Patricia Buttice
Hempstead, NY

B07 — Italic *B*L*A*S*T*
Four-Day Class, Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31
Design, Lettering

We will take an intense, deep journey into the hand, cancellaresca corsiva, born in the sixteenth century and still flourishing. I am passionate about this most beautiful of all calligraphic alphabets. It is lyrical but legible, elegant though useful. Yet it is hard to see truly. Many have looked but few have seen. We will cover minuscules, majuscules, critical spacing, and rhythm. You will take away an exercise which will change how you see and will show you how to become your own teacher.

There will be an abundance of handouts, hands-on writing and individual help from your teacher. We will explore designing with italic, make some beautiful greeting cards and engage in a project you can finish and proudly display in your home. While there will be sufficient time for most students to complete a design from rough to finish, this is not a requirement. Process rather than product is the priority. Everyone will leave with a keepsake from Pat.

Supply List

  • The most important thing you need is an open mind.
  • Mitchell Rexel #2 nib
  • Reservoir
  • Speedball holder
  • 11″ x 14″ Borden & Riley pad (13.5 lbs)
  • Higgins Eternal ink
  • T-square
  • Ames lettering guide
  • Automatic pencil
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Any other favorite pens that you like
  • Watercolors or gouache
  • Some good paper
  • Words that speak to your heart (a quotation of some length to work on)
  • For quick roughs: some soft pencils
  • Graphite sticks (optional)
  • Single-edge razor blade
  • Sand block
Pat Buttice, a Professor at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY for the last sixteen years, has taught at workshops and conferences throughout USA, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Publications include a dozen Calligraphers Engagement Calendars, Speedball Textbooks, Florilege (France), Modern Scribes and Lettering Artists II (UK), Artist & Alphabet, 20th Century Calligraphy, Letter Arts in America, 100 New York Calligraphers, and numerous journals like Letter Arts Review and Alphabet, the publication of The Friends of Calligraphy. Her students include Michele Barnes, Pat Blair, Jocelyn Curry, and Melissa Titone.

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