20 April 2019, Melbourne: Pointed Pen Flourishing


20 April 2019, Melbourne: Pointed Pen Flourishing


Pointed Pen Flourishing

The Co-Work Co, 421 Lygon Street, Brunswick East

2pm to 4.30 pm

Flourishing is deceptively hard to learn, but the application of some basic principles and some study time can be very helpful!

In this class we’ll study the rules of flourishing and talk about some alternative ways to flourish - planning, no planning, winging it, graph paper. We’ll talk about some historical approaches to flourishing and the physical how-to of it - the difference between finger movement flourishes and whole-arm flourishes. We’ll talk about where and when it’s appropriate to flourish, and where it’s not, and how to make your flourishing an integral part of your piece rather than standing out awkwardly. And we will talk about working with the pen and letting the pen tip work for you, rather than fighting your tools.

We will mostly be working on the type of flourishing that’s a structural part of your piece - big loops and big compound curves - rather than on small florals and leaves. However they will definitely rate a mention; little decorations are both beautiful and useful!

I will provide:

  • Smooth paper and graph paper

  • Good nibs for flourishing

  • Walnut ink

  • Examples and resources

You should bring:

  • Your preferred oblique holder

    (or if you don’t have one, you can purchase one from me in class).

This workshop is suitable for those with a little experience already with copperplate - preferably you will have already done a beginner workshop (not necessarily with me, but with someone) and have an understanding of the script.

This workshop runs from 2pm to 4.30pm.  Please be on time - we have a lot to cover and we won't be able to run late!

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