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Beginning Copperplate Calligraphy with Anne Elser (All Levels)

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Location: Buckhead

(Please select your Date & Time from the drop-down menu)
Multiple Classes | 6 Sessions
Wednesdays (Multiple Dates) | 6PM-8:30PM

This is an introductory look at Copperplate, an elegant and elastic hand frequently used for formal invitations, documents and bridal events. Completely enchanting, the dramatic thick and thins of this delicate hand will make you swoon.

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Location: Buckhead

(Please select your Date & Time from the drop-down menu)
Multiple Classes | 6 Sessions
Wednesdays (Multiple Dates) | 6PM-8:30PM

This is an introductory look at Copperplate, an elegant and elastic hand frequently used for formal invitations, documents and bridal events. Completely enchanting, the dramatic thick and thins of this delicate hand will make you swoon.

Copperplate is less about pretty handwriting, but more about DRAWING each and every letter. It’s about establishing a pace and rhythmic motion as you write - giving you a consistency of shapes and letters, and spaces in between words and lines. It is highly relaxing and meditative. Like yoga for the hands, it centers, calms, and enchants the person making as well as and the person admiring it.

During the six-week course or 2-day workshop, students will be given exemplars, learning the intricate details of the minuscules and majuscules. We will also address spacing and layout for addressing envelopes. More importantly will discover the connection between mind and body, practicing good habits and movement, thusly finding our flow and allowing the body to take charge, automatically producing the heart’s musings in a spirit of openness, adventure, and wonder.

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*Paper: For Practice: Semi-transparent layout marker paper. Bienfang Graphic 360 100% Rag Marker Paper or Strathmore 500 series Marker Paper. For Final Work & Envelopes: Strathmore Calligraphy, Parchment, Artagain, or Writing paper.

Pencils: One General’s Test Scoring pencil or any soft and dark pencil. One mechanical pencil for lining envelopes.

Ink Wells: Petal Pod or Mono Pod.

Ink : Black inks: Sumi or Higgens Eternal. A great white ink we use later on darker papers and to mix with colored inks: Dr. Martin’s Bleedproof White (thin with water.)

Windsor & Newton Liquid Gum Arabic: used when prepping nibs and as an additive for making colored inks with gouache or watercolor tube paints. (You don’t need this for the first few classes.)

Pointed Pen Nibs: (PP Nibs) Tachikawa G nibs or Zebra G nibs are best to start with. They are smooth, have medium flexibility and last long. Try experimenting with these, too: Brause Steno 361 large and flexible. Brause Zeichenfedern 66 - tiny and flexible. William Mitchell 303 - small and extra felxible, this nib provides thin hairlines and beautiful shades, but is very sensitive. This is the stilletto heel in your shoe closet you love the looks of, but have to get used to walking in.

Left-Handed Students: Speedball makes an inexpensive Speedball Oblique Holder suitable for both left-handed and right-handed students. Johnnealbooks.com and paperinkarts.com sell wooden holders with a metal flange for lefties. You may also prefer using a straight holder.

Right-Handed Students: The Speedball Oblique Holder in basic black with a plastic closed flange will work, but for an upgrade try the versions with a metal flange, making it easier to use the larger beginner G nibs.

Hand/Nib Cleaner: Wet wipes are great for your hands, but the fibers come loose and can get caught in your nib. If you’d rather use windex or other household cleaners for your nibs and hands, bring a tiny spray bottle of it and paper towels/cotton cloth. My favorite cleaner is diluted Mrs. Meyers All-Purpose Concentrate. (NOT dish/handsoap.)

Paper Towels or cotton cloth: My favorite towels are those blue shop towels you get at the hardware store. They have virtually no lint and are rinsable/washable. Viva paper towels are also great. Not as durable, but wick moisture better than other brands.

More information: • $5 Fee due to the instructor on the first day of class or workshop. • Anne Will be bringing her dog to this class. If you have an allergy or phobia that she needs to be aware of, please email Anne directly. Penkitten@anneelser.com

About Anne: After earning a BFA in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art in ’91 and graduate studies in Graphic Design at The Portfolio Center in ‘96, Anne began her artistic career as a painter, bookbinder, designer, and calligrapher. With over 20 years teaching experience, her students often report how fulfilling the classroom experience is, prompting both personal and artistic transformations. Anne's classes are also FUN and full of laughter. Students find the sense of community she inspires enriching and entertaining. She currently teaches private lessons from her home studio in Decatur, classes and workshops year round at Binder Art Supply in Buckhead and at their Ponce City Market location, classes and workshops in Decatur, and online courses year round. She also travels in the states and abroad conducting workshops. To see her full course schedule, visit AnneElser.com Her work has been featured in books and magazines across the country, and for both private and corporate clients such as Tiffany&Co, Mont Blanc, Louis Vuitton, Paces Papers, Landor, Martha Stewart Weddings, Belk, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Clicquot Veauvé, World50, Ogilvy, and more. Artist, calligrapher, teacher, mother, and friend, Anne believes making art creates a channel for truth and is a soulful reflection of the connections shared by all. Please Note: Anne Will be bringing her dog to this class. If you have an allergy or phobia that she needs to be aware of, please email Anne directly. Penkitten@anneelser.com

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Beginning Copperplate Calligraphy with Anne Elser (All Levels)

Beginning Copperplate Calligraphy with Anne Elser (All Levels)

Location: Buckhead

(Please select your Date & Time from the drop-down menu)
Multiple Classes | 6 Sessions
Wednesdays (Multiple Dates) | 6PM-8:30PM

This is an introductory look at Copperplate, an elegant and elastic hand frequently used for formal invitations, documents and bridal events. Completely enchanting, the dramatic thick and thins of this delicate hand will make you swoon.