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Cheryl Tefft - Flourishing with the Pointed Pen - Sept 27 - Oct 25

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

Live (Also recorded for later viewing)
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern
Class Cost: $235.00 USD

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Would you like to learn to flourish successfully? Chances are that your answer is YES! Flourishing is one of the skills that almost every new calligrapher covets, and if you're already lettering with …

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Would you like to learn to flourish successfully? Chances are that your answer is YES! Flourishing is one of the skills that almost every new calligrapher covets, and if you're already lettering with the pointed pen, this class has you covered on the flourishing skills. It's all pointed pen, all the time, and we'll be studying both flourishing that is attached to letters (for example: double letters, ascenders/descenders) and stand-alone flourishes. Lessons will cover scrolls, plumes, floral/botanical enhancements, and will even discuss the intricate designs known as Dutch caps.

PREREQUISITE: Beginning Copperplate, from this instructor, OR at least 3 months' study of pointed-pen calligraphy, preferably including some study of the copperplate (English Roundhand) style.

Flourishing with the Pointed Pen
Cheryl Tefft

Live (Also recorded for later viewing)
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern
Class Cost: $235.00 USD

Registration Contact Email:
Registration Link:

Supply List:

I84. Gum arabic, liquid, 1 bottle   
S1017 or S915. Small dropper bottles, 2 bottles  
S270 or S271. Ruler, at least 12 inches long
BR43. Small brushes for mixing and loading ink (1/4" rough-haired flat brushes are best), 4 or more brushes  
S1064, S934 or S852. Dinky dip, 1 small vial 
P09-50, P32, or P203. Layout bond or marker layout paper, letter-size or larger, Qty about 20 sheets
S632. Protractor, Qty 1
S853. Jumbo Dinky Dips, or similar, with suitable labels, Qty 2+ (at least 8 jars)
PL21. Pencil, Qty 1
E06 or E22. Precision eraser, such as Pentel Clic or Tombow Mono Zero; Qty 1

Ink—Any suitable type(s) of your choice (free-flowing and non-metallic); NOTE: Check your labels—acrylic or waterproof inks are NOT recommended for this class unless you are pretty experienced!); suggested options include:
1) WNG1, WNG2, or WNG3. Winsor Newton gouache, any color(s) you like that show(s) up well on white paper (can substitute another brand of gouache if you prefer); Qty 1 or more tubes; AND/OR
2) S449. Walnut ink (crystals recommended over bottled form); highly recommended (if you only get one writing fluid that you haven’t gotten comfortable with before, get this one); Qty 1 oz. or more; AND/OR
3) I157 or I157-S4 or I157-S or K132. Bister ink (similar to walnut ink, but more color options, all in earthy tones; recommend getting the 4-color set, I157-S4); Qty 1 color or more; AND/OR
4) IS08 or IS29 (1st choice), OR IS06 or IS11 (2nd choice).*PLUS* IS19. Black ink stick (with ink stone): my top two recommendations would probably be Eiraku Ink Stick or Chinese Ink Stick – Dense Black, or if those weren't available, 2nd choice would be Skakyozumi Ink Stick 02409 or Seiryutai Ink Stick 30213. (NOTE: If you get an ink stick, you MUST also obtain an ink stone in order to use! [IS19, Shakyo-Ken Ink Stone 24025, is my top recommendation]); Qty 1 ink stick and 1 ink stone; AND/OR 5)
I04. Pelikan 4001 ink, your choice of colors, Qty 1 bottle
PS42, PS47, PA42, PS110, PA110, or PA26. Watercolor paper for projects – white or off-white, smooth and non-bleeding, medium to heavy weight, such as Arches Hot Press (90# or 140#), Stonehenge Hot Press, or Strathmore. Be sure to get Hot Press rather than Cold Press if the paper comes in both varieties. (A sample pack may be helpful; see below); Qty: one or two large sheets OR the equivalent in smaller sheets (letter-size or larger)
P70. A handful of large sheets (or a roll) of inexpensive smooth, blank (unlined) paper—butcher paper, for example, and/or large sheets (at least 11×17” size) of copier paper or layout bond—it would be a bonus for it to be good with calligraphy ink, but not required; Qty about 5 sheets
P53. Rhodia blank pad (or your favorite blank paper for practice), Qty 1 pad, or about 50 sheets
Your favorite guidelines for pointed-pen lettering styles, in various sizes (we will start larger on x-heights and then go smaller)
PA79. Envelopes, Qty 10
S412 or S931. Painter's tape or artist’s tape, Qty 1 roll

A variety of favorite pointed nibs of your choice; if you don’t already have a selection of favorites, suggest that you get at least 2 of each of the following types of nibs:
(1) N70. Brause EF66 nibs, Qty 2, AND/OR
(2) N81. Hiro 40 (a.k.a. the “Blue Pumpkin” nib), Qty 2, AND/OR
(3) N77. Hunt 101 nibs, Qty 2, AND/OR
(4) N113. Nikko G, Qty 2, AND/OR
(5) N118. Zebra Comic G, Qty 2
H133, H134, H129, H97, OR H114. Oblique penholder (if you use it for your pointed-pen lettering); the Moblique (H133) is a particular favorite (NOTE: lefties may prefer a straight holder or left-oblique holder instead); Qty 1
H104, H111, H113, H138, H152, H77, H78, H79, or H81. Straight penholder (some people prefer to do some of their pointed-pen flourishing with a straight holder even if they use an oblique holder for the corresponding lettering); Any kind of standard straight holder you like is fine, though a contoured holder may be more comfortable (such as H113, H152, H77, H78, H79, or H81), and a thicker holder is often better for people with arthritis or other hand issues (such as H78); Qty: 1
Distilled water 
Dedicated cover sheet: Recommend using a piece of card stock in a distinctive light color Paper towels Toothbrush, for cleaning nibs and other supplies
Anything else you normally use for your lettering practice
Note-taking materials of your choice

Optional items:
*Optional*: PA101. Samples of a variety of smooth “good” papers; Qty: 1 pack
*Optional*: S1626. Pen rest, Qty 1
*Optional*: M17. Pigma Micron fine-point marker (black ink), size 01, or similar; Qty 1
*Optional*: P58, P87, or P81. Black watercolor paper, smooth and non-bleeding, such as Strathmore ArtAgain or John Neal Deluxe Black Paper (lined or unlined); Qty 2 sheets
*Optional*: S1000. Coliro (FineTec) paints, any colors you want; Arabic Gold color is a favorite (in addition to the single-pan refills, a wide variety of sets of colors are also available), Qty 1 or more
*Optional*: S999, S1016, or S1113. Storage box for Coliro paints, if you’re buying them outside of a set; Qty 1 or more as needed
*Optional*: S1013. Light pad, Qty 1
*Optional*: 3-ring binder with page protectors for standard 8 ½ x 11” handouts, Qty 1 binder and 1 box page protectors
*Optional*: S925. Artist bridge, Qty 1

Suggested books:
*Optional* but highly recommended: B4346. The Speedball Textbook, Qty 1
*Optional*: B255. The Universal Penman, by George Bickham, Qty 1
*Optional*: B2504. At Home With Artistic Penwork (Book 5: Bird and Design Flourishing), by Stephen A. Ziller, Qty 1
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