Writing on vellum

Saturday 16th November 2019, 10am – 4pm
Venue: Hastingleigh
Tutor: Tina Warren
£25 members / £30 non-members

Suitable for: Those who have not yet worked on vellum or are unsure of working on flat vellum

Can’t decide between paper or vellum? Not worked on vellum before? Worried it’s too technical? Too scary? Too expensive? Worried you’ll “get it wrong”?

Beautiful to write and paint on, the advantages of vellum are its longevity, translucency and uniqueness – no two pieces are the same! It is, of course, also more forgiving than paper to make corrections on. For over 20 years a lot of my commissioned work has been completed on flat vellum. This workshop will introduce you to the most wonderful of substrates and help allay the above worries. By the end of the day you’ll feel more confident using vellum.

During the course of the morning we will experiment on a small piece of flat vellum by raising the nap and making erasers and corrections. In the afternoon we will prepare a piece of vellum to work on writing and/or painting to create a bookmark measuring 21 cm x 4 cm. I suggest the design and layout for this be done prior to the class as there will not be sufficient time to look at design issues on the day. TOP TIP – keep it VERY simple!

NB. We will not be stretching vellum on this occasion.

You will need: 

  • Swann Morton scalpel with No 10 curved blade (and replacement blades) with cork to protect blade or in a retractable handle
  • Craft knife
  • 4H pencil – mechanical if poss
  • Biro
  • Calligraphy ink – Chinese ink stick, liquid sumi, fountain eg Pelikan, iron gall etc You don’t need to have them all, you will be experimenting to see which mediums work best for you to apply and remove
  • Calligraphy nibs – broad or pointed
  • Gouache
  • Palette
  • Brushes for painting – small pointed if doing illumination, patined lettering. I use W&N Series 7 Kolinsky sable brushes and the P81 Acryllo brushes from ‘Premier’
  • Staedtler-rasor ink eraser in pencil form + pencil sharpener
  • Pentel Clic Hyperaser
  • Metal ruler
  • Bone folder
  • Water jar
  • Cutting mat
  • Layout/cartridge paper
  • Notebook
  • Wet and dry sandpaper (400 grade) with cork block