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Grayscale: Exploring Graphite Lettering

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Grayscale: Exploring Graphite Lettering from Small & Delicate to Big & Bold – Amity Parks

Supply List
  • Mechanical Pencil- 0.5 and/or 0.3 and leads (Pentel Graph Gear 500 0.3 is my favorite) (PL21)
  • A few drawing pencils in various hardness' (6B, 4B, 2B, HB, 2H, 4H). Bring whatever you have already. (S142)
  • Graphite stick or woodless graphite pencil (6B or 9B) (S865)
  • Water-soluble graphite stick-Lyra 6B or 9B (Look for the water drop on the label) or Art Graf ws graphite stick (S949)
  • Art Graf Black Carbon Water-Soluble Ink Block (S955)
  • Kneaded eraser and white eraser (E09, E13)
  • White eraser stick: Preferably the Tombow Mono zero round, or Paper Mate 'Tuff Stuff' (E22)
  • Your favorite writing tools (including small and larger sizes of nibs, ruling pens, automatic pens, pointed and flat brushes, etc) (N04, N22, N30, N27)
  • Blending stump (S781)
  • X-acto knife, blades and small cutting mat (S417, S504)
  • Scissors (S835)
  • Small pencil sharpener (no motors please) (PL32)
  • Steel ruler, C-thru ruler (S271, S798)
  • Large flat bristle brush for wetting paper (BR64)
  • Strathmore 400 series drawing paper (at least 11''x17'') or whatever similar smooth medium weight paper you have at home. Few sheets of any other papers you want to try. (P100)
  • A few pieces of Arches text wove and some hot and cold press watercolor paper or any cheaper mixed media/watercolor or heavyweight paper that you have already. (P100)
  • Paper towels, water container, spray bottle (S817)
  • A short quote or a few words you like to write (5-10 words or so)
  • Drawing Board / padded surface to work on. (S690)
  • Not required, but for your info: The sketchbook I use and recommend is the Moleskine 7.5" x 10" Plain Soft Cover Notebook.
The $10 supply fee includes bound exemplars, contact paper, cardstock for matting work, use of assorted supplies during class.

While not specific to this class, Amity encourages all her students to have a subscription to Letter Arts Review and these books:
  • B4087. Speedball Textbook, 24th edition, edited by Angie Vangalis and Randall Hasson.
  • B2982. Scribe: Artist of the Written Word by John Stevens.
By and about Amity Parks
  • BL11.2. "Ritual" by Amity Parks in Bound & Lettered Vol. 11 No. 2
  • LR29-2. "Amity Parks: Letters and Ceramics" in Letter Arts Review Vol 29 No. 2. The Project Issue.


  • N30. Folded Ruling Pen
    Folded Ruling Pen

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



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    N27. Automatic Pen
    N27. Automatic Pen.
    Sizes: 1 (1/16"), 2 (1/8"), 3 (3/16"), 3A (1/4"), 4 (5/16"), 4A (3/8), 5 (1/2"), 6 (3/4"), 6A (1").

    These poster pens are made of a non-rust nickel silver with a plastic handle. They produce very thin thins. Use them with the tooth blade uppermost. Clean with warm water after use. A new pen should be filled and worked gently on paper
    until the color (ink) flows. Any possible sign of scratching will soon wear off with use.

    Click here for a how-to information sheet.



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    S781. Blending Stumps
    Blending Stumps. For grey, you can smudge pencil lines. These blending stumps are used by fine artists but are easy to use. Pack of three. 1/4 inch.


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    S417. Excel Deluxe Knife (NonSlip)
    Excel Deluxe Knife

    It's time to upgrade. This American-made knife has a soft handle, a no-roll feature, much sharper blades, and best of all its PURPLE (or Black, Blue, Red). It's no more expensive than X-Acto's basic knife! Safety Cap, #11 Blade.



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    S504. Self Healing Cutting Mat
    Use this cutting mat to protect your table or desk when cutting paper or board. Unlike a piece of paper board (or your table) the cuts from your craft knife will heal and disappear!


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    S835. Detail Scissors
    Detail Scissors.

    For intricate paper cutting of lighter weight papers. Super fine detail scissors made from surgical stainless steel. 4" long. Blade length 1.25".



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    PL32. KUM 4-in-1 Pencil Sharpener
    PL32. KUM 4-in-1 Pencil Sharpener

    This pencil sharpener can sharpen 4 different size pencils (7mm, 8mm, 10mm, 11mm), all in one amazing tool. KUM is known for its high-quality sharpeners, made with high carbon steel blades. This sharpener includes a small shavings catcher. From Germany. Assorted colors.




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    S271. Metal Ruler: 18in
    S271. Stainless Steel Ruler. 18".

    18" Flexible, cork back. Marked in 1/16" and millimeters. An essential tool for calligraphers and bookbinders.



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    S798. Westcott 12 inch GRAPH Ruler
    Westcott 8ths Graph Beveled Transparent Ruler 2"x12". No. b-70

    These handy 8ths graph rulers are transparent for visibility and beveled to accommodate work with ink. Edges are calibrated to 16ths to the inch with a zero-centering scale down the middle. Laminated for durability.

    Now labeled Westcott instead of C-Thru.



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    BR64. Loew Cornell Wash Brush Set
    BR64. Loew-Cornell Wash Brush Set.

    3-Piece Chip Style Brush Set is made with white nylon bristles and flat, short, wood handles. They are ideal for applying a wash of color to a large area, but can also be used for large lettering. Recommended by Lawrence Wheeler. Includes 1-inch, 2-inch and 3-inch brushes.



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