Cheryl Tefft - Pointed Pen Play - May 4-18

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These classes are not hosted or sponsored by John Neal Books.

 Pointed Pen Play I class

Taught by Cheryl Tefft

You might have been told that certain lettering styles are always done with a broad-edge pen, and others are always done with a pointed pen. The Pointed Pen Play classes turn that “rule” inside out! In Pointed Pen Play I we will study variations of uncial and blackletter which are actually created with the pointed pen.

Prerequisite: Student should already be comfortable using the pointed pen. Familiarity with the classic broad-edge uncial and blackletter styles is helpful but not required.

Cost: $115.00 (US$)

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

Class will be on Tuesdays, May 4-18, 2021, 6:30-8:30 pm CDT (Chicago time zone) (3 weeks)

Required items:

  • Ink(s) of your choice which works smoothly with pointed pen, such as any of the following options (in color(s) of your choice): (NOTE: I recommend not using acrylic or waterproof ink unless you are fairly experienced)
  • Gouache; Winsor Newton brand suggested (WNG1, WNG2, or WNG3) or another brand of gouache if you prefer
  • Walnut ink (S449); crystals recommended over bottled form if you are buying a fresh supply
  • Bister inks (I157 or I157-S4 or I157-S or K132): similar to walnut ink, but more colors
  • Stick ink (with ink stone): my top two recommendations would probably be IS08 [Eiraku Ink Stick] or IS29 [Chinese Ink Stick – Dense Black], then IS06 [Skakyozumi Ink Stick 02409] or IS11 [Seiryutai Ink Stick 30213]) (NOTE: If you get stick ink, you MUST also obtain an ink stone!)
  • Pelikan 4001 ink (I04)
  • Gum arabic; I recommend the liquid kind (I84)
  • Several small brushes for mixing and loading ink (BR43)
  • Ruler, 18” (S271)
  • 2 Small plastic dropper bottles (holding approx. 2-4 ounces each), with watertight caps (S897-2)—get two bottles; one will be for distilled water and the other for gum arabic
  • Distilled water (buy a gallon at any grocery store, with the laundry supplies or in the bottled water section)—make sure it says "distilled”
  • Jumbo Dinky Dips (S853), at least two 4-jar sets (8 jars total, with bases; 4-square sets suggested):
  • clear tape (such as Scotch tape) (S1046), for protecting labels
  • Pencil (PL21)
  • Eraser (E06)
  • Watercolor paper, enough for a couple of projects – white or off-white, something very smooth (but not slick) and non-bleeding, such as Arches Hot Press, any weight (PS42 or PS47), or Stonehenge Hot Press (PS110); be sure to get Hot Press
  • Dedicated cover sheet: I like 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)
  • Your favorite pointed nibs; the following ones are popular with many students:
  • Brause EF66 (N70—these are a great favorite)
  • 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, any kind you like which has a metal flange (elbow); popular options include the Moblique (H133), the Dual-Use Workshop holder (H129), the Oblique Comfort Grip Adjusted Holder (H97), the Turned Wood Oblique holder (H114), or any of a variety of others. Some people, such as those with arthritis, prefer a thicker holder, such as the Thick Wood Oblique Pen Holder (Carrot Style) (H148). NOTE: You can substitute a straight holder if you prefer not to use an oblique holder for copperplate or other pointed pen lettering. [Left-handers: Some lefties prefer a standard oblique penholder for copperplate, some do better with a straight penholder, and some prefer a “lefty oblique” holder instead; use whichever works best for you]
  • Rhodia pad (P53) OR grid (P55)

Optional items:

  • Optional: Pen rest (S1123)
  • 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)
  • Optional: (small) Dinky dip set (S934 or S852)
  • Optional: Pigma Micron fine-point marker (black ink), size 005 or 01 (M17) or similar fine-point waterproof marker, used primarily for labels in this class
  • Optional: Light pad (such as S1013): These can be EXTREMELY useful in many ways, such as when addressing envelopes or working on other finished projects.
  • Optional: FineTec (also called Coliro) watercolors (S1000): These are a favorite for lettering OR painting in metallic colors. The Arabic Gold color is the most popular, though you can get whatever colors you want. I also recommend that if you aren’t buying a pre-selected set of FineTec colors which already comes with a storage box, get one of those to hold the paint pans you have selected (S999 or S1016).
  • Optional: Dr. Ph. Martin’s Pen White (I108) (my favorite white ink) or Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bleedproof White (I38) (2nd favorite white ink), if you want to try this in white ink
  • Optional: Black watercolor paper, smooth and non-bleeding, such as Strathmore ArtAgain (P58), or (P81) (P87)
  • Optional, but highly recommended for certain oblique holders: small needle-nose pliers (S586 or S507) and tiny flat-head screwdriver (sized for eyeglasses, about 1/8” wide)
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