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The Dancing Line


Heather Held: The Dancing Line
  • Straight pen staff recommended but oblique holders may be used. (H133, H134)
  • Nibs: Zebra G recommended for beginners, Hunt 101 recommended for intermediate/advanced students or bring your favourite. (N118, N77)
  • Ink: McCaffery Brown or Ziller Buffalo Brown for Line and Wash Technique (I37, I28)
  • McCaffery Black or Old World Iron Gall ink (I37, I116)
  • Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleedproof White (for work on dark paper) (I38)
  • 2 small water jars and inexpensive mixing brushes (S1005, BR43)
  • Eye dropper or pipette for water (S870)
  • Newspaper to act as cushion sheet
  • Pencil (PL38)
  • Ruler (S270)
  • Soft vinyl eraser (E13)
  • Factis black eraser (E08)
  • Paper towels for pen wipes (S817)
  • Note taking supplies
Paper:
  • Practice paper: my favourite is Rhodia blank or gridded or Maruman Imagination Paper in blank or gridded. If you have a favourite blank practice paper that works well with pointed pen, please bring it along. (P53, P54, P64)
  • Michael's Recollection cardstock in black or any dark colour (PA44-57)
  • Hot Press 140 lbs watercolour paper (PS47-57)
  • All cardstock and hot press papers should be cut to 5" x 7" sizes. We will be doing several projects.
Colour Supplies:
  • Watercolour and watercolour pencil will be demonstrated for the line and wash technique. We will be using a few colours for florals, so bring your favourites and a mixing palette if you wish to use watercolour. John Neal supplies a Daniel Smith Watercolour Dot card of my favourite colours that acts as a palette. (S994)
  • You will need two good quality small pointed round watercolour brushes in size 0 or 1. (BR38)
I use sable brushes from Rosemaryandco.com Series 33 but any good quality watercolour brush will work
We will be using a few colours for florals, so bring your favourites and a mixing palette if you wish to use watercolour.
  • Coloured Pencils: bring a few of your favourites. I use Prismacolor, Faber-Castell Polychromos and Derwent Coloursoft. (PL28, PL29)
If you have any of these, please bring them along to add depth to your work.
  • Sakura Gelly Roll pen in clear stardust (M96)
  • Hot foil pen
  • Finetec gold metallic watercolour (S1000)
  • Diane Townsend pastels for background effects (with small piece of sandpaper and applicator brush) (S981, S978)
  • Anything shimmery or shiny that you can add to your work.

Recommended Books:
  • B368. The Ames Compendium
  • B152.Ornate Pictorial Calligraphy
  • B255. The Universal Penman
  • B4270. Old Fashioned Floral Illustrations by Carol Belanger Grafton


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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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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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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N77. Hunt 101 Nib
Hunt 101 Imperial.

A very steady and durable nib, the Hunt 101 is a great choice for projects that require larger writing with x-heights above 1/4". It can be used on most paper surfaces, though it can have a tendency to catch on the upstroke when used on a rougher surface. The Hunt 101 requires firm and deliberate pressure to open swells, while its strength and steadiness makes it an ideal selection for student practice. Bronze finish.

For more information about Hunt pointed nibs, click here.



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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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I37-4. McCaffery's Ink 4 oz
A generous 4-ounce bottle of McCaffery's ink.

Choose from Black, Ivory, White.

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



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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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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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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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BR43. White Bristle Brushes (pack of 3)
BR43. White Bristle Brushes (pack of 3)

Great for mixing gouache or loading ink.

Choose Flat (sizes 2,4,6) or Round (sizes 1,3,5).



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S870. Graduated Pipet 7ml - 5 Pack
Graduated Pipet / Pipette 7ml.

This pipet is more robust than the smaller non-graduated pipets. Great for transferring liquids, whether you need an accurate measurement or not. Graduated to 1 ml. Easy to clean for reuse.



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PL38. Faber-Castell 9000 Series Drawing Pencils
PL38. Faber Castell 9000 Series Drawing Pencils

A classic artist's drawing pencil of the highest quality, with evenly graduated degrees of hardness and strong break-resistance. Ideal for guidelines, drawing letters, and sketching. Recommended by Amity Parks. From Germany.

"9B" = softest.
"6H" = hardest,
HB, H, or 2H are generally used for
guidelines.

Specify: 6B, 4B, 3B, 2B, HB, H, 2H, 4H, 6H.




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S270. Metal Ruler:12in
S270. Stainless Steel Ruler 12"

Flexible, cork back.



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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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E08. Factis Black Eraser
Factis Black Eraser

For erasing pencil lines on black papers! Does not leave marks.



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S817. Viva Papertowels, 12 sheets
S817. Viva Paper towels, 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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P53. Rhodia Blank Pad (Unlined)
P53. Rhodia Blank Pad (Unlined).
Blank Sheets. 8.25"x11.5" (Sheet Size). Black Cover.

Highly recommended for pointed pen work. Non-bleeding, bright white, smooth satin finish, 80gsm (22lb), acid-free, pH neutral paper. Micro-perforated to provide a clean edge when you tear out the sheet. The pad is staple bound. 80 sheets.

Also available as Lined Pad (P54) and Graph Pads (P55, P56).




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P54. Rhodia Lined Pad
P54. Rhoda Lined Pad.
8.25"x11" (Sheet Size). Black Cover. Lines spaced 5/16" (8mm). Spiral bound.

Highly recommended for pointed pen work. Non-bleeding, bright white, smooth satin finish, 80gsm (22lb), acid-free, pH neutral paper. Micro-perforated to provide a clean edge when you tear out the sheet. Lines are purple.

Also available as Plain Pad (P53) and Graph Pads (P55, P56).



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P64. Maruman Mnemosyne Imagination Pad
P64. Maruman Mnemosyne Imagination Pad. A4 Size. 8.3"x11.7". 70 sheets.

Delightfully smooth paper. Super for pointed pen work. A favorite of Heather Held: "I can't recommend it highly enough! Everyone who tries the paper loves it." She likes the graph pad, which has the graph on one side and is blank on the other. From Japan.

Specify: Blank or 5x5mm graph.



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PA47-57. Arches WC HP 140# 5x7inch (10 sheets)
Arches Watercolor Hot Press.140lb. 300gsm. 5"x7". 10 sheets

Heather Held uses this size for many of her workshops. See also PA44-57 and PA84-57.



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S994. Heather Held Watercolor Dot Card
S994. Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor Dot Card - Heather Held Colors

You receive 30 colors in sample size dots. The dots are actual Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor and are applied to cold press watercolor paper. You can work up the paint and use on your small projects. These colors were selected by Heather Held and can be used for the following workshops: The Artful Flourish, The Enchanted Letter, The Enchanted Meadow and The Victorian Pen.

Contains one dot of each color:
Aureolin, Buff Titanium, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Cobalt Blue, Cobalt Violet, Duo Lapis Sunlight, French Ultramarine, Green Gold, Indigo, Iridescent Gold, Iridescent Jade, Iridescent Topaz, Lemon Yellow, Manganese Blue Hue, Olive Green, Payne's Grey, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Quinacridone Coral, Quinacridone Gold, Quinacridone Pink, Rose of Ultramarine, Sap Green, Sepia, Serpentine Green, Terra Verte, Titanium White, Ultramarine Turquoise, Ultramarine Violet, Verona Gold Ochre.



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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 ess expensive alternative to the Winsor & Newton Series 7.

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





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PL28. Polychromos Colored Pencils
PL28. Polychromos Colored Pencils

These colored pencils from Faber-Castell provide a soft, vibrant color laydown. They are water-resistant and smudge proof. Highly recommended by Heather Held for her Enchanted Letters, the colors we are offering are her favorite colors. See item PL29 for a set of the "must have" colors.

Choose color: Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Cream, Earth Green, Fuchsia, Helioblue-Reddish, Ivory, Light Red-Violet, Madder, Magenta, May Green, Permanent Green Olive, Dark Sepia, Ultramarine, Violet, White.

Certain colors have been discontinued and have low stock; these colors have a discounted price in the dropdown menu.





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PL29. Polychromos Colored Pencil Set
PL29. Polychromos Colored Pencils Set

These colored pencils from Faber-Castell provide a soft, vibrant color laydown. They are water-resistant and smudge proof. Highly recommended by Heather Held for her Enchanted Letters, the colors in this set are her "must have" colors.

Contains: Fuchsia, Ivory, Magenta, May Green, Perm. Green Olive, Sepia, Ultramarine, Violet, White.




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M96. Gelly Roll Stardust Markers
Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust Marker

0.5mm bold line. Create sparkle and shimmer on greeting cards, photographs, scrapbooks, etc.

This pen produces no color, just a glaze of tiny sparkles of glitter. Recommended by Heather Held.



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S1000. Coliro Mica Colors (single pans)
S1000. Coliro (Finetec) Mica Colors (single pans)

Made of mica, a natural product that offers a wide variety of metallic shades, from gold and silver to iridescent, shining pearl colors. Can be dissolved with water and applied with a brush. Ideal for creating special effects and highlighting. Can be blended. Colors adhere to all absorbent surfaces, such as paper, wood, gypsum, etc.

Choose color: Apple Green, Arabic Gold, Blackberry, Black Mica, Black Pearl, Blue Green, Blue Pearl, Blue Silver, Bronze, Chocolate, Copper Pearl, Cotton Candy, Deep Purple, Fine Gold, Fine Lilac, Fiji, Gold Pearl, Golden Olive, Golden Orange, Green Pearl, Inca Gold, Indian Summer, Jungle, Lagoon, Lavender, Metallic Rose, Midnight Blue, Mint, Moon Gold, Moss Green, Peach, Peacock Blue, Pink, Red, Red Brown, Red Violet, Rose, Rose Gold, Rust, Shining Pink, Silver Gray, Silver Pearl, Sky Blue, Stardust, Sterling Silver, Tibet Gold, Walnut.

Finetec has changed the name of its metallic, pearl, & moiré colors to Coliro. The paints have not changed, just their name.





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S981. Townsend Pastel Embellishing Sets
S981. Townsend Pastel Embellishing Sets.

These colors were recommended by Heather Held in her Pro Tips Blog post for embellishing flourishes.

We have worked with Diane Townsend to put together these three sets for you to choose from:

Set 1
163 (light yellow-green)
153 (pale green)
This set consists of two terrage pastels

Set 2
13 (lavender)
94 (medium pink)
30L (medium blue)
This set consists of three soft form pastels

Set 3
607 (green metallic)
604 (bronze metallic)
605 (gold metallic)
This set consists of three soft form pastels



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S978. Pastel Applicator
S978. Pastel Applicator

These applicators are ideal for applying and blending Diane Townsend Pastels. They are also ideal for use with pastel sticks, charcoal, and graphite. The sponge tips can be gently rinsed out with warm water, extending the life of each applicator. You can even use these with watercolors and inks!

Comes with 1 handle and 4 replaceable heads.



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B368. Ames Compendium of Practical.../Ames
B368. Ames Compendium of Practical & Ornamental Penmanship By Daniel T.Ames. 1883. Reprint 1978. 60pp. 8.5"x11". Three-ring Binder

Eight pages of good instruction on writing and letterforms (Spencerian & Copperplate) are followed by examples and alphabets. Flourishing (birds, feathers, etc.) is next, followed by pages of 19th-century ornamental lettering of all sorts. If you are interested in pointed pen writing, this book is a must buy.



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B152. Ornate Pictorial Calligraphy / Lupfer
Ornate Pictorial Calligraphy By E.A. Lupfer. (1951) 1982. 78pp. 8"x11". Paper.

Instructions and examples of pictorial flourishes: quills, birds, swans, etc. Originally published under the title Fascinating Pen Flourishes. Recommend by Heather Held, Michael Sull and others for the many examples (over 150) from a range of master penmen. For many years, this was the best reference in print, and it is still a valuable one.



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B255. Universal Penman / Bickham
B255 The Universal Penman by George Bickham. (1741) 1954. 212pp. 9"x13.75". Paper.

212 pages done by a number of English master penmen of the 1700s, all engraved by Bickham. Shows a variety of Copperplate hands in a variety of sizes. Much non-pictorial flourishing. This is not an instructional manual, but for the study of letterforms this is the best historical source book.




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