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Whispers & Screams: Exploring the Ruling Pen

  • October 06, 2022
  • (PDT)
  • October 07, 2022
  • (PDT)
  • 2 sessions
  • October 06, 2022, 9:30 AM 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • October 07, 2022, 9:30 AM 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • Veterans Memorial Building, Culver City


  • 1) Register by clicking the REGISTER button.
    2) Then, scroll to the bottom, and pay by PayPal or send a check following the instructions.

PRESENTER: Elmo van Slingerland

SPONSOR: Society for Calligraphy


The ruling pen was designed to create technical drawings, but for several years now it has become a very popular tool amongst calligraphers. And not without reason; it is great fun to write with it. It is a versatile tool, capable of creating a wide range of forms, from dark and dense shapes to light and frivolous letters. A ruling pen can make your letters whisper and scream!

In this workshop, we will use the ruling pen intensively. You will learn techniques to use it - from formal to informal, expressive to controlled. Positions of holding the pen, arm/wrist movement, and writing speed are features which influence your lettering. We will focus on these aspects, always with attention to the quality of line and form. 

Level: Intermediate to Advanced




  • Layout bond paper (Gilbert Bond preferred)
  • 6mm Pilot Parallel Pen (blue cap)
  • Larger dip pens for practice—Automatic and/or Horizon (optional)
  • Ink
  • different ruling pens (can also be old ones), folded pens, cola pens, what you have
  • Watercolor, gouache (black, and some color which you prefer) or a non-waterproof ink  
  • Paper: plenty of kraft paper, copy printer paper or layout paper, some sheets of
  • Ingres or other quality paper what you prefer (size minimum A3 /11 x 17 inch approx.)
  • Old brush (possibility to fill your pen and mix your paint)
  • Water jar
  • Plate or cup to hold your paint (possibility to dip your ruling pen)
  • Pencil
  • Small ruler to rule guide lines
  • Rags


Payment details coming soon!

Workshop is limited to 20 participants. Registration is for Society for Calligraphy members only. Your membership must be current at time of sign-up as well as when class is held. No reservation will be held until your dues are current. If your membership lapses, you become ineligible and your space will be filled from the waiting list. Sign­-ups are accepted in advance on a first come, first served basis. No refunds unless your place can be filled from a wait list. If you must cancel, please allow sufficient time for your place to be filled. For prompt receipt of supply list and confirmation, your registration should be complete, or your check should arrive no later than two weeks before the workshop.

NO audio or video recording of any program, meeting, workshop or other SfC function permitted without prior consent of both guest artist and a representative of the Board of Governors. You must ask permission of the artist/ instructor to photograph any copyrighted materials, including demos.

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