Heather Held: The Poetic Pen

The Poetic Pen
Heather Held
Thursday, July 16, 2015
All day

Italian Hand is an elegant mercantile script that reaches back to the first decade of the 1600’s and was prominently used until the mid 1860’s. It is a narrow and graceful hand, made distinctive through its unusual use of shading. Often called “blob top or club top” lettering, this hand evolved out of italic hands and appears throughout history in various forms. Although it was historically marketed as the simplest of all script hands, it can look confusing until it is demystified. The lowercase forms are very simple to learn. The capitals are varied and can take the form of Standard Roundhand or the more complex reverse shaded letterforms. Throughout The Poetic Pen class, we will simplify the capital forms while striving to perfect the shading on the lowercase forms. We will explore various European influences of the capital letters. The end goal of this class is not to copy a historic hand but to help unlock its mysteries and bring it forward into this century. The practice of this delicate hand will help lighten your touch as you approach other script hands.  


 Straight holder.  Medium Flexible Pointed Pen Nib: Hunt 22, Gillott 404 or Zebra G

Flexible Pointed Pen: Brause 66 EF, Leonardt EF Principal or Gillott 303.  Ink:  McCaffery Black, McCaffery Indigo or Walnut Ink (Higgins or Sumi inks are not suitable).  Paper:  9”x12” Pad of Borden & Riley Layout Paper (this is my preference for Italian Hand practice. You may substitute your favorite blank practice paper. You should be able to see your guidelines through the paper).  Pencil; Ruler; Eraser; Note Taking Supplies; Paper Towels; Water dish;  Two Paper Clips.  Optional: Maruman Imagination Series Graph Paper (size 8.3” x11”) ** for those who prefer to work on graph paper rather than using guidelines. 

User menu

User login

To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.