Cheryl Tefft - Fantastic Filigree - Jan 14 - Feb 11

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Fantastic Filigree

Cheryl Tefft


Live (Also recorded for later viewing)

1/14/2023 - 2/11/2023

01:00 PM - 03:00 PM Eastern


All Skill Levels


Would you like to learn the ancient decorative art of drawing beautiful, lacy filigree patterns, updated for today?


This class is a hands-on introduction to the traditional decorative technique known as filigree, often used to "dress up" decorated capitals and create lovely borders in manuscripts and other fine art pieces from the Middle Ages to the current day. We will start from scratch, with no previous experience required. If you can trace a simple outline and draw a basic heart shape freehand, you can do this!


Once we have covered the basics, we will be expanding into additional filigree patterns and variations, and will also explore the mysteries of one of the most frequently seen decorative elements in historical manuscripts: the puzzle letter! (The techniques you will learn in this class have been modified slightly from the historical methods in order to suit the modern artist's approach and materials.)


Class Cost: $190.00 USD


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Supply List:

  • PL21. Pencil
  • E06 and E22. Precision eraser(s) (recommended to get 1 large, such as Pentel Clic, and 1 small, such as Tombow Mono Zero) 1 of each
  • S270 or S271. Ruler, at least 12” long
  • P53. Smooth blank white paper of any kind, letter-size or larger, such as Rhodia, about 15 sheets
  • S412 or S931. Painter's tape or artist’s tape
  • PL05, PL28, or PL28-S12. Standard colored pencils (not oil-based); Qty 1 each of red, blue and yellow 
  • M17 or M17-S6. Pigma Micron fine-point marker, black ink (size 01 suggested), or similar; Qty 1
  • M21, M134, M133. Pigma Micron marker (size 01 suggested), or similar; Qty 1 red AND 1 blue (other colors optional)
  • S1000. Coliro watercolor paint refill; Arabic Gold color (OK to get either as a refill or as part of a set), or similar; Qty 1 pan
  • S999, S1016, or S1113. Storage box for your Coliro paint pan(s), IF you didn’t buy them as part of a set; Qty 1
  • WNG1, WNG2, WNG3, WNGDP-S, or WNG-HC1. Winsor Newton gouache in red (such as Alizarin Crimson or Primary Red) and blue (such as Ultramarine or Primary Blue), or similar (okay to use a different brand of gouache if you prefer); Qty 1 tube EACH of red AND blue (you won’t need the whole tube)
  • S897 or S1017. Small dropper bottle; Qty 1
  • S853 or S679 or S1108. Jumbo Dinky Dips (set of 4) OR a basic palette; Qty 1
  • BR26 or BR26-S4. Small round (pointed) brush, size 0 or smaller (size 000 suggested; you might want several different sizes such as 0, 00, 000, and 0000); Qty 1
  • S1005. Rinse water container; Qty 1
  • S817. Paper towels; Qty 1 pack 
  • PS42, PS47, PA42, PS110, PA110, PA26, P67, PS108 or PS04. Watercolor paper for projects – white or off-white, smooth and non-bleeding, medium to heavy weight, mostly 8x10” or larger; such as Arches Hot Press (any weight), Stonehenge Hot Press, Strathmore, Fabriano Artistico OR Frankfurt; Qty: ten 8x10” sheets, or equivalent  (okay to have a mixture of brands)
  • Distilled water; Qty 1 pint
  • Note-taking materials of your choice




  • S1013 or S979. Light box or light pad—optional but HIGHLY recommended. This is quite possibly the single most useful tool you can get for the practice of calligraphy. (If needed, you can use a window with daylight coming through it instead.) Qty 1
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