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Morphing Monograms

Marcia Friedman & Barry Morentz
  • 2.5 days (1st half)
  • All
  • EN

In this workshop we will celebrate the power of the pen and our imaginations to create dazzling calligrams. These pinwheel-like monograms are produced by rotating a letter any number of times, and incorporates fundamental principles of graphic design. After we become comfortable with the concept and with working on layers of tracing paper, we proceed to work with two letters in combination. The result is a more complex, sometimes abstract design. We’ll then extract a part of the image to form a border to encase the monogram, to make a completely organic design. For the second part of the class we’ll scan our designs, and be introduced to the exciting use of Photoshop filters and special effects. The results will be fireworks of all sorts, with some designs going into the realm of the truly abstract, almost impossible to create by the pen and hand alone. Finally, we’ll apply a variety of watercolour/gilding techniques/coloured pencil mosaics/ and pen-made florals to the design, thus bridging the ancient and modern worlds of traditional calligraphy and illumination to contemporary technology. Students should have some familiarity with the basics of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, and should also have competence with several traditional alphabets.

Supply List

  • Felt-tip broad-edged markers
  • Dip pens (broad-edged and pointed), any unusual writing tools you like (ruling pens, folded pens, twigs, etc.)
  • Black ink
  • 2 or 3 colours of gouache (plus white and/or gold)
  • A few coloured pencils
  • HB pencil
  • Tracing paper
  • Good layout bond
  • A few small (approx. 6 inch square) pieces of good quality paper, including black
  • Mixing brushes
  • Small palette
  • Water container
  • Flash (thumb) drive of at least 5 gb is necessary in order to take your finished files home.
  • OPTIONAL: a Phantom Liner if you have one.

NOTE: Although we will have access to a classroom with computers, we suggest you bring your own laptop with any version of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.

Supply Fee $0.00