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Letter Me This

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Letter Me This – 2JaB2
Janice Berkebile

Explore the embellishment of a single letter! A drop cap is a capital that is used at the beginning of a chapter, is larger than the rest of the text and therefore drops down next to several lines of text. These letters can be simple or incredibly ornate. There is no end to the possibilities in creating drop caps. In this class, we will break down the process of creating a letter and then, step-by-step embellishing, so that you can create drop caps that speak of you.

Supplies:
  • Mechanical pencil 0.5 (PL21)
  • 2B graphite pencil (S142)
  • pencil sharpener (recommended: Kum pencil sharpener, blue version) (PL13)
  • kneadable eraser (E09)
  • Tombow Mono Zero eraser (round) (E22)
  • black Micron size 1
  • black Pitt pen XS
  • 12" clear ruler (S789)
  • pad of bristol 9" x 12" vellum or smooth
  • vellum pad to use as tracing paper (P43)
  • hot press watercolor paper 9" x 12" 140 lb. Arches or Fabriano (PS82)
Optional for color work:
  • basic watercolor set (S609)
  • #4 round watercolor brush (BR26)
  • water container. (S992)
($3)


PL21. Pentel GraphGear 500 Mechanical Pencils
PL21. Pentel GraphGear 500 Mechanical Pencil

This technical drafting pencil with an industrial design features a 4mm fixed sleeve for template work and technical drawings. Metallic-mesh grip for precision and control. Top click, stationary eraser and tip. Pencil includes on tube of HB lead.

Choose lead size: 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 0.9mm.
Barrel colors : 0.3 Brown, 0.5 Black, 0.7 Blue, 0.9 Gray
Refill leads are item PL22
Eraser Refills are item PL23



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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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PL13. Blackwing Long Point Pencil Sharpener
PL13. Blackwing Long Point Pencil Sharpener.

This sharpener is better than most. Use the large hole to remove the outside (wood) of the pencil. Then use the smaller hole to give your lead a superfine point. Comes with 1 spare blade.

Also available:
Blackwing Pencils: item PL11
Eraser Refills: item PL12



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E09. Kneaded Rubber Eraser
Kneaded Rubber Eraser.

Used to erase pencil (graphite). Cherryl Moote suggested it for removing the white lines fom a white lead mechanical pencil.



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E22. Tombow Mono Zero Eraser
Tombow Mono Zero Eraser.

Sleek, high quality eraser for precision work.

Specify Round or Rectangular eraser.

Refills: E23



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S789. Omnigrid Ruler
Omnigrid Ruler. 6"x12". This gridded (with angles), clear, hard plastic ruler is highly recommended by Cherryl Moote for papercraft and book projects.

Please note this item has increased in price since the printing of our 2014 catalog.



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P43. Borden & Riley Tracing Pad #41
P43. Borden & Riley #41 Parchment Tracing. 50 sheet pad, 25 lb paper.

A bit nicer than your normal tracing paper.

Available in 3 sizes:
9"x12"
11"x14"
14"x17"




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PS82. Fabriano Artistico Watercolor Paper
PS82. Fabriano Artistico Watercolor Paper.

100% rag, neutral pH, double-sized, two deckles. 22"x30". Mould-made in Italy.

This has long been Tim Botts’ favorite paper. Now more and more calligraphers, including Harvest Crittenden, are using it.

Choose paper weight:

100 lb Hot Press. Traditional White.
140 lb Hot Press. Traditional White.
140 lb Cold Press. Bright White.

This paper ships separately from books/supplies and requires an extra shipping fee which is NOT included in the price of this product. Add item 'PS00' to your cart after adding large sheets of paper. (click to read details)




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S609. Prang Watercolor Set (16 half pans)
Prang Watercolor Set (16 half pans).
These inexpensive but good watercolor sets are recommended by many including Barbara Close. Easy to take to workshops or on trips.

The selections of choice pigments, blended with specially formulated binders and dispersing agents result in a true transparent paint in brilliant colors. White segment nonbeading mixing lid attached with stainless steel hinge pin for years of use. Each set comes with a #7 natural hair brush.



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BR26. W&N Sceptre Gold 101 Brush
W&N Sceptre Gold 101 Brush, Round, Short Handle

For fine detail, lines & washes. A traditional and popular head shape for all-purpose water color work. Can be used for broad strokes yet it will also form a sharp point. They possess excellent color holding capacity, sensitivity, spring and durability.

High quality brushes made from a mix of sable and synthetic fibres. They are ideal for water color and suitable for use with acrylic. For watercolor media, while today's synthetic brushes perform excellently, pure sable still has the edge. With a blend you can get performance that is close to sable at a price that is close to synthetic. The blend of hair in Sceptre Gold II also gives you added benefits. Sable hair has excellent spring while the high quality synthetic filaments ensure that the brushes are soft enough to work the color but also have a strong snap so they return back to their original shape with ease. The high proportion of sable in Sceptre Gold II gives the brushes considerably more ability to make larger washes in one stroke than normal synthetic brushes, and the hairs are tapered to a fine point, giving the brush control for detailed work.

Winsor and Newton Sceptre Gold 101 Brush Round Short Handle




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