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Roman Capitals - from Formal to Informal

Elmo van Slingerland
  • 5 days
  • Intermediate
  • EN

In this workshop we go from formal to informal! We start with making Roman capitals with the broad-edged pen. We focus on good proportions, spacing, applying serifs and attention for detail and quality of form. This is all done by writing in a slow, concentrated way. We will use pen manipulation and pressure on the pen. After that we’ll gradually increase our writing speed and making our capitals in a more informal manner: big and small capitals, variations in proportions and single and double stroked capitals.

Supply List

  • A3 size paper/11” x 17” (80 or 90 gsm paper pad, or A3 Fabriano 90g/m2 sketch pad). Not too smooth paper (very difficult with practicing), but paper with a slight texture/tooth is better. Beneath the practice paper we will use a grid, so be sure your paper is not too heavy (it must show through)
  • Some sheets of nice paper hot or cold pressed, prefer (approx. 11” x 17”)
  • Good quality artist watercolour paint and/or gouache, walnut ink or stick ink.
  • Broad edged pens in different sizes and good penholders. I prefer that you take a Speedball (C2) and Mitchell (#3) + reservoir, but don’t hesitate to take also other brands if you have a preference (size about 3 mm, but take some different sizes with you), and (only if you have already) an Automatic pen and a ruling pen.
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Rags
  • Brush (cheap) for mixing your paint and filling your pen
  • A plate/saucer or whatever to mix your paint on
  • A jar for water
Supply Fee $0.00