ONLINE Carolingian Hand - Fri 2nd July 2021 at 10am
If you wish to take part but are unable to attend the workshop demo live, please let us know in the notes field when booking where possible.
We will record the workshop demo session and provide a video playback service to all students for 30 days.
NB. The follow up session is not recorded.
Fri 2nd July 10am - 11:30am workshop demo
Fri 16th July 10am - 11am feedback and Q&A
This LivePlus™ online workshop is ideal for beginners and improvers.
Join Mary online to study this beautiful early 9th century hand which needs little adaptation to bring it up to 21st century usage. Devised to be clear even at exceedingly small sizes, you’ll work at a more comfortable scale to develop a rhythm and flow.
You will examine the writing in the beautiful Grandval Bible (825-850AD) as our source script to get a feel for its character, then practise the full alphabet, ancient and modern, and work on developing a good writing rhythm and flow. Evolved principally from the half-Uncial, this highly legible script was effectively devised as the ‘house style’ for Emperor Charlemagne’s intellectual and cultural golden age known as the Carolingian Renaissance. It later became the inspiration for 16th century Italian Cancellaresca, or the Italic hand.
Learning to write Carolingian will expand your repertoire and give you the confidence to consider creating your own small book or gift zigzag card, as it is known as a ‘book hand’ because it works so well in large amounts at small sizes.
Specific skills you will learn at the workshop
- How to examine a manuscript to analyse letterform
- Developing skill in writing that historic letterform, focusing on order of strokes, pen angle and family characteristics
- Adapting a script to present-day usage.
- Improving calligraphic skills in a modern Carolingian hand
Equipment & materials list
Materials are not included in the course fee. All the materials and equipment you will need are listed below.
- A4 Layout pad, or other thin paper you can see your lines through
- Dip pens of various sizes but especially Mitchell 1 ½ or Brause 2.5, plus a smaller nib of your choosing. (Nearest Parallel Pen size is orange top, 2.4mm)
- Free-flowing ink - this can be fountain pen ink, watercolour, ‘Bister’. You don't want anything that contains shellac or acrylic (check the label). Test your ink on your paper for bleeding.
If you wish to create a card or booklet, you will also need cartridge paper and cutting equipment.
You needn't have the materials ready whilst watching the live demonstration – the demo session is a time to watch, ask and learn. After the demo you will be sent a link to the recording, which you can watch as many times as you wish for thirty days.
Links to suppliers
www.greatart.com (for more general art materials, including layout pads)