Decorated Borders:
White Vines


What you'll learn:

White vine decorations are just as relevant today as they were 500 years ago. They started as decorative initials or borders in Illuminated manuscripts, and can be found as decorations and borders in the Zanerian Manual. Most often used in certificate work, they are equally at home in wedding invitations and poems and prose. 

We will start with a simple design to understand their basic structure and work our way up to more intricate patterns. You will learn how to do free-standing designs and, as our final project, we will be creating a full border that you can use for a small certificate or as a frame for a picture.

We'll explore:

  • Traditional patterns for white vines
  • Charting a pattern on graph paper
  • Weaving patterns into more intricate designs
  • Painting techniques 
  • Shading techniques 
  • Brief exploration of applying white vines to initials
  • Creating a rectangular or oval border (class project)


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How this will work:

  • This is a live online group workshop.
  • Live lessons will be recorded and available for replay.
  • Each lesson will be approximately 2 hours plus a 30 minute Q&A session.
  • You will be able to see a close view of the instructor's paper.
  • All handouts, links and recordings are found in the course portal.

About Harvest:

IAMPETH Certified Master Penman Harvest Crittenden is the owner of Acorn Arts and Director of the Spencerian Saga. Highly esteemed in the international calligraphy community, Harvest has more than 30 years experience as a professional artist and instructor.