Cheryl Tefft - Beginning Copperplate - Feb 28 - Apr 25

This class is not hosted by John Neal Books. Please contact the instructor for more information.

ONLINE : Live (Also recorded for later viewing)



07:00 PM - 09:00 PM Eastern


Skill Level: Intermediate


Class Cost: $370.00 USD



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Almost every calligraphy student who studies copperplate falls in love with it in the process! For many students, this style (or one of its many variations) becomes their default calligraphy style the…

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Almost every calligraphy student who studies copperplate falls in love with it in the process! For many students, this style (or one of its many variations) becomes their default calligraphy style thereafter. 


In this class you will discover the joys of working with the pointed pen, in the process of studying the traditional script lettering style commonly known as copperplate (a.k.a. English roundhand, for purists). Variations of this script style are by far the most popular lettering styles used for wedding invitations and other wedding-related materials, since this is one of the most beautiful and graceful forms of Western calligraphy. It has great potential for variations and flourishes; you can dress it up or down. It also forms the foundation for the family of contemporary lettering styles known as modern calligraphy. 


This class will cover a basic form of the copperplate style, and then if you like you can go on to study the variations in other courses this instructor offers (such as Continuing Copperplate, Flourishing With the Pointed Pen, or Modern Calligraphy).


PREREQUISITE: This class is designed for students who are already familiar with how to use a (broad-edge) dip pen, but NO previous pointed-pen experience is necessary. It is also suited for students with some previous pointed-pen/copperplate experience who would like a refresher or a more structured approach to studying this style.


Class Cost: $370.00 USD


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Supply List:

  • I84. Gum arabic, liquid - 1 bottle
  • BR43. Small brushes for mixing and loading ink (1/4" rough-haired flat brushes are best), 4 or more brushes
  • S1064 or S934. Dinky dip, 1 small vial
  • S271. Ruler, 18" long (any ruler at least 12 inches long is okay)
  • S1017 or S915. Small dropper bottles, 2 bottles
  • S632. Protractor
  • S853. Jumbo Dinky Dips, Qty 2+ (at least 8 jars), with suitable labels
  • S1046. Clear tape
  • PL21. Pencil, Qty 1
  • E06 or E22. Precision eraser, such as Pentel Clic or Tombow Mono Zero; Qty 1
  • WNG1, WNG2, or WNG3. Winsor Newton gouache (you can substitute another brand of gouache if you prefer), any bright jewel tone(s) (bright medium-to-deep shades of blue, green or purple are the best options; red is okay too), plus any other colors you want. For one lesson of the class, you will also need a small amount of gouache in each of the following colors: (1) White (either permanent white or zinc white); (2) Black (ivory black recommended), but you ONLY need the black gouache if your jewel-tone gouache is red; if you have selected a blue, green or purple jewel-tone gouache instead, you do not need the black gouache; Qty 1 or more tubes
  • PS42, PS47, PA42, PS110, PA110, or PA26. Watercolor paper for projects – white or off-white, smooth and non-bleeding, medium to heavy weight, such as Arches Hot Press (90# or 140#), Stonehenge Hot Press, or Strathmore. Be sure to get Hot Press rather than Cold Press if the paper comes in both varieties. (A sample pack may be helpful; see below); Qty: at least two large sheets OR one large sheet and at least 10 smaller sheets
  • P58, P87, or P81. Black watercolor paper, smooth and non-bleeding, such as Strathmore ArtAgain or John Neal Deluxe Black Paper (lined or unlined); Qty 4 sheets
  • S412 or S931. Painter's tape or artist’s tape, Qty 1 roll
  • M17. Pigma Micron fine-point marker (black ink), size 01, or similar; Qty 1 or 2
  • A variety of pointed nibs of your choice; if you don’t already have a selection of favorites, I suggest that you get at least 2 of each of the following types of nibs:

         (1) N70. Brause EF66 nibs, Qty 2, AND/OR

         (2) N81. Hiro 40 (a.k.a. the “Blue Pumpkin” nib), Qty 2, AND/OR

         (3) N77. Hunt 101 nibs, Qty 2, AND/OR

         (4) N113. Nikko G, Qty 2, AND/OR

         (5) N118. Zebra Comic G, Qty 2, AND/OR

         (6) N120. Leonardt EF Principal, Qty 2 

  • H133, H134, H129, H97, OR H114. Oblique penholder; the Moblique (H133) is a particular favorite (NOTE: lefties may prefer a straight holder or left-oblique holder instead); Qty 1
  • S1000. Coliro watercolor paint refill; Arabic Gold color (OK to get either as a refill or as part of a set), or similar high-quality gold paint Qty 1 pan
  • P53. Rhodia blank pad (or your favorite blank paper for practice), Qty 1 pad, or about 50 sheets
  • S1005. Basic container for rinse water, Qty 1
  • BR26 or BR26-S4. Small round (pointed) brush suitable for watercolor, size 0 or smaller (size 000 suggested, if you only get one), such as Winsor & Newton Sceptre Gold 101 brush(es); Qty: 1
  • S1038. Burnisher/Stylus set; Qty 1
  • Envelopes, Qty 10
  • Distilled water
  • Dedicated cover sheet: Recommend using a piece of card stock in a distinctive light color
  • Paper towels
  • Toothbrush, for cleaning nibs and other supplies
  • Note-taking materials of your choice


Optional items:


*Optional*: In addition to gouache, any OTHER suitable ink(s) of your choice (just choose one or more if you want something else besides gouache for writing; NOTE: Check your labels—acrylic or waterproof inks NOT recommended for this class unless you are pretty experienced!); suggested options include:

     1)  S449. Walnut ink (crystals recommended over bottled form); highly recommended (if you only get one optional writing fluid, get this one); Qty 1 oz. or more; AND/OR

     2) I157 or I157-S4 or I157-S or K132. Bister ink (similar to walnut ink, but more color options, all in earthy tones; recommend getting the 4-color set, I157-S4); Qty 1 color or more; AND/OR

     3)  IS08 or IS29 (1st choice), OR IS06 or IS11 (2nd choice). *PLUS* IS19. Black ink stick (with ink stone): my top two recommendations would probably be Eiraku Ink Stick or Chinese Ink Stick – Dense Black, or if those weren't available, 2nd choice would be Skakyozumi Ink Stick 02409 or Seiryutai Ink Stick 30213. (NOTE: If you get an ink stick, you MUST also obtain an ink stone in order to use! [IS19, Shakyo-Ken Ink Stone 24025, is my top recommendation]); Qty 1 ink stick and 1 ink stone; AND/OR 

     4) I04. Pelikan 4001 ink, your choice of colors, Qty 1 bottle


*Optional*: PA101. Samples of a variety of smooth “good” papers; Qty: 1 pack

*Optional*: S1626. Pen rest, Qty 1

*Optional*: P09-50. Layout paper, Qty about 10 sheets 

*Optional*: S1147, S1074 or S231. Nib containers (plus small labels for the compartments) Qty 1 (or enough to have separate compartments for each variety/size of nibs you use)

*Optional*: S1000. Coliro paints, any other colors you want besides the required Arabic Gold color (in addition to the single-pan refills, a wide variety of sets of colors are also available), Qty 1 or more 

*Optional*: S999, S1016, or S1113. Storage box for Coliro paints, if you’re buying them outside of a set; Qty 1 or more as needed

*Optional*: I108 or I38. Dr. Ph. Martin’s Pen White ink (first choice), OR Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bleedproof White (second choice), Qty 1

*Optional*: S752. Slant drawing board (large size recommended; suggest pairing with a light pad or at least a small fluorescent light fixture to put under board), Qty 1

*Optional*: S1013. Light pad, Qty 1

*Optional*: 3-ring binder with page protectors for standard 8 ½ x 11” handouts, Qty 1 binder and 1 box page protectors

*Optional*: Rubber jar opener, a flat, flexible piece of rubber used for persuading stuck equipment to un-stick without damage, Qty 1 

*Optional*: Thin lint-free rags (old cotton t-shirts work well)—some people prefer these to paper towels for using as pen wipes, Qty about 5

*Optional*: S586 or S507. Small needle-nose pliers—for adjusting oblique holder (you don’t need these if you’re a lefty who doesn’t use an oblique holder). The pliers are ONLY needed if you do NOT have a screw-type adjustment on your flange. NOTE: You probably won’t need the pliers if you are using an oblique penholder for which the flange pulls out of the handle completely, such as the Moblique.

*Optional*: 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 many oblique holders with a metal flange.  NOTE: You probably won’t need the screwdriver if you are using an oblique penholder for which the flange pulls out of the handle completely, such as the Moblique.


Suggested books:


*Optional* but highly recommended: B4346. The Speedball Textbook, Qty 1

*Optional* but highly recommended: B145. The Zanerian Manual of Alphabets and Engrossing, Qty 1

*Optional*: B2769. Foundations of Calligraphy, by Sheila Waters—does not cover pointed-pen calligraphy specifically, but is still a highly recommended general calligraphy reference manual; Qty 1

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