Holly Monroe - Italic Lettering

This class is part of Legacies III.

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Italic Lettering – Basics & Beyond

Holly Monroe

2-Day Workshop

Beginner – Intermediate


Work on firming up your italic hand by studying and practicing the lower case and upper-case letter forms. You will be guided with troubleshooting your letter forms as well as spacing. Learn how to flourish ascenders and descenders.


  • 11×17” Grid paper (P21)
  • Arches HP 90 or 140# Fine Art Paper, to letter on beyond practice, ½ sheet (PS00) (PS42) (PS47)
  • 18 or 20” ruler (rubber or cork bottom is best, so it doesn’t slide) (S271)
  • Walnut Ink (brown) (I145) or Moon Palace ink (I70) or what you have on hand. (You may need a smaller jar to put ink in, depending on how it is sold. Walnut ink ‘crystals’ are handy as you can mix ink ‘as needed’) (S449)
  • Round wooden double-ended penholder (Qty 1-5) (H32) (H39)
  • Mitchell Roundhand Nibs. Sizes #3, 2.5, 2 for this class–the whole set 0, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, 5, 6 if you would like a variety of sizes. 5 penholders will hold the entire set of nibs. (N04) (N04-S10B)
  • Mitchell Reservoirs – 1 for each nib works well, but you can get away with fewer. (N07) These are brass and slide on to the nibs. Demo in class.
  • Drawing pencil – HB lead or other. My fav is GraphGear 500 0.5 Pentel (PL21) (PL38)
  • Eraser – Mars Staedtler or other (E13)
  • Paint rag (paper towels)
  • Water Container to rinse pens (i.e. a small butter tub) (S1005)
  • Water dropper bottle with distilled water (S1017)
  • Artist Tape – to help secure your practice papers on slanted board (S412)
  • Portable Drawing Board – it is best to work at a slant. You can purchase a portable drawing board, great for home and for travel. (S690)
  • Optional helpful Pens: My favorites are the Mitchell nibs-these allow you to work with multiple inks/watercolors over time. But, if you would like to use Zig Markers (3.0), they are easy for beginners to get started with.
  • Optional Color: If you have some experience and would like to work with color, you may use gouache, watercolor or other ink.