Society for Calligraphy Presents Julie Wildman - Exciting World of Ruling Pens - Members Only - Nov 20

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Title: Exciting World of Ruling Pens

Instructor: Julie Wildman

Date: November 20, 2021, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PT) Online class

Event Type: Workshop

Sponsor: Inland Empire/Pomona Valley chapter, Society for Calligraphy


According to the 'Handwritmic' website, it was Friedrich Poppl (1923–1982), a German calligrapher and type designer, who first used a ruling pen on both its tip and its side for calligraphy in the 1950s. 

Since then, calligraphers all over the world have used both traditional and modern ruling pens for expressive, energetic writing as well as drawn letters with interesting edges.

In this class, we will explore five styles of ruling pens that I have in my toolbox: two types of traditional pens; the Dreaming Dog #3; the Ruling Writer; and the Handwritmic (a.k.a. "Brody") pen. Students do not have to have all of these. Just one of them will be fine to explore what the pen can do.

Contact Name and email/phone: 

Alessandra Kawakubo, 


COST: $60 

Supply List:

  • Handwritmic Ruling Pen (N211)
  • Ruling Writer 
  • Dreaming Dogs pens (I have the #3 ‘Little Lie’ and will demonstrate that, but there are five other pens available.) (N208)
  • Any traditional ruling pen (N22) 
  • Small bottle of black sumi, walnut, or other ink and cups for ink (try several if you have them) (I70) (I53) (S856)
  • Small bottle of distilled water (to dilute sumi if necessary) 
  • 30 ml jar of Dr. Martin’s or Winsor & Newton Bleedproof White or a small tube of white gouache and cup that is large enough to dip your ruling pen (I38)


  • 1–2 tubes of colored gouache and cups to hold enough paint to dip pen (WNG1)
  • 2–3 favorite transparent watercolors (either tubes or liquid) (WNWC1) (WNWC2) (WNWC3) (WNWC4)
  • One inexpensive flat (1/8”) or pointed watercolor brush (Simply Simmons is a good brand)–for applying color to pieces (BR69)
  • 6­ well paint palette (S679)


  • About 25 sheets of practice paper with some tooth, preferably 11” x 17” or 12” x 18”. (P70)
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