Cheryl Tefft - Artistic Envelopes - March; October

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Artistic Envelopes
Taught by Cheryl Tefft
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Would you like to learn to address and decorate envelopes which AMAZE and DELIGHT those who see them? This class will show you how! You can create envelopes which WOW the viewer by learning a multitude of easy techniques for decorating and addressing them beautifully!

This course will give you all of the tools you need for developing beautifully decorated envelopes with your own unique creative flair. We will cover a WIDE variety of fun and easy techniques for dressing up your envelopes—want to add some sparkle? We will also discuss issues such as centering, working on light or dark envelopes, layout options, spacing, and addressing etiquette.

This course primarily covers layout, design, and decoration of envelopes rather than letterforms. You can use whatever lettering styles you are already comfortable using, including simple block capitals or your own regular handwriting.

PREREQUISITE: NONE, though previous calligraphy experience is helpful.

4 separate sessions are scheduled this year, with 3 weekly lessons per session:
Session 1:
Tuesdays, March 8 through 22, 2022, noon to 2 pm Central Time (1 to 3 pm Eastern Time)
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Session 2:
Saturdays, March 12 through 26, 2022, 10 am to noon Central Time (11 am to 1 pm Eastern Time)
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Session 3:
Tuesdays, October 11 through 25, 2022, noon to 2 pm Central Time (1 to 3 pm Eastern Time)
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Session 4:
Saturdays, October 15 through 29, 2022, 10 am to noon Central Time (11 am to 1 pm Eastern Time)
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Class will be presented live online for a small group, so that students can all get individual feedback, with recordings available to all enrolled students afterward
FEE: $115 (US$)/session


Required items
  • Your favorite pens or other tools for addressing envelopes, with suitable inks and any other supplies you customarily use for calligraphy (if applicable). NOTE FOR BEGINNING CALLIGRAPHERS: If you are a beginner who is accustomed to using Parallel Pens, it is helpful to have one in the 2.4 mm size (FP67); you can use smaller sizes than that if necessary, though if you’re not accustomed to working with dip pens, instead of the smaller-sized Parallel Pens I recommend getting a set of Manuscript brand cartridge pens, with the maximum number of nib sizes you can find (FP90).
  • Grid paper (P21, P22, P55) or your favorite practice paper
  • Painter’s tape (S412 or S931)(½" width suggested)
  • Paper towels (S817)
  • Ruler, preferably metal with cork backing, at least 12" long (S270 or S271)
  • Preferred note-taking materials
  • Eraser (E06) (E22)
  • Pencil (PL21)
  • A few envelopes which you have already addressed, even if it’s just in a standard way with a normal pen (if using a normal pen, I suggest using one with waterproof ink, such as a Pigma Micron). This will allow you to get a jump start to more quickly and easily try out in class some of the decorative techniques we will be learning.
Optional items
Bring if you already have, or if you need an excuse to buy! It may seem like a long list, but DON’T feel obligated to buy any or all of this stuff; you can always get it later if you want to duplicate the way we used it in class. There is a * by the items I most highly recommend having available during class.
  • * Light box or light pad—optional but HIGHLY recommended. This is quite possibly the single most useful tool you can get for the practice of calligraphy/addressing. (S1013)
  • * Guidelines (or guideline-making tools) of your choice for lettering sizes suitable for addressing (GL07-S6, GL09, S1117, S1077, S1087, S91)
  • * Envelopes—whatever nice calligraphy-friendly ones you have handy, in any colors (it’s ideal to have some light and some dark if possible), the larger the better—Strathmore and Crane’s are usually good brands of envelopes to use for calligraphy, among many others (PA79)
  • * Sturdy container for rinse water (S1005)
  • * Magnifiers/reading glasses, if you need them for the smaller details
  • Pen rest 
  • * Pigma Micron fine-point markers (or similar waterproof markers). Recommended sizes: 005 or 01; you can use bigger sizes if you prefer bolder lines. Black is most useful; other colors optional. (M17, M133)
  • Scroll nibs/pens (available for Parallel Pens (FP134); dip pens [Mitchell (N11), Automatic (N27-SCROLL), or Pratikpen-T (N216) brands]; and sometimes markers)
  • * Colored pencils (PL28, PL29, PL05) and/or watercolor pencils—a basic, limited set of colors is fine (if you’ve never tried watercolor pencils before, this is one optional item I definitely recommend buying before class!)
  • * Watercolors; a basic set of assorted colors is fine (S609, S808, S1032, or S994)
  • * Pastels (chalk-type, not oil-based; you only need a few basic colors) (S981, S885)
  • * Stencils of your choice (no larger than about 5"×7"—about 1" to 3" is ideal)
  • * A stencil brush (ideal), OR a clean and dry basic flat brush (nothing fancy; about ¼ inch wide) (BR43), OR a pastel applicator (S978), OR Q-tips or similar (makeup application wedges, etc.)
  • * Stickles glitter glue (gold/silver/crystal [or possibly diamond?] 3-pack is the favorite set of colors); most people who like sparkly things LOVE this stuff!
  • Ruling pen (the traditional kind is recommended—629U style) (N33)
  • * Washi tape (narrower types are better for this—about 6 mm wide or less; pick your favorite colors/designs)
  • * Distilled water (preferred to tap water) in a dropper bottle (S897-2) (and perhaps an extra supply for your rinse water container; distilled water is cheap at any grocery store)
  • * Metallic gold watercolor or gouache (#1 recommendation: Coliro (a.k.a. Finetec) brand, Arabic Gold color), plus any other metallic colors of your choice—all of the Coliro colors are wonderful! (S1000 and S1089 for single pans; also get a storage box for your pans: S999, S1016, or S1113); there are also many pre-boxed sets available.
  • * Small round (pointed) brush, size 0 or smaller (size 000 most recommended; you might want several different sizes such as 0, 00, 000, and 0000) (BR26, BR26-S4)
  • Flat brush, medium size (1 or 2 inches wide—for washes of color) (BR64)
  • Layout bond/marker layout paper (preferred) (P09-50, P32), or tracing paper (P112)
  • Protractor (S632)
  • Black Factis eraser (E08)
  • * Exacto knife (preferably with pointed blade, though rounded blade is okay too) (S417)
  • * Scissors
  • Small cutting mat (S504) (OR you can use the cardboard backing of any paper pad instead)
  • Rolling ruler (S385)
  • T-square (S753) or triangle (S464, S613, S924)
  • Fons & Porter white mechanical fabric pencil (or other fine-point mechanical white pencil) (S769)
  • Saral transfer paper—both graphite and white recommended (S654)
  • * Embossing tool (ball stylus) (S1038 [preferred size], S478)
  • * Paint pen/gel pen in opaque WHITE ink, fine point (M61); my favorite is the Uni-ball Signo Roller Ball Pen in white.
  • * Other glitter/gel pens (M96, M137, M137-S, M108), in your choice of colors
  • Scraps of paste paper or any other type of colored paper, in either solid colors or patterns
  • Glue stick (it’s ideal to have the kind that goes on in a bright color and dries colorless) (S391)
  • * Cover sheet to put under your hand—I like using a piece of card stock
  • Any other materials that you like to use which you think would be useful for adding decoration (rubber stamps or brush markers, for example)
  • * Cleaning materials for your tools as needed (toothbrush, brush cleaner (S987), etc. as you think best)
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