Freewheeling: Design without Fear

‘Free Wheeling’
Medium: Paper and Ink
Size: TBC
Lily Yee-Sloan
Course Title

Freewheeling: Design without Fear

Dates & Times

Saturday March 20 and Sunday March 21, 2021
Time 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Studio Opens 9:00 a.m.


Lily Yee-Sloan

Skill Level



Class capacity: 10

Register by

Early Bird Deadline: February 18, 2021
For more information, please review Program Policies and Information and Payment Information. To register for a course on or after the Open Date, please complete our Registration Form at the bottom of this page.


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. You can 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 an artistic or less formal style.

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

Instructor Information

Lily Yee-Sloan, a calligrapher and text artist delighted with calligraphy since 1986, has a former career in university governance. 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 marry the medium to 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 an “aha moment”

Her artwork has been exhibited in North America, published in various periodicals (including Somerset Studio) and books (ABC Canada), and is 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 is touring Canada until November, 2020



Students are expected to bring a basic calligraphy kit with table covering and the material fee.


  • 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, 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., ruling writer, folded (cola) pen, twig, 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
  • trash bag or plastic sheet to protect table
  • several sheets of scrap paper, any type and size
  • note-taking materials


Unless you own it, please don’t buy it.

  • Martin’s 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

Materials fee (amount to be determined depending on printing cost, approx. $12-15)

  • Bound book of instructions and colour handouts, bookbinding supplies, consumables


Course Fee

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

Class supplies: Students bring $10 to 15 payable to instructor


Studio A2

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

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