Cora Pearl - Carolingian Calligraphy - December 16

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Carolingian Calligraphy with Cora Pearl

CLASS INFO: Live class in real time on Zoom
DATE: Thursday, December 16th, from 10:00am to 1:00pm PDT
LEVEL: This class is appropriate for all levels of experience, though students should have some experience using a broad edge nib


Carolingian is a script that was developed in the Holy Roman Empire in the 9th century. It is the lowercase style of writing that all other miniscule scripts evolved from. Carolingian has its own lovely rhythm and lends itself to writing long passages of text. We will be studying a modernized version of traditional Carolingian. Some experience of writing with a broad edge nib is recommended for participation in this workshop.


-Practice paper that is see through enough to show guidelines underneath (as close to 8 ½” x 11” as possible), such as one of the following:

  • Gilbert bond paper (P69)
  • Bienfang Translucent Marker Paper (P41)
  • Borden & Riley Layout Paper (P09-50)
  • Canson Pro Layout Marker Paper (P32)

-One of the following nibs (Make sure you get the left-handed version of your choice if you are left handed)

  • Mitchell 1 Roundhand nib (N04) (N05) OR
  • Brause 3mm nib (N02) (N06) OR
  • Speedball C2 nib (N09) (N10)

 -One of the following inks:

  • Higgins Eternal Black Ink (I08)
  • Calli Black Ink (I07)
  • Winsor & Newton Black Calligraphy Ink (I59)
  • Walnut Ink (S450)

 -Pen for taking notes (I like using a red Le Pen for this purpose) (M134)

 -2 Paper clips

 -Printed hard copy of Carolingian guidelines prepared by Cora