Workshops and demos held in the Art Central Gallery and Store located at

1329 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, US

Contact Mary Lou directly for class enrollment.

Discovering Italic Calligraphy for Beginners offered

August 7th and 8th


Discovering Italic Calligraphy

Discovering Italic Calligraphy

with Pilot Parallel Pens

2 day workshop, August 7th and 8th

Saturday 10:30am - 3:30pm. (1 hr break)

Sunday 1pm to 3:30pm

An introduction to the basics of learning the versatile Italic script using Pilot Parallel pens. These pens offer continuous ink flow with color blending possibilities. Learn the basics of proportion, pen angle and letter spacing. Depending in the size of pen, this style can easily be scaled up or down for posters, name tags or personal prose.

Good review for intermediate as well. Weathergrams will be used as practice pieces. All other forms of broad edge pens will be demonstrated.

Recommended sizes: 2.4 mm ( equivalent to Speedball C2 ) or 3.8 mm. 6mm is good for posters. All sizes will be available for tryouts.

5 student minimum. 8 maximum

To enroll, contact Mary Lou Johnson,

Mobile: 805-441-3246

FEE: $45 Includes materials

Bring your pilot parallel pens or purchase before class in store. 

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Recommended reading for classes

Best book for beginners: Speedball Textbook

Available in Art Central, Michaels or your favorite art store. This book may come with a kit including felt tip markers for practice

Additional books for lettering ideas and inspiration

  • The Anatomy of Letters by Charles Pearce

  • The Art of Calligraphy by David Harris

  • Scribe: Artist of the Written Word by John Stevens. The ultimate in full color illustrated book of letterforms, personal work as well as type design.

  • Modern Calligraphy & Hand Lettering by Lisa Engelbrecht. For crafters, Cardmakers and Journal Artists

  • The Zanerian Manual of Alphabets and Engrossing Zaner-Blosser. My favorite exemplars for Copperplate/Roundhand

  • The Universal Penman by George Bickham

  • Join the Society for Calligraphy in Los Angeles, or a calligraphy guild near you.

  • Enroll in Write on The Edge International Calligraphy Conference 2021