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Calligraphy & Illumination

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This page displays a few of our wide selection of calligraphy supplies for the hobbyist and professional. For more materials for calligraphy either click on the subcategories that follow or in the list at left.
Calligraphy Ink  Calligraphy Fountain Pens  Broad Edged Calligraphy Nibs 
Pointed Calligraphy Nibs  Parallel Pens  Holders 
Pads for Calligraphy  Gilding Supplies 



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S896. Artist and Illuminator Bridge
S896. Artist and Illuminator Bridge.

Rest your hand on this sturdy wooden bridge as you work, adding detail to your gilding, lettering, and painting without smearing the wet portions. We have also been informed that the bridge is great for prevent smudging when using colored pencils. Bridge measures 3"x12" and sits 3/4" high, the feet have felt pads attached to the bottom. Made in the U.S. of solid cherry wood. A self-adhesive felt pad is included for those who want a cushion rest for their hand.


Click here to see an image of the bridge in use.

See Harvest Crittenden demonstrate its use in her video on gilding with Instacoll: Gilding with Instacoll by Harvest Crittenden


Click here for a complete list of supplies in the video, including the bridge.

(Unlike the bridge in the video, our version does not have a decorative stone).


For information on Harvest’s work and prints, online classes, and the Spencerian Saga, visit www.acornarts.org



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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:
0.5mm
0.75mm
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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N22. Ruling Pen
N22. Ruling Pen.

Julian Waters, Gottfried Pott, Glen Epstein & many others are using ruling pens to produce expressive letters. This ruling pen is designed specifically for lettering.You vary the line width by tilting the pen.Wood handle with brass collar & writing unit.



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S620. Clear Dappen Dish
Dappen Dish / Dampen Dish.

These small wide mouthed glass containers with relatively heavy bases are ideal for holding gesso, ink or gouache.

Peter Thornton used a dampen dish to reconstitute prepared gesso in a gilding workshop that John attended. He put a piece of prepared gesso in one of these small shot glasses, added drops of water, and got the gesso to the correct consistency. He then applied the gesso to his quill or pen from the dappen dish.

Metal Lid: See item S802




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S620-12. Dappen Dish - Box of 12
Box of 12 Dappen Dishes. List $18.50

Dappen Dish / Dampen Dish

These small wide mouthed glass containers with a relatively heavy base are ideal for holding gesso, ink or gouache.

Peter Thornton used a dampen dish to reconstitute prepared gesson in a gilding workshop that John attended. He put a piece of prepared gesso in one of these small shot glasses, added a drops of water, and got the gesso to the correct consistency. He then applied the gesso to his quill or pen from the dappen dish.




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S623. 18" Wooden T-Square with Acrylic Edge
S623. 18" Wooden T-Square with Acrylic Edge

Solid construction wooden T-square. Raised acrylic edge prevents smudging and smearing when inking lines.



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S820. Fineline Applicator (Empty)
Fineline Applicator (empty).

Fill with the fluid of your choice - masking fluid, ink, or watercolor. 1.25 oz bottle.

Stainless steel dispensing needles. Specify Size: 18 gauge (.8mm) or 20 gauge (.5mm).



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S820-S2. Fineline Applicators (empty) Set of 2
Fineline Applicator (empty ) Set of 2.

Fill with the fluid of your choice - masking fluid, ink, or watercolor. 1.25 oz bottle.

Stainless steel dispensing needles. Two Sizes: 18 gauge (.8mm) and 20 gauge (.5mm).




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S975. Swarovski Crystals
S975. Swarovski Crystals
Packet of 36 pieces, 1.8mm

Clear, diamond-like Swarovski crystal sparkles with extraordinary brilliance. Its unique sparkle and shine give each design an unforgettable appearance. Each piece contains 12 facets with a foil backing.

The rhinestones can be set with a fine-point glue pen, scrapbooking glue dots, or with any thick craft glue.

We recommend: S685. Zig 2 way Glue Squeeze/Roll Tip



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I139-HALF. Pearl Ex Pigments - .5oz / .75oz
I139. Pearl Ex Pigment Powder
.5 oz or .75 oz

This versatile powder mixes into ink with the addition of water and gum arabic. Or you can add directly to ink to give that ink pearlescence and shine. Pearl Ex creates a metallic effect without being a real metal- it will never tarnish or fade.The different particle sizes produce different effects, from a smooth pearly luster, to a highly metallic sheen.

I139. Pearl Ex Color Chart on Black Paper

I139. Pearl Ex Color Chart on White Paper

Choose .5oz Color:
Solar Gold
Rose Gold

OR

Choose .75oz Color:
Brilliant Gold
Pink Gold
Super Bronze
Antique Silver
Aztec Gold
Pearl White
Silver
Super Copper


To make a Pearl Ex ink for calligraphy:
Basic Recipe
Mix 4 parts of pigment with one part gum Arabic (liquid or powder) in a container, add distilled water slowly as you stir until you get the consistency of ink you like.
Exact measurement Recipe
1 teaspoon Pearl Ex pigment
¼ teaspoon gum Arabic (liquid or powder)
1 teaspoon distilled water
Thinner consistency Pearl Ex ink will lie flatter on the paper when dry; a thicker consistency ink (try ½ teaspoon of water) will stand up a bit on the paper when dry, creating a raised effect. Recipe courtesy of Joi Hunt of Bien Fait Calligraphy.

See also I139-S for the Pearl Ex Calligraphy Set of nine 3-gram jars of color good for making ink and three 3-gram jars of powdered gum arabic.



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