To register for this class, please see links for each session below.
John Neal Books is not hosting this class.
Writing in the Round
Two sessions: April 9, 2022 through April 23, 2022 OR April 26, 2022 through May 10, 2022
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: Choose either of the two sessions offered:
Session 1: Saturdays, April 9 through April 23 (3 lessons), 10 am to 12 pm Central Daylight Time (11 am to 1 pm Eastern Daylight Time).
To register or for more information on Session 1: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/251049364407
Session 2: Tuesdays, April 26 through May 10 (3 lessons), 12 pm to 2 pm Central Daylight Time (1 pm to 3 pm Eastern Daylight Time).
To register or for more information on Session 2: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/251051540917
This is a live small-group class with individual feedback, with recordings available afterward.
- 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) (I04)
- 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 (S270) (S271)
- 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)
- 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 (a bow compass). (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 (P25)
- 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# (PA42 or PS42 or PS47), Stonehenge (PA110 or PS110), Strathmore Ready-Cut Watercolor Paper(PA26; 8x10"), Frankfurt (PS108 or PS04), or Pergamenata (natural color recommended; PA98-MIX or PS88)—8 x 10" 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