Fountain Pen Inks and Bleach - half day workshops
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About the Course
On Saturday 17th March 2018 I will be running 2 fountain pen inks and bleach workshops here at my studio in Rochester, Kent.
What's this all about?
For the past 3 years I have been investigating the properties of hundreds of fountain pen inks for use as a creative and inspirational medium - fine honing and utilising their unique chromatic behaviours and maximising the dramatic visual effects that ocurr when the inks are subjected to bleach.
So what has come out of these investigations?
The most important outcome has been recognising the versatility of the medium to perfectly embrace both illustration (and watercolour) and calligraphy. But there are also very real possibilities for using the medium in fashion/textiles and more fine art based activities.
And the technical outcomes?
Being able to use the medium in negative - working from dark to light (bleach on ink) as well as in the positive - working light to dark (using inks as watercolours)
Being able to create all the colours of the spectrum through mixing the 4 base ink colours (CMYK) and using them for both illustration and writing.
Being able to easily integrate the medium with other mediums.
The morning workshop will run from 1000hrs to 1300hrs. 5 people maximum.
The afternoon workshop will run from 1400hrs to 1700hrs. 5 people maximum.
What will the workshops include?
An introduction - You will learn how to investigate an ink, explore it's chromatography and how it reacts with bleach. You will learn how to blend inks together and maximise the serendipity of the outcomes.
Swatch testing - You will learn how to emulate my swatch card technique, how to maximise the chromatography within the inks and on the best paper for the job. You will learn how to apply bleach to your swatch card to give it that gold neon effect.
Automatic pens - You will learn about automatic pens, how I create my abstract lettering, how I blend inks together, apply bleach and incorporate metal dusts and carbon.
CMYK - You will learn how to mix the four main ink colours together to create new colours. Using this four colour process, you will create a coloured facsimile of an illustration.
Shimmer Calligraphy - You will be shown how to create stunning shimmer calligraphy using inks and metal dusts.
For full details please get in touch.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
The cost is £60 per person per workshop. All art materials, tea, coffee, squash and biscuits are included. As there is a lot to cover in a 3 hour period numbers are restricted to 5 students per workshop.
The workshop fee can be paid by PayPal, please get in touch for details.
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Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
- Accessible by public transport
- Child friendly
- Suitable for beginners
- Suitable for events & groups
- Teen friendly