Pat Blair - Pointed Pen Sketchbook - February 24 and 25

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John Neal Books is not hosting this class.

Pointed Pen Sketchbook
with Pat Blair

Online Zoom class
Thursday, February 24, 2022  11:30 AM - 1:30 PM EST
Friday, February 25, 2022  11:30 AM - 1:30 PM EST (East Coast United States)


The pointed, flexible nib is a marvelous tool, capable of producing a multitude of expressive strokes from whisper thin hairlines to dramatic, bold shades. What fun to explore these unique qualities as we play with fun and creative small pen illustrations.

In this class, we will learn to use the tool to creative ornamental designs, by combining pressure strokes with curved strokes. These small sketch designs can be combined into wonderful borders, single cartouches, floral decoration, and illustrative ornament. Our inspiration will come from beautiful vintage typographic ornaments and natural botanic forms. We will incorporate some painting with watercolor, gouache, to add another dimension to our penwork.  


  • 9" x 12" Canson Pro Marker Layout bond pad (P32)
  • Better quality paper, such as Arches hot press watercolor, or Stonehenge (optional) (PA42) (PA110)
  • Favorite oblique holder (H114) (H133)
  • Your pointed pen nibs, suggested are Hunt 22, Hunt 56, Hunt 101, Nikko G, Zebra, Gillott 303 (N93) (N86) (N77) (N113) (N118) (N72)
  • Moon Palace liquid sumi ink, McCaffrey’s Penmans Ink black, or Walnut Ink (I70) (I37) (I145)
  • Several tubes of watercolor or gouache, your favorite colors (WNWC1) (WNWC2) (WNWC3) (WNWC 4) (WNG1) (WNG2) (WNG3) (WNG4)
  • Containers for water (S1005)
  • Small round brush (BR26): size 0, 1, or 2
  • Mica-based colors, such as Coliro (Finetec) as you have in your studio (S1000)
  • Ultra-fine fineliner pen, such as Micron Sigma 005 (M17)