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http://pushingtheenvelopes.blogspot.com/search/label/nib%20lessons

Nikko G nibs N113
marbled pen holder H63
McCaffrey's Penman's Ink I37
Clairfontaine paper - either plain or grid P36 or P38

Optional:
Hunt Oblique pen holder H23, for right handed people who want to try an oblique holder Walnut ink I53-2.5, for people who want to try another kind of ink

Recommended Books

The Speedball Textbook (B039) is the best book if you want to explore many different styles.
Modern Calligraphy (B3948) by Molly Suber Thorpe is for students who do not wish to do anything traditional.
The Turner copperplate book (B3116, Technique of Copperplate Calligraphy) has everything you need for the basics of copperplate.
The Winters copperplate book (B1109, Mastering Copperplate) has more information and would be a good choice if you know you will be committed to mastering copperplate.


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!



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H63. Marbled Pen Holder
H63. Marbled Pen Holder.

Beautiful penholders in gold & black, silver & black, gold with multicolors, and the newest: Multicolor (with swirls of red, blue, green, and yellow). Approx 5/16" diameter at the nib end and 6-7/8" long. Standard metal nib gripper.

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




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P36. Clairefontaine Blank Pad (Unlined)
Clairefontaine Writing Pad
Triomphe. Extra white. 23lb vellum finish paper. Pad of 50 sheets. Recommended by Michael Sull for Spencerian and Off-Hand Flourishing. 8.25"x11.75". Blank. From France.



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P38. Clairfontaine GRAPH Pad
Clairfontaine GRAPH Pad
8.5"x11.75". 80 sheets.
Great for Spencerian, Copperplate, and other pointed pen work.



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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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I53-2.5. Walnut Drawing Ink
I53-2.5. Tom Norton's Walnut (Color) Ink

A rich sepia ink.Thin with water to create a wash. For brush or dip pen. Already liquid. Non-waterproof (but not suitable for fountain pens).
70ml , 2.36 oz.




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B3948. Modern Calligraphy / Thorpe
B3948. Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe. 2013. 192pp. 8.5"x9.5". Paper

Teaches Molly's bold style of Copperplate that looks stylish and fresh, yet still refined. After an overview of supplies, you learn letters, words, then phrases with the clear instructions and exemplars. You then learn how to write with gouache and watercolor and how to digitize your calligraphy for printed items. The 20 projects provide inspiration for weddings, entertainment, and personal stationery. The final section is practical info for the working scribe, including strategies for large-batch projects and hints for left-handers.




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B3116. Technique of Copperplate Calligraphy / Turner
The Technique of Copperplate Calligraphy by Gordon Turner. 1987. 42pp. 8.25x11". Paper.

This instruction book is good for self-learners or use with an instructor as a supplemental book. The author covers the basic strokes for lowercase, the most used stroke for capitals. Up to six alternate forms are given for capitals. Drawing guidelines and making an oblique pen are included. (For more thorough instruction purchase B1109. Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy by Eleanor Winters.)
The text of this book is all written in the hand being taught. This makes for a beautiful book and you get to see how the hand is to look in use.



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B1109. Mastering Copperplate / Winters
Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy: A Step-by-Step Manual by Eleanor Winters. 1989. 192pp. 8.25" x 11". Paper.

A self-contained manual for serious students, including beginners. Part One places Copperplate in historical context. Part Two begins with a glossary and detailed information on pens, paper, ink, and other materials. It includes indispensable technical tips, guidelines, how to use the pen, and 99 pages of detailed instruction covering minuscule, capitals, numbers, punctuation, and writing in various sizes. Part Three deals with writing in color and the design and execution of simple projects, such as envelopes and small poems.



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