Text and Texture – Balsa Stick Calligraphy – online class with Yukimi Annand


12th and 13th October 2020 – from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Rome Time)
in Direct Via ZOOM
The Zoom session will be recorded. If you are unable to watch live, you may still take the class.
Links for the videos will be sent to you after class has ended and expire in 1 week.

+39 349-6051804 (Whatsapp)

“The workshop is aimed at everyone: designers, professionals, students, graphic designers, tattoo artists, letter lovers, just curious people or anyone interested in calligraphy, both as an artistic medium and as a graphic element to complete or enrich an editorial or advertising work.

– Buy the Workshop through the normal e-commerce procedure of the site
– The days before the Workshop, you will receive the PDF handout and your personal address to access the Zoom Direct with the rest of the Class by mail.

– 4 Hours live on ZOOM in 2 Days shared with teacher and class with the possibility to interact at the moment.
– Handouts and Work sheets in PDF format

To be part of the classe no previous specific knowledge is required, only the interest and desire to explore the world of letters.

Have you ever made marks with balsa sticks? I love the feeling of holding this tool in my hand and of the sound of the tool making contact on paper. I have been experimenting different ways to create calligraphic marks and textures with them and I would like to share my experience with anyone who in interested in making calligraphic marks.

This workshop will start with stamping exercises with Sumi ink and a balsa stick on paper. With this simple exercise, we will experiment to put our soul into marks with rhythm and movement. Then we will slide, twist and taper the stick to make more dynamic marks. We will develop own letterform with those strokes and play with a word and write text to make calligraphic textures. While working on all exercises, we will focus on the form, contrast, point of emphasis, balance and unity. 

Basically we will work on black and white, but use of colors and work with resisting mediums will be presented. A simple accordion book structure will also be presented to create a book with the balsa stick calligraphic marks in further experiment.

SUPPLY LIST (excluded from the registration fee) WORLDWIDE SHOP SHOP  IN ITALIA

  • Sumi ink (Fueki bokuju green bottle or Moon Palace green cap recommended
  • White gouache and a mixing brush (optional)
  • Water containers, pipettes, small dishes and middle size (about 10cm) plates
  • Ruler, pencil and eraser
  • Rag or paper towel
  • Paper:
    11” x 17” or 11” x 14” (about A3 size) Charcoal or drawing paper about 30 sheets for exercises (If you wish to do exercises on good paper, cut them in similar size.)
  • One full sheet (40″x25.5″. 120gsm) of Arches MBM/Arches text wove paper, 1-2 sheets of Rives BFK white (19 ½” x 25 ½”, 250gms) paper, or any other good quality watercolor/print-making paper
  • 1 sheet of Gray and/or neutral color ingres paper (optional)
  • Drawing, sketch or charcoal paper for practice (about A3 size recommended)
  • Craft or balsa sticks: I cut 1/16” thickness Basswood with cutter knife. The sizes don’t have to be exact. The thickness can be 2mm (3/32”)
  • Two or three small size sticks, 20mm x 40mm x1.5mm (3/4”x1 1/2” x 1/16”)
  • One or two middle size sticks, 30mm x 55mm x 1.5mm (1 1/4” x 2” x 1/16”)
  • One or two large size board, 80~100cm x 70cm x 1.5mm (3~4” x 2 1/2” x 1/16”)
  • If it is difficult to get balsa boards/sticks, you may cut hard cardboard. 
  • Fine sand paper (small size like 2”x2” will be moe than enough)
  • Your chosen text: 10 to 20 words
  • Optional:
    Automatic pen #5 or #6 
    Good quality flat brushes you already have (1/2” to 3”)
    Watercolor or acrylic ink (any brand): two or three your favorite colors or colors related to your text
    2” inexpensive soft flat brush
    Japanese Washi paper 
    Fluid matte medium


Yukimi Annand is a calligrapher, lettering and book artist based in Southern California. She grew up in Japan and studied visual communication design and worked as a graphic designer in Tokyo. She is passionate about the beauty of Roman alphabet and creates unique artwork with her love of calligraphic mark making incorporated with nature. She has been experimenting with the usage of tools and mediums to expand her world of calligraphy. She also has bee having a great pleasure to share her ideas and to give workshops all around the world since 2012. Her works have been frequently shown in Letter Arts Review as well as other calligraphic journals and books. And they have been included in calligraphy collections in Berlin, San Francisco, and Moscow.


Original price was: €80,00.Current price is: €49,90.

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