Christopher Haanes - Christmas Cards Layout and design - November 27th, December 2nd

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John Neal Books is not hosting this class.

Christmas Cards — Layout and design

These sessions will focus on design and lay out / composition. What better chance than to use the Christmas Card genre as a springboard? We need to consider size, style, weight, asymmetry / symmetry, margins and spacing of design elements.

This workshop is for the intermediate to advanced student. The main focus here is on the placement of letters rather than their excecution, but I will also be demonstrating and making Christmas cards on the go. In other words, you will need to have a few lettering styles on your palette in order to use this workshop in practice, but if you’re just in it for the ride, you’re welcome to tag along.

85 Euros

Register from October 21st.

Live online class, recording available for 2 months after class finishes.

Two week class in Zoom, Saturday 27th November, Thursday 2nd December, 2021, 19:30–21:00 (90 mins). [Oslo time].

Supply List:

— Speedball B0 and B2 nibs (or a full set of Speedball B nibs) (N16) (N16-S6)

— A copperplate nib, like the Hunt 101 nib, and a penholder (an oblique pen holder is not necessary) (N77) (H113) (H114)

Some or all of the following choice of papers:

  • Arches Text Wove (PS01) (PS00)
  • Rives BFK (PS91)
  • Khadi Indian Handmade papers come in several different textures. (PS103)
  • Daler layout pads in A3 size are good for practicing sometimes. (Not Available in US)


  • All sizes of Brause nibs are recommended [Mitchell nibs not suitable] (N02)
  • Pencil [2h]. (PL38)
  • Pointed brush, for loading nib with ink (BR43)
  • Colored pencils (PL05)


  • Chinese Stick Ink (IS38)
  • Ink Stone (IS19)
  • Higgins Eternal is a cheaper substitute, (I08)
  • Colours are optional, but please use Winsor and Newton gouache ((WNG1) (WNG2) (WNG3) (WNG4)


  • T Square (S753)
  • Dividers 
  • Compass (S1061)
  • Scalpel blade [no 21 for scraping]
  • Adjustable drawing board (S690)
  • Sandarac powder (S123)
  • Ruler (S271)
  • Eraser (E13)
  • Old cloth
  • Water jar(S260)
  • Guard sheet or cotton glove (S1024) (S1025)