Christopher Haanes - Vitalize Your Hands - October 27 and 28

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John Neal Books is not hosting this class.

27th and 28th October 2020 - from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Rome Time)
in Direct Via ZOOM
The Zoom session will be recorded. If you are unable to watch live, you may still take the class.
Links for the videos will be sent to you after class has ended and expire in 1 week.


We will look at italic, foundational/carolingian minuscules and italic hands to explore how we can vitalize them using advanced techniques like pen angle manipulation, pressure variation and retouching/buliding up of the strokes. By making the strokes themselves more dynamic and varied, we can ultimately apply this technique to any writing style.

Supply List:

  • Paper - Some or all of the following choice of papers:

* Arches Text Wove, Zerkall [comes in 2 surfaces] (PS01) (PS92)
* Rives BFK (PS91)
* Khadi Indian Handmade papers come in several different textures. (PS103)
* Daler layout pads in A3 size are good for practicing sometimes.

  • Pens/Pencils/Brushes

* All sizes of Brause nibs are recommended [Mitchell nibs not suitable] (N02) (N02-S9)
* Pencil (S142)
* Pointed brush, for loading nib with ink (BR26)
* Colored pencils (PL28)

  • Inks/Gouache

* Chinese Stick Ink (IS29)
* Ink Stone
* Higgins Eternal is a cheaper substitute, but the Chinese stick ink is highly recommended (I08)
* Colours are optional but please use Winsor and Newton gouache. (WNG1) (WNG2) (WNG3) (WNG4)

  • Other

* T Square (S753)
* Dividers
* Compass
* Scalpel blade [no 21 for scraping]
* Adjustable drawing board
* Sandarac powder (S123)
* Ruler (S871)
* Eraser (E22)
* Old cloth
* Water jar (S784)
* Guard sheet or cotton glove (as you prefer) (S1025) (S1024)

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