Barbara Close
La Mirada, CA

B10 — Power Pages
Four-Day Class, Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31
All Levels
Design, Lettering, Painting

Our imaginations can take us to new heights — if we allow it to do so with open minds and a willingness to explore new territories. Barbara will show techniques in designing page layouts without intimidation. Fun step-by-step processes will be reviewed as well as thinking outside the boxes. We will be creating the art you once only dreamed of, with full confidence and joy. The essential calligraphic quality of marks and letter making will be stressed. Many fun and unusual tools will be employed to help you create power pages.

Supply List

  • Practice paper: Canson Pro layout marker 9” x 12” or 11” x 14”
  • 1 sheet Arches text wove & 1 sheet Arches 140 lb or Stonehenge. Cut/tear for travel sizes in quarters (we’ll work small, medium and large, so don’t make them too small)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Calligraphy pen nibs & holders: various sizes from 3mm Brauses to #6 Mitchells
  • Automatic pens and/or Parallel pens
  • Pointed pen nibs & holders
  • Pigma Micron (your choice of size) & Gel Pen: suggest Sacura Stardust Clear
  • Brushes (both round & flat: 2 large & 2 small & mixing brushes)
  • Watercolor paints: tubes or pan sets
  • Water container
  • Sponge (cut up kitchen sponge)
  • Gold powder
  • Glue stick
  • Paper towels
  • Embossing stylus
  • X-acto knife & small cutting mat
  • A variety of quotes, poems, songs that you like and have been waiting to calligraph
  • Bring samples of work you admire & that inspires you: can be color or b/w copies (This is very important!!!)
Barbara Close has been a freelance calligrapher, graphic designer, and instructor for a number of years. Her studio is located in Santa Ana, CA where she currently teaches a series of calligraphy classes as a year-long certificate program. She has taught many classes and workshops in various states of the country and in Canada. Barbara has taught for several international lettering conferences and at many of the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH) Conferences. She also taught several classes and has lectured for the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. Barbara designed the logo for Somerset Studio Magazine and a calligraphic font cartridge for Provo Craft’s Cricut Machine entitled: The Calligraphy Collection. She has also designed several greeting cards for Marcel Schurman, now under Papyrus.

Looking at her work, you can tell that she thoroughly enjoys her creative passion and the exhilaration of discovery in playful experimentations with paints, collages, lettering, and other mixed media. She also enjoys teaching a variety of classes that range from calligraphic styles to other unique assortments of classes. Her philosophy, “Follow Your Heart” still stands. Putting one’s self into a piece of work always turns out better and shows the true passion of the creator. Her love of lettering and design continue to grow.

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