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SOS Brush Roman Workshop: November 2015

John Stevens
Society of Scribes, New York City
November 14-15, 2015

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

WNG331. W&N Gouache: Ivory Black
P20-100. JNB 11x17 Practice Pad 100 Sheets.

W&N 995 1/2" flat brush.
BR01. W&N 995 Chisel Lettering Brush.
OPTIONAL: A sho-card brush Rekab is nice if you have one #5, and any brushes you have.
BR12. Rekab Brushes. #5.(will be labeled #6)
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.
S391.Glue stick
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:

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

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

P365. Strathmore Paper Palette Pad
9" x 12". 40 sheets. Used in John Stevens Brush Lettering workshops.

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.

Your Price

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

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.

Your Price

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.

Your Price

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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