Cora Pearl - Foundational Tune Up

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Cora Pearl

1-Day Workshop

All Skill Levels Welcome


Edward Johnston, often referred to as the father of modern calligraphy, reinvigorated calligraphy the 20th century. Among other things, he is known for developing the Foundational style of calligraphy. He based the Foundational hand on the medieval prototype of the Ramsey Psalter, a 10th century book of psalms. This legible script contains letters that are full, round, and well built. The name Foundational suits this style of writing well, as it forms a strong basis for the study of other styles of writing. This class is meant for students of calligraphy who would like to revisit and tune up their skills with writing Foundational calligraphy, and for students who have some experience using the broad edge nib. We will work with this script in a variety of ways to deepen understanding and skill with this hand. This workshop is not appropriate for students who have never used a broad edged nib or for students who have very little experience using it.


  • Choose your favorite nib(s) in each of these two groups, but if you are not sure what you like best, it may help you to know that the Brause nibs are the stiffest of the three and can be challenging for writers with a very light touch, the Mitchell is most sensitive to pressure and can feel too soft for heavy-handed writers, and the Speedball nibs are somewhere in between the two. Feel free to use this workshop as an opportunity to experiment with using nibs that you are less familiar with, in addition to your favorites.
  • 3mm Brause nib, Mitchell 1 nib, or Speedball C-2 nib (N02) (N04) (N09)
  • 1 ½ mm Brause nib, Mitchell 2 ½ nib, or Speedball C-4 nib  (N02) (N04) (N09)
  • Colored pencil in dark blue (my favorite pencil is Koh-I-Noor Progresso woodless pencil) (PL28) (S818)
  • Colored pencil in red (my favorite pencil is Koh-I-Noor Progresso woodless pencil) (PL28) (S818)
  • Masking tape, drafting tape, or painter’s tape (S931) (S412)
  • See-through practice paper such as Gilbert Bond OR Beinfang Marker paper OR Borden & Riley practice paper OR Canson Pro Layout Marker paper (NOT tracing paper!) (P70) (P41) (P09-50) (P32)
  • Pen for taking notes
  • Walnut ink (I145) (S449)
  • Pencil (PL38)
  • Eraser (E13)
  • Optional, but recommended if you have one: light pad (S1012) (S939)