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Triangle Calligraphers's Guild

“A Sharp Pencil and a Keen Eye”
2-Day Workshop - All Skill Levels-some calligraphy experience is helpful.
Workshop date: February 27-28 2016

In this class, the humble pencil and its relatives become powerful tools in creating many effects from subtle to stunning. We will use pencils, erasers, graphite sticks/blocks, powdered graphite and their water-soluble cousins to explore the possibilities of this medium for creating refined works of art to quickly-made drawings in our sketchbooks.
Starting with basic drawing principles like line quality and shading, we will experiment with each tool to discover the marks it can produce. We will then move on to drawing letters and designing word groups, both formal and casual.
The monochromatic drawn letterform forces us to slow down and relate more organically to the forms we are creating. You will find drawing letterforms with care and thoughtfulness to be so helpful in improving your design and lettering skills and in allowing for more refined and subtle attention to detail.
Further time will let us explore how to integrate our letters with their backgrounds into designs that will grab our viewer’s eye. Finally, I’ll show you some of the tricks I’ve learned to save time and ensure success when working with this versatile medium.

And here is the Supply List:
• Mechanical Pencil- 0.5 or 0.3 and leads – (PL03, PL09)
• A few drawing pencils in various hardness’ (6B, 4B, 2B, HB, 2H, 4H). (S142) Bring whatever you have already.
• Graphite stick or woodless graphite pencil (4B or 6B) (S865)
• Water-soluble graphite stick-Lyra 6B or 9B (Look for the water drop on the label)
• Art Graf Black Carbon Water-Soluble Ink Block (S955, S955-S6)
• Kneaded eraser (E09)
• White eraser stick: Preferably the Tombow Mono zero round, or Paper Mate ‘Tuff Stuff’ (E22, E23, E25, E26)
• Your favorite writing tools (larger sizes of nibs, ruling pens, automatic pens, brushes, etc). (You won’t need any ink…trust me) (N22, N30, N155, N156)
• Blending Stump (I’ll have some for purchase, if needed) (S781)
• X-acto knife, blades and small pencil sharpener (no motors please) (S417, S130, S960)
• Steel Ruler (S271)
• Large soft flat brush for wetting paper
• Paper - Strathmore 400 series drawing paper (any size) or whatever similar you have at home. Few pages of any other papers you want to try. (P100) 
• Paper - A few pieces of Arches text wove and/or Arches hot press watercolor paper or any cheaper mixed media/watercolor or heavyweight paper that you have already. (PS01, PS42)
• Paper towels, water container, small spray bottle (S817, S784, S836)
• A short quote or a few words you like to write (5-10 words or so)
• Drawing Board/ padded surface to work on.
• Not required, but for your info: The sketchbook I use and recommend is the Moleskine 7.5” x 10” Plain Soft Cover Notebook. (PA86)

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.

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S865. Progresso Woodless Graphite Pencil
Progresso Woodless Graphite Pencil.

High-density, lacquer-coated graphite for smooth strokes and excellent laydown properties. These woodless pencils can be sharpened with any pencil sharpener, have a solid, weighty feel, and outlast the standard wood-cased pencils. 7.6mm lead diameter. Koh-i-noor Hardtmuth. A favorite of Kirsten Doty for her drawing classes.

Choose 2B, 4B, 6B or HB.

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S955. ArtGraf Water-soluble Graphite Disc
S955 ArtGraf Water-soluble Disc.


Use this unique disc of intense pigment to apply strokes of color on paper, leaving it dry or using water-soluble techniques. It allows for a wide range of shades. You can also use a wet brush to collect color directly from the disc. It applies easily yet erases cleanly.1-5/8" × 1-7/8" × 1/4". In a reuseable paper pouch.

Specify color: Brown or Dark Brown.

Your Price $10.95

E09. Kneaded Rubber Eraser
Kneaded Rubber Eraser.

Used to erase pencil (graphite). Cherryl Moote suggested it for removing the white lines from a white lead mechanical pencil.

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E22. Tombow Mono Zero Eraser
Tombow Mono Zero Eraser.

Sleek, high-quality eraser for precision work.

Specify Round or Rectangular eraser.

Refills: E23

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E23. Tombow Mono Zero Refill
Tombow Mono Zero Refill.

Refill for E22. Tombow Mono Zero Eraser.

White vinyl. Each refill is two pieces.

Specify Round or Rectangular eraser.

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N22. Ruling Pen
N22. Ruling Pen.

Julian Waters, Gottfried Pott, and many others are using ruling pens to produce expressive letters. This calligraphy ruling pen is designed specifically for lettering. You vary the line width by tilting the pen. Wood handle with brass collar & writing unit.

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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.

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N155. Luthis Pens
N155. Luthis Pens.

Folded metal pens for expressive writing and formal calligraphy. The tips are aluminum; the handles are unfinished wood. Approximately 6" long. Four styles are offered; each writes differently. The pens are from Argentina; they are labeled with their Spanish names.

"They give great edges and hairlines and flow beautifully. For as thin an edge as it has, it's amazingly stable. And the thin handle makes manipulation easy. I can recommend them highly." - Carrie Imai

Butterfly (Mariposa). Has two writing edges.
Moth (Polillita). A smaller version of Butterfly (Mariposa).
Fan (Abanico). The writing edge curve is similar to a standard folded pen or calligraphy ruling pen.
Dragonfly (Libélula). The writing edge has a unique curve that allows you to change writing styles quickly. Carol DuBosch's favorite of the four.

Purchase all four and save: use code N155-S4.

Click here to see sample writing of the Libelula

Click here to see sample writing with the Mariposa.

We have added a new, larger pen:
Moth XXL (Polilla XXL). This is a larger version of the Moth.

Click here to see sample writing with the Polilla XXL.

Click here to see more sample writing with the Polilla XXL.

Your Price $16.95

N156. Luthis Flat Pens
N156. Luthis Flat Pens.

Chisel-edged pens in wider sizes. The nibs are made from repurposed aluminum litho plates and the handle is a simple dowel. They write similar to Automatic pens but are a bit more flexible.

Specify size:
#3 (5mm)
#4 (7mm)
#5 (11mm)
#5a (15mm)
#6 (20mm)
#6a (25mm)
XXL (60mm)

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S781. Blending Stumps
Blending Stumps. For grey, you can smudge pencil lines. These blending stumps are used by fine artists but are easy to use. Pack of three. 1/4 inch.

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S417. Excel Deluxe Knife (NonSlip)
Excel Deluxe Knife

It's time to upgrade. This American-made knife has a soft handle, a no-roll feature, much sharper blades, and best of all its PURPLE (or Black, Blue, Red). It's no more expensive than X-Acto's basic knife! Safety Cap, #11 Blade.

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S960. KUM XF Pencil Sharpener
S960 KUM XF Pencil Sharpener

This simple pencil block pencil sharpener is a favorite here at John Neal Books. The high-carbon steel blade sharpens cleanly and easily. The sharpener comes with two replacement blades that are stored on the sharpener itself, so they are handy when you eventually need to replace the blade. From Germany.

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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.

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P100. Strathmore 400 Series
Strathmore Series 400 Drawing Pad

80lb acid-free paper for pen and ink and light washes. Regular/Medium surface. Off-white. 24 sheets. Thomas Ingmire uses these in his workshops as a less expensive alternative to Arches Text Wove.

Choose 6x8, 9x12, 11x14, 12x18, or 18x24 inches

Formerly P100-6, P100-9, P100-11, P100-12, & P100-18

Your Price $5.09

PS01. Arches Text Wove (half sheet)
Arches Text Wove
100% rag, pH neutral. 20"x25.5". 120gsm. White. Smooth (wove) finish. 2 deckles, 2 cut edges.

Takes ink well. A great, slightly soft paper to write on. One of our most popular papers. Great for paste paper. Mouldmade in France.

Grain runs parallel to the underlined dimension.

This paper ships separately from books/supplies and requires an extra shipping fee which is NOT included in the price of this product. Add item 'PS00' to your cart after adding large sheets of paper. (click to read details)

Your Price $4.44

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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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

S836. Fine Mist Spray Bottle
Fine Mist Spray Bottle

Fine mist sprayer adds the right amount of water or liquid to watercolors and inks for special effects. Holds 2 ounces of fluid.

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PA86. Moleskine Soft Cover Plain Notebook 7.5x10 inches
PA86. Moleskine Soft Cover Plain Notebook 7.5x10 inches

Moleskine is known for quality journals and paper. Amity Parks recommends this notebook for her Graphite Techniques for Calligraphers workshop.

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