Creating Lively Letters Inspired by Nature with Julie Wildman (May 1-3)
Calligraphy Guild of Arkansas
Note: You do not need to buy all of the supplies in List A. The idea is to work with whatever is in your normal "box of tricks." Julie will be bringing lots of tools and fluids for you to try, so if you don't have something, don't worry! The group will share. You will have to bring lots of paper, though.
List A (Needed)
2 Sharpie Poster Paint Pens (water-based) in white and a favorite color (fine or medium tips). Small bottle of sumi ink (I70). Small bottle of walnut ink (I53). 6-well pain tray (S679). Inexpensive flat watercolor brush (between 1/8" and 1/4"). Plastic squeeze bottle with fine writing tip. Colored pencils(3-5 favorite colors) (PL05).
Favorite calligraphy tools--DO NOT NEED ALL OF THEM! Suggestions:
Speedball C Nibs (sizes 1 or 2) (N09) or other broad-edged nibs. Pointed pen nibs (optional) (N70, N120, N113). Pointed brush (optional): Expensive option- Winsor & Newton Series 7 Pointed Brush (BR28). Inexpensive option- Niji Water Brush in small or medium pointed tip or a Pentel Color Brush (FP64, FP65, FP57). 14 x 17 pad of drawing paper (something with a bit of texture and NOT coated or slick)(P12, P32-14, P100-11). Paper
Suggested quantities are listed, but if you're very prolific you may want to add one more.
2 Arches Text Wove (20x25) (PS01). 2 Arches Black Cover or another black sheet (22x30) (PS90). 2 Nideggen (22x30) (PS93). 2 Ingres (19x25) or Canson Mi-Tientes in a color (PS05, PS61). 1 Watercolor paper cold press (rough) (22x30) (PS48, PS103). Instructions for tearing will be given prior to class.
A favorite folded pen (only if you have one) (N30, N148). Automatic pen (ditto) (N27). Ruling pen (ditto) (N22). 1 tube gouache (WNG512). Some favorite watercolors (whatever you have). Note: Julie will be bringing both watercolors and gouache. 1-2 fine point black markers (Sharpie, Pigma Micron, etc.) (M17).
List B (most of these are household items)
3-4 small yogurt or plastic containers for inks (for dipping larger tools into). Pencl and eraser (S142, E13). Water container (S784). 12" or 18" metal ruler (S271). Cheap mixing brush (BR43). Roll of paper towels (S817). A couple of favorite quotes and favorite words. Instructor will supply: Hand-made unusual tools for each student. Various calligraphic tools (for students to try). Inks, paints, gesso for students to use in class and take home as samples. Detailed handouts.
I70. Moon Palace Sumi Ink Moon Palace Sumi
The Ink is now in a bottle with a Gold Label
While the packaging is a bit different , this is the highly sought after and highly recommended Japanese Sumi Ink. For both broad edge and pointed pen work. Dries waterproof. A great calligraphy ink.
"I like Moon Palace better, but both Moon Palace and Best Bottle are beautiful inks. The Moon Palace has a slight sheen to it, which I like. Michael suggested this ink to me so please tell him I said "thank you". I just finished a job of 200 invitations with Moon Palace and the ink is beautiful. I did not dilute the ink.
A client just brought me invitations (slick paper) to address. This bride knew going in to this that I probably couldn't do pointed pen. However, for fun, I tried the Sumi inks and to my surprise they worked pretty darn good. I usually have to use a sharpie on slick envelopes, yikes!!!" --Clair F., Jan 2011.
Four sizes available:
2.0 oz $5.95 (widemouth jar)
6.0 oz (180ml) $12.95
15 oz (450ml) $19.95
60 oz bulk bottle (1.8L), only $75.00.
You save $54.95 (10 six ounce bottles cost $129.50).
Great for teachers, or buy and share the cost with a friend or two or three.
PL05. Prismacolor Pencils Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils
Artists' quality colored pencils for every level of expertise, high quality pigments for a rich color saturation.
Soft, thick cores create a smooth color laydown for superior blending and shading while thick leads resist breakage.
These are the colors recommended by Bob Hurford for his IAMPETH 2016 class "Fun with Wax and Watercolor Pencils".
N09. Speedball C Calligraphy Nibs American calligraphy nibs for Italic, Blackletter (Gothic, Old English), Uncial, Half Uncial, Foundational and many other hands or alphabets. C-0, C-1, C-2, C-3, C-4, C-5, C-6. C-0 is largest, C-6 is smallest. Best in larger sizes. C-2, C-3, & C-4 are popular for beginners’ classes. They rust easily so let them dry thoroughly before storing them away. Speedball C Calligraphy Nibs.
N70. Brause 66EF Nib Very flexible. Will give thick down strokes and fine thins. One of our most popular nibs for copperplate. Nibs are of consistent manufacture. Also called Arrow Nib.
Quantity price at 10 and 50.
Purchase TAB2.4 & BL6.2 for articles that discuss the characteristics in detail of the various pointed nibs. $8.50 each.
N120. Leonardt Principal EF Nib N120.EF Principal Nib
After a year in development, you can now purchase a modern nib that is equal to the best of the vintage nibs. Brian Walker, a respected pointed pen enthusiast, has worked with a pen manufacturer to duplicate the quality and performance of the legendary Gillott No 1 Principality. The new nib has received rave reviews for both Copperplate and Spencerian. It’s flexible and responsive and gives fine hairlines, but is smooth-writing and catches the paper less.
N113. Nikko G Nib These nibs from Japan are hand cut, extremely smooth, and long lasting. They are chrome plated and have a medium flex. Great for Spencerian. Smooth writing with no burrs or scratchiness. Highly recommended by Michael Sull. Extremely popular with pointed pen men and women!
BR28. W&N Series #7 Watercolor Brush Series 7 fulfills the essential qualities that define the finest water color brush for artists: Point: The brush comes to a crisp point which is maintained during use. Snap & Spring: The brush snaps crisply back into shape with the right degree of spring to allow the artist superior control between the brush and painting surface. Flow Control : The color flows evenly and consistently from the point, with enough color carrying capacity in the belly of the brush to allow flowing gestural strokes. For artists who appreciate exquisite quality and longevity, there is no other brush than the Series 7. Today, just as in 1866, the Series 7 is made for those who understand that the quality of the brush will be reflected in the quality of their work.
We often complain that they don't make things like they
used to. Too often an item that was great is no longer as fine a tool or material. Or manufacturers simply stop making a good product. However, sometimes new tools come along. Niji waterbrushes are an example.They are basically a marker with a high quality brush that you can fill with your choice of water media.