- The program – We will be making aluminum-can folded pens and then making marks with them.
- The 2019 year-long project —
We are to have chosen our text and cut at least some materials to size in preparation for beginning to assemble the book. Remember that each part of the book can be done (and redone!) separately and the book can be added to at will, so bring at least 5 folios and 5 book wrappers to get you started at the February meeting. A five-inch-square book will require materials in the following sizes:
folios: 10″ x 5″, grain short
page wrappers: 10″ x 10″ square
spine piece: [width of finished book + 1″] x 5″
- Show and share — Bring anything you’ve been working on.
What to bring:
- aluminum beverage can (or aluminum flashing if you’d prefer)
- heavy-duty scissors or tin snips for cutting the aluminum (kitchen shears are quite adequate)
- bone folder
- pencil, to be used as the pen staff (so not one of your favorites!) — or a dowel of pencil length
- print-out of the Erica’s PDF tutorial (attached)
- ink in a suitable container for dipping
- paper for experimenting with your new pen
I’ll bring the following to share:
- duct tape
- 220-grit sandpaper
If you want to look at folded-pen resources online:
A few years ago, a calligrapher named Joy Deneen instituted Folded Pen Friday on Instagram (#foldedpenfriday) and showed the curated results of this in two blogs posts which I list here for your inspiration. Also, some folded-pen work by three masters. Have fun looking at these:
- Julian Waters – the slideshow here: ottawacalligraphy.ca/events/workshops/ruling-pen-calligraphy-with-julian-waters
- Peter Thornton – conference class images www.thepassionatepen.org/faculty/peter_thornton_four_day/
And finally, be thinking about what we might want to do in March. Does anybody have a technique or tutorial they would like to share?