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Enchanted Letter


Enchanted Letter Supplies

Drawing Stage:
Graph Paper and Tracing Paper (8.5 x 11 size for both are fine) (P22, P43) Mechanical Pencil (any size lead) (PL21), 4B Pencil (S142), White Vinyl (E13) or Kneaded Eraser (E09) Ruler (S270) Scotch Brand Removable Tape (S699)(some students have found using a lightbox easier than the tracing paper transfer method. A lightbox is an optional tool. Please don't purchase it especially for this class).

Inking Stage:
McCaffery Brown Ink Recommended (I37) or Ziller Buffalo Brown (I28), Pointed pen and holder ( I usually use a straight holder (H113) and medium flexible pen point such as the Gillott 404 (N74) or Zebra G (N118) for the outline work.) 140 lb Hot Press Watercolour Paper - either Arches (PS47-57) or Fabriano Artistico You will need at least about 6 pieces cut down to 5"x7" for your projects.

Gilding Stage:
If you want to gild your letter with 23K gold, you will need one sheet of gold leaf (S189-5) which will gild several letters, small scissors (S835), small round ball stylus (S478) and your favourite gilding medium. I use Miniatum Ink (pink liquid) (S983). Inexpensive small brush for applying gold size. I use a size 00 synthetic watermedia brush (BR49). If you decide not to gild your letter with 23 K gold leaf, you will need either the Finetec Gold watercolours (S741) or any gold gouache (with mixing brush) to add gold highlights to your design.

Colour Stage:
You can colour your letter with watercolour pencil, coloured pencil or watercolours. The choice is yours. My working method is to start with watercolour pencils and add depth with watercolours. I have listed my favourite supplies for The Enchanted Letter but you can bring whatever colours you would like to see in your design that will work well with florals, ribbons and leaves. For those new to watercolour, John Neal Booksellers is now selling a dot card of Heather Held's favourite Daniel Smith watercolours (S994). The dot card is enough to do several Enchanted Letters and is far more affordable than purchasing tubes of watercolour.
If you do purchase watercolour tubes you will need a small mixing palette and a water dish.
Very small pointed round brushes in sizes 000, 00, 0, and 1 (BR28). I recommend Rosemary and Co. Kolinsky sable brushes Series 33. You can find them online at rosemaryandco.com. Small synthetic brushes such as a nylon taklon brush will also work and are less costly than the Kolinsky Sable brushes. You need to make sure the brushes have a good point and are fairly small.
If you choose to use watercolour pencils, you will still need small brushes and a waterdish for blending colours. I use Staedtler Aquarelle Watercolour Pencils. If you choose to use coloured pencil, any good quality artist's coloured pencil will work. My favourites on Arches HP paper are Faber Castell Polychromos. Dr. Martin's Bleedproof White (for adding white highlights if necessary) (I38)

Embellishment Stage: (optional)
My favourites are: Sakura Gelly Roll Pen Clear Stardust (M96), Finetec Gold Watercolour (S741) with mixing brush (BR43) and small water dish (S992). I use Diane Townsend Pastels Terrages and Soft form pastels (S981). I use the pastels with a sandpaper pad (S978) and q-tip or pastel brush (S979) for burnishing. You only need a few colours…try a dark blue, medium green, and a lavender or pink. Any other pastel will work with the exception of oil based pastels or Prismacolour NuPastels.



P22. JNB Graph Pad 8.5x11 inch
JNB Graph Pad
Blue grid (8 squares/inch). 24 lb bond.
8.5" x 11" Approx. 50 sheets.

A non-bleeding paper that is great for calligraphy. (We use the same paper in our JNB Practice Pads.) Many instructors have their students use this pad in their classes. (It is the pad required by Claude Dieterich for his Academy of Art classes, and also by Ann Miller for her online class.) (For graph with slant lines P01.)

For the full size (11"x17") graph pad, please see P21.
For the slanted grid pad (for Copperplate), please see P01.



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PL21. Pentel GraphGear 500 Mechanical Pencils
PL21. Pentel GraphGear 500 Mechanical Pencil

This technical drafting pencil with an industrial design features a 4mm fixed sleeve for template work and technical drawings. Metallic-mesh grip for precision and control. Top click, stationary eraser and tip. Pencil includes one tube of HB lead.

Choose lead size: 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 0.9mm.
Barrel colors: 0.3 Brown, 0.5 Black, 0.7 Blue, 0.9 Gray
Refill leads are item PL22
Eraser Refills are item PL23



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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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E09. Kneaded Rubber Eraser
Kneaded Rubber Eraser.

Used to erase pencil (graphite). Cherryl Moote suggested it for removing the white lines from a white lead mechanical pencil.



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S270. Metal Ruler:12in
S270. Stainless Steel Ruler 12"

Flexible, cork back.



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S699. Removable Transparent Tape 3/4x1296in (36 yards)
Removable Transparent Tape 3/4x1296in (36 yards). 3M item 811.

This tape has a unique adhesive that holds firmly yet can be removed and repositioned without residue, discoloration or damage to most surfaces. It is designed for temporary holding and attaching. Many uses, including holding envelopes on your drawing board or light table while you address them. Fits in a standard desk tape dispenser.



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I37. McCaffery's Penman's Ink
I37. McCaffery's Penman's Ink
1 oz. jar.

Formulated for the pointed pen, which is used for Spencerian, Copperplate, etc, not for the broad-edged pen used for Italic, Blackletter (Gothic), etc.

The black ink is an oak gall ink which was developed with the help of leading penmen of today to provide an ink similar to that used during America's golden age of Ornamental Penmanship in the 19th and 20th centuries. With a newly opened bottle, the black ink writes brown but turns a dense black. Good for fine hairlines.

(Colors and whites are not oak gall inks. They are made with natural pigments).

Choose from Ivory, White, Indigo Blue, Green, Brown, Red, Red-Violet, Black, Glossy Black.
Prices of colors vary.

I37. McCaffery's Ink color chart

Click to read what Michael Sull has to say about using McCaffery's



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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+.




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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.




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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



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S853. Jumbo Dinky Dip
S853. Jumbo Dinky Dip.

Similar to our Screw-Top Small Dinky Dip (S934), but with larger screw-top jars (1/2 oz) and a larger unfinished wooden base.

Choose your base shape:
1-Square (1 jar) 2.75"x2.75"
4-Square (4 jars): 3.5"x3.5"
4-Rectangle (4 jars): 1.5"x6.5"

The bases are made so that the jars fit tightly in their holes, but also made so you can remove the jars. To remove a jar, you might need to wiggle the jar back and forth while pulling. It can take some effort. Of course, you will want to make sure the lid is screwed on well before starting to remove the jar. When replacing a jar -- if you want it to be removable again -- push it into the hole just enough for it to be secure, but not as deep as it will go.

Jar inside dimensions: approximately 28mm dia. x 25mm high

Refills: S844 or S856



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S478. Ball Burnisher / Stylus - 2 tips
Ball Burnisher / Embossing Tool

Two tips with different sized balls. Judy Melvin uses this tool in her "Walnut and Sumi Inks & Embossing" technique descripted in Art Expose (B3044).
The balls are 0.045" and 0.072".



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S983. Kolner Miniatum Ink
S983. Kolner Miniatum Ink

This thinner version of Miniatum of is a favorite of Rosemary Buczek. Write with a broad-edged or pointed nib with Miniatum Ink, then apply gold leaf. Dries flexible, making it ideal for work on vellum and paper.

Please note: the manufacturer has changed the color of Miniatum from the pink shown in our print catalog to the color pictured here.

Choose:
1/2oz in plastic jar
1oz in glass jar
50ml in plastic jar



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BR49. Raphael Kaerell 8394 Pointed Brush
BR49. Pointed Round Synthetic Brush for water media.

Harvest Crittenden uses this brush for applying Instacoll in gilding.

Select Size:
#00.
#0.
#1.
#2. Limited Stock
#3. Limited Stock




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S741. Coliro (Finetec) Artist Color Gold Set
Coliro (Finetec) Mica Gold Color Set
Set of 6

Made of mica, a natural product that offers a wide variety of metallic shades, from gold and silver to iridescent, shining pearl colors. Can be dissolved with water and applied with a brush. Ideal for creating special effects and highlighting. Can be blended. Colors adhere to all absorbent surfaces, such as paper, wood, gypsum, etc. Colors: Tibet Gold, Inca Gold, Arabic Gold, Gold Pearl, Moon Gold, Sterling Silver.

S741. Finetec Artist Color Gold Set color chart

Finetec is changing the name of its metallic, pearl, & moiré colors to Coliro. The paints have not changed, just their name.




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S994. Heather Held Watercolor Dot Card
S994. Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor Dot Card - Heather Held Colors

You receive 30 colors in sample size dots. The dots are actual Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor and are applied to cold press watercolor paper. You can work up the paint and use on your small projects. These colors were selected by Heather Held and can be used for the following workshops: The Artful Flourish, The Enchanted Letter, The Enchanted Meadow and The Victorian Pen.

Contains one dot of each color:
Aureolin, Buff Titanium, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Cobalt Blue, Cobalt Violet, Duo Lapis Sunlight, French Ultramarine, Green Gold, Indigo, Iridescent Gold, Iridescent Jade, Iridescent Topaz, Lemon Yellow, Manganese Blue Hue, Olive Green, Payne's Grey, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Quinacridone Coral, Quinacridone Gold, Quinacridone Pink, Rose of Ultramarine, Sap Green, Sepia, Serpentine Green, Terra Verte, Titanium White, Ultramarine Turquoise, Ultramarine Violet, Verona Gold Ochre.



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BR28. W&N Series #7 Watercolor Brush
Series 7 fulfills the essential qualities that define the finest watercolor brush for artists: Point: The brush comes to a crisp point which is maintained during use. Snap & Spring: The brush snaps crisply back into shape with the right degree of spring to allow the artist superior control between the brush and painting surface. Flow Control: The color flows evenly and consistently from the point, with enough color carrying capacity in the belly of the brush to allow flowing gestural strokes. For artists who appreciate exquisite quality and longevity, there is no other brush than the Series 7. Today, just as in 1866, the Series 7 is made for those who understand that the quality of the brush will be reflected in the quality of their work.

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#0.
#1.
#2.
#3.
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I38. Dr. Martin's Bleed Proof White Ink
Dr Martin's Bleed Proof White

A dense, opaque, smooth-writing white for your dip pen. Thin with water to the proper consistency. Tint with watercolor or gouache for pastel letters. Recommended by John Stevens and Peter Thornton. 1oz.

Diane Von Arx uses a similar product, Pro-white (I62).



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M96. Gelly Roll Stardust Markers
Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust Marker

0.5mm bold line. Create sparkle and shimmer on greeting cards, photographs, scrapbooks, etc.

This pen produces no color, just a glaze of tiny sparkles of glitter. Recommended by Heather Held.



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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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S992. Double Water Cup
S992. Double Water Cup

This water cup/brush washer has two separate compartments, each with its own lid. The entire lid pops off to refill, while the small lid on each compartment can be opened independently.



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S981. Townsend Pastel Embellishing Sets
S981. Townsend Pastel Embellishing Sets.

These colors were recommended by Heather Held in her Pro Tips Blog post for embellishing flourishes.

We have worked with Diane Townsend to put together these three sets for you to choose from:

Set 1
163 (light yellow-green)
153 (pale green)
This set consists of two terrage pastels

Set 2
13 (lavender)
94 (medium pink)
30L (medium blue)
This set consists of three soft form pastels

Set 3
607 (green metallic)
604 (bronze metallic)
605 (gold metallic)
This set consists of three soft form pastels



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S978. Pastel Applicator
S978. Pastel Applicator

These applicators are ideal for applying and blending Diane Townsend Pastels. They are also ideal for use with pastel sticks, charcoal, and graphite. The sponge tips can be gently rinsed out with warm water, extending the life of each applicator. You can even use these with watercolors and inks!

Comes with 1 handle and 4 replaceable heads.



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S979. Sandpaper Pointer
S979. Sandpaper Pointer

Repoints blending stumps, pencils, leads, charcoal, and crayons by hand. 12 sheets of sandpaper mounted on a wooden handle. Recommended by Heather Held for use with pastels.



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