Cheryl Tefft - Mastering Dip Pens - Feb 5 through Mar 12

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Mastering Dip Pens

Taught by Cheryl Tefft or 636-441-7225


Have you been using calligraphy markers or cartridge pens to study and practice your calligraphy, and found dip pens (the favored tools of professionals) to be intimidating or frustrating? This class will help you move toward wielding those dip pens with ease and confidence much faster than you could on your own!

In this class you will be using the broad-edge lettering style(s) you have already learned and simply concentrating on becoming comfortable with using a different kind of writing tool and different inks. (NOTE: This course is #3 of 4 in a series designed for complete beginners. This course covers broad-edge dip pens only; pointed pen use is covered in the instructor’s next course: Beginning Copperplate)

Cost: $220 (US$)

Class will be presented live, with recordings available to all enrolled students for an extended time afterward.

Saturdays, February 5-March 12, 2022, 1:00-3:00 pm Central Standard Time (2:00-4:00 pm Eastern Standard Time) (6 lessons)

Required items:

  • Winsor Newton gouache (WNG1, WNG2, or WNG3). Get at least one color you really like that will show up well on white paper (additional colors optional)
  • Gum arabic; get the liquid kind (I84)
  • 4 (or more) small brushes for mixing and loading ink (BR43)
  • Dinky dip set (S934)
  • Ruler, 18” long (S271)
  • 2 Small plastic dropper bottles (S897-1/2)—get two of these bottles
  • Distilled water
  • Protractor (S632)
  • Jumbo Dinky Dips (S853), at least two 4-jar sets for holding inks (8 jars total, with bases; 4-square sets suggested); extra jars (S856) or sets optional 
  • Clear tape (such as Scotch tape) (S1046), for protecting labels
  • Pencil, preferably mechanical (PL21)
  • Eraser, preferably a white one that can be used with precision, such as Pentel Clic (E06) or Tombow Mono Zero (E22)
  • 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.
  • Envelopes  (PA79)
  • Dedicated cover sheet: Recommend using a piece of card stock in a distinctive light color
  • Painter's tape or artist’s tape (S412 or S931)(½” width suggested, though ¾” is okay too)
  • Black watercolor 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
  • FineTec (also called Coliro) watercolors (S1000); Get a pan of the Arabic Gold color (for lettering in gold), plus (optional) any other colors you want. I also recommend that if you aren’t buying a pre-selected set of FineTec colors, get a storage box to hold the paint pans you have selected (S999 or S1016).
  • Mitchell/Rexel roundhand square (right hand) nibs, 10-nib set, with 2 reservoirs (N04-S10A); [Note for lefties: You may wish to substitute the same set, cut for left-handers (N05-S10A), though some lefties prefer the right-hand nibs, which are actually cut straight across.]
  • Straight penholders; only one is required, though I recommend that you get at least 2 total. Any kind is fine (such as H104, H111, H113, H138, H78, H79, or H81).
  • Non-bleeding paper for practice: either grid paper (such as Rhodia grid pad [P55 or P56] or John Neal grid pad [P21 or P22]), OR blank paper for reproducing guidelines for practice (such as a blank Rhodia pad [P53]), OR both graph and blank paper (recommended).
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