Calligraphy Class with Patricia Lovett

My gilded letter C. It's done with gesso and gold leaf.

The blob of gesso she made today and gave us all some of.

What a pinion feather looks like. Short barbs on one side.

What a seconds feather looks like. Has a little bulge of feathers.

What thirds look like. Longer barbs on one side.

How to cut a nib from a feather. Cut 1" from the end.

Then cut the same shape about .5" down.

Cut a slit in the end.

Cut off the tip to be square. (If it's for writing.)

Shave the tip to make it thinner.

My quill pen. Notice that in period you stripped the feathers off.

The cut nib end.

The back of the nib.