Quill & Ink

Quill & Ink

Quill & Ink

Stratford Perth Museum - Line 34, Stratford, ON N5A 6S6, Canada

The quill made its first appearance around the 6th century and perhaps its final bow in the 19th. The quill pen became the medium between parchment and ink as literature spread geographically over to places such as Western Europe and the British Isles. The quill is essentially made from the feathers of birds. Typically, the best quills are from turkeys due to their particular hard feather tips. 


Ink is the medium which connects the quill to the paper. During Classical Antiquity, much of the ancient world burned down organic material such as wood and oils to make what is called Carbon Black Ink. The remains were then mixed with water. Tree gum was then added to keep the particles from clumping together. 


Explore the possibilities of mark making using the antiquated technique of quill and ink.   Artist Melissa Quinn will guide you through step-by-step of crafting a feather quill and creative ways to use the quill to ink. This outdoor class will have keep you safely distanced and full of new ideas in writing and drawing! You're going to love it! Limited class size to 10.


Ages: Teen-AdultDate: Sunday, August 9Time: 10am-1pm (BRING A BROWN BAG LUNCH)Cost: $50 (materials included)

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Stratford Perth Museum - Line 34, Stratford, ON N5A 6S6, Canada