurately in small sizes
- Which nibs work best and how to adjust them
- How to sharpen a nib
- Using gum sandarac to prepare the surface better
- Adjusting letterforms to better fit small spaces
Equipment & materials list
Materials are not included in the course fee. All the materials and equipment you will need are listed below.
- Small nibs – Mitchell 4, 5, 6 or Brause 1mm, 3/4mm, 0.5mm
- Pointed nib (eg for Copperplate) optional
- Plastic ruler with clear mm markings
- HB or H pencil and sharpener, plus craft knife or sandpaper to get a good point
- Smooth paper, Cartridge or HP watercolour, plus any favourites to test (all small samples)
Useful, if you have them:
- Powdered gum Sandarac
- Spray fixative or cheap hairspray (without extra oils & perfume!)
- Conte pastels (the hard ones not other makes) plus craft knife and cotton wool
- Arkansas Stone or very fine wet & dry sandpaper for sharpening nibs
- Your reading glasses if you need them!
Links to suppliers
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.
Mary will offer personalised critique / feedback via the blackboard for any work uploaded by students within thirty days of the class ending. 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.
We suggest that you do not buy any specialist materials more than one week in advance as, occasionally, a class may be cancelled due to low enrolment.
*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.