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Tune Up Your Italic with Sue Greenseth

  • May 23, 2024
  • (PDT)
  • May 24, 2024
  • (PDT)
  • 2 sessions
  • May 23, 2024, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • May 24, 2024, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Online via Zoom


PRESENTER: Sue Greenseth

SPONSOR: South Los Angeles Chapter (Solar Nibs)

CLASS DESCRIPTION: No matter how many years you’ve practiced Italic, it never hurts to brush up your skills! Italic can be tiny or large, italicized or upright, made with a broad-edge pen or a monoline tool. In this workshop we’ll cover the basics – proportion, pen angle, slope, stroke sequence, and spacing. We’ll review the minuscules as well as the majuscules, and discuss flourishing. Students will get tips on using a tiny nib, and Sue will share her favorite tools for creating beautiful Italic letters. SKILL LEVEL: Students must have some experience using a broad edge nib.

This workshop will be recorded and available for a month. Zoom invitation and handouts, if any, will be sent out a few days prior to workshop date. 


  • Capitol Bond 25% cotton practice pad 8.5 x 11-inch (John Neal Booksellers) or a favorite non-bleed practice paper
  • Walnut ink, or other semi-translucent ink (we want to see our strokes!)
  • Nib holder
  • 3 mm nib – of these listed, choose which you are most comfortable with:
    • Speedball C-2 
    • Mitchell Roundhand size 3
    • Brause size 3
    • 3 mm Pilot Parallel pen (pink cap) 
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Highly recommended but not required: Mitchell Roundhand size 5 nib


    Sue Greenseth is a calligrapher and lettering artist from Portland, Oregon. She enjoys practicing all hands, but Italic is her favorite! Her background is in advertising design, and she has a long history of creating commercial lettering for national and international clients. Her work includes two film titles, many logo designs (including a magazine logo), and has been featured four times in the Letter Arts Review Annual Juried Issue. Sue loves breathing life into letterforms and animating words with a pen.


    1) First, register by clicking the "REGISTER" button at the top left of this page. This workshop is for SfC members only. 2) Then, make payment by PayPal or check. Workshop fee is $40. 

    Please read all details on this page and please be advised that there will be no PayPal refunds.

    To pay by check or if you have any questions, email sfc.solarnibs@gmail.com.

    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. For membership, please go to: https://societyforcalligraphy.org/resources/Membership.pdf

    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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