Online Workshop: Working on a Dark Surface

Working on a Dark Surface

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5:00 pm

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Online – 3 Sessions – Tuesdays, May 2, 9, and 16, 2023, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., US Eastern time.

If you have some delicious looking dark colored paper hiding in your calligraphy workspace, just waiting for the perfect project, this workshop is for you. We’ll work through some of the challenges of working on dark paper, such as how to put in (and remove) pencil guidelines, and working with paints in light or even metallic colors that will stand out on the dark surface. This workshop will use the skills you may have developed in our classes on layout and design, working with gouache, and completing a finished piece.

After you register, you will receive a separate email with log-in information for the online sessions.

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Workshop Withdrawal Policy: Unless you are paying for your class with a gift card, a refund (tuition less 20%) will be issued if you withdraw from class two weeks or more prior to the beginning of class. If withdrawal occurs less than two weeks before class, no cash refund will be issued, but a studio credit voucher will be provided. Occasionally there is insufficient registration for a class to run. In such cases, registrants will be given three options:  (1) Private or semi-private lessons (with price adjustment), (2) placement for the same class held in the future at a different date and time, or (3) refund. 

Supply List (supplies not included):

Your favorite calligraphy dip pens (dip pens are preferred to fountain pens for this workshop)

Dark-colored calligraphy paper you enjoy working on

Selection of gouache that will contrast well with paper color

Small mixing bowls or porcelain palette

Mixing brushes

Bottle with eye-dropper

Bowl of water for cleaning your brush

Scrap paper for testing paint flow from pen

Paper towels or rag

Distilled water (optional)

Gum Arabic (optional)

Ground Sandarac (optional)

Well-lighted work area

White lead and mechanical pencil for it

Gum eraser

Mechanical Pencil (.05)

Traditional wooden pencil 

White plastic eraser

T-square (optional but recommended)

Drawing table (optional but recommended)

Tracing vellum

Drafting brush (optional but recommended)

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Event FAQs

Will this workshop be recorded?

The workshop will be recorded and will be available for participant viewing for one week after each session.

  • Virtual

Event Schedule Details

  • 05/02/2023 5:00 pm   -   6:00 pm
  • 05/09/2023 5:00 pm   -   6:00 pm
  • 05/16/2023 5:00 pm   -   6:00 pm
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