Modern Calligraphic Brush with Carl Rohrs


Mystery and surprise. There is a Chinese saying: “The brush is more than we thought it should be.”
Brush exploration and diligence will reward you beyond the expectations you have of it. We’re after the qualities of lettering that really reflect the characteristics of brushes: texture that the pen obliterates; flow and control that the pen can only dream about; rich fullness of stroke that the pen lusts after. Discovering the full potential of both flat and pointed brushes. With a flat brush that means a new world of texture and control. With a pointed brush we will have stroke shape that a pen can’t even think about, starting with the bedrock of pointed brush lettering — perpendicular strokes — then going on beyond that flat headed mark to the sharp, swelling and feathery beauty of parallel strokes with vertical pressure— the key to making your lettering look LIKE its tool and UNLIKE any other kind of calligraphy. An eye-opening introduction for the brush novice, and a leap and deepening of understanding for the brush-experienced. Tools, paper, media, colour, technique and a little philosophy.

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About the Instructor

Carl is a lettering artist and sign painter in Santa Cruz, CA since 1977. Teacher of Lettering & Typography and Graphic Design at Cabrillo College since ’ 4. Workshops and conferences since ‘86 in U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan & South Africa. Editor of Alphabet, the Journal of the Friends of Calligraphy ‘89–’92 and again 2015 to the present. Has taught at every ABC Alberta since the start in 1990. 

Materials List

Flat brush: Winsor Newton 995 or similar (Raphael Kaerell 8796 Flat Brush size 6 or 8 are smaller alternatives to the W/N 995),
Pointed brush: Pentel Colour Brush and any other pointed brushes you already have or want to try — W/N Series 7 (good starting size: 4) or Asian, etc.(Be sure it’s a brush, and not a rubber wedge).
Paper with tooth or a little bit of texture.
A tube or two of gouache — W/N Indigo or Prussian Blue have great power.
Flat palette, water jar. Ruler, pencil.
There will be a $20-25.00 fee for the work book that goes along with this class.
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