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Chris Mcdonald


Guild: Friends of Calligraphy (San Francisco)
Instructor: Chris McDonald
Class: Roman capitals, February-March 2018

Required supplies:
(P70) Gilbert Bond 11x17 practice pad (plain)
(N09) Speedball C-2 nibs
(I08) Higgins Eternal ink

Optional supplies:
(S156) Calligraphy easel frame (large, 20 x 26)
(S697) Airlite drawing board (large, 20 x 26)
(H104) Standard wooden pen holders
(H105) Cork tip pen holders



P70. Gilbert Bond 25% Cotton Practice Pad 11x17inch
P70.Gilbert Bond 25% Cotton Practice Pad. 24lb.
11"x17", 50 sheets

A great pad for broad-edged pen practice. Has a nice tooth and holds good hairlines. Acid-free. Highly recommended by Peter Thornton.

also available in 8.5"x11", see item P69

"Calligraphers in Portland [Oregon] have been using Gilbert Bond for years and years and LOVE it totally. My students and I have decided that ‘we are worth it’ and use Gilbert for practice. We think using a better paper makes our calligraphy practice seem more important (and practice is so important!). I thoroughly recommend the paper; it would be hard to recommend Gilbert Bond too highly!" - Carol DuBosch




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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.

For more information about Speedball C nibs, click here.



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I08. Higgins Eternal Ink
I08. Higgins Eternal Ink.

A non-waterproof, carbon black ink for dip pens. Our most popular ink for classes. Recommended for copperplate (add a few drops of gum arabic). Perhaps the best ink for calligraphy for a beginner; it will cause the beginner the fewest problems. This ink will bleed more readily than other inks. If bleeding is a problem try Sumi Inks. 2.5 oz.

Quantity discounts start at 6 & 12.

"For broad-pen writing, I add gouache to Higgins Eternal. Gouache gives Eternal some needed body. It doesn't necessarily have to be black gouache. Indigo or a dark red add an interesting hue to the result. In a quarter ounce of Eternal, I add about a 3/8 inch bead of gouache from a tube. Eternal doesn't give me the hairlines I want in pointed pen work, so for that I much prefer iron gall or walnut ink". - Bob Hurford




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S156. Easel Frame Only
S156 .Easel Frame Only

Lightweight, portable easels designed for a table or desk. Folds flat to 1.5" thick for easy carrying. Large and Small easels are adjustable to 7 different angles; the Mini is adjustable to 5 different angles. Can be used as a light table by using our plexi and putting a light source behind it. The lip is 5/8" deep. The plexi or other board just rests on the lip. The easel frame is made of unfinished wood (pine). The new Mini size is perfect for travel and workshops.

You supply the light source. No light source is included.

Choose:
Mini 11" wide, 14.25" high
Small 16" wide, 19" high
Large 23.5" wide, 17.75" high

Formerly S156-L and S156-S



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S697. Airlite Drawing Board 20x26
S697. Airlite Drawing Board 20x26.

A high quality, lightweight drawing board with a smooth hardwood surface on both sides and two metal edges for use with a T-square. The resin-impregnated kraft honeycomb core is permanently bonded for strength. Very durable and very light. Made in USA. A drawing board can be used as a lapboard or on an easel at a slant to help prevent neck and back pain.

(See S690 for an 18"x24" Drawing Board.)

Ann Miller has an Aerocore Drawing Board in her supply list. Airlite is another trade name for a similar product.



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H104. Standard Pen Holders
H104. Standard Pen Holders.

These tapered wooden penholders from Germany are the same size as our popular Mahogany penholders (H62) and our Marbled ones (H63). Approx 5/16" diameter at the nib end and 6-7/8" long. Standard metal nib gripper. The Black and Brown holders have an opaque, slightly textured finish. The colorful stained finishes are not opaque.

Choose: Natural (beech wood), Brown, Black, Red Stain, Green Stain, Yellow Stain, Blue Stain.

For the sets (at even better prices), see item H104-S, H104SC.




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H105. Cork Tip Holder
H105. Cork Tip Holder.

These holders are very similar to the popular Koh-I-Noor 127 N cork-tip penholder (H38) and the General Pencil version (H99) that we also sell. (Other than the logo, I can’t see any difference between those and this lower-priced version.) Scribes like the comfortable cushion of the cork, and the grip is thicker than standard wood penholders. Many calligraphers find this kind of holder a pleasure to use. Standard metal nib gripper. From Germany.

Choose from three finishes: Natural, Brown, Black.

Price break at 3.




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