John Stevens - Capitals & Uncials II - October 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20

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John Stevens Capitals & Uncials II

Course Begins
October 23, 2021 @ 2pm EDT

Saturdays (x 5 sessions)
90-minutes sessions  
by Zoom (recorded for playback at your leisure) $160.

Dates: October 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20 (as always, class is recorded and available for 2 months from the last class, January 20th). 


You may ask “why Uncial?” Actually, this class is ulitimately about Capitals. I start with Uncial so that we have a basis of relatively pure pen forms.
The Uncial hand was prevalent from the 4th century to the 8th. It is regarded as a specialist hand in today's calligraphy scene, however, I often combine elements of Uncial with my Pen Capitals when the effect is warranted. Furthermore, Uncial makes a great book-hand and has much to teach us about formal calligraphy and text hands in general.

John’s creative range in lettering is well known, and in this class we will be working with lettering design in general, not just Uncial. Uncial can train us in a pen-made "capital" hand that can teach us about both text or titling.
It will give us a foundation for Pen Capitals with the added benefit of being interchangeable for some creative alternatives, using Uncial and sometimes alternating between with Pen capitals.

Supply List:

  • Basic workshop tools:
    If you like working on slanted board, tape, cloth, water jars, paper for hand-guard (or glove if that is your preference), Palette for color mixing, Eraser. Ink-loading brush. Straight edge/t square, Possible a battery operated (or USB) desk light, if you require decent light. Pen holders (that fit your nibs-obviously). (S752) (S412) (S260) (S1025) (S1024) (S679) (E13) (BR43) (S270) (S753) (H113)

        Broad edged nibs:

  • Pilot Parallel 3.8mm (green cap) (FP67)
  • Mitchell, Brause, Speedball, for larger letters. (You don’t need all of them, maybe just two; I mainly use Mitchell and Brause.) (N04) (N09)
  • Smaller writing: Brause 3mm, 2.5mm & 1.5 mm; or Mitchell 01, 02 & 04, 05 (N02) (N04)
  • Mechanical pencil: I like .003, but .005 will be OK. Any SHARP pencil. (PL21)
    Ink:
  • Non-waterproof ink (Higgins Eternal, Pelikan 4001), walnut ink. (We’ll talk about other inks later) (I08) (I04) (I145)
    Paper:
  • Canson Bleed proof or other smooth paper for ink (Borden & Riley#37) (roughly 11x14 inches). (P09-50) (P32)
  • Nothing that bleeds. John Neal Books has a grid practice pad that works well. (P21)

    Optional:
  • Automatic Pens: Size 3a & 4 (N27)
  • Pointed nibs: Later, we will shape this into a small broad edge pen. Gillot 303, Hunt 101, Gillott 404 Nib (N72) (N77) (N74)
  • Gouache: a couple of colors (WNG1) (WNG2) (WNG3) (WNG4)
  • Arkansas Stone (S115)
  • 32x loupe (for examining nibs), or at the very least, a magnifying glass. You will need good magnification if you want to see how we are shaping our nibs. (S1112)
  • Better paper, if you like, i.e.Arches Text Wove (not the easiest to write on, but feels nice) Zerkall, Rives BFK ,MBM. (PS01) (PS92) (PS107) (PS104)
  • Any other “nice” paper you would like to work on
  • Pointed brush (Winsor & Newton Series 7, 000, or 00, or 1) (BR28)

    Secondary options (meaning you don’t have to have them; bring them if you have them or are curious.):
  • Raphael Broad-edge brush (Kaernell series: sizes 2-8 are reliable) (BR24)
  • Chinese Stick Ink & Ink Stone (IS38)
  • Sandarac powder (S123)
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