Freewheeling: Design without Fear

Medium: Mixed media on watercolour paper
Size: Accordion book is 22 x 10″ open
Lily Yee-Sloan
Course Title

Freewheeling: Design without Fear

Dates & Times

TBD, 2021


Lily Yee-Sloan

Skill Level



Class capacity: 10

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Whether you’re a novice or have been practicing calligraphy for years, take a side trip to explore ways to present your hand lettering. Come for a ride on the wild side to do some freewheeling. Definition: ˈfrēˌ(h)wēliNG/ (adjective) characterized by a disregard for rules or conventions; unconstrained or uninhibited.

No pre-planning is required. Begin your adventure with a short text and play with familiar and funky tools—try new ones too! Simply get in and buckle up for a ride on the wild side. You drive, I’ll guide. The path is different for every traveller. Let loose on design but continue to build the strength of your letter forms in a creative but less formal style.

Through guided exercises, you’ll create pages to bind into a book. Ready? In this two-day workshop, you’ll be freewheeling before you know it!

Instructor Information

Lily Yee-Sloan, a calligrapher and text artist delighted with calligraphy since 1981, has a former career in digital and print communications. She now works out of her home studio in Toronto and has been teaching in Canadian Regional Guilds for twenty years. Many instructors have influenced her approach to text art over time, most notably Brody Neuenschwander and Pamela Paulsrud.

Lily uses mixed media to enhance the message in art formats ranging from books to boxes, clothing and stone. Artist’s books are her passion. She strives to inspire original expression and has a knack for understanding student needs to help them experience that “aha moment”.

Her artwork has been exhibited in North America, published in various periodicals (including Somerset Studio) and books (ABC Canada), and enjoyed in private collections in North America, Europe, and Japan. Her recent work, “Book Marks”, was accepted as part of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild ‘Art of the Book’ exhibit which toured Canada for two years until November, 2020.



Students, please have available the essentials as well as any optional supplies you already own.


  • 1 sheet Arches black cover 22” x 30”
  • 1 sheet Arches 140 lb. hot press (smooth) watercolour paper 22” x 30”. If you work fast, you may wish to pack a second sheet
  • one quote (50 words maximum) to use as inspiration
  • 2 to 3 lead pencils, any hardness, e.g., 2B, HB, 2H, 4H (not charcoal)
  • black waterproof pen (any size), e.g. Pigma Micron, Copic multiliner
  • white coloured pencil or white wax crayon
  • black waterproof ink, e.g., sumi ink (or ink stick plus grinding stone), black acrylic ink, etc.
  • walnut crystals or ink
  • favourite writing tools:
    • at least 2 to 3 traditional tools, i.e., pointed or broad-edge pen nibs (and holders), pointed brushes, chisel-edged brushes, etc.
    • at least 1 funky tool, i.e., folded (cola) pen, ruling writer, Handwritmic, mussel shell, etc.
  • 2 to 3 mixing brushes
  • palette with 6 to 12 wells
  • 2 plastic containers (wide enough to accommodate largest tool), 2 rinse containers
  • scissors, cutting knife with fresh blade, cutting mat (at least 8.5 x 11”)
  • ruler or triangle for cutting edge and for squaring up (at least 12”)
  • PVA glue plus glue brush (or glue stick or double-sided tape)
  • paper towels or rags
  • several sheets of scrap paper, any type and size
  • note-taking materials


Unless you own it, please don’t feel obligated to purchase for class.

  • Dr. Martin’s Bleedproof White or Pen White
  • watercolours or gouache, selection of 2 to 3 colours
  • pointed brush, size 0 or 1
  • paint brush, 2” to 4” (whatever size you have)
  • removable tape or masking tape, any width(s)
  • white china marker—this is a waxy pencil used for marking china dishes
  • scraps or strips of medium weight decorated paper for weaving, i.e., paste paper, Japanese paper (not tissue weight), etc.
  • bookbinding tools such as needle, bone folder, awl


Course Fee

Members and Friends: $ Early Bird Rate $
Non-Members: $ Early Bird Rate $

Handout: Prior to class, students will receive a handout in pdf format.


Studio A2

Neilson Park Creative Centre (NPCC)
56 Neilson Drive
Etobicoke ON
M9C 1V7

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