Spencerian Flourished Caps
- 2.5 days (2nd half)
Frontwards, backwards, top to bottom, bottom to top, there are so many ways to approach a letter and flourish. We will take a look at them all! We will begin with basic exercises to build up free arm movement adding fluidity to our approach. Spencerian Flourished Caps is an extension of the basic Spencerian workshop for individuals interested in furthering their penmanship skills. The focus of the class will be an in-depth study of alternate letterforms, advanced entry and exit strokes suitable for the underlying principal strokes along with off-hand flourishing. We will NOT be going over the basic forms of the capitals themselves as that is offered in the Spencerian workshop.
Students should have prior experience in a classic pointed pen hand. Due to the elevated level of instruction (intermediate/advanced), I ask that a person must have either participated in a previous Spencerian class, or have a good understanding of the basic 7 strokes that make this style unique.
- Nikko G or Zebra G nibs are recommended. More advanced students may prefer to use a more flexible nib.
- An oblique penholder is recommended, but some do prefer to approach this with a straight penholder. If left-handed, please let me know prior to class so we can discuss your approach and how I can best help you.
- Walnut Ink OR Old World Iron Gall Ink OR McCaffery’s black ink
- Good quality translucent layout paper, Borden & Riley OR Canson OR Claire Fontane approx. 8.5” x 11”, but any size will do
- A mechanical pencil 0.5 with extra lead
- A red pencil for correction
- A kneaded eraser
- 9” x 12” pad of 1/8” grid paper. Don’t go out and buy this if you have another size grid, it’s fine.
- Viva paper towels or a rag to clean your nibs
- Optional: small French curve if you have one. Not a necessity.