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Romans: Pattern & Texture

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Romans: Pattern & Texture – Annie Cicale

Supply List
  • Drawing board if you use one. Flying? You might want to just work on the table top. (S697)
  • T-square (S753) and triangle (S613), or rolling ruler (S385)
  • Masking or drafting tape (S412)
  • Pencils, various hardness (2B, HB, 2H, etc.) (S142)
  • Soft eraser, such as Magic Rub (S86)
  • Water container (S1005)
  • Ink rags or tissues (S817)
  • Notebook
  • Old toothbrush for cleaning pens
  • Dividers (A tool I find indispensable for measurement is a pair of dividers, sold at engineering and better art supply stores. A small one is best, but make sure it has a wheel, it holds your measurements better.)
  • Dip pens in assorted sizes, whatever you are comfortable with, such as Brause, Mitchell (Rexel) or Speedball. Mid-sizes, such as 1.5–4.0 mm (N02, N04, N09)
  • Monoline pens, such as Speedball 'B' series, about a B-2 and/or B-3 (Brause makes a similar 'ornamental' nib) OR a Pigma or Rollerball pen (N16)
  • 2-3 pen holders, ones that feel good in your hand (Click HERE for our selection of holders)
  • Non-waterproof ink, such as Moon Palace, Higgins Eternal or walnut ink (I70, I08, I53)
  • One tube of gouache, any color (Click HERE for our selection of gouache)
  • Flat palette such as a plastic tub lid (Use the bottom for your water container.)
  • 1/2 inch Winsor Newton 995 watercolor brush, the one with a clear handle (BR01)
  • Inexpensive drawing paper or layout bond, 11×14" or larger, for brush practice. Smaller sizes will work for pen studies. John Neal's Gilbert bond is terrific. (P70)
  • A few sheets of non-repro graph paper, 11×17" (P21)
  • A few scraps of your favorite good paper (optional but delightful) such as Arches Text Laid or Wove, Arches 90# HP, Canson or Strathmore Charcoal. A packet of good paper will be provided as part of your lab fee. (PS101)
  • Tracing paper for rough drafts (P43)

Writing with Color (optional)
  • Designer's gouache in assorted colors (red, yellow, blue, white) (Click HERE for our selection of gouache)
  • Palette (S679)
  • Old brushes for mixing gouache
  • Gum arabic (I84)
The tools listed here are generic, and depending on the group's interests and experience, some may not be used. Bring what you can and we'll cope with those tools.

The $25 supply fee includes photocopies, a folder to hold them, a couple sheets of Arches Text Wove (cut to size), other paper (cut to size), bottle of walnut ink, book sewing thread and needles.

Recommended Books:
  • B4030. The Eternal Letter: Two Millennia of the Classical Roman Capital edited by Paul Shaw.
  • B1540. The Origin of the Serif by Edward Catich.
  • By and about Annie Cicale
    • LR22-4. "Mani stones in the Himalayas" by Annie Cicale in Letter Arts Review Vol. 22 No. 4.
    • LR13-4. "Finding Content" by Annie Cicale, in Letter Arts Review Issue Vol. 13 No.4.
    • BL10-2. "A Golden Proportion" by Annie Cicale, in Bound & Lettered Issue Vol. 10 No. 2.
    • BL. 9.4. "Carl Rohrs: Workshop Words" by Annie Cicale in BL9.4. Bound & Lettered Vol. 9 No. 4.
    • B2811. Art & Craft of Hand Lettering by Annie Cicale.
    • B3925. Scripsit 35.1: Features the words and work of Annie Cicale as well as 5 additional lettering artists (Doctor, Imai, Malmsten, Pearce, Reese).
    • BL14.3. "Combining Word & Image" by Annie Cicale. Bound & Lettered Vol. 14 No. 3.


    S679. 6 Well Rectangular Palette
    6 well Rectangular Palette

    This palette is made of hard white plastic. Contains six wells for mixing paint and gouache. Easily cleaned out and reusable.



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    I84. W&N Gum Arabic: 2.5oz
    Winsor & Newton Gum Arabic.

    Add this binder in gouache to make it more durable and easier to erase pencil guidelines. Add several drops to a bottle of Higgins Eternal for copperplate writing. 2.5oz (75ml) glass bottle.

    I have worked with metallic gouaches for many years. I always add a little more gum Arabic if there are going to be lines to erase, then allow the writing to cure for several hours before erasing. A white vinyl eraser is the gentlest choice for erasing guideline. I avoid guidelines if possible via a light box. -- Don King



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