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Versal & Built-Up Letters: Convention to Invention

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Versal & Built Up Letters: Convention to Invention – Peter Thornton

Supply List
  • Layout pad (Borden and Riley #37 Bright White) (P09)
  • 4 to 6 sheets of Arches MBM and/or Fabriano Ingres and/or any good Water Color paper (PS22-WHT, PS05)
  • 1 or 2 sheets of black paper (Fab Ingres) (PS22-BLK)
  • Black and/or Walnut ink (A stick ink would be useful but not essential)(I08, I70, I53, S540)
  • Dr Martins Bleed Proof White or Dr Martins Pen White (I38, I108)
  • Speedball C-2 and C-3. Brause or Tape 1mm, 1.5mm, 2 mm or Rexel size 4, 3.5, 3, and 2.5 plus reservoirs(N09, N02, N01, N04, N07)
  • H and HB pencils and sharpening tools (S142, PL32)
  • Gouache and Watercolors of your color choice (A double primary palette and a neutral tint would be helpful in watercolors) (Click HERE for our selection of gouache)
  • Fine pointed brushes size 2 and 4 and an old brush for loading your nibs (BR30)
  • Mixing palette or dishes (S679, S747)
  • Ruling pen (N22, N30)

Recommended Books:
  • Blue and Yellow Don't Make Green by Michael Wilcox. Out of print.
  • CR7-2. Calligraphy Review Vol. 7 No. 2.
  • B2081. Uncommon Numbers: A Sourcebook for Artists.


18SEA. Seattletters
Add this product for Seattletters 2018 preorders. Free shipping for pick up at the conference.


You must place your preorder before June 27, 2018.

In addition to the free shipping, all preorders receive a 10% discount and delivery to the conference is free. You will also be able to choose a free issue of either Bound & Lettered or Letter Arts Review.



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PS22-WHI. German Ingres White
German Ingres (Hahnemuhle)
White (Eggshell/Antique). 100% alpha cellulose. Text weight. Laid finish. 18.75"x24.75".

This paper ships separately from books/supplies and requires an extra shipping fee which is NOT included in the price of this product. Add item 'PS00' to your cart after adding large sheets of paper. (click to read details)




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PS05. Canson Ingres Sheets
27lb, 100gsm. 19x25". 65% cotton. Laid finish. Acid free. Laid finish. One sidee smoother than other. Popular for calligraphy and bookmaking. Suitable for light washes. Gelatin sized. Specifiy color.


This paper ships separately from books/supplies and requires an extra shipping fee which is NOT included in the price of this product. Add item 'PS00' to your cart after adding large sheets of paper. (click to read details)




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PS22-BLK. German Ingres Black
German Ingres (Hahnemuhle)
Black. 100% alpha cellulose. Text weight (100 gsm). Laid finish. 18.75"x24.75".

This paper ships separately from books/supplies and requires an extra shipping fee which is NOT included in the price of this product. Add item 'PS00' to your cart after adding large sheets of paper. (click to read details)




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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




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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 in to 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 $5.95 (widemouth jar)
6.0 oz (180ml) $12.95
15 oz (450ml) $19.95
60 oz bulk bottle (1.8L), only $75.00.
You save $54.95 (10 six ounce bottles cost $129.50).
Great for teachers, or buy and share the cost with a friend or two or three.



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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.




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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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I108. Dr. Martin's Pen White
Dr. Martin's Pen-White

A great white ink for pointed pen work! 1oz dropper bottle. Can be thinned with water if necessary.

"The new ink is Dr Martin's Pen White, which sold out at Odyssey. I loved it so much that I went back to the supply store and bought a second bottle. Pat Blair tried it, and it worked beautifully out of the bottle with her Spencerian script. No mixing required. The dropper made dispensing easy. It did get a bit thicker as I was using it, and I added a bit of water to the dropper. All my pieces (white on dark paper) at Osyssey and at Iampeth were done using that ink. -- Aline Chan



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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.



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