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Brush lettering involves the coordination of hand, arm, brain, and breath. Frequently beginners are so eager to write words that the arm and breath are left out of the strokes. This results in frustration and feelings of never being able to master this method of writing. In this hands-on presentation with a Pentel Color Brush, Elizabeth McKee will show participants how to hold the brush and breathe into and out of strokes.
A handout for the interactive demonstration:
Pointed Brush First Steps
Training our muscle memory by making repetitive strokes can be tedious and boring, so to make this more interesting Elizabeth will encourage everyone to make patterns with the strokes that she provides in her handout.
Tools for the Interactive Demonstration
- If you have one, a Pentel Color Brush with non-pigmented ink – any color. Available from
Amazon OR your favorite pointed brush OR a Pentel Aquash water brush (available from Amazon) with some writing fluid or gouache or watercolor.
- Paper with some tooth. Pacon drawing paper, medium weight, available from Dick Blick OR Strathmore 300 charcoal paper OR some brown paper bags are great.
Elizabeth McKee is a book artist and calligrapher living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Since the late 1980s she has been studying pointed brush lettering whenever she could, with Marilyn Reaves, Judy Melvin, Carl Rohrs multiple times, Mike Gold, Julie Wildman, and Yves Leterme. Some of her books with pointed brush lettering are in Queen’s University’s Douglas Library, Kingston, Ontario, Canada https://elizabethmckeebooks.com/from-a-circle-of-love, the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art https://elizabethmckeebooks.com/road-guide, Stanford University’s Green Library https://elizabethmckeebooks.com/inversnaid-2, as well as private collections around the world https://elizabethmckeebooks.com/inversnaid-1, https://elizabethmckeebooks.com/that-nature-is-a-heraclitean-fire-and-the-comfort-of-the-resurrection, https://elizabethmckeebooks.com/departure
Her most recent endeavor has been to create an introductory series of pointed-brush classes to help make lettering with a pointed brush more accessible to beginners.
You can see her work at her website: https://elizabethmckeebooks.com.