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Luthis Folded Pens

Luthis Folded Pens

The Luthis Libélula (Dragonfly) pen. Overall length: 15.5 cm (6.1")By Carol DuBosch. I first learned of these pens from Argentina when Silvia Cordero Vega wrote about them in Letter Arts Review 28-1. She told of their use in one of her artworks, which was featured on the cover of the issue: “I wanted very expressive calligraphy, with a visceral feel . . . . I used an extra-large Luthis ruling pen, which would allow me to make very large strokes with good control and firmness. Of course, if I use …
Feb 13th 2023 JNB By Carol DuBosch
Ruling Pen Basics

Ruling Pen Basics

Calligraphic ruling pens create thick or thin strokes by tilting the nib relative to the writing surface.By Matthew Coffin.Traditionally, drafting ruling pens have been used to rule lines of fixed thicknesses on mechanical drawings or illustrations. In the second half of the 20th century, lettering artists – exploring ways to create expressive lettering – learned these same pens could also be used for calligraphy. By tilting a ruling pen on its side, dramatic and rough-edged strokes could be cre …
Feb 13th 2023 JNB
Stirring Metallic Ink

Stirring Metallic Ink

If you address envelopes with metallic ink, you know that when you first start working, it takes a lot of shaking to get the metallic color evenly mixed in the ink. And while you are working, you have to regularly stir the bottle to keep the pigment evenly dispersed. All metallic inks have a settling problem. Check out a small magnetic stirrer; this ingenious device provides a fine solution. You place a Teflon-coated, magnetic stirring bar in a wide-mouthed jar, pour in your metallic ink, and th …
Feb 13th 2023 JNB
Spectralite 18 Carat vs. Spectralite Private Collection

Spectralite 18 Carat vs. Spectralite Private Collection

At left: Spectralite Private Collection. At right: Gold Spectralite 18 Carat Gold. Spectralite 18 Carat Gold vs. Spectralite Private Collection Gold Several years ago Dr. Ph. Martin’s discontinued all colors of Spectralite Liquid Acrylic – even the 18 Carat Gold (54K), which had been the best-selling metallic gold at John Neal Books. Spectralite Private Collection Liquid Acrylic had been put forward by the company as a replacement, so I decided then to see how the newer ink compares to th …
Feb 13th 2023 JNB
Pearl Ex Calligraphy Ink

Pearl Ex Calligraphy Ink

Envelopes addressed by Joi Hunt using ink made with Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments: top, Sunset Gold; middle, Aztec Gold; bottom, Rose Gold. By Joi Hunt. Pearl Ex Metallic Powdered Pigments have been around for a long time, and the product has been used in various ways by many different types of crafters. They like it because of its versatility and its colorfastness. Calligraphers have found it makes a wonderful metallic ink. I’m not sure who first thought of making an ink for pen calligraphy wi …
Feb 13th 2023 JNB