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Copperplate Masterclass: Dressed Up & Dancing the Night Away

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Copperplate Master Class: Dressed Up & Dancing the Night Away – Pat Blair

Supply List
  • Oblique pen holder (H130)
  • Your favorite pointed pen nibs, such as Hunt 22, 56 or Gillott 303 or 404, the G Nib, Zebra or Leonardt Principal (N93, N86, N72, N113, N118, N120)
  • 9" x 12″ Canson Pro Marker Pad (P32)
  • Black or dark color pad of Strathmore Artagain or Daler Rowney Canford (PA44)
  • Sumi Moon Palace black ink, or McCaffrey's Black (I70, I37)
  • Dr. Martin's Bleed Proof White (I38)
  • Mixing tray (S120-30)
  • #2 pencils (S142)
  • T-square (S753)
  • Water containers (S1005)
  • 1 or 2 sheets of Arches Hot Press Watercolor paper (PS42)
  • Several tubes of gouache in your favorite colors and several tubes of watercolor in your favorite colors (Click HERE for our selection of Gouache and Watercolor)
  • Large watercolor wash brush, not expensive (BR64)

Recommended books:
  • B255. The Universal Penman by George Bickham.
  • B145. The Zanerian Manual of Alphabets and Engrossing.
  • B2504.
    • At Home with Artistic Penwork Book Five, Bird and Design Flourishing.
    • At Home with Artistic Penwork Book Three, Card Writing.
  • B3345. Real Pen Work: Self-instruction Manual in Penmanship.
  • B368. Ames Compendium of Practical and Ornamental Penmanship.
Pat is featured in:
  • B4169. Scripsit 39.2: Pens & Protocol 2: The Calligraphy of Official Washington, Volume 2.
Pat has work in:
  • B3417. WCG 35th Anniversary Exhibition Scripsit.


N93. Hunt 22 Nib (22B)
Hunt 22 Extra Fine

A very popular and dependable bronze-finish nib that is great for Copperplate, Spencerian, and other pointed-pen scripts. The Hunt 22 has good flexibility -- not too flexible, not too stiff and can produce very thin hairlines and good swells. The nib works for x-heights of 3/16"-1/16". It has a sharp point but will work on slightly textured surfaces, though it will have a tendency to catch on upstrokes on those papers. Compared to the Gillott 303, the Hunt 22 point is less sharp, and it has more stiffness, so more pressure will be required to create thick shades (swells).

Hunt 22 is used by both beginners and professional scribes. HUNT EXTRA FINE 22 is stamped on the nib. The nib is sometimes called Hunt 22B. This nib is part of the JNB Pointed Nib Samplers (N154 and N117-1).

For more information about Hunt pointed nibs, click here.

Vintage Hunt 22 nibs (N93-V) are also available. When they were made, many decades ago, a higher quality of steel and craftmanship was employed in nib manufacture. They have similar characteristics, but are of a better quality.



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N89. Hunt 100 Nib
The Hunt 100 is a small, flexible, and delicate nib. As it has a tendency to catch on a more textured surface, it is recommended for use on smooth papers and are to be handled with an extremely light and sensitive touch. However, this nib is resilient on down strokes, springing back into shape if moderate pressure is used. Suitable for writing at x-heights of 1/8" or less.

For more information about Hunt pointed nibs, click here.



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N72. Gillott 303 Nib
N72. Gillott 303 Pointed Nib.

A popular nib for Copperplate. Good flexibility - not too stiff, not too flexible. Very thin hairlines and good swells. Works for scripts 3/16-1/16". Sharp point but will work on slightly textured surfaces. Tends to catch on upstrokes.




Your Price $1.19

N120. Leonardt Principal EF Nib
N120.EF Principal Nib

You can now purchase a modern nib that is equal to the best of the vintage nibs. Brian Walker, a respected pointed pen enthusiast, has worked with a pen manufacturer to duplicate the quality and performance of the legendary Gillott No 1 Principality. The new nib has received rave reviews for both Copperplate and Spencerian. It’s flexible and responsive and gives fine hairlines, but is smooth-writing and catches the paper less.




Your Price $2.95

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



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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.



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P32. Canson Pro-Layout Marker Pad
Canson Pro-Layout Marker Pad. Bright White, 18lb, marker layout pad. 50 sheets.

Our highest quality layout paper for calligraphy practice or work for reproduction. The very smooth surface does not buckle, even with wide chisel nibs. Black guidelines under the sheet are easily seen, even without a light table. Michael Sull's favorite pad for work for reproduction. His recommendation is echoed by other scribes and penmen: "Absolutely wonderful." "A great pad." It is worth the price.

Choose 9x12, 11x14, or 14x17 inches.

Formerly P32-9, P32-11, & P32-14




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Your Price $15.25

PA44. Canford Cardstock 8.5x11 Pk of 10
Canford Card Stock
10 sheet pack. 140lb. 8.5"x11".

Limited Quantity available

High-quality stiff card in a wide range of brilliant matte colors. Recommended by Brian Walker as ideal for pointed pen work! Try white or metallic on these rich dark colors. Great for calligraphy and for paper sculpture and modeling, decorative arts, collage and craft. Easy to cut, curve, crease and emboss to create three-dimensional works of art.

Colors: Navy Blue, Royal Purple, Guardsman Red, Forest Green, or Ivory (China White).




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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 oz (450ml)
60 oz bulk bottle (1.8L) -- Great for teachers or buy and share the cost with a friend or two or three!



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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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