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Beginning Copperplate Script

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Beginning Copperplate Script Supply List

Supplies:
  • Oblique or straight holder. (H113, H114)
  • Nibs: Zebra G, Nikko G, Gillott 404, Blue Pumpkin, or your favorite. (N118, N113, N74, N81)
  • Layout paper (I prefer Borden & Riley) or any see through paper. (P09)
  • Black mono line pen for making a template. (M17)
  • Ruler. (S271)
  • Protractor. (S632)
  • Couple of watercolors or a simple set. (S808)
  • Paintbrush. (BR26)
  • Water container. (S784)
  • Moon Palace sumi ink. (I70)
  • Dr. Ph. Martin's Black Star ink. (I152)
  • Walnut ink. (S449)
  • Gold ink (I prefer Finetec or Pearl Ex). (S890, I139-HALF)
  • Paper towels. (S817)
  • Pencil. (S142)
  • Kneaded gum eraser. (E09)

Note: I will supply the envelopes and placecards.

Suzanne's Book Recommendation:
  • B1109. Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy by Eleanor Winters.


  • 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+.




    Options:
    Your Price $14.95

    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.




    Options:
    Your Price $19.95

    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



    Your Price

    N118-10PK. Zebra G Nibs -- 10 pack
    Zebra Nibs -- Pack of 10

    Zebra G 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. 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.
    Quantaty discounts available at 2,3, and 5 packs.



    Your Price

    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.



    Your Price

    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

    N81. Hiro / Leonardt #40 Nib (Blue Pumpkin)
    N81. Hiro / Leonardt #40 Nib (Blue Pumpkin)

    The Hiro #40 Nib (Blue Pumpkin) nib no longer has "Hiro" stamped on it; instead it is now stamped "Leonardt."

    One of our most popular nibs for Copperplate. Large, durable nib appropriate for writing at x-heights of 3/16" to 1/8". Hairlines are fine and uniform, upstrokes smooth.
    Sometimes called Leonard Steno or Manuscript Steno.

    The quality of this nib matches the low price. For a higher-quality version of this nib, see N90. Brause Steno Nib.




    Your Price $0.75

    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.



    Your Price

    S632. Protractor
    6-inch 180 degree Protractor

    Made from Shatter Resistant Plastic.



    Your Price

    S808. Koh-I-Noor Watercolor Wheels
    Kohinoor Watercolor Wheels.

    Rich, opaque watercolor at a great price. 24 brilliant colors in four disks, which stack and lock for convenient portability. Use the clear lid as a 6-section palette.




    Your Price $10.35

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