Carl Rohrs
Santa Cruz, CA

A43 — Contemporary Rustics
One-Day Class, Sunday, July 26
Beginner/Intermediate, Intermediate, Intermediate/Advanced, Advanced


How much have you ever wrestled with the least used of the classic Roman hands? It’s so eccentric and the one that’s farthest outside the Roman writing system. But its eccentricities offer us the most exciting chance to surprise ourselves and to create something unique when it does get mixed with classic hands and contemporary techniques. We will embrace and mine the traditional approach, but jettison the past for the new when it suits us. New letters from the oldest ones! Perfect for a one day class and a new millennia of curves that you throw to yourself when looking for something unexpected.

Supply List

  • Large folded brass pen, 5/16″ or 3/8″ Horizon or similar, plus any of your other favorite pens
  • Non-waterproof ink
  • Large paper with a bit of texture: Strathmore charcoal is great for pen and brush
  • Pencil and/or colored pencils (Prismacolors are the best)
  • Ruler


  • You may want to try a flat brush; 1/2″ Winsor & Newton series 995 is my favorite. If so, any kind of flat palette, small water jar, and a rag or paper towels
  • any kind of ruling pen
  • a tube or two of gouache
  • graphic white-out (Pro-White or Dr. Martin’s bleedproof white) and/or light or bright colors of gouache and colored paper, if you wish to write in reverse
carl_rohrs226x226Carl Rohrs has been a commercial lettering artist and sign painter in Santa Cruz, CA since 1977. Teacher of Lettering & Typography and Graphic Design at Cabrillo College since 1984. Teacher of modern calligraphy at workshops and conferences since 1986 all over the U.S. and Europe, as well as Japan, Australia, and South Africa. Editor of Alphabet, the Journal of the Friends of Calligraphy 1989 – 1992.

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