Diane von Arx Anderson

B208 Flourishing with Gusto

Two and a Half Day Class
Lettering, Design

This class is designed for calligraphers of all levels, but there must be a basic understanding of an Italic alphabet for participants to gain the most from this workshop. We will discuss the “who, what, where, when and why” of flourishing and investigate the strokes, step by step. We will discover and practice the possibilities of shape, the appropriateness of application and the execution of a smooth, graceful, lively flourish in layouts and for reproduction. We’ll work on better paper for originals and experience the problems we face when we only have one chance to do it with “gusto.”

Supply List
  • Chisel-edge markers (new, medium and fine)
  • Pilot Parallel pen 1.5 mm
  • Medium & fine metal nibs
  • Ruling pen (not Ruling Writer®)
  • Layout pad (14" x 17" Borden & Riley #37 is good)
  • F & H pencils
  • Sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Opaque white paint (Diane likes Pro White)
  • 2 fine point brushes
  • A minimum of 1 color of gouache
  • Several mixing brushes
  • Small plate or porcelain palette
  • Water container
  • Several sheets of your favorite "good paper" for originals, (these may be 8.5" x 11")
  • Black ink
  • Slant board
  • Masking tape
  • T-square
  • Small piece of blotting paper (8" x 11")
For everyone’s comfort, please arrive in class fragrance free.

In her studio DIANE is a letter-maker and designer, producing expressive lettering, developing corporate marks, and creating unique resolutions and documents of recognition. She has taught in Minnesota for over 45 years and for the past 40 years she has taught workshops throughout the U.S. and in Canada, Japan and Australia. In 2019 she gave workshops for the Schreibwerstadt Klingspor in Germany and a lecture and workshops for the European Lettering Institute in Bruges. Her work is published in the 22nd and 23rd editions of the Speedball Textbook among many other calligraphic publications. Diane was part of the artistic team for The Saint John’s Bible and was responsible for the design, lettering and illumination of The Book of Honor, the donor volume for TSJB.