Jurgen Vercaemst - Letters Got Rhythm - February 22, 23, 2021 March 1st, 8th and 15th, 2021

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Letters Got Rhythm; Adventures in Built-Up Italic and Companion hands with Jurgen Vercaemst. 

Dates: Monday February 22, 2021, Tuesday February 23, 2021; followed by three successive Mondays, March 1st, 8th and 15th..

Times: Each class opens at 10:00 am (PST), and lasts for two hours. Please consult your local time accordingly.

Exploring Jurgen Vercaemst’s lettering can be a bewildering experience: drawn in and mesmerized, wondering what makes his forms so enchanting. Whether it’s his fluid gestural or whimsical built-up drawn letters, there is a sense of ease and elegant casualness in the vast array of styles and variations. Notably captured in his sketchbooks of calligraphic art, the freedom of letters is at once balanced and rhythmic, seemingly effortless in manner. What is observed is the product of Jurgen’s highly focused attention to detail—a craft that comes from tireless years of study, practice, and inspiration from many of the great master calligraphers of our time with whom Jurgen has had the opportunity to both study and collaborate. Jurgen describes his letters as musical, dancing and having what he calls a sense of perfume. However they might be described, one is compelled to learn how to make these delightful letters; and the Portland Society of Calligraphy is excited to offer that opportunity.

Supply list:

  • Layout or practice paper; Gilbert bond practice pad is available from John Neal; ideally the larger size is preferable. (Gilbert comes in two sizes 11” x 17” and 8.5’ x 11”). In Europe, a good alternative is Canson Croquis. Another good option is Strathmore Layout Bond, either 9 “x12 “ or 11”x 14”. Practice paper should hold ink/walnut ink/watercolor well. P69, P70
  • Some better papers (Arches MBM, for example, or Arches text wove is even better). PA03, PA104, PS01, PS104
  • Ruler, or T-square (18” or longer is preferable); a triangle. S271, S753,S613
  • Various regular pencils (suggest 2B, HB). PL38
  • Derwent water soluble “wash” sketching pencils; a set of HB, 4B and 8B are available in a tin; if you can buy individual pencils, then obtain the 4B and 6B “wash”.
  • Mechanical pencils sizes 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 and 0.9 mm. PL21, PL22, PL23
  • A box of color pencils, not watercolor pencils. PL05
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  • Dip pens in assorted sizes (Brause, Mitchell, Speedball) and pen-holders. Please be sure to have a Speedball C-5. N02, N04, N09
  • Pointed pen nib: Speedball Hunt 101. Optional, but good if you have one, is the Esterbrook 788 Oval Point. (It is no longer manufactured and is not readily available). N77
  • A few small all-purpose brushes to “load” the broad-edged and pointed nibs. BR43
  • Some good small brushes (suggest sizes 0, 1 and 2). BR26
  • Walnut ink(s) I53, S449
  • A few gouache colors. WNG1
  • A few watercolor colors. S808
  • Swiss knife or other sharp small blade knife (to sharpen regular pencils).
  • Fineliners: Black 0.03, 0.05, 0.1 and 0.2 mm. Copic Multi-liners are ideal. If possible, please purchase a Copic Multiliner SP 0.03 and 0.05 and some replaceable spare nibs. Handle them with care; the felt point is delicate. (Jurgen will demo with them.) M17
  • Optional: Fineliners in different colors and in small sizes; ideally sizes 0.05 and 0.1. Some manufacturers make fineliners with small points; the smaller, the better. Options include Pigma Microns, Copic Multiliners and Winsor & Newton. M133, M134
  • Ink rags or paper towels.
  • Notebook/Sketchbook: Moleskine or other; a “soft” cover version is preferable. (Blank; no dots, lines or grid) regular paper. Sizes M (medium) or L (large) are recommended. XL and A4 are also available. Jurgen carries one with him at all times, and that is something to consider in choosing a size.  PA86
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