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Master Class in Copperplate: Dressed Up and Dancing the Night Away

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Master Class in Copperplate: Dressed Up and Dancing the Night Away Supply List

  • Oblique pen holder. (H114)
  • Your favorite pointed pen nibs (Hunt 22 (N93) or 56 (N86), Gillott 303 (N72) or 404 (N74), Zebra G (N118), Leonardt Principal (N120))
  • 9 x 12 Canson Pro Marker pad. (P32)
  • Black or dark color pad of Strathmore Artagain or Canford Daler Rowney Canford. (P58, P46)
  • Black ink (Sumi Moon Palace or McCaffrey's). (I70, I37)
  • Dr. Martin's Bleed Proof White. (I38)
  • Mixing tray. (S679)
  • No. 2 pencils. (S142)
  • Eraser. (E13)
  • Water container. (S784)
  • Compass for drawing circles.
  • 1 or 2 sheets of Arches Hot Press Watercolor paper. (PS42)
  • Several tubes of gouache in your favorite colors. (Our selection of Gouache is HERE)
  • Several tubes of watercolor in your favorite colors. (Our selection of Watercolors is HERE)
  • Large watercolor wash brush (not expensive). (BR60)

Pat's Book Recommendations:
  • B255. The Universal Penman by George Bickham
  • B145. The Zanerian Manual of Alphabets and Engrossing
  • B3092. At Home with Artistic Penwork Book Five, Bird and Design Flourishing
  • B3344. At Home with Artistic Penwork Book Three, Card Writing
  • B3345. Real Pen Work: Self-instruction Manual in Penmanship 1881
  • B368. Ames Compendium of Practical and Ornamental Penmanship
    • Pat is featured in:
      • B4169. Scripsit 39.2: Pens & Protocol 2: The Calligraphy of Official Washington, Volume 2.

      Pat has work in
      • B3417. WCG 35th Anniversary Exhibition Scripsit.

      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.

      Your Price $19.95

      N93. Hunt 22 Nib (22B)
      Hunt 22 Extra Fine

      A very popular and dependable bronze-finish nib that is great for Copperplate, Spencerian, and other pointed-pen scripts. The Hunt 22 has good flexibility -- not too flexible, not too stiff and can produce very thin hairlines and good swells. The nib works for x-heights of 3/16"-1/16". It has a sharp point but will work on slightly textured surfaces, though it will have a tendency to catch on upstrokes on those papers. Compared to the Gillott 303, the Hunt 22 point is less sharp, and it has more stiffness, so more pressure will be required to create thick shades (swells).

      Hunt 22 is used by both beginners and professional scribes. HUNT EXTRA FINE 22 is stamped on the nib. The nib is sometimes called Hunt 22B. This nib is part of the JNB Pointed Nib Samplers (N154 and N117-1).

      For more information about Hunt pointed nibs, click here.

      Vintage Hunt 22 nibs (N93-V) are also available. When they were made, many decades ago, a higher quality of steel and craftmanship was employed in nib manufacture. They have similar characteristics, but are of a better quality.

      Your Price

      N86. Hunt 56 Nib

      The Hunt 56 nib is useful for writing larger letters on smooth or textured papers. The nib is a steady and durable one making it a great nib for beginners. The Hunt 56 produces healthy swells of ink when firm and deliberate pressure is applied. Strong hairlines. Comparable to Gillott 404 in stiffness and width of hairlines.

      For more information about Hunt pointed nibs, click here.

      Your Price

      N72. Gillott 303 Nib
      N72. Gillott 303 Pointed Nib.

      A popular nib for Copperplate. Good flexibility - not too stiff, not too flexible. Very thin hairlines and good swells. Works for scripts 3/16-1/16". Sharp point but will work on slightly textured surfaces. Tends to catch on upstrokes.

      Your Price $1.19

      N74. Gillott 404 Nib
      N74. Gillott 404 Nib.

      The Gillott 404 is a popular, sturdy nib. It is long-lasting, fairly stiff nib, and suitable for writing at x-heights from 3/16" to 1/4", on all surfaces from smooth to textured. It is a good choice for beginners (or those with a heavy hand.) Because they require more pressure to create the swells, stiffer nibs are easier to control. With thicker hairlines others, The Gillott 404 is a good choice for work for reproduction. The Gillott 404 is stiffer and less sharp than the Gillott 303 and Gillott 170.

      Recommended by Eleanor Winters in her Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy (B1109) for beginners and professionals because they "provide fine line quality without being too fragile." Satisfactory for Spencerian Script.

      The nib is part of the JNB Pointed Nib Samplers. The nib is also available in a longer-writing Ink Cage version.

      Discounted quantity prices at 10 and at 144.

      Your Price $1.35

      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?

      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

      Your Price

      N120. Leonardt Principal EF Nib
      N120.EF Principal Nib

      You can now purchase a modern nib that is equal to the best of the vintage nibs. Brian Walker, a respected pointed pen enthusiast, has worked with a pen manufacturer to duplicate the quality and performance of the legendary Gillott No 1 Principality. The new nib has received rave reviews for both Copperplate and Spencerian. It's flexible and responsive and gives fine hairlines, but is smooth-writing and catches the paper less.

      Your Price $2.95

      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

      Your Price $15.25

      P58. Black Artagain Pad
      Black Artagain Drawing Paper Pad.

      Ideally suited for soft pastels and charcoal, also very popular for pointed pen. Use gel roller pens, metallic gouache or opaque white ink for dramatic effects. Acid-free, medium weight (60lb, 160gsm), and fairly smooth. Made with 30% post-consumer fiber. Judy Melvin recommends this paper for her "Bleach & Pastels" technique described in Art Expose. Unlike the current Arches Cover Black, this paper bleaches to light color. From Strathmore, 24 sheets.

      Specify Size:

      Also available with Assorted Colors, see item P84.

      Your Price $17.59

      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

      Your Price

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