The Calligrapher’s Process – From Conception to Completion
- 2.5 days (1st half)
The challenges of placing text on a page in a meaningful way can be a daunting leap for one who has never attempted to do so. This comprehensive studio workshop is designed to introduce beginner and intermediate calligraphers to the process of creating a finished piece. Through a series of independent assignments, Rick will gently guide you through the process of taking your work from concept to completion, using easily acquired methods and processes. Using a review of two formal hands as a launching point, we will move on to explore layout, design, texture, pattern, nuance, and more in the process of interpreting the meaning of text through calligraphy. Guided exercises will introduce the use of watercolour, gouache, gold leaf and a wide range of papers. This is your opportunity to enjoy two days in the studio with former White House chief calligrapher, Rick Paulus. With over 30 years experience in commercial calligraphy and fine-art calligraphy, Rick is eager to share his tips of the trade through the exciting forum of this workshop.
Beginner to intermediate. Beginners should be familiar with the use of a dip pen. Knowledge of a formal hand is helpful but not required.
- Slant board/desk that slants up to 45 degrees. Any stiff board, even two pieces of Foam Core taped together, measuring at least 18” x 20” (Masonite works best, plexiglass works well also)
- Pen holders and nibs - minimum of three sizes of your favourite broad-edge dip pen, full set suggested. Minimum of two pen holders, best to have enough for full set of nibs (6-8 holders)
- Ink – Black ink. Your favourite (Sumi Moon Palace recommended)
- Gouache – small tube(s) (Holbein, Winsor & Newton, Schmincke, etc.) You will be creating much of your work in colour during this class, please use your judgement as to how many colours you need on hand. Minimum one colour, in addition to the black ink you will be using.
- Watercolour – small tube(s) (Winsor & Newton, Daniel Smith, Dr. Martin, QoR, etc.) You will be creating much of your work in colour during this class, please use your judgement as to how many colours you need on hand. Minimum one colour, in addition to the black ink you will be using.
- An old “retired” small brush for mixing colours (can be poor quality!) The more, the merrier! Nylon bristles +
- Paper – Marker Layout paper (Canson Pro Layout Marker or Borden and Riley #37, Boris Bright White Layout Visual Bond, etc., either 9” x 12”, or 11” x 14”)
- 1 sheet, Arches 90#, or Arches 140# hot or cold press, or other high-quality paper. Can be cut to 1/2 size for transport, or, if you know that you work small, it can be cut to 1/4 size.
- Tracing Paper – (12” roll is preferred and most cost effective). Tracing paper pads are acceptable.
- Pencil – 0.05 HB in a mechanical pencil. Other pencil’s acceptable providing you can keep them sharp.
- Erasers – Clean plastic eraser such as Staedtler/Mars, Tombow, or clean kneaded eraser.
- Ruler – Metal will give you more accurate measuring and a good, straight, sharp edge.
- Tape – Artist tape, or removable scotch tape, 1/2” or 3/4” roll.
- Xacto knife — #11 blade (the sharp, pointed blade)
- Water container and paper towels or clean up cloths
- Any favourite writing tool which I may have left out, that you enjoy working with.
- Text from which to work: One short poem/passage (10-15 words) and one long poem/passage (8 line poem, 40-50 words)
- T-square – Recommended but not required.
- Triangle – 90 degree plastic triangle recommended, but not required
- Extra Brushes