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Gray Scale-Exploring Graphite Lettering from Small and Delicate to Big & Bold
Spring Workshop with Amity Parks
Sponsored by the Mysticalligraphers

April 7-8, 2018 (Note correction of dates)
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Coastal Lodge on 637 Pequot Trail, Stonington

AmityParks workshop

Using only the humble pencil and its other graphite cousins allows us to practice ways of creating dynamic layouts even within the limited grayscale palette. By exploring the most striking of contrasts – scale – we will challenge ourselves to create powerful layouts focused on the relationship between large and small design elements.

Beginning with a series of exercises we will study a range of pencil lettering techniques, from formal drawn Roman capitals to a variety of more modern and casual hands. We’ll then explore some non-traditional graphite techniques that allow for bold, large scale lettering designs. Finally, we’ll combine these two elements in a variety of layout and design exercises that will lead us to the creation of works that reflect both the delicate beauty and dynamic contrasts possible within the graphite family

PRINTABLE SUPPLY LIST-this link is to a pdf file

Supply List:
• Mechanical Pencil- 0.5 or 0.3 and leads (my favorite is the 0.3 Pentel Graph Gear 500)
• A few drawing pencils in various hardness’ (6B, 4B, 2B, HB, 2H, 4H). And bring whatever pencils you have already.
• Graphite stick and/or woodless graphite pencil (9B)
• Water-soluble graphite stick-Lyra or Art Graf brand 6B or 9B (Look for the water drop on the label)
• Art Graf Black Carbon Water-Soluble Disc/Block (Tailor-Shaped)
• Kneaded eraser/White eraser
• White eraser stick: Preferably the Tombow Mono zero round, or Paper Mate ‘Tuff Stuff’
• Your favorite writing tools (larger sizes of nibs, ruling pens, automatic pens, flat and round brushes, etc) (You won’t need any me)
• X-acto knife, blades, cutting matt, scissors
• Small pencil sharpener (no motors please)
• Glue stick
• Steel ruler and C-thru ruler
• Large bristle brush for wetting paper (1-2’’)
• Mid-weight drawing paper- Strathmore 400 series drawing paper (around 11x17, but any size will do), or whatever similar you have at home. Few pages of any other papers you want to try.
• Heavier Papers- A few pieces of water friendly heavier papers, Fabriano or Arches watercolor paper and/or any cheaper watercolor (Canson XL) or other heavyweight paper that you have already.
• Paper towels, baby wipes, water container, and small spray bottle.
• A short quote or a few words you like to write (5-10 words) plus a few other texts you like.
• Drawing Board/ padded surface to work on.

$165 for members, $180 for non-members
Make checks out to Mysticalligraphers and send to
Maureen Gilardi, 38 Russell Street, Mystic, CT 06355
Checks due March 14, 2018
Questions : email Barbara Read at

Level: Intermediate to Advanced
(Knowledge of a few calligraphic hands is required.)


The Mysticalligraphers meet once a month throughout the year on the second Wednesday of the month from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Mystic-Noank Library, 40 Library Street, Mystic


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Directions to the Grange (workshop location):
From the South
Take Exit 91 off of Rt. I-95. Go straight through the light onto Rt. 234
(Pequot Trail).
The Lodge is about a mile or less on the right.

From the North.
Take exit 91 off of Rt. I-95. Go left at the end of the ramp.
Go left at the light onto Rt. 234(Pequot Trail).
The Lodge is less than a mile on the right.