Jane Dill
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

A19 — Mexican Amate Paper & Lettering
One-Day Class, Sunday, July 26
All Levels
Design, Lettering, Painting

The ancient Chinese had rice paper, the ancient Egyptians had papyrus, and the ancient Aztecs in Mexico had Amate paper. This thick and versatile bark paper can be used in all kinds of ways to enhance your calligraphic and mixed media paintings. In this one-day workshop, we will experiment with using different Amate papers to create a unique substrate for your paintings. It’s strong fibers can be pulled apart, ripped, soaked, collaged, layered, and painted to give a textured and organic accent to your work. You can also paint or letter directly on the smoother Amate papers, incorporating calligraphy into your piece and layering with color and texture. Come experiment with a new and ancient paper.

Supply List

  • Brushes (variety of your favorites)
  • Calligraphy pens
  • Liquid acrylics (Golden, Liquitex)
  • Variety of thin rice papers
  • Small spray bottle
  • Your favorite mark-making tools

Supply fee: $15 for a variety of Mexican Amate Papers, 2 masonite boards (approx. 9×12”), Golden Heavy Gel, Golden Matt Medium, Micron Pen

I will bring the following to share: brushes, metalic acrylics, rice papers, sponges, mark making tools

Jane Dill has been a freelance calligrapher and lettering artist for over 30 years, specializing in commercial hand lettering for logos, branding, product identity, book covers, and wine labels. She has studied with many amazing calligraphers, among them Thomas Ingmire, Julian Waters, Denis Brown, Susan Skarsgard, Ewan Clayton, and Laurie Doctor. Jane has been profiled in Letter Arts Review (2011) and more recently in Alphabet, the Journal of the Friends of Calligraphy (2014).

While living in Santa Fe, NM, Jane studied mixed media with Sandra Duran Wilson and Darlene McElroy (Surface Treatment Workshop) and discovered she loved experimenting with texture and layering. After moving to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico in 2012, Jane studied with several local teachers and began teaching her monthly Mixed Media & Abstract Lettering classes. She mostly teaches artists who are non-calligraphers but manages to get exciting results through encouraging experimentation and trying new techniques. She wishes she had taken a class like this 30 years ago!

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