Folded Pen Adventures — Carol DuBosch

Carol DuBosch
2.5 days
All levels
No materials fee

Instructor Bio
Carol DuBosch teaches calligraphy full-time in Portland, Oregon. She first encountered the edged pen and the Italic script at age 12 in 1957, and has followed the inky path faithfully by learning, teaching, promoting, and practicing the art of calligraphy. She continues to be challenged by a new script, technique, or art material and always discovers delightful surprises along the way. She has taught workshops throughout the country and at many International Calligraphy Conferences. Carol was Director of the 1987 and 1991 International Calligraphy Conferences held in Portland, and Co-Directed Calligraphy Northwest in 2012.

Class Description
The Folded Pen is also known as a ruling pen, pop-can pen, and cola pen. This exciting adventure begins by making folded pens using simple tools and thin brass sheeting then moves to learning a very distinctive, fresh, modern script. The pens are easy to make and promote expressive writing from the first marks on the page. Folded pen script, though similar to pointed brush writing, is easier to learn and has a unique contemporary and energetic feel. By custom-crafting your own pens, you will be able to fit the pen to your hand and also to the look of the letters you want to create. The class will explore several colorful techniques using the folded pens to make letters that have a marbled effect and letters that are lifted from a background wash. The pop-can pens are likely to become your favorite writing tool, as you develop a passion for expressive lettering. My goals for students to take away from the class are:

  • Master the skill of making folded pens
  • Learn an entirely new way to write
  • Learn colorful techniques to use with any writing tool
  • Develop a PASSION for expressive lettering

Each student will compile samples of their Folded Pen exercises and techniques for future reference. See additional pictures below.

Supply List
• 11 x 17 or larger layout bond paper
• Non-waterproof ink (Higgins Eternal or Walnut)
• Scissors
• X-ACTO knife
• Sharpie marker
• Masking tape
• Embossing stylus
• Hole punch (standard round)
• Pencil
• Paper clips
• T-square
• Ruler
• Cutting mat
• Bone folder
• Ink rag
• Notebook
• Any folded/ruling/pop-can/cola pens you already have