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A03- Gemma Black


Gemma Black
A03 — BITING OF BOWS
One-Day Class, Sunday, July 26
Intermediate/Advanced

Basic Calligraphy Supply List plus:
Set of square edged nibs. Recommended brands are Brause & Speedball (N02, N09). Bond, cartridge, or layout paper approximately 11" x 17" and any off cuts of fine art papers you already have (P20-100). Tracing paper: 1 small sheet (P43). Some non-waterproof black ink (I08, I70); ink stick and stone recommended (IS19, IS03, IS04). Colored pencils (PL05, S471, S472). Blu-tack reusable adhesive.

By Gemma Black
"The Seven Virtues" by Gemma Black, in Bound & Lettered Vol. 9, No. 1 (BL9.1) $8.50
(If you place a pre-order of $25 or more for The Passionate Pen, you get to request a free issue of LAR or B&L and may choose this one if you like when you place your pre-order.)
A03 — Biting of Bows
No specific books to recommend.


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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I70. Moon Palace Sumi Ink
Moon Palace Sumi
The Ink is now in a bottle with a Gold Label

While the packaging is a bit different, this is the highly sought after and highly recommended Japanese Sumi Ink. For both broad edge and pointed pen work. Dries waterproof. A great calligraphy ink.

"I like Moon Palace better, but both Moon Palace and Best Bottle are beautiful inks. The Moon Palace has a slight sheen to it, which I like. Michael suggested this ink to me so please tell him I said, "thank you". I just finished a job of 200 invitations with Moon Palace and the ink is beautiful. I did not dilute the ink.
A client just brought me invitations (slick paper) to address. This bride knew going into this that I probably couldn't do pointed pen. However, for fun, I tried the Sumi inks and to my surprise they worked pretty darn good. I usually have to use a sharpie on slick envelopes, yikes!!!"

--Clair F., Jan 2011.

Four sizes available:

2.0 oz (widemouthed jar)
6.0 oz (180ml)

15 & 60 oz are temporarily unavailable: arriving Dec 2019




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IS19. Shakyo-Ken Ink Stone
Shakyo-Ken Ink Stone

Unlike most ink stones, this one has a flat surface for grinding and a deep well to collect the ink. Ideal for dipping nibs. 65x124x14 mm / 2.5 x 4.75 x .63 inches. Similar to the Penestone Ink Stone, but smaller. Made in Japan of stone with a very dense grain. Boku-Undo Suzuri Ink Stone 24025.



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IS03. Kenbimukan Ink Stick
Kenbimukan 30104
Brownish Black. Student Grade.

Gives sharp and crisp strokes. The least expensive stick suitable for western calligraphy. Stick ink can be used for calligraphy and sumi painting. Made from mineral oil. Japanese Inkstick. Boku Undo. 01001



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IS04. Gansui Ink Stick
Gansui Ink Stick. 30208
Bluish Black.

Made from different size soot particles, which give the blue-black color. Flows well from the pen, basically matte (with the tiniest hint of sheen). Works well when dark or diluted. Stick ink can be used for calligraphy and sumi painting. Japanese Inkstick. Boku Undo 07201



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PL05. Prismacolor Premier Pencils
Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils

Artists' quality colored pencils for every level of expertise, high quality pigments for a rich color saturation.
Soft, thick cores create a smooth color laydown for superior blending and shading while thick leads resist breakage.

These are the colors recommended by Bob Hurford for his IAMPETH 2018 class "Fun with Colored Pencils":
Canray Yellow, Orange, Yellow Orange, Spanish Orange, Yellow Chartreuse, Apple Green, Kelp Green, Kelly Green, Poppy Red, Scarlet Lake, Tuscan Red, White and Blender.



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BL9.1. Bound & Lettered Vol.9, No.1
Bound & Lettered Vol.9, No.1

Envelope Odyssey
Karl Josef Schneider
Gospel of Thomas
  by Carol Nichols
Te Deum: How it Happened
  by Margaret Morgan
Little Books
  by Thea Lynn Paul
Two Loves, One Book
  by Aimee Michaels and Carole Marsh
Vested Interest
  by Lisa Churchward
Book Pins
  by Dennis Ruud
The Seven Virtues
  by Gemma Black
Using Glair to Reconstitute Gesso
  by Jerry Tresser
Make an Album
  by Colleen Nagel
Why Did My Nib Die So Soon?
  by Bob Hurford

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