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The Versal & The Book

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The Versal & The Book Supply List

Pens
  • Set of square edged nibs in working condition; recommended brands are Brause and some smaller sizes in the William Mitchells. (N02, N04)
  • A fine black felt tipped pen (.05 or .03 or whatever you have). (M17)

Paper
  • A3 (11 x 17) bond, cartridge, or layout paper (pad or loose). (P20-100)
  • Any off-cuts (up to A3) of fine art papers you like to work on, such as Arches text wove (PS01) or 90lb watercolor papers (PS42). Choose natural colors and include some black. This is a good way to get rid of all those scraps of fine art papers you have lying around.
  • Tracing paper: 3 pieces of A4 (8.5 x 11). (P43)

Ink
  • Non-waterproof black ink, ink stick, and stone recommended. (I70, IS19, IS29)
  • Gouache or watercolors you already have plus mixing supplies. (Our selection of Gouache & Watercolors are HERE)(S679, BR43)

Sewing supplies for our books
  • Awl (there will be some to share) (S347)
  • Linen thread tapestry needle, blunt tip; #22 is good but something close will do. (S213)
  • Special papers can be bought on campus if you wish.
  • Eraser (E13), ruler (S271), lead pencils (S142), colored pencils (PL05), water jar (S784), tissues/rag, notebook, blu-tac.

Please note: Drawing boards (S690) are optional and please only bring what you can if you are traveling by air.

Gemma's Book Recommendations:
The following books are highly recommended for my Versals class and a must-have for every serious student of calligraphy. – Gemma
  • B135-H. Historical Scripts by Stan Knight.
  • B2769. Foundations of Calligraphy by Sheila Waters.
  • B1540 The Origin of the Serif
  • B2982. SCRIBE: Artist of the Written Word by John Stevens
  • B900. Words of Risk by Michael Gullick
  • Lettering as Drawing by Nicolette Gray. Out of print.
  • A Book of Formal Scripts by John Woodcock & Stan Knight. Out of print.

By Gemma Black
  • "Out of the Pot," on her eco-printing of paper, in Bound & Lettered Vol. 13, No. 3 (BL13.3)
  • "The Seven Virtues," Bound & Lettered Vol. 9, No. 1 (BL9.1)

Gemma is featured in
  • B3910. Mastering Calligraphy: The Complete Guide to Hand Lettering by Gaye Godfrey-Nicholls

Gemma has work in these books
  • B4071. Nice Rendition: Cheryl Wheeler's Lyrics in Calligraphy.
  • B4099. Textual Art: Inspirations and Techniques for Creating Art with Calligraphy by Simon Sonsino.



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:
0.5mm
0.75mm
1.0 mm
1.5 mm
2.0 mm
2.5 mm
3.0 mm
4.0 mm
5.0 mm






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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.




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N04-S10A. Mitchell Calligraphy Nib Set (2 Res)
Set of 10 Mitchell (Rexel Round Hand) Nibs with 2 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 dip pen nibs from England. Straight cut. Though they are called Round Hand, these chisel edge nibs are good for many alphabets including Italic, Carolingian, Gothic (Blackletter/Old English), Uncials, Roman Caps, and Foundational Hand. Widely used by professional calligraphers (with and without the reservoirs); however, some beginners may have trouble with the flexibility. One of our most popular nibs for calligraphy. Additional reservoirs may be purchased separately.

See N05-S10A for Left Hand.



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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.



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P20. JNB 11x17 Practice Pad
JNB Practice Pad 11"x17".

Smooth paper for pointed pen and broad edge calligraphy. The paper takes the ink well and does not bleed or feather with most inks. (We tested with Higgins Eternal, Noodler's, McCafferey's, and Richtone Colors, as well as Pilot Parallel Pen ink cartridges). For pointed pen, the smooth surface helps avoid pen catches on upstrokes. Guidelines will show through. Good for classes and practice (24 lb. bond).

Choose 50 or 100 sheets.

For an 8.5"x11" version of this pad, see item P25.

Formerly P20-50 & P20-100



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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)





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I70. Moon Palace Sumi Ink
Moon Palace Sumi
The Ink is now in a bottle with a Gold Label

While the packaging is a bit different, this is the highly sought after and highly recommended Japanese Sumi Ink. For both broad edge and pointed pen work. Dries waterproof. A great calligraphy ink.

"I like Moon Palace better, but both Moon Palace and Best Bottle are beautiful inks. The Moon Palace has a slight sheen to it, which I like. Michael suggested this ink to me so please tell him I said, "thank you". I just finished a job of 200 invitations with Moon Palace and the ink is beautiful. I did not dilute the ink.
A client just brought me invitations (slick paper) to address. This bride knew going into this that I probably couldn't do pointed pen. However, for fun, I tried the Sumi inks and to my surprise they worked pretty darn good. I usually have to use a sharpie on slick envelopes, yikes!!!"

--Clair F., Jan 2011.

Four sizes available:

2.0 oz (widemouthed jar)
6.0 oz (180ml)

15 & 60 oz are temporarily unavailable: arriving Dec 2019




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IS19. Shakyo-Ken Ink Stone
Shakyo-Ken Ink Stone

Unlike most ink stones, this one has a flat surface for grinding and a deep well to collect the ink. Ideal for dipping nibs. 65x124x14 mm / 2.5 x 4.75 x .63 inches. Similar to the Penestone Ink Stone, but smaller. Made in Japan of stone with a very dense grain. Boku-Undo Suzuri Ink Stone 24025.



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IS29. Chinese Ink Stick - Dense Black
A very black inkstick from China. Great for western calligraphy. Stick ink can be used for calligraphy and sumi painting. 4.4 x 1.1 x .5 inches (11.2 x 2.8 x 1.3 cm).

In my opinion (and in many others) stick ink is the best ink you can use. I have never yet found a bottled ink that comes near to stick ink, Chinese or Japanese, though western calligraphers tend to prefer Chinese as it is blacker. It is well worth the short time it takes to grind. It can be transferred by pipette to a small container with lid. Don't reserve it for practice but use it instead of bottled inks for best work too. S.W.



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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).



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