Ruling Pen

Saturday 15th August 2020, 10am – 5pm

Sunday 16th August 2020, 10am – 3pm
Venue: Hastingleigh
Tutor: Rachel Yallop
£60 members / £70 non-members

Suitable for: All levels

The ruling pen is a very versatile tool not least because it comes in more than one form: folded, pointed and cola and the different shapes within these groups which affect the marks made. We will look at the various tools and make a cola pen; discover the unique lines made by all/any of the ruling pens; experiment with pen manipulation and the position of the hand which creates different marks; learn how to achieve the splatter effect and how to enhance lines through touch up – the ultimate contrast so finished pieces with large multi-lined letters; built up capitals; word design or a combination of all

You will need: 

  • Any ruling pens you have: pointed or folded or both
  • To make a cola pen
    • Empty drinks can
    • Scissors to cut can
    • Masking or parcel tape
    • Nail file or emery board
    • Old pencil or similar to use as a handle
  • Lots of paper (more than you think you will need!)
    • Layout paper for working out designs
    • Cartridge paper for practice
    • Watercolour/textured paper
    • Black paper for using with white gouache
  • A lot of Ink – 1 pot should be fine (Pelikan 4001 or Quink are fine)
  • White gouache or Dr Martin’s Bleedproof white if you want to write on black paper
  • Pencil
  • Water pot, brush, palette
  • Small narrow pots or old ink pots with lids for storing mixed gouache (need to be large enough for dipping ruling pens)