Annie Cicale - Word Meets Image on the Page

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Word Meets Image on the Page

Annie Cicale

3-Day Workshop

All Skill Levels Welcome
Lettering • Design • Drawing • Book Arts


Text and image complement each other to expand communication. This fundamental principle is the basis of graphic design, illustrated books, and calligraphic painting. We’ll focus on illustration skills to develop meaningful imagery, working with simple tools: pens, pencils and watercolor. Whether your work is abstract or realistic, you’ll expand your repertoire of creative tools. A few basic lettering styles will be presented, and fundamentals of page design will help you to integrate text and image into your structure. We’ll discuss one of a kind books as well as limited edition possibilities. You may choose to focus on man made objects, plants, architecture or other subjects that interest you, and we’ll find words that will work with your ideas as well. Simple lettering styles will be demonstrated, or you can work with ones you know. The result will be a collection of pages that will form a journal of your week’s work, with hopes of continuing these threads in the future.



Bring your favorite tools, but be sure to include:

  • Drawing board, if you like to work on a slant (S690)
  • T-square or rolling ruler, triangle, ruler (S753) (S385) (S613) (S798)
  • Masking or drafting tape(S931)
  • Scissors
  • X-acto knife with #11 blades (S417)
  • small plastic cutting mat or scrap of mat board (S504)
  • Glue stick (UHU), rubber cement pickup (S391)
  • Pencils, various hardnesses (4B, 2B, HB, 2H, etc.) (PL38)
  • Soft eraser, such as Magic Rub (S86)
  • Water container (S1005)
  • Ink rags or tissues
  • Old toothbrush for cleaning pens
  • Dividers
  • Notebook
  • Pens You are Comfortable With: Dip pens in assorted sizes, such as Brause, Mitchell (Rexel) or Speedball. 5-6 pen holders, enough so that you won’t be changing nibs frequently. (N02) (N04) (N09) (H104)
  • Roller ball pens, such as Pilot’s Precise V5. (from office supply stores)
    or Pigma Micron pens in a few sizes, or any black-ink pen that makes an even line. (M17)
  • Non-waterproof black ink, such as Moon Palace or your favorite, and/or walnut ink.(I70) (I145) (S449)
  • A few colored pencils, regular ones such as Prismacolor, and/or water soluble ones. (PL28)


Depending on our progress, some of these will be used to finish your project after the workshop.

  • One half sheet of Arches Text Laid or Wove, 26×20” or 90# watercolor (PS01-FS) (PS42)
    paper, either hot or cold press A few scraps of good white or off-white paper, such as Arches Text Laid or Wove, or 90# watercolor.
  • Tracing paper for rough drafts. (P112)


  • Designer’s gouache in basic colors, such as R, Y, B, and G, O, V if you have them,
    plus black and white. (WNG1) (WNG2) (WNG3) (WNG4)
  • Old brushes for mixing gouache (BR43)
  • Palette for gouache, the ones with little wells work well. (S679)
  • Gum arabic. (I84) (I85)
  • Small palette of watercolors (S994)
  • One round brush with a good point on it., size 2-4 and/or your favorite watercolor brushes (BR27) (BR38)
  • Water container, paint rags. (S1005)
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