THE BONE ALPHABET - CLASS DESCRIPTION
The Bone Alphabet was developed about 1972 by Jacqueline Svaren, a talented calligrapher from Oregon. In 1989 she came to Utah to teach our guild.
A few of our members may remember Jaki. She was a wonderful teacher, and, although her book "Written Letters" is no longer in print, it can be found on Amazon among their used books for
around $20. John Neal has a few unsold books for $45.
While teaching, Jakli noted that many of her students were gripping the pen excessively tightly, and she noted that they
were very tense as they tried to form letters. Jaki always said, "tension kills the calligraphic dance." She encouraged her students to "let go of the tight grip, get in the swing,
and find the beat!" She developed the Bone Alphabet to help her calligraphy students do just that.
Materials needed for Brecken's Class:
- ONE 6mm (a little less than 1/4") Broad Edge Tool: Pilot Parallel Pen (Blue lid), Automatic 3A, 1/4 Inch
Horizon Pen, or Hiro Poster Nib.
- Writting fluid for your pen. (I will demo with a Parrellel
Pen, and feed writing fluid into an automatic pen.
- Paper that accepts your preferred writing fluid.
- Graph pad--8 squares to the inch.
If you want to try a no math required lining technique, bring
- Snall T Square (does not need markation)
- Post-it Note or scrap paper with tape
We will work through the Bone Alphabet, and if time allows, look at other hands that use similar pen moves.
Materials needed for Jenice's Class:
2-3 colors of Pastel Chalks • Exacto or craft blade • Sparay Bottle or Mister with water • Water Container • Water Brush • Q-Tip or
cotton swab • Makeup Sponge (optional) • Blending Stump (optional) • Washi or painter's tape • Paper towels • 2-3 sheets of Watercolor Paper, Arches Textwove or similar paper that can take water and
rubbing • 1-2 sheets of computer or scrap paper • Workable Matte Medium, Fixative Spray or really cheap hair spray
REMEMBER TO BRING THE HANDOUTS.
Go to the "2023 Handouts" tab at the top of this page and
print the May handouts to use at this meeting.
You will need the handouts to participate