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GrayScale – Exploring Graphite Lettering from Small and Delicate to Big and Bold

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Gray Scale – Exploring Graphite Lettering from Small and Delicate to Big and Bold Supply List

Supplies:
  • Mechanical Pencil, 0.5 or 0.3 and leads (my favorite is the 0.3 Pentel Graph Gear 500) (PL21)
  • Drawing pencils, various hardness, whatever you already have (6B, 4B, 2B, HB, 2H, 4H) (S142)
  • Graphite sticks and/or woodless graphite pencils (6B or 9B)
  • Water-soluble graphite stick; Lyra or Art Graf with the water drop on the label, 6B or 9B (S865)
  • ArtGraf Black Carbon Water-Soluble Ink Block (S949)
  • Kneaded eraser and white eraser (E09, E13)
  • White eraser stick, Tombow Mono zero round or Paper Mate Tuff Stuff (E22, E06)
  • Your favorite writing tools, including large tools for writing; nibs, ruling/folded pens, automatic pens, flat and round brushes, etc. (N02, N04, H105, N22, N30, N27, BR24, BR26)
  • Blending Stump (S781)
  • X-ACTO knife with blades (S1003, S130)
  • Cutting mat (S504)
  • Scissors (S835)
  • Small pencil sharpener (no motors) (PL13)
  • Glue stick (S391)
  • PVA (S340)
  • Double stick tape
  • Steel ruler (S271)
  • C-thru ruler (S798)
  • Large bristle brush for wetting paper (1-3") (BR53)
  • Mid-weight drawing paper; Strathmore 400 series drawing paper (around 11×17) or whatever similar you have at home, plus a few pages of any other papers you want to try (P100)
  • Heavier papers: several pieces of water-friendly heavier papers, Fabriano or Arches watercolor paper, and any cheaper watercolor (Canson XL) or other heavyweight paper that you have (PS82, PS47)
  • Clear Con-Tact Paper
  • Paper towels (S817)
  • Baby wipes
  • Water container (S784)
  • Small spray bottle (S836)
  • Short quote, few words, and texts you would like to write (5-10 words)
  • Drawing board or padded surface to work on (S690)

Note: Not required, but for your info: The sketchbook I use and recommend is the Moleskine 7.5 x 10 plain, soft cover notebook.

Amity's Book Recommendations:
  • B4087. Speedball Textbook, 24th Edition.
  • B2982. John Steven's Scribe

By and about Amity Parks
  • "Ritual" by Amity Parks. Bound & Lettered 11.2 (BL11.2)
  • "Amity Parks: Letters and Ceramics" (LR29-2.) Letter Arts Review 29.2. The Project Issue.


N155. Luthis Pens
N155. Luthis Pens.

Folded metal pens for expressive writing and formal calligraphy. The tips are aluminum; the handles are unfinished wood. Approximately 6" long. Four styles are offered; each writes differently. The pens are from Argentina; they are labeled with their Spanish names.

"They give great edges and hairlines and flow beautifully. For as thin an edge as it has, it's amazingly stable. And the thin handle makes manipulation easy. I can recommend them highly." - Carrie Imai

Butterfly (Mariposa). Has two writing edges.
Moth (Polillita). A smaller version of Butterfly (Mariposa).
Fan (Abanico). The writing edge curve is similar to a standard folded pen or calligraphy ruling pen.
Dragonfly (Libélula). The writing edge has a unique curve that allows you to change writing styles quickly. Carol DuBosch's favorite of the four.

Purchase all four and save: use code N155-S4.

Click here to see sample writing of the Libelula

Click here to see sample writing with the Mariposa.

We have added a new, larger pen:
Moth XXL (Polilla XXL). This is a larger version of the Moth.

Click here to see sample writing with the Polilla XXL.

Click here to see more sample writing with the Polilla XXL.





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N22. Ruling Pen
N22. Ruling Pen.

Julian Waters, Gottfried Pott, and many others are using ruling pens to produce expressive letters. This calligraphy ruling pen is designed specifically for lettering. You vary the line width by tilting the pen. Wood handle with brass collar & writing unit.




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N30. Folded Ruling Pen
Folded Ruling Pen

Introduced at Letterforum in 1995, this innovative lettering tool has been popular ever since. Use it to produce tight "brush lettering" with a pen or for wild, fun, expressive lettering. These are the originals made by Matthew Coffin and highly praised by Carl Rohrs and Peter Thornton as superior to others that are available.

Peter Thornton has his students use our Polishing Paper (S107) to lightly abrade the outer and inner surfaces of the Folded Pen. This allows the ink to spread out on the pen instead of beading up.




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BR26. W&N Sceptre Gold 101 Brush
W&N Sceptre Gold 101 Brush, Round, Short Handle

For fine detail, lines & washes. A traditional and popular head shape for all-purpose watercolor work. Can be used for broad strokes yet it will also form a sharp point. They possess excellent color holding capacity, sensitivity, spring and durability. Recommended by Michael Sull.

High quality brushes made from a mix of sable and synthetic fibres. They are ideal for watercolor and suitable for use with acrylic. For watercolor media, while today's synthetic brushes perform excellently, pure sable still has the edge. With a blend you can get performance that is close to sable at a price that is close to synthetic. The blend of hair in Sceptre Gold II also gives you added benefits. Sable hair has excellent spring while the high-quality synthetic filaments ensure that the brushes are soft enough to work the color but also have a strong snap so they return back to their original shape with ease. The high proportion of sable in Sceptre Gold II gives the brushes considerably more ability to make larger washes in one stroke than normal synthetic brushes, and the hairs are tapered to a fine point, giving the brush control for detailed work.

Winsor and Newton Sceptre Gold 101 Brush Round Short Handle





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S130. Excel Blade #11
#1 Craft Knife Blade.

Same blade as X-acto #1, but sharper and less expensive.

The standard pointed blade for cutting. Super sharp, double honed carbon steel blades. Works in both X-acto and Excel craft knives.

Choose 5 pack or 100 pack.



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S504. Self Healing Cutting Mat
Use this cutting mat to protect your table or desk when cutting paper or board. Unlike a piece of paper board (or your table) the cuts from your craft knife will heal and disappear!




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S835. Detail Scissors
Detail Scissors.

For intricate paper cutting of lighter weight papers. Super fine detail scissors made from surgical stainless steel. 4" long. Blade length 1.25".



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PL13. Long Point Pencil Sharpener
PL13. Long Point Pencil Sharpener.

This sharpener crates a long extra-smooth tip. The large hole removes the wood casing of the pencil. The smaller hole sharpens the lead to a superfine point. Comes with 1 spare blade. From Germany.




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S391. UHU Glue Stick
Glue sticks are an easy way to apply glue for card and bookmaking projects, and many people think that UHU is the best glue stick. Dries wrinkle-free and works on paper, cardboard, fabric, photos and more. Clean and convenient for school or studio use. Large chapstick/lipstick style applicator. 1.41oz. Acid Free. Safe for children. (Germany) UHU 41197

"The UHU Glue Stick is my favorite glue stick of all time. I have projects made with UHU Glue Sticks well over ten years old, and they have held up beautifully."
- Michael Jacobs



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S340. Jade 403. PVA.
Jade 403. PVA adhesive for bookbinding.

Used for hand bookmaking and box making. Use to adhere paper to paper, paper to board, board to board, cloth to board. Flexible when dry. Thins with water. Permanent bond when dry. pH neutral. Acid free. Highly recommended.


Choose size: 8oz (1/2 pint) or 16oz (pint)

Jade PVA will not work if it has frozen. Use caution ordering this item during the winter, as it may freeze during transit. Ordering in the winter months is at your own risk.



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