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May Mini Workshop: Adolf Bernd Style Letters

May 18, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


S.A.C.G. in Adolf Berndt Style LettersAdolf Bernd’s letters were discovered by Peter Thornton some time ago, and he was so taken with them that he felt a need to share them with the calligraphic art community. And we’re so glad he did! We’re also very thankful that Peter graciously shares everything he teaches and, in the true spirit of a teacher, encourages us to share his lessons with anyone who is interested.

So with gratitude to Peter, I will share my take on the Adolf Bernd style of decorated letters. These are drawn letters, which are then turned into lovely art by means of adding subtle color and decoration. They are truly modern decorated letters, though they incorporate some design elements of the medieval decorated letters we love.

In this short class, we will look at how Bernd designed his letters and then create our own.

Supply list:

  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Good paper, such as Arches text wove, Schiller, Biblio, Niddeggan, Arches 140# hot press
    or cold press watercolor paper
  • Watercolors – I have some to share if you don’t have any – a palette limited to just 3 or 4 colors that relate to each other, plus one or two accent colors, is best
  • watercolor brush – round, #0,1,2,4 – a good brush that comes to a good point when wet—Winsor Newton Series II 101, the one with the red handle, is a very good brush for this and is often on sale at Herwecks and Asel’s
  • Water container
  • Paper towels
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May 18, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Christ Episcopal Church – Parish Hall
510 Belknap Place
San Antonio, TX 78212 United States
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Leslie Winakur