Friday, April 27, 2012

Carl Rohrs Brush Lettering Workshop

Wow! I got to meet one of my idols last weekend, and he did not disappoint. What a nice man Carl Rohrs is! And - naturally - what a great talent! If you have the opportunity to take one of his workshops, I recommend it highly. I had wanted to study with Carl Rohrs since I first saw his work in a newsletter over twenty years ago. I am so happy I have finally had the opportunity. The Nashville Calligraphy Guild hosted Carl and I was able to join him for dinner both Friday and Saturday nights. We had become Facebook friends, and now, I hope, we are real life friends too. (He may be too disappointed with my brush lettering results to want to claim me though.) I promise that I am going to practice and make him proud! I didn't hunger for this workshop for so many years to not want to do it well. Carl was very good at seeing what needed to be changed, and very gentle in his direction as he sat beside each of us individually for some one on one instruction. I am surprised at the number of pages I produced. The good, the bad and the ugly pages are below.
This is Carl, instructing.
This is Carl after receiving his gift book from the participants. Ann Cobb put the sweet book together with a photo of each participant and each of us signed our 'page' - some in Carl Rohrs' style.
And this is a page from the handouts Carl gave us in the form of a wonderful book - something to strive for.
This is a view of Nashville as I was leaving the workshop and heading for home. Donna Hacker and I did some mini touring of Nashville - such a nice city. We ate breakfast one day at Pancake Pantry...worth the visit! Can't say the same for Noshville, where they couldn't even get our eggs right. (I love my Panasonic camera with the Leica lens, but if a camera shop can't clean the lens for me, it looks like I will have to purchase something else. I hate that the lens is messed up.) Suddenly this is looking like an advertisement...sorry!
I was also able to visit Paper and Ink Arts as soon as I arrived in Nashville. Catherine, Jennifer, Jan and the nice young man whose name I didn't get are very friendly and helpful, and I felt like a kid in a candy store. (What am I talking about? I WAS in a candy store!) I made a pretty good purchase, but what is it about calligraphy supplies...I keep wanting more. I have new nibs to try, some walnut ink crystals to make really dark brown ink, a Badger stirring tool to stir my paints and inks, a new pointed pen holder just like one I already have because it's my favorite and I am scared of breaking it, and then what would I do? HAD to have a spare. Plaza Arts also received some of my plastic. It's a fine art store and once again, I was in a candy store. What a weekend!

(An envelope I did was published in a new book, Calligraphy for Greetings Cards and Scrapbooking by Peter E Taylor of Queensland, Australia. I will have a blog post about the book in a few weeks, but I have also posted a bit about it on my Jan Hurst Letterlady blog.)


  1. We are having Carl Rohrs come to Austin in the Spring of 2013 to teach pointed and broad edged brush. He was here in 2002 and we are so looking forward to an encore. He is simply incredible and what a nice guy!

  2. Oh sounds like you had a great time, and such beautiful lettering. Congrats on being included in the Calligraphy book, yeah!

  3. I also took a brush lettering class from Carl through the Tulsa Calligraphy Guild. He was an awesome instructor and I am still doing brush lettering! It has become one of my favorite tools......and it so easy to pick up the Pentel brush and make an envelope. It becomes a practice for me and lettering art for the recipient!

    Your lettering from class looks awesome!!!