Cheryl Tefft - Beginning Copperplate -July 20 - Sept 15 (2 Classes)

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Beginning Copperplate

Taught by Cheryl Tefft

 Afternoon section of Beginning Copperplate: Tuesdays, July 20-September 14, 2021, noon-2 pm Central Time (Chicago time zone) (8 lessons; NO CLASS on August 17)

Evening section of Beginning Copperplate: Wednesdays, July 21-September 15, 2021, 6:30-8:30 pm Central Time (Chicago time zone) (8 lessons; NO CLASS on August 18) or 636-441-7225


In this class you will discover the joys of working with the pointed pen and the traditional script lettering style commonly known as copperplate (a.k.a. English roundhand). 

Cost: $290 (US$)

Class will be presented live, with recordings available to all enrolled students for an extended time afterward

Required items:

  • Winsor Newton gouache (WNG1, WNG2, or WNG3) Get some WHITE and BLACK gouache and at least one other color you really like
  • Gum arabic; get the liquid kind (I84)
  • 4 (or more) small brushes for mixing and loading ink (BR43)
  • Dinky dip set (S934 or S852) 
  • Ruler, 18” long  (S271)
  • 2 Small plastic dropper bottles (S897)—get two of these
  • Distilled water
  • Protractor (S632)
  • Jumbo Dinky Dips (S853), at least two 4-jar sets (8 jars total, with bases; 4-square sets suggested): 
  • Clear tape (such as Scotch tape) (S1046), for protecting labels
  • Pencil  (PL21)
  • Eraser  (E06)
  • Watercolor paper for projects, one or two large sheets recommended (pads of it are okay for smaller projects)--white or off-white, something very smooth (but not slick) and non-bleeding, such as Arches Hot Press, any weight  (PS42 or PS47), or Stonehenge Hot Press (PS110) (PA110) be sure to get Hot Press rather than Cold Press if the paper comes in both varieties (PA42 PA110)
  • Envelopes  (PA79)
  • Dedicated cover sheet: I like using a piece of card stock in a distinctive light color
  • Toothbrush
  • Painter's tape or artist’s tape (S412 or S931) (½” width suggested, though ¾” is okay too)
  • Black watercolor paper, smooth and non-bleeding, such as Strathmore ArtAgain (P58), or John Neal Deluxe Black Paper (it comes lined [P87] or unlined [P81])—for experimentation with metallic inks
  • FineTec (also called Coliro) watercolors (S1000); (Get a pan of the Arabic Gold color, plus whatever other colors you want. I also recommend that if you aren’t buying a pre-selected set of FineTec colors which already comes with a storage box, get one of those to hold the paint pans you have selected (S999 or S1016).
  • Pigma Micron fine-point marker (black ink), size 005 or 01 (M17) 
  • Sturdy container for rinse water: (S1005)
  • A variety of pointed nibs to try; I suggest that you get at least 2 of each of the following types of nibs:
  • Brause EF66 (N70)
  • Hiro 40, a.k.a. the “Blue Pumpkin” nib (N81)
  • Hunt 101 (N77)
  • Nikko G (N113)
  • Zebra Comic G (N118)
  • Leonardt EF Principal (N120)
  • Oblique penholder,  (H133) (H134), (H129), (H97). The Turned Wood Oblique holder (H114) is adjusted for the Nikko G.
  • Blank Rhodia pad (P53),
  • Small pointed brush, size 0 (BR26)
  • Embossing tool: My favorite one is the Kemper double-ball stylus (S478)


Optional items:

  • Optional: 3-ring binder with page protectors, mostly for standard 8 ½ x 11” handouts
  • Optional: Samples of a variety of smooth “good” papers, mostly white/off-white, for testing with your new tools/inks (PA101)
  • Optional: Pen rest (S1123)
  • Optional: Rubber jar opener, a flat, flexible piece of rubber used for persuading stuck equipment to un-stick without damage; available with kitchen supplies
  • Optional: Layout paper (P09-50), perhaps 10 sheets, for help with project layouts and learning new styles
  • Optional: Nib containers (such as S1074 or S231), enough to have separate compartments for each variety/size of nibs you use (I sometimes use 7-day pill containers), plus small labels for the compartments; I recommend using containers that are visually different (in color or shape) for broad-edge nibs vs. pointed nibs, if you have both—make sure the compartments are big enough to hold the nibs!
  • Optional: Thin lint-free rags (old cotton t-shirts work well)—some people prefer these to paper towels for using as pen wipes
  • Optional additional writing fluids: (NOTE: Check your labels—acrylic or waterproof inks NOT recommended for this class!)
  • Optional: Walnut ink (crystals recommended over bottled form): S449 (very popular; if you only get one optional writing fluid, get this one)
  • Optional: Bister inks (I157 or I157-S4 or I157-S or K132): similar to walnut ink, but more colors
  • Optional: Stick ink (with ink stone): my top two recommendations would probably be IS08 [Eiraku Ink Stick] or IS29 [Chinese Ink Stick – Dense Black], then IS06 [Skakyozumi Ink Stick 02409] or IS11 [Seiryutai Ink Stick 30213]) (NOTE: If you get stick ink, you MUST also obtain an ink stone!)
  • Optional: Pelikan 4001 ink, your choice of colors (I04)
  • Optional: Watercolors (for lettering, tubes are preferred to pans); (WNWC1, WNWC2, WNWC3, and/or WNWC4); for this class, gouache is preferable if you can get it; this is a backup option
  • Optional: Adjustable (slant) drawing board
  • Optional: Light pad (such as S1013)
  • Optional but highly recommended: The Speedball Textbook (B4346)
  • Optional Foundations of Calligraphy, by Sheila Waters (B2769)
  • Optional,but highly recommended, especially if studying copperplate: The Zanerian Manual of Alphabets and Engrossing (B145)
  • Optional, but highly recommended for certain oblique holders: small needle-nose pliers (S586 or S507) and tiny flat-head screwdriver (sized for eyeglasses, about 1/8” wide)—for adjusting oblique holder (you don’t need these if you’re a lefty who doesn’t use an oblique holder)—you will need the screwdriver for ALL oblique holders with a metal flange. The pliers are ONLY needed if you do NOT have a screw-type adjustment on your flange. Last I heard, you could buy the screwdrivers in a neat little double-ended arrangement (with a protective cap for each end, no less!) for about $2 at Wal-Mart, or try any hardware store. NOTE: You probably won’t need either the pliers or the screwdriver if you are using an oblique penholder for which the flange pulls out of the handle completely, such as the Moblique.
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