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Advanced Spencerian


ADVANCED SPENCERIAN – Harvest Crittenden

The Advanced Spencerian class is an extension of the Beginning Spencerian class for individuals interested in furthering their penmanship skills. The purpose of this class is to feature instruction that picks up where the Beginning Spencerian online class leaves of. American Ornamental Penmanship will be taught on an advanced level that will provide a depth to the student. The focus of the class will be alternate letterforms, advanced entry and exit strokes suitable for the underlying principal strokes that make up the capitals and a small bit of decorative work. We will NOT be going over the basic forms of the capitals themselves as we did that in the Beginning Spencerian class. The focus in this class is the letterforms themselves.

Skill Level: Due to the elevated level of instruction, the student must have either participated in a previous Spencerian class, or have a good understanding of the underlying principal strokes of the capital letterforms.

Supplies:

Nikko G (N113) or Zebra G (N118) nibs are recommended for beginners.

More advanced students may prefer to use a more flexible nib. (N70, N88, N69)

An oblique penholder is recommended (H114). If left-handed, you may prefer to use a straight penholder (H113) depending on the amount of hook when you write.

McCaffery’s black ink (I37) or Old World Iron Gall ink (I116).

Good quality translucent layout paper, Borden & Riley (P09-50, P09-100), Canson (P32), or Clairefontaine (P36),

 a mechanical pencil .5 (PL14) with extra lead (PL15),

a small French curve if you have one - not a necessity (S891),

a kneaded eraser (E09),

Viva paper towels (S817) and something to clean your nibs.


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.



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N118. Zebra G Nib
Zebra Nib.

Similar to the popular Nikko G Nib, but a little more flexible and sharper. It will produce a finer hairline than the Nikko. Same sturdy quality. If you are using the Nikko G but would like to be able to write with thinner hairlines and thicker strokes, give these nibs a try. Michael Sull still recommends the Nikko G nib as best for learning Spencerian, but this Zebra G Nib is a good one, too, for Spencerian.

Which holders will work with this nib?
https://www.johnnealbooks.com/product_help#Zebra

Just wanted to let you know about my experience with the ZEBRA G nibs: Santa was very generous to me this year and I got a dozen. I pulled the nibs out to play with this weekend and I have found my new love. I used the nib with Walnut Ink and the hairlines, so thin, so smooth, with a light touch and the nib skated effortlessly across the page. I really enjoyed working with this nib. If you haven't had the chance to try this nib out yet, it's worth the couple of bucks. I haven't tried any of my other inks, but I will be doing that this week. So far, I'm loving these nibs. Don't know if they are workhorses yet - I only had them a few days. - Ilovepenmanship

I love them too. The nibs are great with the iron gall inks because the ink does not eat the nib as fast. Great hairlines and just enough flex for shades. Much thanks to John Neal for these!!! - Nan DeLuca



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N88. Hunt 99 Nib

An extremely flexible nib, the Hunt 99, is can be used on
smooth papers to create very large and bold text. A light touch is all that is needed to produce thick swells while the nib glides effortlessly across the paper. It is suitable for script with x-heights down to around 3/16". Fairly strong hairlines comparable to Hunt 101.

For more information about Hunt pointed nibs, click here.



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N69. Brause Rose
Brause Rose Nib

The Brause Pen Company worked to manufacture a nib with the qualities of vintage nibs. Brause 76.

Quantity discounts available at 10 & 50



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H114. Turned Wood Oblique Holder
H114. Turned Wood Oblique Holder.

The Ornamental Wood Holder has intricate ornamental turnings inspired by those on the Century Penholders. Color of holder varies.
The Tapered Wood Holder has a finely tapered classic shape. All Tapered are the same dark brown/black color.
The Ebony Wood Holder has the same design as the Ornamental version but is made out of a very dark (almost black) African hardwood. This version is slightly heavier than the other versions.
The Zanerian Wood Holder is made using the same wood (and colors) as the Ornamental version. The Zanerian design is a very slim shaft with a small finial on the tip.

Each style has the standard brass flange (fitted for the Nikko G nib) and overall length of 6.5-6.75".

Quantity discount for 12 or more.




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H113. Turned Wood Straight Holder
H113. Turned Wood Straight Holder.

Choose from three beautiful styles:
The Ornamental Wood Holder has intricate ornamental turnings inspired by those on the Century Penholders.

The Ebony Wood Holder has the same design as the Ornamental version but is made out of a very dark (almost black) African hardwood. This version is slightly heavier than the other versions.

The Tapered Wood Holder has a finely tapered classic shape. All Tapered are the same dark brown/black color.

The Zanerian Wood Holder has a slimly tapering shaft and a teardrop finial.

Each style has the standard metal nib gripper and overall length of 6.5-6.75". Quantity discount at 12+.




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I37. McCaffery's Penman's Ink
I37. McCaffery's Penman's Ink
1 oz. jar.

Formulated for the pointed pen, which is used for Spencerian, Copperplate, etc, not for the broad-edged pen used for Italic, Blackletter (Gothic), etc.

The black ink is an oak gall ink which was developed with the help of leading penmen of today to provide an ink similar to that used during America's golden age of Ornamental Penmanship in the 19th and 20th centuries. With a newly opened bottle, the black ink writes brown but turns a dense black. Good for fine hairlines.

(Colors and whites are not oak gall inks. They are made with natural pigments).

Choose from Ivory, White, Indigo Blue, Green, Brown, Red, Red-Violet, Black, Glossy Black.
Prices of colors vary.

I37. McCaffery's Ink color chart

Click to read what Michael Sull has to say about using McCaffery's



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P32. Canson Pro-Layout Marker Pad
Canson Pro-Layout Marker Pad. Bright White, 18lb, marker layout pad. 50 sheets.

Our highest quality layout paper for calligraphy practice or work for reproduction. The very smooth surface does not buckle, even with wide chisel nibs. Black guidelines under the sheet are easily seen, even without a light table. Michael Sull's favorite pad for work for reproduction. His recommendation is echoed by other scribes and penmen: "Absolutely wonderful." "A great pad." It is worth the price.

Choose 9x12, 11x14, or 14x17 inches.

Formerly P32-9, P32-11, & P32-14




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P36. Clairefontaine Blank Pad (Unlined)
Clairefontaine Writing Pad

Triomphe. Paper is bright white, extra smooth, pH neutral paper, 24lb/90gsm (sheets 26lb/100gsm), 8.25"x11.75". Blank. Pad of 50 sheets. From France. Recommended by Michael Sull for Spencerian and Off-Hand Flourishing.



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S891. Alvin French Curve #3371
S891. Alvin French Curve #3371

Popular curves molded of smoke gray-tinted 0.08" thick polystyrene with double inking edges.

Recommended by Harvest Crittenden.



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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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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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