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From Nib to Brush: Foundations of Pointed Brush Lettering

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From Nib to Brush: Foundations of Pointed Brush Lettering Supply List

Supplies:
  • Your favorite nib and/or 303 nib (the new one from John Neal is the best) (N72)
  • Hunt 22 (N93)
  • Nikko G (N113)
  • Oblique pen holder (H114)
  • Layout bond paper is perfect (A4 size or similar) (P09-50)
  • One sheet of blotted paper (A4 size or similar) (S262)
  • Paper tape
  • Pentel colorbrush or Pentel fude pen or Pentel aqua (FP57, M126)
  • A small piece of cloth to clean the nibs (S991)
  • Higgins Eternal black ink (I08)
  • Very light weight (55gr) paper, white (P25)
  • One sheet of transfer paper, white (S612)
  • Fabric paint; white, black, or your favorite colors
  • Small brush to mix the paint (BR43)
  • Very good quality small pointed brush to paint the final work on fabric (BR22)
  • Small water container (S784)
  • Ruler. (S271)
  • Pencil. (S142)
  • Eraser. (E13)
  • Compass.
  • Protractor. (S632)
  • Small light table if you have one: I will provide mine as well. (S1013)
  • Patience, smiles, and courage!
Optional: tote bag, vintage fabric, or Japanese Noren the size of a pillow, not larger. I will provide a vintage tote bag for each student, but you are welcome to bring your own.

Barbara's Book Recommendations:
Barbara had no recommendations for this specific class but here are books she recommends in general.
  • B2132. Calligraphy by Claude Mediavilla
  • B3064. Script Lettering for Artists by Tommy Thompson.
  • B255. The Universal Penman by George Bickham

By Barbara Calzolari
  • B4023. Calligraphy: A Course in Cursive Script with Pencil, Pen, and Brush by Barbara Calzolari and Alessandro Salice

Articles by Barbara Cazolari
  • "Caterina de' Medici, regina mecenate", in Bound & Lettered, Vol. 9, No. 3 (BL9.3)



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





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Your Price $8.75

I08. Higgins Eternal Ink
I08. Higgins Eternal Ink.

A non-waterproof, carbon black ink for dip pens. Our most popular ink for classes. Recommended for copperplate (add a few drops of gum arabic). Perhaps the best ink for calligraphy for a beginner; it will cause the beginner the fewest problems. This ink will bleed more readily than other inks. If bleeding is a problem, try Sumi Inks. 2.5 oz.

Quantity discounts start at 6 & 12.

"For broad-pen writing, I add gouache to Higgins Eternal. Gouache gives Eternal some needed body. It doesn't necessarily have to be black gouache. Indigo or a dark red add an interesting hue to the result. In a quarter ounce of Eternal, I add about a 3/8-inch bead of gouache from a tube. Eternal doesn't give me the hairlines I want in pointed pen work, so for that I much prefer iron gall or walnut ink". - Bob Hurford




Your Price $5.75

P25. JNB Practice Pad 8.5x11
JNB Practice Pad. 8.5"x11".

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, McCaffery'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 20, 50, or 100 sheets.

For an 11"x17" version of this pad, see item P20.



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S612. Saral Transfer Paper
Saral Transfer Paper.

Transfer paper is used in tracing to transfer a drawing or design and produces a clean, wax free copy. Erases like pencil but can be inked or painted over with no skipping or bleeding. Good for use on paper & fabric as well as hard surfaces. Roll 12ft x 12.5" (366cm x 21.8cm). Available in two colors. Graphite: all purpose. White: for dark surfaces
such as black paper or dark stone.

Sample Pack S654



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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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BR22. Escoda Brushes
Escoda Brushes. Series 1212. Reserva.

Annie Cicale uses these round, pointed, sable watercolor brushes for painting. Eliza Schulte Holliday, coauthor of Brush Lettering, highly recommends these brushes from Spain for pointed brush lettering. They have plenty of bounce and good snap and are reasonably priced. Kolinsky Sable.


Choose size:
#0.
#1.
#2.
#4.
#6. (Discounted - Limited quantity)
#10 (Discounted - Limited quantity)





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Your Price $22.26

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

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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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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E13. Staedtler Mars White Plastic Eraser
E13. Staedtler Mars White Plastic Eraser

A highly recommended white plastic eraser. For erasing pencil.



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