Cheryl Tefft - Decorated Letter 3 - Mondays, May 8 - Aug 7, 2023

This class is not hosted by John Neal Books. Please contact the instructor for more information.

Live (Also recorded for later viewing)
Mondays, 5/8/2023 through 8/7/2023 (NO class on May 22, May 29, July 17, or July 24)
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern
Class Cost: $460.00 USD
All Skill Levels
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This class teaches you an EXTENSIVE variety of fun, generally easy decorative techniques to enhance calligraphy projects and other types of visual art.  We will cover a wide variety of decorative…

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This class teaches you an EXTENSIVE variety of fun, generally easy decorative techniques to enhance calligraphy projects and other types of visual art.  We will cover a wide variety of decorative techniques, including lessons on floral designs, watercolor painting techniques, filigree, Adolf Bernd-style watercolor letters, letters using negative space, gradient letters, neo-classical Renaissance decorated letters, and additional relatively simple ways to make your letters stand out and create something special, and just more fun! The instructor's Decorated Letter 1, Decorated Letter 2, and Decorated Letter 3 courses are all what could be called "taste-testing" classes, which offer you an opportunity to try out each artistic technique for a week or so at a relatively easy level, and then move on to a new technique. You will build on what you have learned already throughout the course. If you like the technique of the week, you can then go on and study it in greater depth later, and if the technique isn't to your taste, you don't have to spend any more time on it. You may begin with ANY of the three Decorated Letter courses; they are independent and do NOT have to be taken in order. We will focus more on simplified drawing/painting/tracing than on lettering, so you can get full value from the class even with minimal calligraphy experience. The techniques will be a mix between those which are more specific to calligraphy/lettering, and those which can be used with other types of graphic arts creations as well (painted borders, for example). Both traditional and contemporary techniques are included. PREREQUISITE: Any in-depth calligraphy class, the equivalent in independent study, OR a strong art background. NOTE: Decorated Letter 1 and Decorated Letter 2 are NOT prerequisites for this class. NOTE regarding dip pens vs. cartridge pens: You can use either dip pens or cartridge pens in this class (Parallel Pens are the type of cartridge pens specifically referenced). If you don’t already know how to use dip pens, that's fine, just stick with the tools you know. In fact, you really don't need ANY calligraphy experience (or even calligraphy pens) for this class; we will primarily be concentrating on tracing/drawing/outlining/painting rather than on letters written with the calligraphy pen. DP: Applies to students who will be using dip pens in this class PP: Applies to students who will be using Parallel Pens in this class
Decorated Letter 3
Cheryl Tefft
Live (Also recorded for later viewing)
Mondays, 5/8/2023 through 8/7/2023 (NO class on May 22, May 29, July 17, or July 24)
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern
Class Cost: $460.00 USD
All Skill Levels
Registration Contact Email:
Supply List:

E06. Eraser
S1005. Container for rinse water
S853. Jumbo Dinky Dips - QTY 2 (8 jars)  
I84. Gum arabic, liquid - QTY 1 bottle  
S270 or S271. Ruler, 12" or 18"
S412 or S931. Painter's tape or artist’s tape, Qty 1 roll
S1013. Light pad, Qty 1
S1017. Small dropper bottles with watertight caps, Qty 2
S417. Exacto knife with pointed (#11) blade, Qty 1
S163. Glue stick, Qty 1
Paper towels, Qty 1 roll
Distilled water, Qty 1 quart
Labels for Jumbo Dinky Dips (¾" diameter round labels), Qty 8
Shallow container wide enough to put your big brush(es) into without squishing them, such as a wide margarine tub
Favorite note-taking materials
Dedicated cover sheet
Cleaning supplies for all of your brushes and tools (toothbrush, liquid soap, etc.)

*Optional Supplies*:
E22 (round). Tombow Mono Zero eraser
S1145. Masking tape, Qty 1 roll 
S1091, S679, S1108, S120-30, S747, S1127, or S1094. Palette with shallow wells for mixing colors, though you may find your large Dinky Dips sufficient as an alternative; Qty 1 
S504. Small cutting mat, Qty 1
S925. Artist bridge, Qty 1
Optional but highly recommended: 3-ring binder with page protectors, for standard 8 ½ x 11" handouts
S2012. Magnifiers of some type if needed (portable and hands-free), such as headlamp-type magnifier, reading glasses, or a desktop magnifier. In this class we will often be working with tiny details, so make sure you have a way to see them clearly. Qty 1 
S1626. Pen rest, Qty 1 
Rubber jar opener, a flat, flexible piece of rubber used for persuading stuck equipment to un-stick without damage, Qty 1
S1665 or S1662. Scissors, Qty 1 pair
Writing/drawing/embossing tools:
PL21. Pencil, Qty 1
M17. Pigma Micron fine-point markers (black ink), size 01, OR similar *waterproof* markers, Qty 2
M21 or M133. Pigma Micron fine-point markers in RED and BLUE ink, size 02 and/or 01 recommended, or PN, OR similar *waterproof* markers, Qty 1 red AND 1 blue; any other colors are optional
PL58 or PL32. Watercolor pencils (a basic set of colors is fine); my favorites are the Derwent Inktense brand (PL32), which are a little different than standard watercolor pencils. Be sure you can keep them sharp.
S1038. Excel Burnishing Set, Qty 1
FP67. *PP only*: Parallel Pens in your favorite size(s) for calligraphy; include at least one that is 3.8 mm or larger (sizes smaller than 2.4 mm not recommended for this class); Qty 1 of each preferred size
N04-S10A or other brand of your choice.
*DP only*: Broad-edge dip pen nibs, your choice of brand, in an assortment of sizes, Qty 1 set
H104, H111, H112, H113, H122, H138, H63, H77, or H78, or other brand of your choice.
*DP only*: Straight penholder of your choice, Qty 1
*DP only*: A few pointed nibs of your choice IF you already know how to use them. (NOTE: Some of the stiffer nibs (such as Nikko G or Zebra Comic G) may also be useful for other exercises in this class even if you’re not using them for script lettering styles.) Qty 2. For example: -- N70. Brause EF66 -- N81. Hiro 40 -- N77. Hunt 101 -- N113. Nikko G -- N118. Zebra Comic G, and/or -- N120. Leonardt EF Principal
*DP only*: H133, H129, or H114. Oblique penholder of your choice if you customarily use one for script styles. Qty 1
PL13, PL34, S960, PL41, PL57, or PL42. Pencil sharpener; you might want a dedicated one for colored pencils/watercolor pencils.
M137, M137-S, M64, M138-S, M152-S. Gel pens of your choice, Qty 1+ 
PL28, PL29, or PL05. Colored pencils (regular, not watercolor pencils), a basic set of standard colors of your choice; if you get the watercolor pencils as required, you don’t really need these, but you might find them useful, perhaps for other colors, Qty 1 set (or equivalent in single pencils)
*DP only*: N27 or N214. Automatic pens or Pratik pens, about ¾ inch (20 mm) wide or wider, Qty 1 
S781. Paper blender stumps 
M137, M137-S, M64, M157, M61, M114, M138, M138-S, M152, M152-S, or M96. Gel pens of your choice of brand & color (suggest getting several colors).
M157, M61 or M138. Uni-ball Signo Gel Impact pen (a favorite) OR Sakura Gelly Roll pen OR Pentel Milky Pop Gel pen, in opaque WHITE ink, Qty 1
S1000. Coliro watercolor paint refill; Arabic Gold color (OK to get either as a refill or as part of a set), Qty 1 pan
S2013, S1644, S3041, WNWC1, WNWC2, WNWC3, WNWC4, S609, S1032 (12-A or 36-color set), S808, GW100, FP107, S994, S1049 or S1050. Watercolors (translucent, NON-metallic, either pan or tube); if you get tube colors you will also need a basic palette (as listed under “general supplies”); Qty 1 set of assorted basic colors (or equivalent assortment of individual colors)
WNGDP-S, WNG-HC1, WNGPDP-S, WNG1, WNG2, WNG3 or WNG4. Winsor Newton NON-metallic gouache (you can substitute another brand of gouache if you prefer)—you will need small amounts of gouache as follows: REQUIRED COLORS: (1) Zinc White, (2) Primary Red or Alizarin Crimson (or another strong blue-ish red), (3) Primary Blue or Ultramarine (or another strong medium blue), and (4) Primary Yellow. OPTIONAL BUT RECOMMENDED COLORS: (1) strong green (such as Viridian or Winsor Green), (2) strong purple (such as Brilliant Purple), (3) black (Lamp Black recommended), and (4) Permanent White; Qty 1 small tube (or somewhat less) of each color as mentioned.
*PP only*: FP69 or FP70. Parallel Pen ink, color(s) of your choice (you can substitute other types of suitable ink if you prefer), Qty 2+ cartridges
S1000. Coliro paints, any other colors you want, Qty 1+ pan
S999. Storage box for Coliro paints, if you’re buying them outside of a set, Qty 1+
Any additional metallic watercolors/inks/gouaches you like beyond what is listed above as being required
*DP only*: Any other inks you like to use. For example: -- S449. Walnut ink (highly recommended; crystal form suggested), Qty 1 oz.+ -- I04. Pelikan 4001 ink; Qty 1 container
BR26 or BR26-S4. Small round (pointed) watercolor brush, size 0 or a little smaller (a favorite size for what we will be doing is size 000, a.k.a. 3/0); you might find it helpful to have a range of sizes from 0 to 0000; Qty 1+
BR43. Small brushes for mixing and loading ink/paint; cheap rough-haired flat brushes about ¼" wide are ideal; Qty 4+ brushes
BR102. Wide flat brush (about 1” to 2” wide, inexpensive); foam brush is okay. Qty: 1
Additional inexpensive pointed and/or flat brushes, sizes of your choice; ONLY needed if you are using masking fluid; Qty 1+
P21, P22, P56 or P55. Grid paper, at least 8½ x 11" in size, Qty 1 pad
PS42, PS47, PA42, PA110, PS110, PA26, PS01, PS01-PKT, PS01-FS, or PA03. Watercolor paper for projects – white or off-white, smooth (but not slick) and non-bleeding, medium to heavy weight, such as Arches Hot Press (90# or 140#), Stonehenge, or Strathmore. For this class, Hot Press paper types are *generally* preferable to Cold Press or Rough Press, if available in different types.
A favorite paper for strictly drawing/painting projects (which we will do a lot of in this class) is Arches Text Wove. Recommended to have several different types/weights of watercolor paper available, as different techniques will work better with different papers (a sample pack may be helpful; see just below); Qty: at least two large sheets or at least 20 smaller sheets (8×10” or larger)
S1146. Patterned paper of your choice, at least 8×8”, such as paste paper, marbled paper, or paper with any other kind of pattern or variegated look you like (stronger patterns and more brightly colored paper are generally preferable); Qty 1+ sheet
PA101 or PS87-SA. Sample pack of watercolor papers for projects, Qty 1 sample pack
Any other paper you like for calligraphy/art projects, perhaps in colors other than white or off-white, or papers with rougher or more interesting textures (such as cold-press or rough-press versions of other watercolor papers); Qty 1+ sheet.
For example: -- PS61 or P121. Canson Mi-Teintes -- P84. Strathmore ArtAgain Assorted Color pad -- PS41 or PS48. Arches Cold Press -- PS05. Canson Ingres -- PS04 or PS108. Frankfurt -- PS112, PA112, or PA112-S. Stillman & Bern -- P58. Strathmore ArtAgain (black watercolor paper) -- P81. John Neal Deluxe Black Paper.
Any other practice paper you prefer, with guidelines added as appropriate; Qty, about 20 sheets
P09-50. Layout paper, 8-1/2 x 11 inches or larger, Qty 1 pad
Sponge, any kind; irregular, natural type recommended, Qty 1
Double-sided foam mounting squares or dots (preferably acid-free), approximately 0.125” (3 mm) thickness suggested, Qty: 20+ squares or dots
S198. Masking fluid (frisket) (Pebeo brand recommended); Qty 1 bottle and/or frisket pen/marker (see next item)
M144. Frisket pen/marker (a.k.a. masking fluid pen/marker); Qty 1 
Optional but highly recommended: Frisket film; Qty several sheets, 8×10” or larger
Optional but highly recommended: BR61 or BR62. Color shaper tools, for use with masking fluid, any shape; Qty 1+
An old credit card, Qty 1 
N33. Thomas Hoyer Haff ruling pen, Qty 1
Other favorite/inexpensive solid-surfaced mark-making tools (rubber stamps, folded pens, brushes, combs, rollers; whatever you already have or need an excuse to buy)
Reference Books:
B2787. The Bible of Illuminated Letters, by Margaret Morgan (*REQUIRED*), Qty 1
Optional but highly recommended: B4090. Decorated Lettering, by Jan Pickett, Qty 1
B368. Ames Compendium of Practical and Ornamental Penmanship, by Daniel T. Ames, Qty 1 (Optional)
Optional but highly recommended: B145. The Zanerian Manual of Alphabets and Engrossing, Qty 1
B3780. Illuminating the Word: The Making of the Saint John’s Bible, by Christopher Calderhead, Qty 1 (Optional)
B2679, B2706, B2707, B2708, B2709, B2710, and B2711. The Saint John’s Bible, Qty 1 (of each volume, Optional)
Optional but highly recommended: The Illuminated Alphabet, with calligraphy by Timothy Noad and text by Patricia Seligman 
Any books featuring the work of Marie Angel. (Optional)
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