Cheryl Tefft - Decorated Letter I - Feb 14 through May 2

For more information, contact Cheryl Tefft:
John Neal Books is not hosting this class.
(Registration links below)

Decorated Letter 1
Taught by Cheryl Tefft

February 14 through May 2, 2022

This class teaches you an EXTENSIVE variety of fun, generally easy decorative techniques to enhance calligraphy projects and other types of visual art. We will focus more on simplified drawing/painting/tracing than on lettering, so minimal calligraphy experience is needed. Both traditional and contemporary techniques are included.
We will learn at least one new technique each lesson. Topics to be covered include drop shadows, borders, stand-alone ornaments, two-tone letters, double-stroke letters, leaf-and-vine designs, Lombardic capitals, Celtic knots, Sickels lettering style (a simple blocky style), traditional white vine...and more!
Cost: $395 (US$)
Class will be presented live, with recordings available to all enrolled students for an extended time afterward.
Class will be on Mondays, February 14 through May 2, 2022 (11 weekly lessons; no class on March 28). You may enroll in either the afternoon session or the evening session (same dates for each session).
Afternoon session, noon to 2 pm Central Time (1 to 3 pm Eastern Time); enroll through this link:
Evening session, 6:30 to 8:30 pm Central Time (7:30 to 9:30 pm Eastern Time); enroll through this link:

Dip pens vs. cartridge pens:
You can do any of the calligraphy techniques covered in this class with either dip pens or cartridge pens (specifically Parallel Pens); if you already know how to use dip pens, that’s what I’d recommend in general (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
  • Ruler, 18" (S271)
  • Protractor (S632)
  • Paper towels (S817)
  • Painter's tape or artist’s tape (S412 or S931) (½" width suggested)
  • Light pad (S1013)
  • Sturdy container for rinse water (S1005)
  • Eraser (E06)
  • Distilled water 
  • Gum arabic; get the liquid kind (I84)
  • 2 Small plastic dropper bottles with watertight caps (S897-2)
  • Jumbo Dinky Dips (S853), at least two 4-jar sets (8 jars total, with bases; 4-square sets suggested)
  • Clear tape (S1046)
  • Optional: Pen rest 
  • Optional: Rolling ruler (S385)
  • Optional: French curves (S1065)
  • Optional: Artist bridge (S925 or S896)
Writing/drawing/embossing tools
  • Pencil (PL21)
  • Several Pigma Micron fine-point markers (black ink), size 005 and/or 01 (M17)
  • Pigma Micron fine-point marker in RED ink, size 02 or 01 (M21) AND Pigma Micron PN in red ink (M134).
  • Embossing tool (S478)
  • PP only: Parallel Pens (FP67) both 3.8 mm and 2.4 mm sizes, and (optional) preferably also in 6.0 mm size.
  • DP only: Broad-edge dip pen nibs (N04-S10A)
  • DP only: Straight penholder(s) (H104 or H113 or H78) or other straight holder(s) of your choice)
  • Optional: DP only: A variety of your favorite pointed nibs, such as: Brause EF66 (N70), Hiro 40 (N81), Hunt 101 (N77), Nikko G (N113), Zebra Comic G (N118), Leonardt EF Principal (N120)
  • Optional: DP only: Oblique penholder (H133) (H129) (H97, have adjusted for NIKKO) (H114)
  • Optional: DP only: Scroll nibs, dip pen style—there are several options here: (1) N11-S6i s a set of 6 different sizes of scroll nibs in the Mitchell brand, or they can be purchased individually (N11), OR (2) The Automatic brand (designed for making larger letters) now has scroll-pen options in several sizes (N27-SCROLL).
  • Optional: PP only: Scroll nibs, non-dip pen style—there are three options here: Scroll nibs are available to fit Manuscript cartridge pens (FP103 or FP103-D) OR you can get Parallel Pens in scroll style (FP134 or FP134-S).
  • Optional: Ruling pen (N33)—there are several different designs of ruling pens available; this is the original kind (as we will be using it in this class)
  • Optional: Colored pencils (PL28, PL05) and/or watercolor pencils, basic set of colors of your choice
  • Coliro watercolor (S1000), Arabic Gold color (required), plus (Optional) any other colors you want. Don’t forget a storage box if you’re buying them outside of a set: (S999, S1016, S1113).
  • Watercolors, assorted colors (S609)
  • Winsor & Newton gouache (WNG1, WNG2, WNG3 or WNG4) or another brand of gouache if you prefer—you will need some 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 (my favorite is Ultramarine, or you could use something like Primary Blue); (3) green (such as Permanent Green Deep, Winsor Green, Viridian); (4) black (Ivory Black preferred); and (5) white (Zinc White preferred). You might also want (totally optional) a strong purple (such as Brilliant Purple) and maybe a little brown (such as VanDyke Brown).
  • PP only: Usual ink to go in Parallel Pen (FP69 or FP70): at least one bright color you like in a medium-dark shade, plus black
  • Optional: DP only: Any other inks you like to use besides gouache, such as walnut ink (S449, S450), Pelikan 4001 ink (I04)
  • Optional: Additional metallic watercolors/inks/gouaches beyond what is listed above as being required (S1000)
  • Small pointed brush, size 0 or a little smaller (my favorite size for what we will be doing is size 000) (BR26,  BR26-S4)
  • 4 (or more) small brushes for mixing and loading ink/paint; cheap rough-haired flat brushes about ¼" wide are ideal (BR43)
  • Grid paper, either 11" x 17" (P21) or 8½" x 11" (P22); or the same thing in the Rhodia brand pad (P56 or P55) 
  • Watercolor paper for projects, at least two large sheets or the equivalent in pads of paper – white or off-white, something very smooth (but not slick) and non-bleeding, medium to heavy weight, such as Arches Hot Press (90# or 140#) (PS42, PA42, or PS47), or Stonehenge (PS110) (PA110)
  • Optional: Any other paper you like for calligraphy/art projects, perhaps in colors other than white or off-white, such as: Arches Text Wove (PS01 or PS01-FS), Nideggen (PS93), Canson Mi-Teintes (PS61), Strathmore ArtAgain Assorted Color pad (P84), black watercolor paper, such as Strathmore ArtAgain (P58), or John Neal Deluxe Black Paper (P81)
  • Optional: Layout paper (P09-50)
Reference Books
  • REQUIRED:The Bible of Illuminated Letters, by Margaret Morgan (B2787)
  • Optional: Ames Compendium of Practical and Ornamental Penmanship, by Daniel T. Ames (B368)
  • Optional, but highly recommended: The Zanerian Manual of Alphabets and Engrossing (B145) 
  • Optional: lluminating the Word: The Making of the Saint John’s Bible, (B3780), the Saint John’s Bible (B2679)
$2.95 $2.50
$37.90 $36.01
$11.03 $8.95
$15.98 $11.95
$6.60 $5.94