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Modernizing Carolingian & Uncials

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Modernizing Carolingian & Uncials Supply List

Supplies:
  • Smooth practice paper (P20)
  • Non-bleeding, non-waterproof ink (I08, I70)
  • Selection of gouache (Our selection of Gouache & Watercolors are HERE)
  • Variety of broad-edged nib sizes from wide to narrow with reservoirs (N02, N04, N07)
  • Straight-barreled pen holders (H105)
  • Drawing board or portable desk (S690)
  • Sharp soft and hard pencils (S142)
  • Ruler (S270)
  • Magnifying glass
  • "Good" paper for a project (PS01, PS84-HS)

Sheila's Book Recommendation:
  • B2769. Foundations of Calligraphy

By or about Sheila Waters
  • B4111. Waters Rising: Letters from Florence by Sheila Waters.
  • B1012. Under Milk Wood.
  • B3246. Sheila Waters Retrospective. 2010. $28.00 (Pre-order only)
  • "Making Corrections: Reworking the Roundel of the Seasons" by Sheila Waters, in Bound & Lettered 13.4. (BL13.4)


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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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

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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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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N07. Mitchell Slip-on Reservoir
Calligraphy nib reservoirs


For the Mitchell Round Hand Nibs. These slide on under the nib. You may need to adjust them slightly, but this is no problem as the metal bends easily.




Your Price $1.15

H105. Cork Tip Holder
H105. Cork Grip Holder.

These holders are very similar to the popular Koh-I-Noor 127 N cork-tip penholder (H38) and the General Pencil version (H99) that we also sell. (Other than the logo, I can't see any difference between those and this lower-priced version.) Scribes like the comfortable cushion of the cork, and the grip is thicker than standard wood penholders. Many calligraphers find this kind of holder a pleasure to use. Standard metal nib gripper. From Germany.

Choose from three finishes: Natural, Brown, Black.

Price break at 3.




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S690. Airlite Drawing Board 18 x 24
S690. Airlite Drawing Board 18x24.

A high-quality, lightweight drawing board with a smooth hardwood surface on both sides and two metal edges for use with a T-square. The resin-impregnated kraft honeycomb core is permanently bonded for strength. Very durable and very light. Made in USA. A drawing board can be used as a lapboard or on an easel at a slant to help prevent neck and back pain.

(See S697 for a 20"x26" Drawing Board.)

Ann Miller has an Aerocore Drawing Board in her supply list. Airlite is another trade name for a similar product.



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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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