Design Your Own Alphabet

Construct your own set of letters

with Nan Robkin
Session 3C, 2:30–4:30 PM PDT

 Although we all know that a plethora of alphabets exist, do you have one that is uniquely your own? In this class we will look at established letterforms such as Uncial, Blackletter, Roman or Italic and see how we can construct our own set of letters. You will learn a method of construction that will enable you to get started on your own alphabet. Included in the class will be a mini book structure that will display your alphabet designs.

Supply List: Quadrille paper if you have it (or make a template out of card stock and use regular copy paper), several sheets; Mechanical pencil 0.5 (such as the Pilot Graphgear 500); Erasers: a larger one for general work, and a tiny one for removing detail; Monoline pen such as a Sakura Micron; Watercolor markers or gel pens for coloring (or similar tools you already have); A list of short words for a finished sample; A 9x12 sheet of 90# drawing or watercolor paper (like Arches text wove) for the book