Dimensional Calligraphy — Sharon Hanse

Sharon Hanse
2.5 days
All levels
$10 materials fee

Instructor Bio
The calligraphic quest is one of the most fascinating journeys one can take. Nothing is more satisfying than creating a beautiful work of art using words that are inspirational, uplifting, thought provoking, and comforting. Life itself is a fascinating odyssey of epic proportions, and hopefully these calligraphic presentations add a little beauty to everyone’s trip. Sharon Lee Hanse was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She has studied the lettering arts and various related subjects such as paper marbling, papermaking, paste paper technique, bookmaking, illuminating, and gilding. Sharon has been privileged to study with some of the finest calligraphers in the world like Sheila Waters, Thomas Ingmire, Peter Thornton, John Stevens, Marsha Brady, Mark vanStone, Carl Rohrs, and Leana Fay. Under the business name Toucan Design, Sharon established a studio in her home where she pursues her artistic endeavors. In addition to participating in art fairs across the eastern United States, Sharon produces work on commissions for individuals, organizations, and businesses. Work accepted into the Letter Arts Review Annual Review in 2007, 2010, and 2012.

Class Description
Explore many unique and exciting techniques that can make your lettering literally pop off the page. Real and implied effects add depth and dimension to your work and combining techniques opens up even more possibilities. There are considerations to take when designing work for either paper cutting or to be used as a stencil; we will study ways to solve these dilemmas. The same designs can be used as paper cuts, as stencils for embossing, or for laying color with pastels. We will study techniques for cutting paper and board and ways to make the process easier. Stencils have been used for centuries as a way to develop patterns and block out areas. We will explore ways to enhance these designs. Paper cutting can be used in a single or multiple layers that can be combined with collage techniques and beautiful papers to create depth in your work. Embossing and debossing add real dimension to your pages. They can be combined on the same page to add greater depth. There are also tricks to enhance these embossings. Time allowing, we will explore some of the possibilities of using paper sculptural techniques with your lettering. This class will provide many ways to expand your creativity and enhance your calligraphy.

Supply List
• Layout paper (Boris Riley Marker)
• Penholders and nibs in various sizes
• Ink
• Loading brush
• Pencils
• Sharpener
• Eraser
• Metal ruler (cork backed)
• T-square
• Scissors
• Paper towels
• X-ACTO blade holder with extra size 11 blades
• Self-healing cutting mat
• Stylus, double-ended with wooden or plastic handle
• Bone folder
• Wax paper
• Drafting tape
• Removable Scotch tape (in the blue box)
• Paper for embossing and papercutting (Rives BFK, Arches cover white and black, Arches Text, handmade colored paper, colored Canson MiTiente)
• 4 sheets of Bristol board (does not have to be expensive; used to cut out stencils)
• Decorative paper to place behind the paper cuts (watercolor, paste papers, colored, oriental papers)

Optional (instructor will have some to share): Soft pastels gouache and/or watercolor, mixing palette, water container, colored pencils, light box/table or a slant board made out of plexiglas or glass with a light behind