Cheryl Tefft - Decorated Letter 2 - Jan 9 through Mar 6, 2023

For more information, contact Cheryl Tefft: or 636-441-7225
Registration links are below.
John Neal Books is not hosting this class. 


Decorated Letter 2

Cheryl Tefft


Live (Also recorded for later viewing)


01:00 PM - 03:00 PM Eastern


Skill Level: All Skill Levels


This class teaches you an EXTENSIVE variety of fun, generally easy decorative techniques to enhance calligraphy projects and other types of visual art! 


In this class we will cover a wide variety of decorative techniques, including blind embossing, acanthus leaves, Gothic/Romanesque/Renaissance decorative styles for capitals and borders, diaper patterns (nothing to do with babies!), and several contemporary decorated letter techniques.


The instructor's Decorated Letter 1, Decorated Letter 2, and Decorated Letter 3 courses are all what could be called "taste-testing" classes, which offer you an opportunity to try out each artistic technique for a week or so at a relatively easy level, and then move on to a new technique. You will build on what you have learned already throughout the course. If you like the technique of the week, you can then go on and study it in greater depth later, at your leisure, and if the technique isn't to your taste, you don't have to spend any more time on it. You may begin with ANY of the three Decorated Letter courses; they are independent and do NOT have to be taken in order.


We will focus more on simplified drawing/painting/tracing than on lettering, so you can get full value from the class even with minimal calligraphy experience. The techniques will be a mix between those which are more specific to calligraphy/lettering, and those which can be used with other types of graphic arts creations as well (painted borders, for example). Both traditional and contemporary techniques are included.


All of the photos accompanying this listing are of homework projects created by students in this class.


PREREQUISITE: Any in-depth calligraphy class, the equivalent in independent study, OR a strong art background. NOTE: Decorated Letter 1 is NOT a prerequisite for this class.


Class Cost: $415.00 USD


For more information or to register:



Supply List:


S271. Ruler, 18"

I84. Gum arabic, liquid

S853. Jumbo Dinky Dips – Qty 2 (8 jars)

S1005. Container for rinse water

E06. Eraser


NOTE: You can use either dip pens or cartridge pens in this class (Parallel Pens are the type of cartridge pens specifically referenced); in fact, in this class you will concentrate more on drawn/traced letters than on written calligraphy. If you don’t already know how to use dip pens, just stick with the tools you know.

DP: Applies to students who will be using dip pens in this class

PP: Applies to students who will be using Parallel Pens in this class


General supplies:


(In addition to the 5 items listed above)

S412 or S931. Painter's tape or artist’s tape, Qty 1 roll

S1013. Light pad, Qty 1

S1017. Small dropper bottles with watertight caps, Qty 2

S1046. Clear tape, Qty 1 roll

S417. Exacto knife with pointed (#11) blade, Qty 1

Paper towels, Qty 1 roll

Distilled water, Qty 1 quart

Labels for Jumbo Dinky Dips (¾" diameter round labels), Qty 8

File folder, or similar type of card stock, at least 8×10 inches, Qty 1 or 2

Favorite note-taking materials

Cleaning supplies for all of your brushes and tools (toothbrush, liquid soap, etc.)


*Optional*: S1091, S679, S1108, S120-30, S747, S1127, or S1094. Palette with shallow wells for mixing colors, though you may find your large Dinky Dips sufficient as an alternative; Qty 1

*Optional*: S705. Pipette/eyedropper—you DON’T need this if your favorite gold ink/paint already comes in a bottle with a dropper; Qty 1

*Optional*: S504. Small cutting mat, Qty 1

*Optional*: S925 or S896. Artist bridge, Qty 1

*Optional* but highly recommended: 3-ring binder with page protectors, for standard 8 ½ x 11" handouts

*Optional*: Magnifiers of some type if needed (portable and hands-free), such as reading glasses, or a desktop magnifier. In this class we will often be working with tiny details, so make sure you have a way to see them clearly.

*Optional*: Pen rest, Qty 1 

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


Writing/drawing/embossing tools:


PL21. Pencil, Qty 1

M17. Pigma Micron fine-point markers (black ink), size 01, OR similar *waterproof* markers, Qty 2

M21 or M134. Pigma Micron fine-point marker in RED ink, size 02 and/or 01, or PN, OR similar *waterproof* red marker, Qty 1

M157, M61 or M138. Signo Gel Impact pen OR Sakura Gelly Roll pen OR Pentel Milky Pop Gel pen, in opaque WHITE ink, Qty 1

S1038. Excel Burnishing Set, Qty 1

FP67. *PP only*: Parallel Pens in your favorite size(s) for calligraphy; include at least one that is 3.8 mm or larger (6.0 mm size would be useful if you already have one, though you’ll also need a smaller one for more standard lettering); Qty 1

N04-S10A or other brand of your choice. *DP only*: Broad-edge dip pen nibs, your choice of brand, in an assortment of sizes, Qty 1 set

H104, H111, H112, H113, H122, H138, H63, H77, or H78, or other brand of your choice. *DP only*: Straight penholder of your choice, Qty 1

N33. Thomas Hoyer Haff ruling pen, Qty 1


*Optional*: *DP only*: A few pointed nibs of your choice IF you already know how to use them. (NOTE: Some of the stiffer nibs (such as Nikko G or Zebra Comic G) may also be useful for other exercises in this class even if you’re not using them for script lettering styles.) Qty 2. 

For example: 

-- N70. Brause EF66 

-- N81. Hiro 40 

-- N77. Hunt 101

-- N113. Nikko G 

-- N118. Zebra Comic G, and/or 

-- N120. Leonardt EF Principal  

*Optional*: *DP only*: H133, H129, or H114. Oblique penholder of your choice if you customarily use one for script styles. Qty 1

*Optional*: PL38. Soft drawing pencil, 2B or 4B suggested (only needed if you don’t have Saral transfer paper); Qty 1

*Optional*: M137, M137-S, M64, M138-S, M152-S. Gel pens of your choice, Qty 1+

*Optional*: PL28, PL29, or PL05. Colored pencils (and/or watercolor pencils), a basic set of standard colors of your choice, Qty 1 set (or equivalent in single pencils) 

*Optional*: *DP only*: N27 or N214. Automatic pens or Pratik pens, about ¾ inch (20 mm) wide or wider, Qty 1




S1000. Coliro watercolor paint refill; Arabic Gold color (OK to get either as a refill or as part of a set), Qty 1 pan

S609, FP107, S994, S1049 or S1050. Watercolors (NON-metallic, translucent, either pan or tube); if you get tube colors you will also need a basic palette (as listed under “general supplies”); Qty 1 set of assorted basic colors

WNGDP-S, WNG-HC1, WNGPDP-S, WNG1, WNG2, WNG3 or WNG4. Winsor Newton NON-metallic gouache (you can substitute another brand of gouache if you prefer)—you will need small amounts of gouache in each of the following colors (all color names listed are from the Winsor Newton line): (1) a strong red (such as Primary Red or Alizarin Crimson) (2) a medium blue (such as Ultramarine or Primary Blue) (3) green (such as Permanent Green Deep, Winsor Green or Viridian) (4) black (Ivory Black preferred); and (5) white (Zinc White suggested). *Optional* You might also want a strong purple (such as Brilliant Purple), yellow (such as Primary Yellow) and maybe brown (such as VanDyke Brown); Qty 1 tube of each color as mentioned.

*PP only*: FP69 or FP70. Parallel Pen ink, color(s) of your choice (you can substitute other types of suitable ink if you prefer), Qty 2+ cartridges


*Optional*: *DP only*: Any other inks you like to use, such as: 

-- S449. Walnut ink (highly recommended; crystal form suggested), Qty 1 oz.+, and/or 

-- I04. Pelikan 4001 ink; Qty 1 container

*Optional*: S1000. Coliro paints, any other colors you want, Qty 1+ 

*Optional*: S999. Storage box for Coliro paints, if you’re buying them outside of a set, Qty 1+

*Optional*: Any additional metallic watercolors/inks/gouaches you like beyond what is listed above as being required




BR26 or BR26-S4. Small pointed brush, size 0 or a little smaller (a favorite size for what we will be doing is size 000, a.k.a. 3/0); you might find it helpful to have a range of sizes from 0 to 0000; Qty 1+

BR43. Small brushes for mixing and loading ink/paint; cheap rough-haired flat brushes about ¼" wide are ideal; Qty 4+ brushes




P21, P22, P56 or P55. Grid paper, at least 8½ x 11" in size, Qty 1 pad

PS42, PS47, PA110, PS110, PA26, PS01, PS01-PKT, PS01-FS, or PA03. Watercolor paper for projects – white or off-white, smooth (but not slick) and non-bleeding, medium to heavy weight, such as Arches Hot Press (90# or 140#), Stonehenge, or Strathmore. For this class, Hot Press paper types are *generally* preferable to Cold Press or Rough Press, if available in different types. A favorite paper for strictly drawing/painting projects (which we will do a lot of in this class) is Arches Text Wove. Recommended to have several different types/weights of watercolor paper available, as different techniques will work better with different papers (a sample pack may be helpful; see just below); Qty: at least two large sheets or at least 20 smaller sheets (8×10” or larger) 


*Optional*: PA101 or PS87-SA. Sample pack of watercolor papers for projects, Qty 1 sample pack 

*Optional*: Any other paper you like for calligraphy/art projects, perhaps in colors other than white or off-white, or papers with rougher or more interesting textures (such as cold-press or rough-press versions of other watercolor papers); Qty 1+ sheet. For example: 

-- PS61. Canson Mi-Teintes

-- P84. Strathmore ArtAgain Assorted Color pad 

-- PS41 or PS48. Arches Cold Press 

-- PS05. Canson Ingres 

-- PS04 or PS108. Frankfurt 

-- PS112, PA112, or PA112-S. Stillman & Bern 

-- P58. Strathmore ArtAgain (black watercolor paper)

-- P81. John Neal Deluxe Black Paper.

*Optional*: Any other practice paper you prefer, with guidelines added as appropriate; Qty, about 20 sheets

*Optional*: P09-50. Layout paper, 8-1/2 x 11 inches or larger, Qty 1 pad

*Optional* but highly recommended: S654 or S612. Saral transfer paper; graphite is the most useful color, and white is helpful with dark papers; Qty 1 sheet


Reference Books:


B2787. The Bible of Illuminated Letters, by Margaret Morgan (*REQUIRED*), Qty 1


*Optional* but highly recommended: B4090. Decorated Lettering, by Jan Pickett, Qty 1

*Optional*: B368. Ames Compendium of Practical and Ornamental Penmanship, by Daniel T. Ames, Qty 1

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

*Optional*: B3780. Illuminating the Word: The Making of the Saint John’s Bible, by Christopher Calderhead, Qty 1

*Optional*: B2679, B2706, B2707, B2708, B2709, B2710, and B2711. The Saint John’s Bible, Qty 1 (of each volume)

*Optional* but highly recommended: The Illuminated Alphabet, with calligraphy by Timothy Noad and text by Patricia Seligman

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