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All Writings Lead to Rome: through Rigor and Freedom

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Massimo Polello: All Writings Lead to Rome: through Rigor and Freedom
  • HB and 5B (no mechanical pencils) (PL38)
  • Speedball C1, C2, C3, C4, C5 (N09)
  • Pointed Nib (for Copperplate) any brand (N113, N120, N93)
  • Your usual calligraphy supplies
  • Automatic pens #6, #5 #4 (N27)
  • All of your "Unusual" tools you want to use (folded pens, ruling pens...) (N154, N208, N22, N30)
  • 1 Pointed Brush #1 (BR26), a Kolinsky pointed #2 (BR28) OR a *Menso Brush medium Kuretake
  • 1 flat brush Winsor & Newton 1" (BR01)
  • Soft flat brush, 2" or 3" (BR64)
  • Extra-fine white, black and other colours of your choice (Click HERE for gouache)
  • Black Sumi ink (I70)
  • Some A3 Smooth Paper for Sketch 90 gsm (P100)
  • At least 10 sheets of good quality smooth paper, around 50 x 70 cm, 160/180 gr. max
  • Suggested: Velin Arches 160 g/m (OR Arches Cover White or Arches Text Wove 160 gsm 26" x 20") (PS107. Rives BFK 180 gsm)
    Massimo's recommended paper is not readily available in the United States. The paper previously listed as a substitute was (PS01) Arches Text Wove (120 gsm). That has been changed, and the recommended substitute is now (PS107) Rives BFK (180 gsm).
  • 5 sheets Black/Dark Colour 50 x 70 cm (suggested: Canson Mi-Teintes) (PS61)
  • Cutter & Cutting Matt (S417, S130, S504)
  • Glue Stick (S391)
  • A flat, small ceramic (not plastic) Dish or similar for mixing the gouache and a plastic plate for pallette for the biggest tools (S747)
  • Basic Bookbinding materials (Needles, Thread, Bone folders, Rulers etc.) (S213, S825, S308, S270)
Supply Fee - CA$10 for extra materials :
  • Cut cardboard for making a box
  • Syringes
  • Colours - acrylics
  • Wheat paste - bookbinding glue
  • Balsa wood sticks
  • NB: Menso kolinsky brush - Massimo will buy on request and sell in class

Recommended Books:
No Recommended Books.

By or about Massimo Polello:
  • B4129. Traité de la Peinture: Extraits (Treatise on Painting: Excerpts) by Leonardo de Vinci. Calligraphy by Massimo Polello.

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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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

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

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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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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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N120. Leonardt Principal EF Nib
N120.EF Principal Nib

You can now purchase a modern nib that is equal to the best of the vintage nibs. Brian Walker, a respected pointed pen enthusiast, has worked with a pen manufacturer to duplicate the quality and performance of the legendary Gillott No 1 Principality. The new nib has received rave reviews for both Copperplate and Spencerian. It's flexible and responsive and gives fine hairlines, but is smooth-writing and catches the paper less.

Your Price $2.95

N93. Hunt 22 Nib (22B)
Hunt 22 Extra Fine

A very popular and dependable bronze-finish nib that is great for Copperplate, Spencerian, and other pointed-pen scripts. The Hunt 22 has good flexibility -- not too flexible, not too stiff and can produce very thin hairlines and good swells. The nib works for x-heights of 3/16"-1/16". It has a sharp point but will work on slightly textured surfaces, though it will have a tendency to catch on upstrokes on those papers. Compared to the Gillott 303, the Hunt 22 point is less sharp, and it has more stiffness, so more pressure will be required to create thick shades (swells).

Hunt 22 is used by both beginners and professional scribes. HUNT EXTRA FINE 22 is stamped on the nib. The nib is sometimes called Hunt 22B. This nib is part of the JNB Pointed Nib Samplers (N154 and N117-1).

For more information about Hunt pointed nibs, click here.

Vintage Hunt 22 nibs (N93-V) are also available. When they were made, many decades ago, a higher quality of steel and craftmanship was employed in nib manufacture. They have similar characteristics, but are of a better quality.

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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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N154. Pointed Nib Sampler
N154. Pointed Nib Sampler

This nib sampler contains one each of our most popular pointed nibs:

Brause 66EF
Brause Rose
Brause Steno
Gillott 303
Gillott 404
Hunt 22
Hunt 101
Leonardt G
Leonardt Principal EF
Nikko G
Zebra G

For a sampler that includes all of our pointed nibs, see item N117.

Your Price $19.60

N208. Dreaming Dogs Ruling Pen
N208. Dreaming Dogs Ruling Pen.

Dreaming Dogs ruling pens are designed with the traditional components of the tools already found on the market, with additional new features.

The lightness of the tool and its balance were prioritized, resulting in a comfortable grip and allowing for both fluid and gestural strokes.

Dreaming Dogs ruling pens are crafted in stainless steel with elastic properties, a material that has excellent strength and durability and that does not rust. It is easy to clean and provides lightness, flexibility and accuracy in strokes.

The wooden pen handles are handmade. The assembly of these pens is entirely manual, with the refinement and finishing done one by one to get the perfect fit. Varnish layers waterproof the handle and make the pens more durable and easier to clean.

Aldus 2
Layla 4
Leeloo 5
Little Lie 3
Lollipop 6
Sofie 1

Your Price $57.50

N22. Ruling Pen
N22. Ruling Pen.

Julian Waters, Gottfried Pott, and many others are using ruling pens to produce expressive letters. This calligraphy ruling pen is designed specifically for lettering. You vary the line width by tilting the pen. Wood handle with brass collar & writing unit.

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