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Ornamental Flourishing Workshop by Pat Blair (16/17 November)

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The pointed, flexible nib is a marvelous tool, capable of producing a multitude of expressive strokes from whisper thin hairlines to dramatic, bold shades.
What fun to explore these unique qualities as we play with fun and creative pen illustrations.
In this class, we will learn basic strokes of the pointed pen, which we will use to create wonderful borders, single cartouches, floral decoration, and illustrative ornament. We will incorporate color by using watercolor, gouache, or metallic paint to add another dimension to our penwork.  

16th November- 7:30pm to 10pm IST
17th November- 7:30pm to 10pm IST
Each Participant will receive:
> A PDF of the handouts
> A Zoom Meeting Link for the session
> Recordings of the 2 sessions for 3 weeks after the workshop 
The participants should know the basics of any pointed pen script (Like Copperplate/ Spencerian/ Modern) 
Suggested Materials:
  • Oblique pen holder 
  • your favorite pointed pen nibs, such as Hunt 22, 56 or Gillott 303 or 404, the  G Nib, Tiger or Leonardt Principal
  • a good quality layout bond paper, recommended - a pad of 9” x 12” Canson Pro Layout Marker
  • several small sheets of good quality black and/or dark paper, like Canford or Strathmore ArtAgain
  • Black Calligraphy Ink (Recommended: Moon Palace Sumi Ink)
  • Your favorite white medium, such as Bleed Proof White or McCaffrey’s Ivory 
  • mixing tray 
  • #2 pencils
  • several tubes of gouache or watercolor in your favorite colors
  • An iridescent medium in gold, silver or a color - good ones are Dr. Martin’s Iridescent (liquid) , FineTec (pans)
  • small paintbrush for loading color
  • small pots for water
About the Teacher:
Pat Blair served 12 1/2 years as the Chief Calligrapher at the White House in Washington, D.C., directing the production ofinvitation and menu design for all official and social presidential events, calligraphy of placecards, envelopes and titles, certificate and resolution design as well as production of programs and tour books. She served two years as the President of the Washington Calligrapher’s Guild in Washington, DC., was the chairperson of the Graceful Envelope contest sponsored by the US Postal Service, and served as co-director for the International Lettering Conference, Letterforum.
Her work has been published in the Calligrapher’s Engagement Calendar, Letter Arts Review, Top 100 New York Calligraphers, Grolier Club Calligraphy Revival, and Martha Stewart Weddings, among others.  She teaches at the Loudoun Academy of the Arts, and has been on the faculty of over ten International Calligraphy Conferences.
Her workshops emphasize the grace and elegance that letterforms can achieve by paying close attention to the beauty of the form, and she is currently offering both in-person and online workshops.  She has been awarded the title Master Penman by the International Assoc of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting for her work .
The fees for the workshop is non-refundable
In case of any questions, please email at

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