Workshop: English Vernacular – Part 1 & 2

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Pointed nib practical looking at how to write and apply the script.

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This is a weekend 2 part workshop on 24th & 25th July from 1pm-6:30pm.

English Vernacular is one of those scripts which has always been present in our field of vision. The problem is its similarity to Copperplate Script and English Roundhand always ensure our vision glosses over it and assumes it belongs to the one of the aforementioned script families.

I started focussing on this script when I was looking at the small capitals used by the English Writing Masters of the 18th century, and I realised I was cheating both myself and this magical family of letterforms by not paying closer attention to it. This family of script is widely used by Writing Masters, Engravers and Letter-cutters alike.

This 2-day workshop will start off which soft pencil practise, using either a 4B or a 6B pencil, as the letterforms are close to what you know but the subtilties are tricky to grasp when coping with the nib as the starting tool.

Once we master the shapes with a pencil we will graduate to the pointed nib. There is a considerable amount of tool manipulation and so you will be required to study and understand the ‘PAScribe Tool Coordinate System’ as this will give you a deeper insight into how to position the nib.

Like its contemporary cousins, English Roundhand and Copperplate, English Vernacular was also written with a small left oblique cut quill. I will demonstrate with this tool as well so that you can see how to really dive deep into the writing system.

The true joy of this script comes in combining it with English Roundhand or Copperplate.

I look forward to teaching you about this long-forgotten script and helping you add it to your range of hands.

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For all classes and workshops, you will be required to watch and study videos on posture, placement of page and position of the hand, as well as the death grip and studio set up. You will get these links when you sign up.

Please purchase your tools and materials well in advance of the course so you can at least test them out and familiarise yourself with them.

Please do some practise before attending the class at least some exercises to limber up your hand. Coming to class without any practise in the week of the class will only be a disservice to yourself.

Tools & Materials -

We will provide the exemplars and guidelines – you need to print them off. It is best to have a look at them before the class to ensure you have an idea of the sense and feel of the script. Please do not with the material, look at it and make notes. If you start practising without instruction you will only embed bad habits which will only take longer to unlearn.

Paper – Layout or Marker Pad A4 or US Letter no Tracing Paper.

Something you can see through once the guidelines are under it.

Nibs – Finer is better like a Hunt 22B nib, you can go as fine as Gillott 303 nibs but NO G NIBS

Ink – Whatever you feel comfortable with.

Quills - At least 2 quills (optional)

Pencil - An HB, 4B and a 6B, a separate pencil if you are writing notes in pencil, not the practise one.

Or normal pencils to work in and a mechanical pencil to make notes in.

Pen - A fine tip red pen or a colour which contrasts with the ink you are writing in.

Light - Ensure the light is bright and movable so you do not end up with shadows.

Other tools –

A straight edged ruler, a protractor, 4 small paperclips, 4 blank guard sheets (A4 or US Letter), a playing card (a larger size if you are a little clumsy), a cloth to wipe your nib on, a short open mouth jar of water, blue tac, a strip of fine sandpaper, a pencil sharpener, quill knife or Exact Knife with pack of blades (no scalpel knives nor blades), Arkansas Stone, (if using a quill knife), little piece of flat glass

Remember to watch the videos:

Posture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3o-XqiDohs

Placement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uz2806GJteQ

Position: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWtvNpVNOqA&t=1s

Additional -

No hard soled shoes, ideally you want to just be wearing socks, cushions in the event you need to get more height at the desk, if you are short a box to rest your feet on,

If you are tall sort out your seat to table ratio well before the workshop, preferable working at a straight edged table, short sleeves (if you are wearing a long-sleeved shirt or jumper/sweater, you will need to roll it up past your elbow), a crumpled ball of paper.

See Death Grip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7juqXd8z_c,

an unsharpened pencil with an eraser on the back (do not use this to erase) or if you can get a larger than normal size pencil with an eraser that would be preferable).

Clear you writing surface of anything other than what is listed you need the space.

If you can roll out a large sheet of paper over the area you are writing that would be great, I have an amazing trick I can teach you. Make sure the paper is thick enough to use again. A large flat sheet will work. It needs to cover the WHOLE are you are working on, tools and ink including.

It is your responsibility to ensure your desk and chair are at the right height. See the videos.

Workspace and Posture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_usS8_cSbgI&t=1721s

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Organiser Paul Antonio Scribe

Organiser of Workshop: English Vernacular – Part 1 & 2

Paul Antonio is the author of 'Copperplate Script - A Yin&Yang Approach'. A new and innovative way to look at and learn to write copperplate script. This new method simplifies the approach so anyone can learn the script. 

Paul's research into the geometry of writing has led him to a new vision of how we put pen to paper. This research is so exciting as it gives the participant access to quicker learning and application of calligraphy. 

Being passionate about lettering history, Paul has worked on copying Ancient Hieroglyphs in Egypt for the MET, NYC and is one of the four Crown Office Scribes who handwrites some of the laws of the UK unto vellum for signing by Her Majesty The Queen. He also studied English Palaeography and Manuscript History.



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