Graphite Effects for Lettering

Use regular graphite and its water soluble cousins to create interesting layouts and background effects.

With Amity Parks
Session 1, 9 AM to 11 AM PDT

In this 2-hour class Amity will demonstrate how to use regular graphite and its watersoluble cousins to create interesting layouts and background effects. We’ll use pencils, erasers, graphite sticks, powdered graphite and water to design compositions that can stand alone or be combined with pencil lettering.
Supply list
• Mechanical Pencil 0.5 and/or 0.3 and leads (I like the Pentel GraphGear 500) 
• Graphite stick (6B or 8B) 
• Water-soluble graphite crayon - Lyra 9B or Art Graf sticks 
• Art Graf Black Carbon Water-Soluble Ink Block 
• Watersoluble graphite pencil (General’s Sketch and Wash or Faber-Castell Graphite Aquarelle 8B for example.) 
• Kneaded eraser 
• Small white eraser stick in holder: Preferably the Tombow Mono zero round, or General Factis 
• One or two of your favorite writing tools - a large size pen and/or brush 
• Scissors, X-acto knife, blades 
• Ruler 
• Contact Brand contact paper 
• Large soft flat brush for wetting paper and a small #1or #2 pointed brush. 
• Paper: Strathmore 400 series drawing paper (any size) or whatever similar you have at home. Few pages of any other papers you want to try. 
• Paper: Several pieces (9x12 or so) of budget watercolor paper (Canson XL) or any heavyweight water-friendly paper that you have already. 
• Paper towels, water container, small spray bottle. 
• Drawing Board/ padded surface to work on. (Masonite with a few sheets of paper taped to it)