Decorated Letters Workshop

Dates to Be Announced

Decorated Letters Workshop
Come join Holly Monroe for a workshop full of creativity with letters....
Holly occasionally offers small workshops (6-8)
in her studio (Sat/Sun for $160)
and is also available, upon request,
to Calligraphy Guilds and Art organizations for groups of 15-25 students.
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Private Lessons $65/hr
Semi-Private Lessons $40/hr per person
To arrange lessons, email or call Holly at 
Letters@HollyMonroe.com  513-207-2737
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Decorated Letters

Big Picture: Through a series of creative exercises, you will design decorated letters on tracing paper and transfer to fine art paper, handmade paper or vellum. Tools, materials & multiple pencil sketches will explored Saturday, some color experiments, final color and finished project on Sunday. Gouache and watercolor will be introduced. I will go over the use of glair with gouache and touch on several gold techniques.
Included:
Receive a beautiful folder full of handouts. 
Lunch both days, beverages, snacks and a studio experience!
TOOLS & MATERIALS for Decorated Letters
 
Drawing & Painting Supplies
Brushes (WN Series 7 or Miniature 7, sizes  1, 0, 00)  or equivalent. Kolinsky hair
Broad-edged Pen Holder & Nibs, Mitchell or other (NIBS: 6, 5, 4, 3, 3.5, 2.5)
            (or other small pen nibs you have on hand)
Gouache – (opaque) at least 3 colors in tubes, plus WN Zinc White and
            Gold metallic gouache – Schminke (Gold Pearl) or Fine Tech (one pan or 5) 
Watercolor – (transparent) you may bring this instead of gouache
Pastelsa box or 2 or 3 work well together. You may borrow mine.
Mixing pans – 6-pan tray or favorite mixing pans for gouache/watercolor.
I prefer the porcelain “flower” with 7 spaces to mix
Gum Arabicpowdered or liquid
Ruling pen (traditional type) to use with 6” ruler (or larger) with a raised edge
Ruler – whatever you have (rolling rulers are good, too)
Paper -Fine art paper of your choosing. Arches HP 90 or 140 lb or LanAquarelle            
is a good basic. Bring small handmade papers or buy from me.
Vellum – (optional) Small off-cuts for sale $5-10. Bring what you have.
            (I’m talking genuine calfskin. Sheep, deer or other skin is okay, too)
Tracing paper for sketching – Clearprint Design Vellum (my fav)
Saral paper (transfer paper-graphite color) Ball point pen needed to transfer
Drawing pencil (HB lead)
Sharp Scissors – to cut down paper
Pencil sharpener (or use mine)
Eraser – Mars Staedtler (my fav)
Water container – to rinse brushes AND a Water DROPPER BOTTLE
Paint rag or paper towels
 
BRING SMALL INTERESTING OBJECTS that appeal to you:
BRING: 3 small decorative objects for an idea starter ….a favorite piece of jewelry, a sea shell, small frame with a border, fabric with pattern you like, etc.
BRING: Capital letter outlines that you would like to work with…find online or in a lettering book. I will provide some examples for you, as well. 
CONSIDER: How will you use these letters? With a quote? Frame? Book? this will help you have purpose to your work
 
You may order supplies from:
(Find my name and go to the Decorated Letters class link. They list a variety of supplies related to this class in one place for your ease in ordering. Check out the rest of their site for additional supplies). 
 
Paper & Ink Arts
800-736-7772, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm CST
 or
 John Neal Bookseller
800-369-9598
 Your local art store may have some things, but they often don’t carry everything.
 Questions about the supply list?
 
Holly Monroe
513-207-2737
 
Can’t wait to share my calligraphic world with you! Come ready to have fun!