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Michael Clark


Michael Clark

Going Beyond the Poem

Level: All, from beginners to advanced

 

April 5-8

(Friday - Monday)

Vienna Arts Society

9:30a.m.-4:30p.m

 

 

This workshop will explore the calligraphic possibilities of the illustrative word

as opposed to our standard forms, the ones we use on a day to day basis. The

focus will be on "writing" and design that goes beyond the simply laid out text

(such as poems or testimonials) used in our bread and butter work. Employing

our chisel edged pens, brushes, ruling pens, Speedball B's etc. (or tool of your

choice), we will pursue five projects over a period of four days: a piece of letter

art (designing with a quote), a logo (personal or imagined), a functional clock

(I will provide the clock mechanisms for $4.00 so that you can take it home in

working order), as well as an alphabetic and textural composition.

During the workshop we will be looking at the lettering styles you use with

an eye toward trying variations of those forms, a way to expand our every day

styles. While we explore a variety of layouts and designs in each of the exercises,

we will look at the effect that contrast, texture and color have on those designs.

 

SUPPLY LIST

• Papers of your choice, but bring plenty

• Tools, bring what you are comfortable with and those that you want to experiment with

• Inks, all kinds, but make sure you bring some free flowing ink

• Quotes, the short ones are a better choice (I have tons if you are stuck)

• Energy drinks!

 



P103. Pad Paper Samples
P103. Pad Paper Samples.

Try a sample of 13 different types of papers, great for all levels of calligraphy. One page each from the following pads:
P21. Light Grid JNB: Best for work for reproduction.
P21. Dark Grid JNB: Best for student use in classrooms.
P01. Copperplate Grid: Light blue with slant lines.
P09. Boris Layout: Popular for beginning classes and for copperplate for reproduction.
P32. Canson Pro-Layout Marker: Black guidelines under the sheet are easily seen even without a light table. Higher quality than the Boris. Highly recommended.
P39. Cotton Comp: Takes ink without bleeding or feathering. A step up from the regular Marker Layout. A Sheila Waters favorite.
P36.Clairefontaine Triomphe: Extra white, super smooth. 23lb vellum finish paper.
P64 Maruman Mnemosyne Imagination Blank Pad: Delightfully smooth paper. Super for pointed pen work. A favorite of Heather Held.
P76. Strathmore Writing Pad - Blank: Enough tooth for broad-edged pen, but smooth enough for pointed pen.
P76. Strathmore Writing Pad- Lined: Dotted, light-blue lines.
P69. Gilbert Bond: high quality paper for broad edge calligraphy.
P99. JNB Linen Finish Paper. Ivory color, for broad-edge or pointed pen.
P92. Mastering Copperplate Pad. Uses the same guidelines as Eleanor Winters book "Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy"


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N22. Ruling Pen
N22. Ruling Pen.

Julian Waters, Gottfried Pott, and many others are using ruling pens to produce expressive letters. This calligraphy ruling pen is designed specifically for lettering. You vary the line width by tilting the pen. Wood handle with brass collar & writing unit.



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N30. Folded Ruling Pen
Folded Ruling Pen

Introduced at Letterforum in 1995, this innovative lettering tool has been popular ever since. Use it to produce tight "brush lettering" with a pen or for wild, fun, expressive lettering. These are the originals made by Matthew Coffin and highly praised by Carl Rohrs and Peter Thornton as superior to others that are available.

Peter Thornton has his students use our Polishing Paper (S107) to lightly abrade the outer and inner surfaces of the Folded Pen. This allows the ink to spread out on the pen instead of beading up.




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N33. Thomas Hoyer Haff Ruling Pen (629 U)
N33. Hoyer Ruling Pen
Thomas Hoyer Ruling Pen, Haff Ruling Pen (629 U)

Thomas Hoyer uses this fine-crafted, traditional ruling pen for expressive lettering. 5"overall length; nickel-plated tool steel alloy. Both Thomas and this ruling pen come from Germany. He has introduced the tool as a writing instrument at several conferences and workshops in the USA and Europe. This ruling pen was sold by HAFF as their number 629U. These are now coming from the manufacturer, a small family firm, which has given us more options for handles.

This ruling pen is now available in a range of handle materials. The Black Aladdinite has more heft than the Black Plastic (The writing part is identical in each.)

Choose one:
Black Plastic
Black Aladdinite*
Wood

*Aladdinite is a sustainable manufactured material made using milk protein. It was invented in the early 20th century and was used for a wide variety of items (including jewelry) before the invention of plastic derived from petroleum. It is most commonly used now for buttons.



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I04. Pelikan 4001 Ink
I04. Pelikan 4001 Ink.

A superior dye ink primarily for fountain pen use. Will flow dependably. If ink has dried in pen, soak the pen in plain water. Non-waterproof.

Choose from these colors in a 2oz glass bottle: Brilliant Black, Royal Blue, Brilliant Brown, Violet, Brilliant Red, Turquoise

Choose this color in a 1oz glass bottle: Dark Green

I04. Pelikan 4001 Ink Color Chart




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I70. Moon Palace Sumi Ink
Moon Palace Sumi
The Ink is now in a bottle with a Gold Label

While the packaging is a bit different, this is the highly sought after and highly recommended Japanese Sumi Ink. For both broad edge and pointed pen work. Dries waterproof. A great calligraphy ink.

"I like Moon Palace better, but both Moon Palace and Best Bottle are beautiful inks. The Moon Palace has a slight sheen to it, which I like. Michael suggested this ink to me so please tell him I said, "thank you". I just finished a job of 200 invitations with Moon Palace and the ink is beautiful. I did not dilute the ink.
A client just brought me invitations (slick paper) to address. This bride knew going into this that I probably couldn't do pointed pen. However, for fun, I tried the Sumi inks and to my surprise they worked pretty darn good. I usually have to use a sharpie on slick envelopes, yikes!!!"

--Clair F., Jan 2011.

Four sizes available:

2.0 oz (widemouthed jar)
6.0 oz (180ml)

15 & 60 oz are temporarily unavailable: arriving Dec 2019




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I08. Higgins Eternal Ink
I08. Higgins Eternal Ink.

A non-waterproof, carbon black ink for dip pens. Our most popular ink for classes. Recommended for copperplate (add a few drops of gum arabic). Perhaps the best ink for calligraphy for a beginner; it will cause the beginner the fewest problems. This ink will bleed more readily than other inks. If bleeding is a problem, try Sumi Inks. 2.5 oz.

Quantity discounts start at 6 & 12.

"For broad-pen writing, I add gouache to Higgins Eternal. Gouache gives Eternal some needed body. It doesn't necessarily have to be black gouache. Indigo or a dark red add an interesting hue to the result. In a quarter ounce of Eternal, I add about a 3/8-inch bead of gouache from a tube. Eternal doesn't give me the hairlines I want in pointed pen work, so for that I much prefer iron gall or walnut ink". - Bob Hurford




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