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Spencerian Lettering

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Harvest Crittenden: Spencerian Lettering
  • Nikko G or Zebra G nibs are recommended. More advanced students may prefer to use a more flexible nib. (N113, N118)
  • An oblique pen holder is recommended, but some do prefer to approach this with a straight pen holder. If left-handed, please let me know prior to class so we can discuss your approach and how I can best help you. (H114, H133, H134)
  • Walnut Ink OR Old World Iron Gall Ink OR McCaffery's black ink (S449, I116, I37)
  • Good quality translucent layout paper, Borden & Riley OR Canson OR Claire Fontane approx. 8.5" x 11", but any size will do (P09-100, P32, P36)
  • A mechanical pencil .5 with extra lead (PL21, PL22)
  • A red pencil for correction (S818)
  • A kneaded eraser (E09)
  • A ruler, approx. 12" or longer (S270)

Recommended Books:
  • B1816. Learning to Write Spencerian Script by Michael Sull & Debra Sull. 1993. 75pp. 6.75"x8.5".
  • DVD12. Learning to Write Spencerian Script DVD. By Michael Sull.


19REN. PREORDER for Rendez-vous
19REN. Preorder for Rendez-vous 2019.

Add this product to RENDEZ-VOUS 2019 preorders for no shipping charges and pick-up at the onsite JNB store at the conference.

You must place your preorder by June 12, 2019.



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N113. Nikko G Nib
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.



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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?
https://www.johnnealbooks.com/product_help#Zebra

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



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H114. Turned Wood Oblique Holder
H114. Turned Wood Oblique Holder.

The Ornamental Wood Holder has intricate ornamental turnings inspired by those on the Century Penholders. Color of holder varies.
The Tapered Wood Holder has a finely tapered classic shape. All Tapered are the same dark brown/black color.
The Ebony Wood Holder has the same design as the Ornamental version but is made out of a very dark (almost black) African hardwood. This version is slightly heavier than the other versions.
The Zanerian Wood Holder is made using the same wood (and colors) as the Ornamental version. The Zanerian design is a very slim shaft with a small finial on the tip.

Each style has the standard brass flange (fitted for the Nikko G nib) and overall length of 6.5-6.75".

Quantity discount for 12 or more.




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H133. Moblique Pastel Dual Penholder
H133. Moblique Pastel Dual Penholder

Moblique Dual Penholder is a budget straight & oblique penholder designed by Luis Creations. It has a compartment to hold nibs inside the body.

Choose from five colors (as shown, top to bottom):
English Rose
Dead Sea Clay
Mint Leaf
Purple Sand
Blue Coral

Also available in five Metallic finishes: see item H134.

Click HERE for a video showing how to adjust the Moblique for different nibs.




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H134 . Moblique Metallic Dual Penholder
H134. Moblique Metallic Dual Penholder

Moblique Dual Penholder is a budget straight & oblique penholder designed by Luis Creations. It has a compartment to hold nibs inside the body.

Choose from five shiny "metallic" finishes (as shown, top to bottom):
Pink Pearl
Golden Sunshine
Copper Sunrise
Silver Storm
Moonlight Shadow

Also available in Pastel Colors: see item H133.

Click HERE for a video showing how to adjust the Moblique for different nibs.




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S449. Walnut Ink Crystals
Dissolve 1 teaspoon crystals in 1/2 cup distilled water, wait for 25-35 minutes, and then you will have a warm, rich walnut ink. The ink is lightfast, flows well and is highly recommended by many master scribes. Makes a wonderful brown or sepia ink for calligraphy, drawing, washes or antiquing paper. Non-waterproof Made from walnut hulls.

Choose Size:
1oz
2oz
4oz
8oz
16oz

The best price for walnut ink crystals is 4oz and larger.



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I116. Old World Oak Gall Ink
An oak gall ink made with period recipes and materials including oak galls, iron salts, logwood dyes and acacia gum (Gum Arabic). Oak gall ink was used for many medieval manuscripts and is very popular today for Spencerian and Copperplate. For paper and vellum. Dries waterproof. 2 oz bottle.

This ink can be reconstituted using distilled water and letting it sit overnight. Then stir well and break up any solids.

Old World Ink Product Help: https://www.johnnealbooks.com/product_help#Oldworld

"It is really nice and darker than regular iron gall ink." - Nan DeLuca.

"This ink is terrific! Smooth off the pen, it is jet black with hairlines as fine as any penman could want." - Bob Hurford




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I37. McCaffery's Penman's Ink
I37. McCaffery's Penman's Ink
1 oz. jar.

Formulated for the pointed pen, which is used for Spencerian, Copperplate, etc, not for the broad-edged pen used for Italic, Blackletter (Gothic), etc.

The black ink is an oak gall ink which was developed with the help of leading penmen of today to provide an ink similar to that used during America's golden age of Ornamental Penmanship in the 19th and 20th centuries. With a newly opened bottle, the black ink writes brown but turns a dense black. Good for fine hairlines.

(Colors and whites are not oak gall inks. They are made with natural pigments).

Choose from Ivory, White, Indigo Blue, Green, Brown, Red, Red-Violet, Black, Glossy Black.
Prices of colors vary.

I37. McCaffery's Ink color chart

Click to read what Michael Sull has to say about using McCaffery's



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P09-100. Boris Layout Pad 100 Sheets
Borden & Riley's Boris Layout Pad
Bright White Felt Marker Layout Pad (#37). 100 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 P10-100, P11-100, & P12-100




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