Foundational Challenge #4

Paper size:  smaller than 16" square
Orientation:  portrait or landscape
Paper color:  white layout
Nib: broad-edged nib
Ink color:  Black
Margins:  artist's choice
Justification:  artist's choice
x-height (body height):  between 3 and 5 pen widths
a-height (ascender): 2-4 pen widths
d-depth (descender): 2-4 pen widths(i.e. a-2/x-3/d-2 or a-3/x-4/d-3 or a-4/x-5/d-4)
Line spacing:  artist's choice pen widths (i.e. interlinear space between descender and next ascender)

Choose one of these quotes, or both if you wish:
#1:  Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.  –Albert Einstein
#2:  What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness. –John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

 

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Foundational Challenge #3

Paper size:  8.5" wide x 11" high
Orientation:  portrait or landscape
Paper color:  white layout
Nib: Speedball C-2, Hiro Tape 2mm, or Brause 2mm
Ink color:  Black
Margins:  artist's choice
Justification:  flush left
x-height (body height):  between 3 and 5 pen widths
a-height (ascender): 2-4 pen widths
d-depth (descender): 2-4 pen widths(i.e. a-2/x-3/d-2 or a-3/x-4/d-3 or a-4/x-5/d-4)
Line spacing:  artist's choice pen widths (i.e. interlinear space between descender and next ascender)

Choose one of these quotes, or both if you wish:
#1:  Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.  (Rumi)
#2:  Be the one who points out what is going right and helps out what is going wrong.

Foundational Challenge #2

All lettering is to be done in the Foundational Hand. Many thanks to Programs Director Jean Formo for use of her exemplar—click here to view.

Paper size:  8.5" wide x 11" high
Orientation:  portrait
Paper color:  white layout
Nib: Speedball C-2, Hiro Tape 2mm, or Brause 2mm*
Ink color:  Black
Margins:  top: 1"; left: 1"
Justification:  flush left
x-height (body height):  4 pen widths
a-height (ascender): 3 pen widths
d-depth (descender): 3 pen widths
Line spacing:  2 pen widths (i.e. interlinear space between descender and next ascender)

Choose one of these quotes, or both if you wish:
#1:  There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.
#2:  Blessed are the flexible, for they will not be bent out of shape. 

 

*The exemplar indicates a 2.5 nib but the x-height, ascenders, and descenders are proportional to the pen nib width. However, please use a 2mm nib.

 

 Theresa Selbitschka

Theresa Selbitschka

 Sally Wightkin

Sally Wightkin

 Maura Lynch

Maura Lynch

 Alex Glowka

Alex Glowka

Foundational Challenge #1

All lettering is to be done in the Foundational Hand. Many thanks to Programs Director Jean Formo for use of her exemplar—click here to view.

Paper size:  8.5" wide x 11" high
Orientation:  portrait
Paper color:  white layout
Nib: Speedball C-2, Hiro Tape 2mm, or Brause 2mm
Ink color:  Black
Margins:  top: 1"; left: 1"
Justification:  flush left
x-height (body height):  4 pen widths
a-height (ascender): 3 pen widths
d-depth (descender): 3 pen widths
Line spacing:  2 pen widths (i.e. interlinear space between descender and next ascender)

Quote: The alphabet's lower-case letters a–z

 

 Theresa Selbitschka

Theresa Selbitschka

 Judy Olson

Judy Olson

 Sally Wightkin

Sally Wightkin

 Rebekah Anderson

Rebekah Anderson

 Alex Glowka

Alex Glowka

 Maura Lynch

Maura Lynch