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Beyond Handwriting, teaching your pen to dance.  
Chris Carfaro
www.flourishandblots.com

 

Materials:

Oblique pen holder (H23)

Regular straight pen holder (H62)

 

Pen Nibs:                    

Nikko G (N113), or Tachikawa G (N137)

2mm Mitchell nib (N04) or Speedball C2

Crows quill or Hawkquill

 

Ink:                 

Sumi Ink:  preference toward Moon Palace (I70), but any is fine for the class

Metal edged Ruler (S270)

Hard pencil (S142-HB)

Eraser (S86)

                       

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Inks/Color:  

Windsor Newton gold drawing ink (I56)

Fine Tec Arabic Gold (refill pot) (S890)

Ziller inks (I28)

McCaffery Ivory Ink (I37)

 

Pens:

Noodlers standard flex pen (FP120) + any of their waterproof inks (I123)

Shaeffer medium calligraphy pen

 

Paper:

Borden & Riley “Paris paper for pen and ink” (P40)

Canson (P39)       

Bristol smooth (not vellum)

Strathmore (P100)



H23. Hunt Oblique Penholder
Speedball Oblique Pen holder

Black plastic hourglass shape penholder with offset for nib. For copperplate and Spencerian. The offset helps righthanders with the letter slant. Most lefthanders use a straight holder not this oblique holder. However, some use an oblique holder.

These pointed nibs work in this holder: Hunt 22, Hunt 56, Hunt 99, Hunt 100, Hunt 101, Hunt 103, Hunt 104,
Gillott 170, Gillott 303, Gillott 404, Gillott 1950
Hiro 700, Esterbrook 354, Brause Rose Nib.
The Nikko G nib will work okay, but the holder is not ideal for this nib.

Gillott 659 does NOT work with this holder; use H75 (Gillott Holder #51) instead.

The EF Principal does not work in this holder. See H48 Ziller Oblique Holder (Size) PRIN, and both the Blackwell Holders H50, H61



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H62. Mahogany Pen Holder
Straight wood calligraphy penholder.

How do I insert a calligraphy nib into a penholder that has a metal ring and four prongs?



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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!



See comments about this nib!



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N137. Tachikawa G Nib
Tachikawa G Nib

A multi-use pen nib capable of drawing thin or thick lines depending on the amount of pressure. It is a great drawing nib. It is good for pointed pen scripts such as Spencerian and Copperplate. (Not as readily available as the Nikko G & Zebra G). Chrome-plated.



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N04. Mitchell Nibs (Round Hand)
Mitchell Rexel Round Hand Nibs
Straight cut. Sizes 0(3.3mm), 1(3mm), 1-1/2(2.5mm),
2(2.3mm), 2-1/2(1.8mm), 3(1.4mm), 3-1/2(1mm),
4(0.9mm), 5(.75mm), 6(.6mm).

Flexible calligraphy nibs from England. Straight cut. Reservoirs are purchased separately. Though they are called Round Hand, these chisel edge nibs are good for many alphabets including Carolingian, ItalicUncials, Gothic, Foundational Hand, and Roman Caps. Used by professional calligraphers with and without the reservoirs. Some beginners may have trouble with the flexibility. One of our most popular nibs for calligraphy. Give them a try.

See N05 for Left Hand Mitchell Nibs.




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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

15oz (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.



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S270. Metal Ruler:12in
S270. Stainless Steel Ruler 12"

Flexible, cork back.



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S142. Design Drawing Pencils
Design Drawing Pencils
Design 3800. Prismacolor Turqouise.


"6H" is hardest lead. "9B" is softest lead, Specify 6H, 5H, 4H, 3H, 2H, HB, H, F, B, 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B, 6B, 9B.



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S86. Eraser: Magic Rub
S86. Magic Rub Eraser

For erasing pencil guidelines. Non abrasive.



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I56. W&N Gold Drawing Ink
Winsor & Newton Gold Ink

Both Mike Kecseg and Valerie Weilmunster recommended this gold for decorating letters at their classes at IAMPETH. 1oz glass bottle.

Not suitable for use by children.



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