past workshops

DECEMBER 2012
Celtic Knotwork and Decorated Letters with Vivien Lunniss

Bebington: Saturday 8 December 2012

Lower Withington: Sunday 9 December 2012

The distinctive ribbon interlace, stylised birds and animals known as Celtic Art has its roots in the pre-Christian era but reached its high point much later with the outstanding examples of the Book of Kells and the Lindisfarne Gospels.

This workshop will look at a method of constructing knotwork panels and borders. The simplicity of these patterns probably being better suited to 21st century calligraphy. We will also look at a similar design for initial letters.

Materials:

Tracing paper
Pencil – one hard, one soft, eraser
Masking tape
Double pencils, taped together with a gap of approximately 12 mm
Fine-line technical pen, 0.1mm. (Uni pin, water- and fadeproof are good) If you can get different colours and a light, neutral colour such as brown, so much the better.
Brushes, a ProArte, series 101, size 2 are suitable, or other good quality brush
Gouache
Coloured pencils.


NOVEMBER 2012
Brush Up Your Italic with Gillian Hazeldine

Bebington: Saturday 10 November 2012

Lower Withington: Sunday 11 November 2012

It's all too easy to fall into bad habits with a script, and left uncorrected, these can become ingrained. In this workshop we'll go back to basics on formal italic, starting with an analysis of Bembo's Sonnets in Italian, the manuscript deemed to be the best model for the script, and then using what we glean from Bembo, go on to write a good formal hand.

Materials: 

Decent quality A3 cartridge paper, ink, preferably Higgins Eternal or Chinese, Mitchell Roundhand nib size 2 or equivalent, with reservoir. Usual equipment to include board, pencil, ruler and or T square.

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AGM meeting (13 October 2012)

About 30 people attended the 30th AGM and lecture of NWCA. After the business side of the meeting, everyone enjoyed the 30th anniversary treat – a sandwich lunch (delicious sandwiches, provided by Hector’s in West Kirby) and cake (the anniversary cake pictured here, and other very moreish ones, provided by members).

Cake

After lunch, one of our members, professional calligrapher Brian Colvin, talked about working for the TV programme ‘Who do you think you are?’, both here and in the US. Brian was responsible for writing the family trees for the featured celebrities, some of which were many feet long (the family trees, not the celebs!) It was demanding work, but interesting to be involved with, and fascinating for us to hear about (and bask in Brian’s reflected glory!)
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SEPTEMBER 2012
Dancing with the Pencil with tutor Clare Whittaker

Bebington: Saturday 8th September 2012
Lower Withington: Sunday 9th September 2012

The humble pencil is a surprisingly versatile calligraphic tool.
This workshop will show you how to bring together the magic of the pencil with elegant letters, which will dance and flow. All you need is a pencil and an open mind. The rest is a magical dance.
Materials:
usual equipment
pencils of all sorts, especially a B or 2B and if you have a very dark soft pencil such as 8B
water colour pencils and water colour brush
practice paper such as cartridge
some good quality paper
craft knife and some very fine sand paper
short quotes
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JULY 2012
Big Bold Writing with tutor Mary Noble, FSSI, CLAS Fellow

Bebington: Saturday 14 July 2012
Lower Withington: Sunday 15 July 2012

Really big writing - nothing smaller than 3 inches high - is great fun and a brilliant group activity whatever your skill level, and will equip you with the skills either for producing big signs or for making beautiful creations, whichever is your preference.

Materials:

LOTS of large paper, A3 size, or even better, a roll of lining paper
Your largest pens including automatic pens if you have them
Sturdy scissors that will cut cardboard
Selection of inks of various colours - not acrylic please.
Several large wide shallow dishes for the ink - such as cut-down milk cartons or plastic flip-over yogurt pots (to accommodate very wide pens)
Kitchen roll for mopping up
A few Big Bold words or very short quotes
Drawing board if your back needs it, but we will need to work flat sometimes

AS MANY OF THE FOLLOWING AS POSSIBLE:

Old plastic credit cards/loyalty cards
Bath sponge (square edged not round)
Absorbent kitchen cloth eg J cloth
Thick cardboard/ greyboard/ back of layout pad
Duct tape (better than masking tape)

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