Annie Cicale - Monoline Magic - April 23

To Register: Contact Linda O’Neill at, phone: 360-477-4356, Mail your check, payable to Peninsula Scribes, to PO Box 1794, Sequim, WA 98382

John Neal Books is not hosting this class.


Monoline Magic • Peninsula Scribes • Sequim, Washington

The fluid line made by the broad edged pen is seductive with its undulating thicks and thins, teasing us with its potential for beautiful letters. The monoline tool, however, allows us to study pure proportion and shape, to make letters that are elegant and dramatic. These letters can be used in a variety of settings, from a delightful design for a children’s birthday card to a more refined version that can be used to express complex ideas in a direct and straightforward way. We will work with the three basic hands in the calligrapher’s repertoire, Roman Capitals, Roman lower case and Italic, and will then study the possibilities for modification into new and unique hands. You will return to your other tools with insights that will make your letters stronger and livelier. You can see her work at

COST: $30. for Pacific Scribes members; $40. non-members, (Canadians, pay in US funds)

DATE: Friday, April 23,  10 am-3 pm, PST, with a 45-minute lunch break. Live presentation, recorded for paid students, class size limited to 30. 

To Register: Contact Linda O’Neill at, phone: 360-477-4356 Mail your check, payable to Peninsula Scribes, to PO Box 1794, Sequim, WA 98382



  • *Monoline pens, such as Brause Ornamental pens or Speedball B series pens in a few sizes with a few pen holders so you aren’t always switching out nibs. *A few heavier pointed pens, such as Hunt 512, Nikko G or EF Principal or other pens designed for Spencerian writing.  (N120) (N98)  (N113)
  • Your favorite ink, *sumi, walnut or standards such as Higgins Eternal. Some are waterproof, som (N16)(N130)e not, and we’ll talk about that in class. (I70) (I08)
  • Roller ball pens, such as Pilot’s Precise or other gel pens. Some are waterproof, some are water soluble—both are useful 
  • Fine pointed brush and/or “water brush,” brands include *Pentel, Koi and Kuretake. (FP93)
  • T-square or rolling ruler, drawing board, pencils, erasers, ink rags. (S753) (S690) (E06)
  • A few watercolor pencils or a small palette of watercolors (S1000)
  • Layout bond, I recommend John Neal’s *Gilbert bond, 8.5 x 11” is fine for the work we will do,  Tracing paper for design. (P69)
  • Scraps of “better” papers for formal writing, such as Arches Text Wove or Laid, or other favorite text papers, including colored paper if you choose. Our time is short, and I will be talking about ruling up sheets of Arches Text for my style of journal, but you will want to use your favorite inkable paper. 
  • We will be working small and you won’t need a giant board and T square. This is a concept oriented rather than a media workshop, so the tools are simple. However, a rolling ruler or small T square is essential. You also might want to work on a slant to keep your spine straight, as we will be drawing all day. 
  • Other basic tools include pencils, eraser, dividers if you have them, notebook

John Neal packet for pre-ordering:

  • Brause Ornamental nibs, size 1.0, 1.5, 2.0 mm (N130)
  • Speedball B series in a set, B0, B1, B2, B3, B4, B5 (N16-S6)
  • Half ounce of Moon Palace Sumi ink (I70)
  • Pentel water brush (FP93)
  • 8.5 x 11” pad of Gilbert Bond paper (P69)
  • 3 each of the following pointed nibs (they wear out more quickly than broad-edged pens)      
    • EF Principal (N120)
    • Hunt 512 (N98)
    • Nikko G (N113)