All Oregon Calligraphy Conference

Details

Saturday, October 14 – Portland, Oregon – 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m

Cascade Heights Public Charter School
15301 SE 92nd Ave
Clackamas, OR
(near Highway I-205)

Welcoming all calligraphers and lettering artists to a day of lettering, whimsy and play hosted by the Portland Society for Calligraphy.

Registration Fee: $65 includes a box lunch, two classes and time to play!

Registration is closed. contact Meri Taylor – meriscribe@gmail.com

Vendors, registration, morning social and exhibits open at 8:00 a.m.


Vendors

  • Tim’s Pens
  • Black Thumb Studio
  • M. Kay Beckham
  • Robert Beall “Stamp Man”
  • Orbital Holding Sets
  • E-ZEL
  • Masgrimes

Keynote

Pens for the Lively in Us

Tim Leigh, founder and creator of Tim’s Pens will share his path to crafting folded pens that are now found in calligraphic studios around the world.

Special pens for expressive calligraphic writing. “They sing to you. Whether lying on the table looking smart, in your hand feeling oh so smooth, or on paper creating forms of verve and power, these pens beckon, sing, urge you onward. Plus, though they start as refuse, they finish as useful art pieces, so a sustainable note is struck.


Morning Classes

PAPER CUT LETTERS

Amy Bennett – AB1
Skill Level: All, some experience with X-acto Knife helpful

Learn tips and tricks to paper cut lettering. Almost any style of calligraphy and hand lettering can be paper cut to give your work depth and dimension. Workshop will explore different styles of hand-cut letters and how to incorporate them into your lettering art compositions.

Supplies: Self-healing cutting mat, at least 12×18, X-acto knife with comfort grip, #11 replacement X-acto blades, 12″ cork-back metal ruler, Tombow Mono Aqua liquid glue, mechanical pencil, 0.5 lead, Tombow Mono Zero round mechanical eraser, bone folder, Scissors, tweezers, toothpicks

Materials Fee: $6

BASIC BLACKLETTER

Anita Bigelow – BB1
Skill Level: All

Paleographers call it Textura Quadrata, Lloyd Reynolds called it the Christmas alphabet (only legible at Christmas time) — it’s a gothic hand and can be an enjoyable part of your calligraphic repertory. Here we’ll go over minims and minuscule and build an understanding of basic gothic letterforms. As a finale, we’ll turn one of our worksheets into a diagonal pocket folder, demonstrating how exciting a design element Blackletter can be. Guidelines will be provided.

Supplies: Gilbert Bond paper. C2 or Mitchell 1 or Brause 3 for pens. Higgins Eternal or walnut ink. Optional pens: Automatic or Horizon pens, 6 mm Parallel pen, scroll nibs.

Material Fee: 0

Pointed Pen Pizazz!

Donya Burmeister – DB1
Skill Level: Some pointed pen experience required.

Let’s break some rules and make Pointed Pen personal!
We will manipulate strokes and combine alphabets to create a contemporary, artistic and personal pointed pen hand– all your own!

Supplies: 1 oblique pen holder, 1 straight pen holder, pencil & eraser, 2 -3 Flexible pen nibs (Suggest…Hiro 40, Brause Steno 361, if you have favorites, bring them, black ink (Sumi Old World (available from Paper & Ink).
Optional: 1-2 colors of gouache, water container, mixing brush, towel

Materials Fee: $5

DRAWN & DECORATED LETTERS

Angelina Cox – AC1
Skill Level: All

Learn to draw traditional Lombardic style capital letters from the twelfths to fourteenth centuries. These letters are sometimes called Illuminated letters due to the fancy designs drawn around them, and the liberal use of gold leaf in ancient manuscripts. We will draw the letters within a square then decorate the area around the letters.

We will also focus on drawn modern Versals; these are lighter and have a “sketched” appearance. Each style can be simple or gloriously bedazzled with any amount of design and color; it all depends on your imagination and artistic eye.

Supplies: Sketch or drawing paper, pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, ruler, black pens (a variety from micro point [.005-.5] to medium [felt/gel/roller/Sharpie], a few of your favorite colored pencils or your favorite markers or crayons.

Optional supplies: gold or silver gel pens, glue, glitter, water color palette or water color pencils (with water container & fine point brush), quality paper scraps (watercolor cold/hot press, pastel papers)

Material Fee: $2

CALLIGRAPHIC SILK SCARVES

Laura Drager – LD1
Skill Level: All (some lettering experience)

Learn a variety of easy techniques for dyeing as well as lettering on silk. Can be used for scarves, banners, or wall hangings. Demonstrations and samples will show several methods to enhance your scarf. You will receive two beautiful silk scarves to experiment with, letter on, and take home. Most of the supplies are provided.

Supplies: Apron, small 1/4”-1/2” flat brush or pointed brush if you prefer (acrylic-friendly), mixing tray, and water container.

Material Fee: $10

WHIMSICAL STRUCTURES

Diane Flack – DF1
Skill Level: All

Learn a few bookbinding tricks to enhance your calligraphic skills. Some simple books, folds and card structures will work for quotes and poems and can be presented as artist books, while others will make lovely gifts or cards. I have added some new books since the 2015 class.

Supplies: scissors, ruler, X-acto knife or similar, cutting mat, bone folder and a glue stick.

Material Fee: 0

GOTHICIZED ITALIC

Sue Greenseth – SG1
Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced students with experience in Italic.

In this class, we will study the sumptuous and elegant letter style of Gothicized Italic. Written with a broad-edged pen, it is a traditional alphabet with surprising elegance. It combines the rich and condensed feel of Blackletter with the flowing quality of Italic. This hand is very effective for wedding invitations, envelope art, and formal documents.

Supplies: Higgins Eternal or walnut ink, Mitchell #0 and #1 nibs, plus nib holders, layout bond paper (I use Gilbert Bond, available either through PSU Bookstore or John Neal), and system for making sure your ink bottle doesn’t spill.

Material Fee: $0

ZANERIAN ENGROSSER’S SCRIPT

David Grimes – DG1
Skill Level: Beginner

Masgrimes Engrosser's Script

Learn about the oblique pen holder and the five principal strokes used in American Roundhand writing. Analyze a historic American penmanship specimen and learn how to deduce how each letter of the 26 minuscules are constructed.

Supplies: Oblique staff, 2 Hunt 101 nibs, walnut ink, Rhodia paper, Straight edge, Pencil

Material Fee: $0

ITALIC HANDWRITING

Inga Dubay & Barbara Getty – IH1
Skill Level: All
*Newly added as of 8/28/17

Enjoy writing legible, handsome and easy-to-learn italic handwriting. Besides being soul-satisfying, others will also enjoy reading the end result! Discover the joy and benefits of good handwriting. This workshop includes instruction and practice with the basics of italic handwriting as well as self-assessment techniques.

(Materials provided: Uniball Vision moonlike pen, pencil and handouts).

Material Fee: $4

STAINED GLASS LETTERS

Cora Pearl –SG1
Skill Level: All

In this class, we will create an illuminated letter with the appearance of stained glass. This workshop is appropriate for all levels, and students will focus on using pattern and color to create a small finished piece. The class is an exercise in design and will follow a step by step process for the completion of the piece.

Supplies: Hot press watercolor paper cut to three 6” x 6” pieces, pencil, Speedball B-5 nib and nib holder, Sumi ink, watercolors (Prang 16 color set recommended), watercolor round brush size 1, water container, eraser, 12” ruler.

Provided: transfer paper, handouts

Material Fee: $1

WRITING AND DRAWING WITH A POINTED BRUSH

Marilyn Reaves – MR1
Skill Level: All levels welcome. Some calligraphy experience recommended (but not necessarily pointed brush).

The pointed brush is a perfect tool for calligraphic writing and weighted-line drawing–for integrating text and image by using the same expressive tool for both. In this workshop, you will learn (or review) the basics of pointed brush writing, as well as a process for making calligraphic brush drawings. The goal is to create a small piece that unifies text and a simplified representation of a related object.

Supplies: A short text, perhaps a single line from a poem; Picture(s)—magazine, camera, drawing, phone—that relate to your text; Pointed brush, approx. size 2; A few watercolors and/or gouache colors (pan or tube), including black; Practice paper: a medium-size sketchbook, some loose drawing paper, or just photocopy paper; Pencil, eraser, black pointed marker

Material Fee: $3

ANIMATION FUNDAMENTAL FOR CALLIGRAPHERS

Marilyn Zornado – MZ1
Skill Level: All

Have you been curious about how to incorporate animation techniques into your work as a calligrapher? This class will introduce the principals of animation and low-tech ways of getting from paper prints to video using your smart phone or iPad. Students will learn the basic principles of animation by making flip book with their lettering. Students will create animated GIFs of the work that they create in class to use on websites or post on social media.

Supplies: Your favorite felt-tip calligraphy pens, Pencil, 4 x 6 blank index cards – 1 pack – usually sold in packs of 100, iPhone, iPad or other smart phone to take pictures of the work and charger, Selfie Stick or other type of smart phone or iPod holder that we will adapt to be a camera stand.

In Advance:
Download the iMOTION app to your smart phone/iPad. iMotion has both Apple and Android versions.
Materials Fee: $0


Afternoon Classes

BASIC BLACKLETTER WITH A TWIST

Anita Bigelow – BB2
Skill Level: Previous Blackletter experience, the morning session would qualify.

Here we’ll look at examples from the fourteenth century Luttrell Psalter and its flat-footed blackletter (textura precissus). We will contrast these letterforms with the more familiar textura quadrata blackletter incorporated in the typeface of the Gutenberg Bible. We’ll focus on minuscules.

Supplies: Gilbert Bond paper. C2 or Mitchell 1 or Brause 3 for pens. 6 mm Parallel pen optional. Higgins Eternal or walnut ink. Guidelines will be provided.

Material Fee: 0

RULE OVER YOUR ROMANS!

Christine Colasurdo – CC2
Skill Level: All

Are you still intimidated by Imperial Roman Capitals? If so, this workshop will help you gain confidence and skill. We will review basic Roman forms with a pencil, learn about the Roman Empire, and Christine will do a brush demo of the caps. If you’d like, you can follow the demo with your own brush and gouache, or just relax and practice with pencil. You will also receive a study guide on the Capitalis Monumentalis to take home.

SUPPLIES: pencil (doesn’t matter which kind), Staedtler eraser, notebook for taking notes, 2 sheets of blank 8.5 x 11 paper, small T-square

Optional: black gouache, mixing palette, water jar, cotton rag, small flat brush (Loew-Cornell #4, 7300 Shader or equivalent), Strathmore Recycled Drawing Pad 11″ x 14″

Recommended Text (optional): The Origin of the Serif by E. Catich

Material Fee: $2

POINTED PEN PIZAZZ!

Donya Burmeister – DB2
Skill Level: Some pointed pen experience required.
See AM Classes for details

DRAWN & DECORATED LETTERS

Angelina Cox – AC2
Skill Level: All
See AM Classes for details

CALLIGRAPHIC SILK SCARVES

Laura Drager – LD2
Skill Level: All (Some Lettering Experience)
See AM Classes for details

WHIMSICAL STRUCTURES

Diane Flack – DF2
Skill Level: All
See AM Classes for details

GOTHICIZED ITALIC

Sue Greenseth – SG2
Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced students with experience in Italic.
See AM Classes for details

ENGROSSER’S SCRIPT CAPITALS

David Grimes – DG2
Skill Level: Intermediate, previous Pointed Pen experience recommended.

Masgrimes Engrosser's Script

This class places the 26 English majuscules into like letter groups. It outlines foundational strokes that can be applied with small adaptations in many situations and makes clear distinctions between historical methods, and methods commonly used by calligraphers today.

The intent of this class is to walk through the letter groups and call out common pitfalls and nuances. Each letter is demonstrated in numerous ways, and the small qualities that make each uniquely difficult are called to attention.

This class also touches on the concepts of position and range, which may be useful for students who have difficulty utilizing strong finger movement throughout their script.

Supplies: Oblique holder, Hunt 101 or similar nib, walnut ink, Rhodia paper, straight edge, pencil.

Material Fee: 0

STAINED GLASS LETTERS

Cora Pearl – SG2
Skill Level: All
See AM Classes for details

WRITING AND DRAWING WITH A POINTED BRUSH

Marilyn Reaves – MR2
Skill Level: All levels welcome. Some calligraphy experience recommended (but not necessarily pointed brush).
See AM Classes for details

ANIMATION FUNDAMENTAL FOR CALLIGRAPHERS

Marilyn Zornado – MZ2
Skill Level: All
See AM Classes for details