Christopher Haanes - Flourished Capitals - Jan 5 - 26, 2023

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John Neal Books is not hosting this class.


Flourished Capitals

Christopher Haanes


Live (Also recorded for later viewing)

Thursdays, 5th–26th of January 2023.  

07:30 PM - 09:00 PM CET (Central European Summertime)


All Skill Levels


We will explore ways to play with movement and proportions of capital letters.


The word ‘flourish’ has several meanings, but I particularly like these: ‘To grow or develop successfully’ (Cambridge Dictionary), implying that flourishes in calligraphy need to develop over time. Also I quite like the fact that flourishing in fencing during the Renaissance was a display of dexterity, and skill, sometimes to throw the opponent off by a confusing movement of the weapon. And of course, the ‘card flourish’: a stage magic term for a visual display of skill., putting some magic into the game.


Flourished capitals are generally used alongside italic minuscules. They may also be upright. They are lively and playful, and add much variety and spark to a text. 


Like all capitals, these are derived from the Roman Capitals, so it is helpful if participants are familiar with the proportions of Roman Capitals before class, although all levels are welcome. 


Movement exercises with various writing tools will be demonstrated.


There will be lectures, demonstrations, and Q&A sessions. Lessons will be corrected in Slack (free) before each session.


Class Cost: 133 Euros


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Supply List:


  • Arches text wove (PS01) Qty 5
  • Khadi Indian Handmade paper (PS103) Qty 3
  • Brause nibs (N02)
  • Pencil (PL38) Qty 2
  • Brush (BR43)
  • Colored pencils (PL05) 
  • Chinese Stick Ink (IS38)
  • Ink Stone (IS19) 
  • Winsor & Newton gouache (WNG1, WNG2, WNG3, WNG4) Qty 1
  • T Square (S753) 
  • Sandarac powder (S123) 
  • Ruler (S271) 
  • Eraser (E13) 
  • Water jar (S1005)