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The Textured Page: Italic Variations & Possibilities

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The Textured Page: Italic Variations & Possibilities – Diane von Arx

Supply List
  • Variety of sizes of pen nibs with holders, to include Speedball C-0 through C-4 or similar (N09)
  • Several extra wide tools, such as Coit or Automatic Sign Pen (N27)
  • Your favorite ink (Click HERE for our selection of ink)
  • Layout paper such as Borden & Riley #37 (P09)
  • Prepared text of approx. 100 words
  • T-square (S753)
  • Pencil (S142)
  • Eraser (E13)
  • Slant or lap board (S690)
  • Paper towel or rags (S817)
  • Water container (S1005)
  • Several tubes of your favorite gouache (Click HERE for our selection of gouache)
  • Several sheets of your favorite good paper (same size as your layout pad) (Click HERE for our selection of paper pads)
  • 1 sheet of black paper (same size as your layout pad) (P58)

This is Diane's list of books that she recommends to students to have in their library. They do NOT necessarily or specifically relate to the class she is teaching.
  • B042. Writing & Illuminating & Lettering by Edward Johnston.
  • More Than Fine Writing by Child, Collins, Hechle and Jackson. Out of print.
  • B255. The Universal Penman by George Bickham.
  • B4087. The Speedball Textbook.
  • B1277. Explicato Formarum Litterarum by Rutherford Aris
  • Letter Arts Review (publication). See
  • Pen Lettering by Ann Camp. Out-of-print.
  • B2979. The Little Manual of Calligraphy by Charles Pearce.
  • The Story of Writing by Donald Jackson. Out of print.
  • B2769. Foundations of Calligraphy by Sheila Waters.
  • The Calligrapher's Handbook by Heather Child. Out of print.
  • B135-H. Historical Scripts by Stan Knight.
  • B2811. The Art and Craft of Hand Lettering by Annie Cicale.
  • B2982. SCRIBE: Artist of the Written Word by John Stevens.
  • Basic Italic Handwriting by Diane von Arx.
  • The Foundational Hand by Diane von Arx.
  • Art of Written Forms by Donald Anderson. Out of Print.
By or about Diane Von Arx:
  • LR12-2. "Accepting Commissions" in Letter Arts Review Vol.12, No.2
  • B3417. Scripsit: WCG 35th Anniversary Exhibiton.

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

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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P09-50. Boris Layout Pad 50 Sheets
Boris Layout Pad
Bright White Felt Marker Layout Pad (#37). 50 sheets.

A smooth, translucent sheet that is highly recommended. No bleeding or feathering. Popular for beginning classes, and for copperplate for reproduction. Our most popular pad. From Borden & Riley.

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

For tracing, Cotton Comp pads are recommended. Cotton Comp is easier to see through than the Boris Layout Pad.

Formerly P10-50, P11-50, & P12-50

Your Price $12.48

S753. Westcott Clear T-Square
S753. Westcott Clear T-Square

Calibrated on one edge in inches, the other metric.

Specifiy 12" or 18".

Now labeled Westcott instead of C-Thru.

Your Price

S142. Design Drawing Pencils
Design Drawing Pencils
Design 3800. Prismacolor Turqouise.

"6H" is hardest lead. "9B" is softest lead, Specify 6H, 5H, 4H, 3H, 2H, HB, H, F, B, 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B, 6B, 9B.

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E13. Staedtler Mars White Plastic Eraser
E13. Staedtler Mars White Plastic Eraser

A highly recommended white plastic eraser. For erasing pencil.

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S690. Airlite Drawing Board 18 x 24
S690. Airlite Drawing Board 18x24.

A high-quality, lightweight drawing board with a smooth hardwood surface on both sides and two metal edges for use with a T-square. The resin-impregnated kraft honeycomb core is permanently bonded for strength. Very durable and very light. Made in USA. A drawing board can be used as a lapboard or on an easel at a slant to help prevent neck and back pain.

(See S697 for a 20"x26" Drawing Board.)

Ann Miller has an Aerocore Drawing Board in her supply list. Airlite is another trade name for a similar product.

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S817. Viva Papertowels, 12 sheets
S817. Viva Papertowels, 12 sheets

Recommended by Harvest Crittenden for wiping pen points and brushes:
"I've used them exclusively for at least 8 years. They don't leave fuzz on the pen points or brushes."

We have made these available for those outside the USA or in areas where this brand is not readily available. This is a small pack of 12 sheets for easy shipping.

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S1005. Clic & Go Foldable Water Pot
S1005. Clic & Go Foldable Water Pot

The Faber-Castell Clic & Go is a collapsible and expandable water pot. Easy to clean and store, travels easily. Ridges on the cup are the perfect place to hold brushes in between uses. The water pot holds approximately 12 ounces. PVC- and Latex-free.

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P58. Black Artagain Pad
Black Artagain Drawing Paper Pad.

Ideally suited for soft pastels and charcoal, also very popular for pointed pen. Use gel roller pens, metallic gouache or opaque white ink for dramatic effects. Acid-free, medium weight (60lb, 160gsm), and fairly smooth. Made with 30% post consumer fiber. Judy Melvin recommends this paper for her "Bleach & Pastels" technique describd in Art Expose. Unlike the current Arches Cover Black, this paper bleaches to light color. From Strathmore, 24 sheets.

Specify Size:

Also available with Assorted Colors, see item P84.

Your Price $17.59

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