Anne Elser's Copperplate Class is an introductory look at Copperplate, an elegant and elastic hand frequently used for formal invitations, documents and bridal events. Completely enchanting, the dramatic thick and thins of this delicate hand will make you swoon. Students will be given handouts and guide sheets, learning the upper and lower case characters. We will also address spacing and layout for addressing envelopes. Calligraphy is less about pretty handwriting, but more about DRAWING each and every letter. It’s about establishing a pace and rhythmic motion as you write - giving you a consistency of shapes and letters, and spaces in between words and lines. It is highly relaxing and meditative. Like yoga for the hands, it centers, calms, and enchants the person making as well as and the person admiring it.
- Biengfang Graphic 360 and Strathmore 500 series Marker Paper for practice work.
- For final work and envelopes, try any of these: Strathmore Calligraphy pad, Parchment Pad, or Writing Paper pad.
- Higgins Eternal (if working in Black) or any Sumi brand.
- Liquitex Ink! (if working in Colors) Please choose as many or as few colors as you would like, but stick with black initially.)
- Dr. Martin’s Bleedproof White (thinned with water to your liking and also mixes very well with the watercolor/gouache tube paints we use later in the class to make ink.)
- Wood Petal Pod (for using multiple Colors)
- Mono Pod (for Black ink or one color)
Pens & Nibs
To keep you pens and hands clean: o Paper Towels (Viva or blue shop towels from the hardware store) o Spray Bottle of Cleaner (Diluted Mrs. Meyers All-Purpose Concentrate or Windex, etc.) • Winsor & Newton Gum Arabic Liquid. (Used to prep nibs before writing and as an additive when making ink with tube paint gouaches and watercolors, later during the last two classes. You don’t need gum arabic during the first couple of classes. )
- Tachikawa G Nibs (Preferred for beginners.)
- Zebra G nibs, Brause Steno 361, Brause Zeichenfedern 66, and William Mitchell 303. (Alternative for advanced beginners.)
- Obliqe Pen Point Holder
- Speedball Oblique Pen Holder (For Lefties or Righties)
- Ziller Oblique Pen (For Righties Only)
- Any brand straight holder might be your preference if you are a Leftie. (Brause Wooden holders or Kohinoor holders.)
- Test Scoring Pencil (or any soft and dark pencil.)
- Any mechanical pencil.