Pat Blair - Beginning Copperplate - Feb 24, 25, 26

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These classes are not hosted by John Neal Books.

The class will be THREE 2-hour sessions on Wednesday, Feb. 24, Thursday, Feb. 25 and Friday, Feb. 26 via Zoom. Following the class, 30 minutes will be available for review and questions. You must load Zoom on your computer, please email me if you need help setting this up.

Copperplate is an elegant script style of lettering characterized by thick, shaded down strokes and hairline upstrokes. In this workshop, we will study the unique, pressure-sensitive motion of the pointed flexible nib, and the control needed to form the basic lower case and capital letterforms. The class will begin with a thorough description of the tools needed, moving on to how to hold a pen and work with the flow of the ink. We will then study the basic forms of the letters, learning how to achieve consistency and form. This workshop is suitable for beginners, since we will be starting with the very basics. A knowledge of any pointed pen hand will be helpful, but not necessary.

Supply List:

  • 9" x 12" Canson Pro Marker Layout bond pad (P32)
  • favorite oblique holder (H133) (H115)
  • your pointed pen nibs, suggested are Hunt 22, Hunt 56, Hunt 101, Nikko G, Zebra, Gillott 303 (N77) (N113) (N118) (N93) (N86) (N72)
  • Moon Palace liquid sumi ink, McCaffreys Penmans Ink black, or Walnut Ink (I70) (I53) (I37)
  • containers for water (S1005)