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The Modern Calligraphic Brush

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B-9 The Modern Calligraphic Brush
Carl Rohrs

Flat Brush: 1/2″ (13 mm) Winsor & Newton Series 995 flat brush or similar (clear handle, gold bristles) (BR01)
Pointed Brush: Pentel Color Brush (FP57) or similar; plus any pointed brushes you like to use: Lebenzon, W/N Series 7 (BR28), Chinese, etc.
Paper: Large paper, 11″x17″ (A3) or larger: Should be something with a bit of tooth (P70, P51), plus any fancier papers you might want to work on: Canson Ingres or Mi Tientes, Bugra, watercolor, etc.(ClickHERE for our Fine Papers)
Non-waterproof Ink (ClickHERE for our Inks)
A tube or two of gouache (Winsor and Newton Indigo and Prussian Blue have excellent texture and power. All colors are not created equal!)  (Click HERE for our Gouaches)
Pencil (S142) and/or colored pencils  (PL05) 
A ruler (S270)
Water container (S784)
Ink rags or tissues

Recommended Books:
B2982. John Stevens SCRIBE: Artist of the Written Word.
B4102. Take Your Pleasure Seriously by Luca Barcellona.
B3880. Adventures with Letters: A Memoir by Michael Harvey.
Ray Daboll: Disciplined Freedom Poster.
B3796. What Our Lettering Needs: The Contribution of Hermann Zapf to Calligraphy & Type Design at Hallmark Cards by Rick Cusick
B3435. About More Alphabets: The Types of Hermann Zapf by Jerry Kelly with a foreword by Robert Bringhurst.
Rudolf Koch by Gerald Cinamon. Out of print
LR13-1. Letter Arts Review Issue 13.1 has a well-illustrated article on Koch.
Calligraphic Bookplates and Monograms by Villu Toots, Paper $29.95.
Helmut Salden. Hardcover $55.00 Ideal Books.
B1000. Schriftkunst/Letter Art by Karlgeorg Hoeffer. Hardcover $33.50
LR13.3. Letter Arts Review Issue 13.3 has a well illustrated article on Koch. $11.00
Hermann Killian: Scripturen. 9.25x8.25" 1993 Catalog. Shows 86 of Killian's calligraphic compositions, 53 b&w, 33 color. Includes two pages of bookplates. A very few copies of this out-of-print catalog of Kilian's work have been located. $33.00
Schriftgraphik. Herman Killian. A very few copies of this slim exhibit catalog are available again. Paper. $33.00
Classic Book Jackets: The Design Legacy of George Salter by Milton Glaser and Thomas. Hansen. $35.00

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

FP57. Pentel Color Brush
Pentel Art Brush

Much sought after. For brush lettering. Medium. Specify color: Light Green, Turquoise, Olive Green, Pale Orange, Steel Blue, Gray, Orange, Sepia, Purple, Black, Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Brown, Pink, Sky Blue, Yellow-Orange.

FP 57. Pentel Color Brush color chart

Your Price $8.75

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

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.

Your Price

S270. Metal Ruler:12in
S270. Stainless Steel Ruler 12"

Flexible, cork back.

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

BR28. W&N Series #7 Watercolor Brush
Series 7 fulfills the essential qualities that define the finest watercolor brush for artists: Point: The brush comes to a crisp point which is maintained during use. Snap & Spring: The brush snaps crisply back into shape with the right degree of spring to allow the artist superior control between the brush and painting surface. Flow Control: The color flows evenly and consistently from the point, with enough color carrying capacity in the belly of the brush to allow flowing gestural strokes. For artists who appreciate exquisite quality and longevity, there is no other brush than the Series 7. Today, just as in 1866, the Series 7 is made for those who understand that the quality of the brush will be reflected in the quality of their work.


Your Price $18.99

P51. Strathmore #300 Charcoal Paper 11x17 pad
White 64lb. paper, responds well to pens, pencil, felt markers and oil crayons. Acid free. Carl Rohs recommends for pen, flat brush, and pointed brush.

11-inch x 17-inch pad, 32 sheets

Your Price $13.39

B2982. John Stevens SCRIBE: Artist of the Written Word
B2982. John Stevens SCRIBE: Artist of the Written Word. 2013. 264pp. 8.75"x11.25". Hardcover

Free Media Mail Shipping (USA only). Media Mail takes 2 to 3 weeks depending upon location.

A profusely illustrated, full-color retrospective of John Stevens' work with letterforms. Includes calligraphy and lettering -- artworks, personal work, experimental work, commissioned work -- as well as graphic work and type design. His body of work spans paper to stone, books to walls, hand lettering to type and the digital realm.

In the text, John presents his approach to a design or work and his thoughts on letterforms, and continues with a discussion on tools, teaching, design and writing in general. Using his body of work as example, he makes the case that divisions between fine arts and graphic arts are mostly irrelevant.

Please visit the Scribe page on for a video by John Stevens on the book, a sample spread, and a book review by the Carolina Lettering Arts Society here:

Free Media Mail Shipping to USA addresses. If you need the book sooner, there will be a $3 rush ship charge added to your order. Media Mail generally takes upwards of 2 weeks or more to be delivered.

Foreign customers, please click here.

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B1000. Schriftkunst - Letter Art/Hoefer
B1000. Schriftkunst/Letterart
By Karlgeorg Hoefer. 1989. 95pp. 8"x8.5". Hardcover.

A collection of articles on Hoefer and his calligraphy and type design by Hermann Zapf, Dieter Leitner, Larry Brady, Gottfried Pott, Sheila Waters and others. Over 45 illustrations, most full page, of his calligraphy and type designs. 11 in full color. Hoefer is a master of the brush letter. Text in German and English. Edition of 1800. From Germany. Finely printed.

Your Price $33.50

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