Cheryl Tefft - Writing in the Round - Nov 30, Dec 7 and 14

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John Neal Books is not hosting this class.

Writing in the Round

This class will teach you how to letter in the shape of a circle, spiral, or other curve. Yes, there are shortcuts for that! We will cover all of them here. 

Prerequisite: Class is recommended for students who have previously taken at least two calligraphy courses or the equivalent in individual study

When: Mondays, November 30, December 7, and December 14, 2020, 6:30-8:30 pm CST (3 lessons)

These are live small-group classes with individual feedback, with recordings available afterward.

Fee: $105

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  • Favorite pens/nibs/tools for your preferred lettering styles, in a variety of sizes if applicable (sizes suitable for addressing envelopes may be easiest for getting started); please note that these techniques are easier to learn using upright (non-slanted) lettering styles such as uncial, blackletter, bookhand, Roman caps, or upright versions of modern calligraphy
  • Favorite non-waterproof inks (or other fluids) to use with the aforementioned favorite pens, such as Parallel Pen cartridges, gouache, walnut ink, stick ink, Pelikan 4001, etc. (FP69) (FP70) (S449)
  • Pencil (mechanical type with 0.5 mm lead [or smaller] (PL21) 
  • Eraser of your choice (E06)
  • Ruler, preferably cork-backed metal, at least 12” long (S271 suggested)
  • Artist’s/painter’s tape (S931) (S412) 
  • Light pad OR light box (essential for this class) (S1013)
  • Guidelines suitable for light pad, for any lettering styles/sizes you think you might use (GL07-S) (GL08)
  • Drafting compass, for drawing circles/arcs—IMPORTANT: MUST be the kind which can hold a pencil point on one of the two legs AND has a small wheel which is turned to change the distance between the legs. (S1061)
  • Plenty of layout bond paper (P09-50) or similar non-bleeding paper for layouts, such as blank Rhodia paper (P53), perhaps 20 sheets, approx. 8½ x 11” or A4 size or larger (P20)
  • IF you don't have some kind of translucent layout bond paper, you may also need tracing paper (P112) or (P43)
  • Grid paper, whichever kind you normally use for calligraphy practice (P22) or (P55)
  • Some “good” paper—whatever kind(s) you like for finished projects that is translucent on a light pad, such as Arches Hot Press, either 90# or 140# (Item Code: PA42 or Item Code: PS42 or Item Code: PS47), Stonehenge (Item Code: PA110 or Item Code: PS110), Nideggan (Item Code: PA93  or Item Code: PS93), Frankfurt (Item Code: PS108 or Item Code: PS04) or Pergamenata (natural color recommended; Item Code: PA98-MIX or Item Code: PS88)—8½ x 11” or larger, enough for a couple of projects
  • Anything else you normally use in your calligraphy practice
  • Favorite materials for taking notes
  • Short list of quotations you like, from a long sentence up to about a paragraph in length
  • Calculator (or other device with basic calculation functions, such as a smart phone)
  • (may or may not be needed) Protractor (Item Code: S632 suggested)
  • (may or may not be needed) Scissors


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