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Yukimi Annand: Text and Texture—Making Textures with Expressive Calligraphic Marks (2-day workshop)

  • Edina Art Center 4701 West 64th Street Minneapolis, MN, 55435 United States (map)

We are so excited to finally offer the opportunity to learn from this renowned calligrapher! Registration for workshops opens 8 weeks in advance of the workshop. Cost of the workshop is $145 with a $10 supply fee to be collected the first day of the workshop.

Workshop is from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. both days.

Text & Texture with Yukimi Annand workshop is full.

Yukimi describes her workshop this way:


I have a passion for texture, especially textures from nature. After years of learning a variety of Roman letters, I discovered the beauty of each stroke, and the unique textures that result from writing them with rhythm, movement and harmony.

In this workshop, we will experience the usage of tools as extensions of our hand. We will start by creating marks with different writing tools and different objects. Then we will design alphabets with those new marks to write our chosen texts in various ways. 


The textures we calligraphers make with strokes and marks have specific character. The order of strokes and marks to form letters and writing text with them are very systematic process, and we all express our feeling in the process. We’ve been patiently studying form, space, rhythm, proper medium and tools, design layout, composition and more while learning calligraphy. I believe our skill and experience will provide more possibilities to make original and unique textures.

Study of layering, tones, basic design layout and composition, and use of line and space in Japanese calligraphy will be presented for making effective textures. All exercise sheets will be temporarily bound for further experiments. 

Ability Level:  Some calligraphy and/or lettering experience recommended


Materials and Supplies List

Basic materials

Pencil #2(HB), eraser, ruler

Sumi ink (Fueki bokuju green bottle recommended)

Pipettes, dishes for ink and paint, mixing brush, water container

Rag or paper towel, newspaper or tarp for table, apron 


11” x 17” Strathmore Charcoal Paper or Drawing Paper, 300 series about 30 sheets for exercises  

(If you wish to do exercises on good paper, cut them in similar size.)

One full sheet (40"x25.5" 120gsm) of Arches text wove or Arches MBM paper 

2 full sheets of Canson, Fabriano or Hahnemühle black Ingres paper 

1 sheet of Gray ingres paper (optional)

Flat Tools

Craft or balsa sticks  (Yukimi will bring them)

Automatic pen #4, #5 or larger

Your favorite calligraphy chisel nibs and holders

Monoline Tools

Pencil HB and 2B (woodless graphite pencil, optional)

Any kind of felt tip marker, white china marker 

Pipettes or squeeze bottles (FINLINE applicator standard tip recommended) 

Tools from nature: twigs, pine needles, seeds pods, sticks, etc

Folded Pen and Found Objects

Any kind of folded pen you already have (New Horizon folded nib recommended)

Tools from nature and found objects: seashells, stones, creepers, straw, pipe cleaner, etc.

Pointed Brush

A middle size (size 5 to 7) pointed brush and/or Pentel Color Brush

Adding Colors and Making Backgrounds

Watercolor and/or acrylic ink (any brand): two to three your favorite colors or colors related to your text

6-well plastic palette

2” or 3” inexpensive soft flat brush 

Assembling Your Work

Pointed needle tool or tapered awl

Binder clips, glue stick, double stick tape, masking tape, bone folder

Cutter knife and cutting board

Shared Medium and Supply for All Attendees

Japanese calligraphy paper, white and black fluid acrylic paint, acrylic ink, matte medium and PVA

Your chosen text: 20 to 100 words

Yukimi will bring extra materials and the above tools and is happy to share them.

*Please do not spend a fortune to buy new materials and tools that you are not sure to be useful. 

About Yukimi Annand


Yukimi Annand is a calligrapher and lettering and book artist based in Southern California. She grew up in Japan and has a background in visual communication design. She is passionate about the beauty of the Roman alphabet and creates unique artwork with her love of calligraphic mark-making incorporated with nature. She has been experimenting with the usage of tools and mediums to expand her world of calligraphy.

Her works have been exhibited in the US, Japan, Russia, and European countries, and have also been included in calligraphy collections in Berlin, San Francisco and Moscow.