Jane Dill
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

B15 — Mixed Media, Texture & Abstract Lettering
Four-Day Class, Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31
All Levels
Design, Lettering, Painting

Have you ever wanted to get out of your comfort zone as a calligrapher and try something wild and new? This four-day class will introduce you to many ways to incorporate textures and lettering into mixed media painting. Through a series of hands-on exercises, we will explore abstract mark making, invented alphabets and loose handwriting with the use of unusual tools, brushes, squeeze bottles, ruling pens, and more. Integrating lettering with collage and layering painting with your photos printed on rice paper will also be covered. We will work with physical texture techniques (plaster, papers, substrates, collage, scraping in, stencils, gesso) and visual texture (painting and sponging techniques, rollers, rubber stamps, photos, layering). Working on three 10×10″ cradle boards, we will build texture on your pieces before adding paint and other mixed media to it, and learn how to respond to the surface to paint over it and incorporate lettering into your artwork.

Throughout the week we will be discussing design elements and principals as well as color mixing and application. This is a great way to experiment with lots of different techniques and materials to add a new level to your calligraphic art. There are no mistakes in mixed media, just opportunities.

Supply List

  • Liquid acrylics in your favorite colors (Golden, Liquitex)
  • Pad of cheap bond paper (14″ x 17″)
  • Brushes: flat and round
  • Ruling pens (if you have them; I’ll bring a few)
  • Calligraphy pens
  • Micron pen (.5)
  • Scissors
  • X-acto knife
  • Palette knife
  • Small spray bottle
  • Stencils (please no flowers, birds, etc.; abstract is best; I’ll bring a bunch)
  • Rubber stamps (ditto)
  • Variety of mark-making tools

Supply fee: $40 covers the following: 2 cradle boxes (10″ x 10″), 2 masonite boards (11″ x 14″), Golden Acrylic gloss medium, Golden Gesso, Golden Molding Paste, Golden Heavy Gel, Textile paint in small squeeze bottles, Japanese rice paper, Chinese rice paper, Mexican Amati papers, foam brushes, sponges

I will bring the following to share: brushes, ruling pens, sandpaper, texture rollers, foam rollers, palette knives, stencils, rubber stamps, mark-making tools, textured papers, Micron pens, metalic acrylics, stubstrate materials

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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