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Watercolor & Calligraphy Explorations

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Watercolor & Calligraphy Explorations – Kristen Doty

Supply List
  • Round Watercolor brushes: (assorted sizes small, medium, large – i.e. #3, 6, & 10) (BR49, BR38)
  • Flat watercolor brush ½" (BR24)
  • C-1 & C-2 Speedball nibs (N09)
  • Your favorite calligraphy nibs (e.g., pointed pens, ruling pens, other) (N113, N118, N22, N30)
  • Holders (Click HERE for our selection of holders)
  • Nib loading brush (BR37)
  • Unusual calligraphy tools (e.g., ruling pens, ruling writers, or butterfly) (N22, N30, N155, N21)
  • 2B graphite pencil & eraser (S142, E13)
  • Old synthetic round brush (small – medium size) (BR27)
  • Small bar of soap (motel soap is perfect)
  • 1½" & 3/4" masking tape (colored painter's tape is OK) (S412, S931)
  • Board for support at least 12" x 16" is a good size– gatorboard (preferred), plywood, masonite, etc. 15 x 19" or 18 x 24" is a more usable size overall, but might not fit in suitcase if you are flying! (S690)
  • Water container(s) (S784)
  • Paper towels (S817)
  • Pigma Micron felt tip pen, Black, 01 or 03 (M17)
  • X-acto knife or snap-off knife (S417)
  • Bone Folder (extremely helpful) (S308)
  • 1" Flat watercolor or 2" Hake brush (BR53, BR60)
  • Small empty spray bottle (for water) (S836)
  • Blow dryer & extension cord (classroom will determine usage)
  • Stapler with regular staples (if you bring a board you can staple into)
  • A few of your favorite gouache colors and/or watercolors, or compact watercolor travel set (however, all watercolor paints and paper needed will be provided) (Click HERE for our selection of gouache & watercolor)
  • Half sheet of watercolor paper -must be 100% cotton, 90# or 140# (your preference of surface: Cold Press, Soft Press, or Hot Press) (PS82)
The $30 supply fee includes exemplars, take-home palettes and artist quality watercolors & gouache, assortment of cotton watercolor papers, book cover papers, and other misc. items.

Recommended Books:
  • Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards.
  • The Complete Watercolorist's Essential Notebook by Gordon MacKenzie.
  • Painting Portraits and Figures in Watercolor by Mary Whyte.
  • Exploring Color by Nita Leland.
  • Taking Risks with Watercolour by Shirley Travena.
  • Watercolor Basics - Light by Judy Morris. Out-of-print.
  • Watercolor Wisdom: Lessons from a Lifetime of Painting and Teaching by Jo Taylor. Out of print.
  • BL3.4. & BL4.3. Bound & Lettered Vol. 3 N0. 4 & Vol. 4 No. 3 for articles by Kristen on watercolor.

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:
#2. Limited Stock
#3. Limited Stock

Your Price $11.05

BR38. WN Artists' Watercolor Sable
WN Artists' Watercolor Sable Round

Excellent for fine detail, lines and washes. The round-bellied watercolor brush is the most popular watercolor brush. Quality Kolinsky sable hair, birchwood handles and seamless nickel ferrules all put together by hand to create a truly excellent brush. Has been improved to ensure a perfect point. Matte finish handle.

Recommended by Valerie Weilmuenster for illuminated letters as a good and less expensive alternative to the Winsor & Newton Series 7.

**To see the price of each size, select the size in the box below**

Your Price $10.99

BR24. Raphael Kaerell Flat Brush
Raphael Kaerell 8796 Flat Brush.

These brushes can be used for chisel-edged brush writing and watercolor painting. Carl Rohrs finds these water media brushes to be good for lettering. He recommends the W&N 995 (BR01) for ½" & larger. Synthetic bristles.

Brush Sizes:
1/8" size 02
3/16" size 04
1/4" size 06
5/16" size 08
3/8" size 10
1/2" size 12
5/8" size 14

Use Dropdown menu to see sale prices!

Your Price $14.20

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

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. Extremely popular with pointed pen men and women!

Your Price

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?

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

Your Price

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.

Your Price

N30. Folded Ruling Pen
Folded Ruling Pen

Introduced at Letterforum in 1995, this innovative lettering tool has been popular ever since. Use them 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.

Your Price

N21. Suede Pen
N21. Suede Pen

Made of metal and Ultrasuede. They will hold and deliver ink to vertical surfaces without danger of spills. Can create dry brush effect. They are fun to write with. Specify 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 3/4", 1", 1-1/4".

Your Price

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.

Your Price $16.95

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