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2015 Oct: John Stevens

John Stevens
October 25—30, 2015

By John Stevens
B2982. SCRIBE: Artist of the Written Word. 264pp. 8.75"x11.25". Hardcover

Broad-edged: Brause, Mitchell. Multiple sizes, for example Mitchells from small to #1 or #0
Pointed: More on the stiffer side.
Optional: Automatic pens, folded ruling pens, Pilot parallel pens (3.8mm / 2.4mm)
N02-S9. Brause Set of 9 Nibs.
N02. Brause Calligraphy Nibs. Specify size.
N04-S10B. Mitchell Calligraphy Nib Set (10 Res)
N04. Mitchell Nibs (Round Hand). Specify size.
N27. Automatic Pens Sizes: 1 (1/16"), 2 (1/8"), 3 (3/16"), 3A (1/4"), 4 (5/16"), 5 (1/2"), 6 (3/4"), 6A (1"). (John suggests size 3 (3/16"), 3A (1/4"), or 4 (5/16") for this workshop)
N27-S6. Set of 6 pens.. (sizes 1, 2, 3or3A, 4, 5, 6 or 6A)
N30. Folded Ruling Pen.
N148. Tim's Folded Pen. Regular (curved) or Dagger (straight).
FP67. Pilot Parallel Pen. Specify size 1.5mm, 2.4mm, 3.8mm, 6.0mm
FP68. Pilot Parallel Pen. Specify size 1mm, 2mm, 3mm, 4.5mm (modified from sizes above. Not quite as smooth writing.)

Nikko G is fine. Gillott 303 or EF Principal may be fine, too. You can try the exercise with any other nibs.– John Stevens
N113. Nikko G Nib.

Pelikan 4001 or Higgins Eternal, Black Gouache
OPTIONAL: Watercolor, Walnut ink, Color/White gouache
I04. Pelikan 4001 Ink. 2oz.
I08. Higgins Eternal. 2oz.
WNG331. W&N Gouache: Ivory Black
WNG335. W&N Gouache: Jet Black.
I53-2.5. Walnut (Color) Ink. 2.5oz.
S449. Walnut (Color) Ink Crystals.
S450. Walnut Crystals JAR.
WNG512. Winsor & Newton Permanent White Gouache

Practice: bond paper is fine if it does not bleed.
Smooth: JNB carries a few like the Canson Marker Layout Pad
P70. JNB 25% Cotton Practice Pad. 24lb. 11"x17", 50 sheets.
P100-11. Strathmore 400 Series 11x14 Pad.
P32-11. Canson Pro-Layout Marker Pad.
P11-50. 11"x14" 50 SHEETS
P39. Cotton Comp Pad.
P20-50. JNB 11x17 Practice Pad 50 Sheets. P20-100. JNB 11x17 Practice Pad 100 Sheets.

W&N 995 1/2" flat brush.
OPTIONAL: A pointed brush is always a good idea. My favorite is W&N Series 7 (smaller size is fine, #1, #2, or #3) A #5 show-card brush (Rekab) is nice if you have one. This is a round ferrule, chisel edge brush.
BR01. W&N 995 Chisel Lettering Brush.>
BR47. Raphael Kolinsky 8408 Brushes. #2 (#1,#3 are out-of-stock)
BR12. Rekab Brushes. #5. (will be labeled #6)
BR28 W&N Series #7 Watercolor Brush
BR54. Loew Cornell "One-Stroke" Brush;
This brush is an alternative to the Rekab sable brush.

Texts -- Some as short as 2 or 3 words, then a sentence or two, and texts that are longer.
OPTIONAL: A text you love or want to work with.

Other items like
Pencils -- HB - 2B for drawing. 4H for ruling lines.
S142. Design Drawing Pencils. Specify hardness.
masking tape for taping artwork to tables or walls. Blue masking tape (used for painting) is preferred as it releases much more easily especially if it is left up all week.
S931. Blue Masking Tape.
palette This is a flat palette for loading and shaping your brush (not one with wells for mixing color): a styrofoam plate, a piece of glass (sharp edges taped or rounded), butcher's tray, palette paper.
S777. Butcher's Tray 7.5x11 inches.
P365. Strathmore Paper Palette Pad.
water container,
S731. Foldable Water Container (specify red or blue)
S784. Three Piece Detachable Plastic Brush Washer
paper towels,
S817. One roll of Viva brand Paper towels.
note-taking stuff.
straight edge for ruling lines,
S271. Metal Ruler, 18 inches.
S753. 18" Plastic T-Square
small brush for loading pens,
BR43. Mixing Brushes, pk of 3.
Soap to clean brushes: Ivory bar soap works, a partial/hotel bar would work fine. If you HAVE artists' brush cleaner, bring that instead.
S930. Masters Brush Cleaner 2.5 ounce.
Glue stick S391. UHU
Writing Board, if you need.
S690. Airlite Drawing Board 18x24.
Cutting mat (not cutting board as in the original supply list)
Self healing cutting mat
S504. 9x12
S504-LG 12x18
Hard Arkansas Stone and 16x loupe (magnifying glass) for shaping small nibs
S115. Hard (Black) Arkansas Stone.
S657. 10x Magnifier.
John said a 10X would be fine

Brush prep video:

Any updates will be posted here:

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:
1.0 mm
1.5 mm
2.0 mm
2.5 mm
3.0 mm
4.0 mm
5.0 mm

Your Price $19.71

N04-S10B. Mitchell Calligraphy Nib Set (10 Res)
Set of 10 Mitchell Rexel Round Hand Nibs with 10 Reservoirs.
Included sizes: 0 (3.3mm), 1( 3mm), 1-1/2 (2.5mm), 2(2.3mm), 2-1/2 (1.8mm), 3(1.4mm), 3-1/2 (1mm), 4(0.9mm), 5 (.75mm), 6 (.6mm).

Flexible calligraphy nibs from England. Straight cut. Though they are called Round Hand, these chisel edge nibs are good for many alphabets, including Italic, Carolingian, Uncials, Gothic (Blackletter/Old English), Foundational Hand, and Roman Caps. Widely used by professional calligraphers with and without the reservoirs. Some beginners may have trouble with the flexibility. One of our most popular dip pen nibs for calligraphy. Give them a try.

See item N05-S10B for the Left-Hand Set.

Your Price

N04. Mitchell Nibs (Round Hand)
Mitchell Rexel Round Hand Nibs
Straight cut. Sizes 0(3.3mm), 1(3mm), 1-1/2(2.5mm),
2(2.3mm), 2-1/2(1.8mm), 3(1.4mm), 3-1/2(1mm),
4(0.9mm), 5(.75mm), 6(.6mm).

Flexible calligraphy nibs from England. Straight cut. Reservoirs are purchased separately. Though they are called Round Hand, these chisel edge nibs are good for many alphabets including Carolingian, Italic, Uncials, Gothic, Foundational Hand, and Roman Caps. Used by professional calligraphers with and without the reservoirs. Some beginners may have trouble with the flexibility. One of our most popular nibs for calligraphy. Give them a try.

See N05 for Left Hand Mitchell Nibs.

Your Price $1.45

N30. Folded Ruling Pen
Folded Ruling Pen

Introduced at Letterforum in 1995, this innovative lettering tool has been popular ever since. Use it to produce tight "brush lettering" with a pen or for wild, fun, expressive lettering. These are the originals made by Matthew Coffin and highly praised by Carl Rohrs and Peter Thornton as superior to others that are available.

Peter Thornton has his students use our Polishing Paper (S107) to lightly abrade the outer and inner surfaces of the Folded Pen. This allows the ink to spread out on the pen instead of beading up.

Your Price

FP67. Pilot Parallel Pen
Pilot Parallel Pen

Extremely smooth writing from this pen, offering crisp edges and sharp hairlines. Nib point consists of two parallel metal plates and allows for lettering in two sizes. Use the 0.5mm edge for sharp, monoline writing or use the broad edge for calligraphic writing. You can also produce color-blended letters by touching ink from one pen to a second pen loaded with another color. Available in four sizes, includes one red and one black cartridge and a cleaning bladder.

Specify size:

Formerly available as code numbers:

Your Price

FP68. Pilot Parallel Pens Modified to New Sizes
FP68. New Parallel Pen Sizes (These sizes are not made by Pilot.)

Add these additional pens to your Parallel Pen collection:
1mm, 2mm, 3mm, 4.5mm.

We have the 1.5mm cut down to 1.0mm, the 2.4 cut to 2mm, the 3.8 cut to 3mm and the 6mm cut to 4.5mm. (Pilot does not warrant these modified pens, but John Neal Bookseller does.)

The new 1mm (nominal) is the perfect size for addressing wedding invitations -- though the thick & thin contrast is less than with a dip pen. It is a bit larger than 1.0mm. (You can use the .5mm edge of the pen for fine lines.)

We also have a small selection of pens that were cut too small. Limited supply of 1.5mm, 1.75mm, 2.25mm, 2.5mm, 3.75mm, 4.0mm, 4.15mm, 4.35mm

Each includes one red and one black cartridge and a cleaning bladder.

FP68-S Pilot Parallel Pen New Sizes Set of Four Pens is currently unavailable for ordering.

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N113. Nikko G Nib
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.

Your Price

I04. Pelikan 4001 Ink
I04. Pelikan 4001 Ink.

A superior dye ink primarily for fountain pen use. Will flow dependably. If ink has dried in pen, soak the pen in plain water. Non-waterproof.

Choose from these colors in a 2oz glass bottle: Brilliant Black, Royal Blue, Brilliant Brown, Violet, Brilliant Red, Turquoise

Choose this color in a 1oz glass bottle: Dark Green

I04. Pelikan 4001 Ink Color Chart

Your Price $10.92

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

Your Price $5.75

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.

Your Price $10.49

S449. Walnut Ink Crystals
Dissolve 1 teaspoon crystals in 1/2 cup distilled water, wait for 25-35 minutes, and then you will have a warm, rich walnut ink. The ink is lightfast, flows well and is highly recommended by many master scribes. Makes a wonderful brown or sepia ink for calligraphy, drawing, washes or antiquing paper. Non-waterproof Made from walnut hulls.

Choose Size:

The best price for walnut ink crystals is 4oz and larger.

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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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P39. Cotton Comp Pad
October 2019: Both sizes of this pad are out of stock. Any backorders will be cancelled. For a similar pad please see P32 Canson Pro Marker Layout.

This layout pad from Borden & Riley is 100% Rag Marker with a very smooth finish. The paper takes ink without bleeding or feathering. With these great qualities, this pad is a step-up from the regular Marker Layout. 50 sheets.

"The Cotton Comp paper is now my favorite, as it is more
translucent and letters can be traced through it more easily than through layout paper, yet it has more substance than tracing paper."
-- Sheila Waters. Cyberscribes, January 2008.

Choose size: 9x12 or 11x14.

Your Price $14.85

BR01. W&N 995 Chisel Lettering Brush
Chisel Edged Lettering Brush

The standard brush recommended by John Stevens, Carl Rohrs and other instructors for chisel-edged alphabets. Golden nylon flat watercolor brush with seamless nickel ferrules and clear plastic handle. Durable and responsive.
Winsor and Newton Series 995 flat watercolor brush.

Choose from three sizes:


Change size selector to see sale prices.

Your Price $20.29

BR47. Raphael Kolinsky 8408 Brushes
Raphael Kolinsky Sable Extra Fine Point Round Watercolor Brush

The same superior quality sable as the 8404 (BR46), but an extra-fine tapered point with a smaller belly for quick, precise strokes. Extremely responsive tip. (The photo shows the shape, but not the size of the brushes)

These bushes are handmade with the finest Kolinsky Red Sable. Multiple hair lengths ensure tightest possible point and a full belly for a high paint load. They have superior resiliency, spring and snap. Recommended by Rosemary Buczek for illumination.

Prices listed are 15% off retail!

Your Price $27.75

BR12. Rekab Brush
Rekab Brushes Series 311

John Stevens uses these round ferrule, chisel-edged Rekab brushes for smaller Roman lettering as well as for a variety of other styles. John uses these along with flat ferrule chisel-edged brushes for his brush lettering. These quality sable brushes, imported from Israel, with proper care will last for 20 years or more. These are called "Showcard" or "One Stroke Brushes." They are more versatile than flat ferrule, chisel edge brushes, but they take a bit more skill to use. John recommends the #5 to start with. For a wider range of sizes, he suggests adding the #3 & #7.

#3 -- 1/8"
#4 -- 3/16"
#5 -- 1/4"
#6 -- 5/16"
#7 -- 3/8"

Your Price $14.02

S142. Design Drawing Pencils
Design Drawing Pencils
Design 3800. Prismacolor Turquoise.

"6H" is hardest lead. "9B" is softest lead, Specify 6H, 5H, 4H, 3H, 2H, HB, H, F, B, 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B, 6B.

Your Price

S784. Water Container - 3 Piece
S784. Three Piece Detachable Plastic Brush Washer

Three plastic water containers that detach and fit into one. Use this handy item for rinsing pens and brushes. Great for workshops.

Your Price $5.55

S817. Viva Papertowels, 12 sheets
S817. Viva Paper towels, 12 sheets

Recommended by Harvest Crittenden for wiping pen points and brushes:
"I've used them exclusively for at least 8 years. They don't leave fuzz on the pen points or brushes."

We have made these available for those outside the USA or in areas where this brand is not readily available. This is a small pack of 12 sheets for easy shipping.

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S271. Metal Ruler: 18in
S271. Stainless Steel Ruler. 18".

18" Flexible, cork back. Marked in 1/16" and millimeters. An essential tool for calligraphers and bookbinders.

Your Price

S753. Westcott Clear T-Square
S753. Westcott Clear T-Square

Calibrated on one edge in inches, the other metric.

Specify 12" or 18".

Now labeled Westcott instead of C-Thru.

Your Price

BR43. White Bristle Brushes (pack of 3)
BR43. White Bristle Brushes (pack of 3)

Great for mixing gouache or loading ink.

Choose Flat (sizes 2,4,6) or Round (sizes 1,3,5).

Your Price

S930. Masters Brush Cleaner 2.5 ounce
S930. "The Masters" Brush Cleaner
2.5 ounces in a 2.5"-diameter plastic tin.

Brush Cleaner and Preserver for all types of brushes.

Just wet the brush and work up a lather on the hard cake. This cleaner can bring back the spring to old brushes caked in paint or ink.

Jacqueline Sullivan suggests using this brush cleaner to get acrylic paint out of your clothes. Of course, you should test out the brush cleaner on an hidden part of the garment first to make sure it is compatible with the fabrics(s) involved.

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S690. Airlite Drawing Board 18 x 24
S690. Airlite Drawing Board 18x24.

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 S697 for a 20"x26" 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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S504. Self Healing Cutting Mat
Use this cutting mat to protect your table or desk when cutting paper or board. Unlike a piece of paper board (or your table) the cuts from your craft knife will heal and disappear!

Your Price

S115. Hard Arkansas Stone
Hard (Black) Arkansas Stone

For sharpening your nibs. Instructions included. 4"x1"x1/2".

Your Price $27.95

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