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Engrossing Certificate Design

With Mike Kecseg

  • Starts 6 Jan 2024
  • 1,170 Hong Kong dollars
  • Live Online via Zoom

Available spots

Workshop Description

Engrossing is an unfamiliar term to most of today’s calligraphers. However, from about the mid 1800’s through the mid 1900’s engrossing studios flourished throughout the U.S. employing hundreds of calligraphers or engrossers. I was lucky to have worked in an engrossing studio just before they all began to disappear. I continue to work today as an engrosser through my own engrossing business. In this class we’ll go through the entire process of designing and producing a certificate in a traditional engrossing style from layout to completion. I’ll be sharing many of the ideas, tips and tricks I learned as an engrosser for over 40 years. With each step in the process, I’ll provide detailed instruction along with samples of work to serve as visual help and inspiration. Lesson 1 – Layout and Design The first step in certificate design is laying out the certificate. We’ll be making decisions on how to break down the provided copy into components based on their importance. We will go through each component and talk about the best lettering styles and sizes of lettering to use on each one. We’ll talk about where and how to add illumination and decoration to the certificate. We’ll also talk about how to best work with clients. Lesson 2 – Lettering We’ll be discussing and demonstrating the most used lettering styles when designing an engrossed certificate. The styles will include Roundhand, Engrosser’s Text, Engrosser’s Script, Old English, rapid and retouched, Versals and Boxed Versals. Lesson 3 – Illumination and Decoration Illumination and decoration can be added to some or all the components of an engrossed certificate. It can be as simple as adding color to some of the text or as complex as adding a highly decorated border. We’ll discuss the best elements of illumination to add based on the clients taste and budget. Adding gold using modern alternatives to traditional raised gilding will be shown and discussed. Lesson 4 – Putting it all Together We’ll put all the elements we’ve learned to the test and produce a certificate from start to finish.

Workshop Schedule

Refund Policy

Fees paid for the workshop are non-refundable

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