Carl Rohrs: The Highly Opinionated Letterer (That's YOU!)
May 5-10 2013
Pen: Large folded brass FLAT pen (1/4", 5/16" or 3/8" Horizon (N149) is ideal; Coit, Hiro (N13, N13-S6) or similar are okay; Automatic(N27, N27-S6) is too sharp, but will work with a light touch); plus any other pens you like to use.
Flat Brush: 1/2" W/N Series 995 flat brush (BR01) or similar (clear handle, gold bristles).
Pointed Brush: Pentel Color Brush (FP57, FP59) or similar; plus any pointed brushes you like to use: Lebenzon, Series 7(BR28), Chinese, etc.
Ruling pen: any of the modern variations(N22, N30, N148, N33). If you like a traditional drafting tool style, bring it along.
Non-waterproof ink: Higgins Eternal (I08), Higgins Sepia (I121), walnut (I53, S449), Noodler's (I123), Private Reserve, anything like that (I04). Look out for the words "Indian," "permanent," even "Sumi," they all clog the slits of folded flat pens. A tube or two of gouache (W/N Indigo (WNG322) and Prussian Blue (WNG538) have excellent texture and power (WNG335, WNG331). All colors are not created equal!) Optional: White or light colors of gouache (WNG512) and/or a jar of Pro-White (I62) or Dr. Martin's Bleedproof White (I38) if you want to write in reverse (and some dark papers, too (PS05, PS21-BLK).
Paper: Large paper (11x17 or larger) Bond is fine for pens, or something with a bit of tooth. Diploma Parchment (PS84) is my favorite at the moment & I like STRATHMORE Series 300 Charcoal Pads (P51, P52) for pen, flat brush and pointed brush, but not CANSON'S charcoal pads: pen work [only] will bleed, plus any fancier papers you might want to work on -- Canson Ingres (PS05) or Mi Tientes (PS61), Bugra (PS21), watercolor (either hot press or cold press) etc.)
Regular pencil (S142) (for guidelines)
Colored pencils (S524, S528) (for a really quick, optional, addition of color to any kind of lettering) I love Prismacolors best, they are soft and rich. Bring your favorite soft (regular) colored pencils.)
And, a ruler (S270, S871) (for guidelines and some light folding, 18" is preferred, but either will work).
For the cut paper part of the class you will need: An exacto knife (S417, S837, S754) and plenty of #11 blades (S130, S838); a self-healing cutting mat (S504, S504LG), the bigger the better, but a 9"x12" really is just fine; and paper to cut: most cut paper art is traditionally done on black paper, so I'd load up on that if I were you, something in the Canson Mi-tientes (PS61) kind of weight neighborhood. But ANY COLOR is going to work. As much as I would prefer to advise you to travel lightly, it will give you more options for creativity to have a nice selection of paper with you. Marbled and patterned papers will come into use as well (your cut-out letters will need something interesting to sit on top of). — I will have some marbled papers and chiyogami papers with me for sale.
How much paper to bring? "It really does come down to how much finish work they're going to accomplish, and I won't be ordering any quotas to be reached. Most folks will only be doing one or two or three cut pieces, I imagine, but that same paper can be good for pen and brush work as well, so some folks will be charging through much more for the workshop. Black is definitely the color, though for the cut paper project, by a considerable percentage." – Carl
Adhesive: Spray adhesive (S886) is handy, or a glue stick (S391) (regular, NOT repositionable) will do, or something a little more elegant than that such as PVA, if you are less of a slouch than your instructor. I just use the spray and the stick — and Scotch brand tape.
There will be an optional special project, a cut-paper prismatic letter, that you may want to try. For this you will need 6 or 7 sheets of 8 1/2" x 11" paper, that range in color from white or very bright to dark or black. If there is an art store or hobby store near you that stocks scrap book supplies they will usually have a large selection of colored papers in this size (P47). Get the slightly heavier weight they might call card stock and pick out a nice range of value in colors that go together -- it can be monochromatic or not.
Optional: For the Photoshop part of the class, if you are interested, bring along a laptop computer with any version of Photoshop installed (and bring a mouse!). A digital camera that you can hook up to your computer will be handy, too, but I will have mine, and we can use that for those doing any of these projects. Don't worry if you don't have one or don't want to deal with this.
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