Make your letters small, smaller, smallest as we work with tools conducive to small writing: microns, crowquills, and sharpened edged dip pens. We will spend the fun-filled week learning three alphabets—Monoline Italic, Clothesline Caps, and Willow by Hand—and investigating the demands that tiny writing places on these tools. The delightful results will be used in several book creations and greetings cards.
- Monoline Italic is a great hand to learn, not only to use by itself, but it can be a gateway to improving your everyday handwriting and communication skills. We start out discussing the origins: late 15th-early 16th century Italic for the minuscule and 1st century Rome for the majuscules.
- Clothesline Caps look great on cards and envelopes, and help your sense of spacing. We revisit the Roman proportions discussed with Italic, and then improvise.
- Willow by Hand is introduced with a talk about the life and work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the Northern Art Nouveau architect & watercolorist and contemporary of Frank Lloyd Wright. A typeface was designed by Tony Forster in 1990 on some architectural lettering of Mackintosh’s. Carol studied and analyzed this typeface to transform it back into handwriting.
- All these are extremely fun to write and very useful in books, cards, boxes, and on envelopes.
In this class, study the letterforms, and make boxes with books, other book structures, and many greeting cards. Furthermore, exploration of various techniques, tools, and media will be incorporated, including folding, measuring, collage, pens, brushes, leathers, papers, inks, and watercolor pencils. You will enjoy experimenting and creating wonderful treasures.