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Portland Society of Calligraphy- Luca Barcellona

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• A pad or 20 sheets of 5-mm grid paper in as large a size as possible. Note, 5mm = approx. .25".
P21 JNB Graph Pad 11x17, 50 Sheets Light blue grid (8 squares/inch). 28 lb bond. 11"x17" $8.95 (purchase from John Neal Books); or a pad of P.56 Rhodia grid paper in A3 size (approx 12.5 x 16"). $16.00

• at least 1 roll (30"x15') of brown "Scotch Postal Wrapping Paper".

• 2 or 3 piece of black paper (70x100cm or 26 x 40"). Note, we'll probably be writing with a brush on this paper. If you can't get this exact size, don't worry, just get something rather large. Recommendations: Canson (PS05), Strathmore, Stonehenge, Arches Cover (PS90), Fabriano.

PS05. Canson Ingres. 19x25, $1.69
PS90. Arches Cover Black. 22x30, $6.95
PS21. Bugra Black. 21x44. $3.95


• two 2B pencils, rubber bands and a 2H pencil. (S142. Drawing Pencils. $1.25)

• 3mm nib and other widths of your choice (N02, Brause Nibs, $2.00 each. N02-S9, Set of 9, $17.58. N04)

• other chisel-edged writing tools you like, such as: thick cardboard, sticks, reeds and anything else!

• Automatic Pen # 4 / # 5 (N27, $10.95 each), or 6mm wide Pilot Parallel Pen (the one with the blue cap)(FP67, Specify sizes, $10.95 each)
• optional: Pilot Parallel Pen 3.8 mm (green cap) (FP67-3.8)

• brushes: synthetic hair, thin, flat, chisel-edged, with short handle: 20mm (.50") wide and 4.8 mm (.2"). For example: DaVinci Nova #18 and DaVinci Nova #4.
• optional: other sizes of brushes, such as 10, 12, 16, 20 mm


• Artist's/drafting tape or masking tape (S411), ruler (Metal ruler:S270, 12", $3.75. S271,18", $5.50), x-acto knife (S417, Excel Deluxe Knife, choose color, $3.95), eraser (E13, Staedtler-Mars White Plastic Eraser, $1.35), utility knife (S809, Large Snap-Blade Knife, $6.50) or box cutter, scissors

• Gouache: black (WNG331, Windsor & Newton Ivory Black, $9.20), white (WNG512, Permanent White, $9.20), red (WNG094 Cadmium Red, $21,90, WNG524 Primary Red, $9.20), blue (Ultramarine, $9.20; WNG523 Primary Blue, $9.20), yellow (WNG 108, Cadmium Yellow, $21.15, WNG527, Primary Yellow, $9.20) (& other colors of your choice); Winsor & Newton, Schmincke, Talens, brands are best.

• A glass or plastic container for water and smaller containers with lids for preparing the gouache (S276,S260)

• A small piece of glass for mixing/testing colors, approx. 8 x 10" or 9 x 12" (could be removed from an old picture frame, be sure to put masking tape around the edges if they are rough or sharp; and heavier glass works better than thin glass). Pack it carefully in your luggage.

• A cotton cloth for wiping brushes (this will be supplied by FOC, but bring your own if you have a favorite).


Take Your Pleasure Seriously (B3870) by Luca Barcellona. This is the book that was just published of Luca's work, and it's not required that you purchase it (of course). But it won't be for sale at the workshop, so if you would like to have it, purchase it in advance from John Neal. Luca will sign your copy at the workshop.

P21. JNB Graph Pad 11x17, 50 Sheets
JNB Graph Pad
Light blue grid (8 squares/inch). 24 lb bond. 11"x17". Approx 50 sheets.

August 2015. The paper in this pad has been changed. The new paper is much better with the ink. There was a price increase with the new paper.
December 2015: New plates produced, which allows for more consistent printing of the grids. A customer comment: "The new grids are so great, Michael! I so much appreciate your reaching for this level of perfection!"

A non-bleeding paper that is great for calligraphy. (We use the same paper in our JNB Practice Pads.) Many instructors have their students use this pad in their classes.

(For graph with slant lines P01.)

Please choose color: Light or Dark.

Light: This grid does not show on many copiers, shows faintly on others, and usually disappears when you adjust the exposure one setting lighter. If you use a copier to produce your finished art for reproduction, this is the pad for you. This pad is good for jobs done at quick printers.

Dark: For classes, some students may appreciate a slightly darker grid. This is particularly true for adult classes. This is still a light blue grid. Some teachers have commented that their students found the original pad's grid was too light.

6/$11.50 each. 12/$11.25 each. 24/$10.95 each.

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P56. Rhodia Graph Pad 16.5"x11.75"
P56. Rhodia Graph Pad.
16.5"x11.75" (Sheet Size). Orange Cover. 5sq/inch. (5x5mm). 80 sheets.

Highly recommended for pointed pen work. Non-bleeding, bright white, smooth satin finish, 80gsm (22lb), acid-free, pH neutral paper. Micro-perforated to provide a clean edge when you tear out the sheet. Lines and graph are purple.

Also available as Plain Pad (P53) and Lined Pad (P54).

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PS90. Arches Cover Paper Black
Arches Cover Black
Mouldmade in France. 100% Cotton. Neutral pH, lightly sized, textured surface. 250gsm. 22"x30".

Laurie Doctor and others recommend this sheet for book, portfolio covers. It folds without cracking. Judy Melvin likes it for her calligraphic painting - however this is NOT the Arches Black that will bleach correctly. When bleach is applied to this new version the paper turns pink (salmon).

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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PS05. Canson Ingres Sheets
27lb, 100gsm. 19x25". 65% cotton. Laid finish. Acid free. Laid finish. One sidee smoother than other. Popular for calligraphy and bookmaking. Suitable for light washes. Gelatin sized. Specifiy color.

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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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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N02. Brause Calligraphy Nibs
Sizes in millimeters (0.5, 0.75, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0). Oblique-cut.

Brause calligraphy nibs are popular with both professionals and beginners. Stiffer nibs with reservoir on top. High quality nibs from Germany. Order these if you have a heavy hand and apply strong pressure when you write. These chisel edged dip nibs are great for Blackletter (Gothic/Old English), Italic, and other hands.

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N02-S9. Brause Set of 9 Nibs
Widely used by professionals, the Brause Nibs are also the best calligraphy nibs for beginners. Stiff, durable high quality nibs from Germany. Oblique cut calligraphy nibs, with the reservoir on top. If you have a heavy hand, Brause Nibs will work well. You can't go wrong with these chisel edged dip nibs for Italic, Blackletter (Gothic/Old English), and other hands. (Bandzung)

Sizes in set:
1.0 mm
1.5 mm
2.0 mm
2.5 mm
3.0 mm
4.0 mm
5.0 mm

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N27. Automatic Pen
Sizes: 1 (1/16"), 2 (1/8"), 3 (3/16"), 3A (1/4"), 4 (5/16"), 5 (1/2"), 6 (3/4"), 6A (1").

These poster pens are made of a non-rust nickel silver with a plastic handle. They produce very thin thins. Use them with the tooth blade uppermost. Clean with warm water after use. A new pen should be filled and worked gently on paper
until the color (ink) flows. Any possible sign of scratching will soon wear off with use.

Click here for a how-to information sheet.

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FP67. Pilot Parallel Pen
Pilot Parallel Pen

Extremely smooth writing from this pen, offering crisp
edges and sharp hairlines. Nib point consists of two parallel
metal plates and allows for lettering in two sizes. Use the 0.5mm edge for sharp, monoline writing or use the broad edge for calligraphic writing. You can also produce color-blended letters by touching ink from one pen to a second pen loaded with another color. Available in four sizes, includes one red and one black cartridge and a bladder/converter.

Specify size:

Formerly code numbers:

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WNG335. W&N Gouache: Jet Black
Winsor & Newton Gouache: Jet Black

Winsor Newton Gouache Color Chart

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