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Romans: Pattern & Texture

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Romans: Pattern & Texture – Annie Cicale

Supply List
  • Drawing board if you use one. Flying? You might want to just work on the table top. (S697)
  • T-square (S753) and triangle (S613), or rolling ruler (S385)
  • Masking or drafting tape (S412)
  • Pencils, various hardness (2B, HB, 2H, etc.) (S142)
  • Soft eraser, such as Magic Rub (S86)
  • Water container (S1005)
  • Ink rags or tissues (S817)
  • Notebook
  • Old toothbrush for cleaning pens
  • Dividers (A tool I find indispensable for measurement is a pair of dividers, sold at engineering and better art supply stores. A small one is best, but make sure it has a wheel, it holds your measurements better.)
  • Dip pens in assorted sizes, whatever you are comfortable with, such as Brause, Mitchell (Rexel) or Speedball. Mid-sizes, such as 1.5–4.0 mm (N02, N04, N09)
  • Monoline pens, such as Speedball 'B' series, about a B-2 and/or B-3 (Brause makes a similar 'ornamental' nib) OR a Pigma or Rollerball pen (N16)
  • 2-3 pen holders, ones that feel good in your hand (Click HERE for our selection of holders)
  • Non-waterproof ink, such as Moon Palace, Higgins Eternal or walnut ink (I70, I08, I53)
  • One tube of gouache, any color (Click HERE for our selection of gouache)
  • Flat palette such as a plastic tub lid (Use the bottom for your water container.)
  • 1/2 inch Winsor Newton 995 watercolor brush, the one with a clear handle (BR01)
  • Inexpensive drawing paper or layout bond, 11×14" or larger, for brush practice. Smaller sizes will work for pen studies. John Neal's Gilbert bond is terrific. (P70)
  • A few sheets of non-repro graph paper, 11×17" (P21)
  • A few scraps of your favorite good paper (optional but delightful) such as Arches Text Laid or Wove, Arches 90# HP, Canson or Strathmore Charcoal. A packet of good paper will be provided as part of your lab fee. (PS101)
  • Tracing paper for rough drafts (P43)

Writing with Color (optional)
  • Designer's gouache in assorted colors (red, yellow, blue, white) (Click HERE for our selection of gouache)
  • Palette (S679)
  • Old brushes for mixing gouache
  • Gum arabic (I84)
The tools listed here are generic, and depending on the group's interests and experience, some may not be used. Bring what you can and we'll cope with those tools.

The $25 supply fee includes photocopies, a folder to hold them, a couple sheets of Arches Text Wove (cut to size), other paper (cut to size), bottle of walnut ink, book sewing thread and needles.

Recommended Books:
  • B4030. The Eternal Letter: Two Millennia of the Classical Roman Capital edited by Paul Shaw.
  • B1540. The Origin of the Serif by Edward Catich.
  • By and about Annie Cicale
    • LR22-4. "Mani stones in the Himalayas" by Annie Cicale in Letter Arts Review Vol. 22 No. 4.
    • LR13-4. "Finding Content" by Annie Cicale, in Letter Arts Review Issue Vol. 13 No.4.
    • BL10-2. "A Golden Proportion" by Annie Cicale, in Bound & Lettered Issue Vol. 10 No. 2.
    • BL. 9.4. "Carl Rohrs: Workshop Words" by Annie Cicale in BL9.4. Bound & Lettered Vol. 9 No. 4.
    • B2811. Art & Craft of Hand Lettering by Annie Cicale.
    • B3925. Scripsit 35.1: Features the words and work of Annie Cicale as well as 5 additional lettering artists (Doctor, Imai, Malmsten, Pearce, Reese).
    • BL14.3. "Combining Word & Image" by Annie Cicale. Bound & Lettered Vol. 14 No. 3.

    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.

    Your Price $1.45

    N09. Speedball C Calligraphy Nibs
    American calligraphy nibs for Italic, Blackletter (Gothic, Old English), Uncial, Half Uncial, Foundational and many other hands or alphabets. C-0, C-1, C-2, C-3, C-4, C-5, C-6. C-0 is largest, C-6 is smallest. Best in larger sizes. C-2, C-3, & C-4 are popular for beginners’ classes. They rust easily so let them dry thoroughly before storing them away. Speedball C Calligraphy Nibs.

    For more information about Speedball C nibs, click here.

    Your Price

    N16. Speedball B Series
    Specify size: B0, B0.5, B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B5.5, B6

    B Series is a round nib ideal for Gothic or outline letters. Also often used by illustrators for cartoons, uniform line drawings, borders, and display posters.

    For more information about Speedball B nibs, click here.

    Your Price

    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

    Your Price

    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

    I53-2.5. Walnut Drawing Ink
    I53-2.5. Tom Norton's Walnut (Color) Ink

    A rich sepia ink. Thin with water to create a wash. For brush or dip pen. Already liquid. Non-waterproof (but not suitable for fountain pens).
    70ml, 2.36 oz.

    Your Price $10.49

    BR01. W&N 995 Chisel Lettering Brush
    Chisel Edged Lettering Brush

    The standard brush recommended by John Stevens, Carl Rohrs and other instructors for chisel-edged alphabets. Golden nylon flat watercolor brush with seamless nickel ferrules and clear plastic handle. Durable and responsive.
    Winsor and Newton Series 995 flat watercolor brush.

    Choose from three sizes:


    Change size selector to see sale prices.

    Your Price $20.29

    P70. Gilbert Bond 25% Cotton Practice Pad 11x17inch
    P70.Gilbert Bond 25% Cotton Practice Pad. 24lb.
    11"x17", 50 sheets

    A great pad for broad-edged pen practice. Has a nice tooth and holds good hairlines. Acid-free. Highly recommended by Peter Thornton.

    also available in 8.5"x11", see item P69

    "Calligraphers in Portland [Oregon] have been using Gilbert Bond for years and years and LOVE it totally. My students and I have decided that ‘we are worth it’ and use Gilbert for practice. We think using a better paper makes our calligraphy practice seem more important (and practice is so important!). I thoroughly recommend the paper; it would be hard to recommend Gilbert Bond too highly!" - Carol DuBosch

    Your Price

    P21. JNB Graph Pad 11x17, 50 Sheets
    JNB Graph Pad
    Light blue grid (8 squares/inch). 24 lb bond. 11"x17". 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.

    (For graph with slant lines P01.)

    Please choose color: Light or Dark.

    Light: This grid does not show on many copiers, shows faintly on others, and usually disappears when you adjust the exposure one setting lighter. If you use a copier to produce your finished art for reproduction, this is the pad for you. This pad is good for jobs done at quick printers.

    Dark: For classes, some students may appreciate a slightly darker grid. This is particularly true for adult classes. This is still a light blue grid. Some teachers have commented that their students found the original pad's grid was too light.

    Your Price

    P43. Borden & Riley Tracing Pad #41
    P43. Borden & Riley #41 Parchment Tracing. 50 sheet pad, 25lb paper.

    A bit nicer than your normal tracing paper.

    Available in 3 sizes:

    Your Price $9.09

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