St. Louis Calligraphy Guild presents Gemma Black - Retro Deco Letters - SOLD OUT

 Presented by the St. Louis Calligraphy Guild
John Neal Books is not hosting this class.


Making use of lettering examples from late 19th & early 20th centuries such as the Wiener Secession movement (think Klimt), the Art Deco movement (think Rennie Mackintosh) and the Roycrofters arts & crafts community (think Dard Hunter) in the US, we will enjoy recreating these decorative hand drawn letters and type designs. We will also look briefly at the Arts & Crafts (all Europe) and Art Nouveau (new art) periods so we can understand why & how these early 20th century movements evolved. We will pen, paint and draw letters to our hearts content revisiting 1900’s Deco (decorative) and Modernist movements.

This workshop will be online on Zoom, the first 4 Thursday evenings in October, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.   Class info will be online for one week after the class date. 

Workshop Fee is $75 for members, $100 for non-members.  To reserve your place, please send your check, payable to STL Calligraphy Guild, to Barb Reed, Treasurer, 5733 Lindenwood, STL MO  63109.

Supply List

  • 1 x full sheet cold press Arches (or other) watercolour paper 300 gsm (140 lbs) folded & cut into 4 for ease of carrying (PS48)
  • 1 x full sheet hot press Arches (or other) watercolour paper 300 gsm (140 lbs) folded & cut into 4 for ease of carrying (PS47)
  • 1 x full sheet black or charcoal Mi-Teintes or Ingres (PS22-BLK) (PS05)
  • Layout paper 11” x 17″ or 279 mm × 432 mm (P09-50)
  • A couple of small sheets of tracing film/paper (P43) (P112)
  • Gouache or watercolours a variety of your favourite colours (Click here for our selection of Gouache) (Click here for our selection of watercolor)
  • A clear ruler 400 mm or more (S871)
  • A set of Round-end nibs such as the Speedball B Series. Brause and William Mitchell also make these nibs. (N16-S6) (N130-S5) 
  • Ink stick with grinding stone or a bottle of black non-waterproof ink (I08)
  • Graphite pencil HB or F. Highly recommended Pentel 0.5 mechanical pencil or similar brand. (PL21) (PL22)
  • Short round sable or imitation (Taklon) paint brushes sizes 000, 00, 0 (BR38)
  • A couple of cheap China bristle brushes for mixing (BR43)
  • A large multi sectioned palette, plastic or ceramic or lots and lots of small white mixing dishes (like tiny Chinese dipping dishes) or ice cube trays (S1108)
  • A couple of small water jars (S620) (S784)
  • Tissues or rag & Blu-Tack/white putty
  • A drawing board only if you wish (S690)
  • A 5 to 8 line poem, quote or prose from late 1880’s to 1930’s (Think Christina Rosetti, Virginia Woolf, Vita Sackville-West, Oscar Wilde, William Morris, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Edward Burne-Jones)
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