Lettering with the Speedball B Nib

calligraphy classes jane Sep 13, 2022

Homework Hashtag: #kcaspeedball

You've been introduced to the square Speedball A nib with Hill House Script, but now it's time to explore the Speedball B nib. Its tip has a round appearance as opposed to a square shape. In this class, you will learn how to make your own variations and make a unique A-Z pattern!

Topics Covered: 

  • All about the speedball nibs
  • Warm-up Exercises
  • Variations to the letters
  • Making an A-Z pattern

Want to join us for class? It's offered on-demand and available starting September 12, 2022 to enrolled students. Enjoy this video and printable worksheets right away!

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Materials Needed:

  • B nib (half size is closer in size to the A-1 we've used before)
  • straight pen holder
  • ink of your choice
  • printed warm-up sheets
  • printed grid sheets

Homework Challenge:

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Japanese Stab Binding - 3 Techniques

classes jane paper crafts Aug 08, 2022

Homework Challenge: #kcajapanesestabbinding

Introduction:

Japanese Stab Binding is exactly what it sounds like. Books are bound together after the binder stabs holes along the left spine and sews thread through the holes to bind the book. It can be the standard 4-Hole Japanese Stab Binding called "Yotsume Toji" that I taught last year or it can be more intricate in design like the Hemp Leaf Binding or "Asa-No-Ha Toji". 

I will be showing you how to create a simple Inner Binding to hold the inside pages together as well as the Noble Binding or "Koki Toji" along with the Hemp Leaf Binding. 

Topics Covered:

  • Create an Inner Binding
  • Create templates
  • Start with the Noble Binding stitch
  • End with Hemp Leaf Binding stitch

Want to join us for class? It's offered on-demand and available starting August 8, 2022 to enrolled students. Enjoy this video and printable worksheets right away!

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Modern Lettering in the Blue Skies Style--Majuscules

Have you ever been tempted to try modern calligraphy? Not sure where to begin? Well, this class is for you! Modern calligraphy boasts a very wide range of styles and is perfect for creating your trademark look! That being said, modern calligraphy can easily get out of hand without a set of rules to work within. In this class, you will learn a basic majuscule alphabet that is very similar to copperplate with a few exceptions. We will also discuss small changes that can be made to each letterform that can drastically change the look of your script while still staying within a set of basic rules. This will help your script to appear whimsical and beautiful while maintaining the integrity of the letterforms! At the end of the class, you'll create your own alphabet using the techniques we discuss in the lesson. So let's get started!

Want to join us for class? It's offered on-demand and available starting July 6, 2022 to enrolled students. Enjoy this video and printable worksheets right...

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Spring and Summer Wedge Brush Florals

The wedge or triangle brush is a specialty paintbrush where the ferrule and hairs of the brush form a triangle. The tip of the brush comes to a fine point and the body of the brush is full. This unique shape helps the brush hold a lot of water in the body which helps distribute pigment evenly throughout the strokes. Petals and leaves and many other shapes can be created with one stroke. In this course, you will learn to create petals and leaves using a press and release technique as well as press and sweep, press and wiggle, press and pull. You will put these techniques together to create florals, including my signature wedge brush rose.  

 Topics Covered:

  • Wedge Brush petals (press down and move back & forward and to one side)
  • Jane's "Signature" rose (press down and pull to one side and lift)
  • Wedge Brush petals and leaves (press down and sweep to one side and repeat to the other side)
  • Using a non-wedge brush to create these petals and leaves

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Modern Calligraphy in the Blue Skies Lettering Style

Have you ever been tempted to try modern calligraphy? Not sure where to begin? Well, this class is for you! Modern calligraphy boasts a very wide range of styles and is perfect for creating your trademark look! That being said, modern calligraphy can easily get out of hand without a set of rules to work within. In this class, you will learn a basic alphabet that is very similar to copperplate with a few exceptions. We will also discuss small changes that can be made to each letterform that can drastically change the look of your script while still staying within a set of basic rules. This will help your script to appear whimsical and beautiful while maintaining the integrity of the letterforms! At the end of the class, you'll create your own alphabet using the techniques we discuss in the lesson. So let's get started!

Want to join us for class? It's offered on-demand and available starting April 4, 2022 to enrolled students. Enjoy this video and printable worksheets right away!

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Art Nouveau Lettering Style with Speedball A Nib

Inspired by both organic and geometric forms, Art Nouveau first appeared in Brussels in the late 1800's and quickly spread through Belgium and France and all throughout Europe. During this time, the Art Nouveau Style can be seen most prominently in furniture, textiles, architecture, interior design, glass art,  ceramics, jewelry and graphic design. Art Nouveau lettering styles took on the overall look and design of the trend of very high or very low waistlines, diagonal and triangular shapes, curved organic shapes, and long lines. In this class, we will explore the Hill House Typeface using the Speedball A-1 nib. This typeface is said to be based on the "distinctive handwriting" of Glasgow architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh.  Come join me in getting to know the Speedball "square bent nib" through a series of warm-up exercises and let's have some fun learning this stylish asymmetrical typeface!

Topics Covered: 

  • Bent nibs
  • Charles Rennie Mackintosh
  • Hill...
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Freehand Engraving Your Calligraphy

Homework hashtag: #kcaengraving

This class will show you the basics of getting started with engraving your calligraphy on various surfaces and objects for gifts or clients. If you’ve been wanting a way to add luxury calligraphy to your portfolio, elevate your calligraphy or add a new skill set to your hobby, this is the class for you.

Students will learn:

•what tools to use for engraving

•safety while engraving

•items to engrave on and what to use for drafting your calligraphy

•correcting your mistakes

•how to refine your calligraphy on 3D objects such as tile, glassware and metal

•ideas for additional surfaces that can be engraved

Want to join us for class? It's offered on-demand and available starting February 6, 2022 to enrolled students. Enjoy this video and printable worksheets right away!

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Materials Needed: 

•An engraver, brushless motor nail drill or micro motor Dremel that has an...

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How to Make a Nib Organizer

Let's kick off the new year getting organized! How many of you have more than a dozen nibs? How many of you like to share the nibs that you have? Perhaps you can use a nib organizer or a pretty way to gift nibs to your favorite calligraphy friend. I have designed this nifty nib organizer and will take you step by step in showing you how to make one (or more) for yourself or for gifting!

Topics Covered: 

  •  How to create a nib organizer
  • How to use the organizer 

Want to join us for class? It's offered on-demand and available starting January 10, 2022 to enrolled students. Enjoy this video and printable worksheets right away!

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Materials Needed:

  • Printed Supplies List
  • Printed cutting and scoring templates
  • Cardstock and Designer / Scrapbooking paper / Marbled paper
  • Corrugated cardboard 
  • Utility knife
  • Scoring tool
  • Adhesive 
  • Printed sheets of the Kalli Camp Academy Class Notes for note taking or a notebook

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Weaver Writing Style

Advance your script repertoire with this whimsical unicase script. Weaver Writing contains only 26 letterforms! Rather than having minuscule and majuscule letters, it has one style of letter with a variable mix of classic "upper" and "lower" case.

This class builds on concepts taught in the Intro to Pointed Pen Uncial class, so we recommend taking that class first. It is found in our Class Archive, and Tier 2 members can access the class here.

Topics Covered:

How to Write in Weaver Writing Style

Want to join us for class? It's offered on-demand and available starting December 5, 2021 to enrolled students. Enjoy this video and printable worksheets right away!

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Supplies:

  • Weaver Writing Guide Sheet from the handout printed on paper such as Gilbert Bond Practice Paper
  • Pointed Pen Nib Holder of your choice
  • Pointed Pen Nib (Nikko G or your favorite)
  • Ink, Pelikan 4001 Brilliant Black
  • Dinky Dip or other small ink well
  • Pencil
  • Padded writing...
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Creating Wax Seals and Tying Ribbons

My name is Allison McClanahan, and I am a calligrapher and stationer. For my wedding clients, I work with ribbon and wax seals which makes a piece of mail extra fun to receive. In this class, I’ll show you my favorite methods for creating wax seals and tying ribbons.  

Topics covered

  • Wax and sealing stamps sourcing
  • Ribbon sourcing
  • Gold marker brand
  • Wax seal formation--various methods and shapes with a focus on the glue gun method
  • Ribbon/wax seal combinations
    • opposite direction tails
    • same direction tails
  • Ribbon tying
    • knot
    • bow
  • How to keep your wax seal and ribbon from attaching to the paper

Want to join us for class? It's offered on-demand and available starting December 5, 2021 to enrolled students. Enjoy this video and printable worksheets right away!

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Supplies

  • Sealing wax (I prefer glue gun sticks from Artisaire) 
  • Sealing stamps (shown in video: Artisaire, Elisa Anne Calligraphy, Hobby Lobby) 
  • Ribbon (I use...
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