Cheryl Tefft - Continuing Copperplate - July 2 through Sept 17

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Continuing Copperplate
with Cheryl Tefft

Would you like to take your copperplate calligraphy to the next level and make it more beautiful? Here's your chance!
   If you have already learned the basics of traditional copperplate, now you have a chance to refine it, improve it, and change it up! Here we will develop this classic script style further and study some of the many variations of it. You will also learn how to analyze any script variation you see (either hand lettering or computer font) so that you understand how it was created and what makes it unique, which is the first step to being able to mimic it yourself. Finally, you will begin to explore how to take a script style and modify it to your own taste to make it uniquely yours.

NOTE: This class concentrates on the more formal/traditional variations of copperplate. For the more playful/contemporary variations, see this instructor's Modern Calligraphy class. For flourishing instruction for copperplate and other script styles, see this instructor's Flourishing with the Pointed Pen class.

PREREQUISITE: Beginning Copperplate, from this instructor, or any other class in traditional copperplate (or the equivalent in independent studies).

WHEN: This class includes EIGHT weekly lessons, on Saturdays, July 2 through September 17, 2022, from 1 to 3 pm Central Time (2 to 4 pm Eastern Time). (No class on July 16, August 6, August 27, or September 10.) 

This is a live small-group class with individual feedback, with recordings available afterward for all students enrolled.

FEE: $290


Required items:

  • Suitable INK(s) of your choice (NOTE: Check your labels—acrylic or waterproof inks NOTrecommended for this class unless you are pretty experienced!); suggested options include (you don’t need all of these ink options):

      1) Winsor Newton gouache (WNG1, WNG2, or WNG3). Get at least one color you really like which shows up on white paper; AND/OR

      2) Walnut ink (crystals recommended over bottled form): S449 (if you only get one optional writing fluid, get this one); AND/OR

      3) Bister inks (I157 or I157-S4 or I157-S or K132): similar to walnut ink, but more colors; AND/OR

      4) Stick ink (with ink stone): my top two recommendations would probably be Eiraku Ink Stick or Chinese Ink Stick – Dense Black, then IS06 [Skakyozumi Ink Stick 02409] or IS11 [Seiryutai Ink Stick 30213]) (NOTE: If you get an ink stick, you MUST also obtain an ink stone in order to use!) (IS19) AND/OR

      5) Pelikan 4001 ink, your choice of colors (I04)

  • Gum arabic; get the liquid kind (I84)
  • 4 (or more) small brushes for mixing and loading ink (BR43)
  • Dinky dip set (S934) (S852)
  • Ruler, at least 12” long (S270) (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); you may also want extra jars for holding additional inks (S856)
  • 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, and/or PA42), or Stonehenge Hot Press (PS110 and/or PA110); be sure to get Hot Press rather than Cold Press if the paper comes in both varieties.
  • Calligraphy-friendly envelopes
  • Dedicated cover sheet: I like using a piece of card stock in a distinctive light color
  • Toothbrush for cleaning nibs
  • Painter's tape or artist’s tape (S412 or S931) (½” width suggested, though ¾” is okay too)
  • Pigma Micron fine-point marker (black ink), size 005 or 01 (M17), or other suitable waterproof pen for labels
  • 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:
    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) (have adjusted for NIKKO), the Turned Wood Oblique holder (H114) (NOTE: lefties may prefer a straight holder or left-oblique holder instead)
  • Blank Rhodia pad (P53), or your favorite smooth blank non-bleeding paper for practice
  • Paper towels

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 (PA101)
  • Optional: Pen rest
  • 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: Coliro (also called FineTec) watercolors (S1000); everyone loves these! These can be used for lettering OR painting in metallic colors. The Arabic Gold color is many calligraphers’ preferred gold for writing or painting. I also recommend that if you aren’t buying a pre-selected set of Coliro colors which already comes with a storage box, get one of those to hold the paint pans you have selected (S999 or S1016).
  • Optional: Blackwatercolor 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
  • Optional: Adjustable (slant) drawing board (S156)
  • Optional: Light pad (such as S1013)
  • Optionalbut highly recommended: The Speedball Textbook (B4346)
  • Optional: Foundations of Calligraphy, by Sheila Waters (B2769) -- does not cover pointed-pen calligraphy specifically, but is still a highly recommended general calligraphy reference manual
  • Optional, but highly recommended: The Zanerian Manual of Alphabets and Engrossing (B145)
  • Optional, but highly recommended for certainoblique 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 (see exception note at end). The pliers are ONLY needed if you do NOT have a screw-type adjustment on your flange. 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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