Creating Folded and Other Handmade Pens by Jeanne Dittmann
Lettering tools come in all shapes and sizes. You can spend lots of money at Paper and Ink Arts and John Neal Booksellers buying all of the pens and nibs. However, there are also some really ingenious and creative tools that you can make with some basic supplies you might just have around your house. These tools can create some very interesting, spontaneous calligraphic marks and letters.
Maybe you’re like me and you’ve seen these tools but have never gotten around to making them at home. Well, I finally got around to it this year and it’s great fun! We will experiment with making cola (folded) pens as well as some other surprising materials.
Never let lack of supplies keep you from coming, as we always have supplies to share, but please bring if you have it:
- some large-ish paper to experiment on -- at least 9x12 and nothing expensive -- save the good stuff you learned about in Karon’s program for your work at home
- any kind or color of liquid medium to write with: black ink, liquid watercolor, walnut ink, etc.
- for the afternoon program, bring something other than black ink, but black is fine for the morning if that’s what you have
- be sure your jar has a wide opening, or bring something to pour it in
- water container for cleaning pens
- cloth for wiping pens – a piece of an old tshirt works great
- sharp scissors you’re willing to cut metal and plastic with
- a little piece of fine sandpaper or an emery board
- small cutting mat
- exacto knife
Other supplies will be provided, and you’ll go home with a couple of new writing tools!
And remember, you can still sign up for the afternoon workshop: “Lettering with Folded Pens.” Just make note of the additional supplies (at the back of the newsletter) you should bring for that afternoon of creative fun. Registration + supplies is $23 for members ($25 for non-members).