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Leaf and Letters

Renée Alexander: Leaf and Letters
  • Mitchell nibs size 2, 3 and 4 or equivalent (N04)
  • Nib holders (H113, H133, H111)
  • Kneadable eraser (E09)
  • Mars Staedtler eraser (E13)
  • Tombow eraser (optional) (E22)
  • HB mechanical pencil (PL21)
  • Metal ruler (S271)
  • Small Strathmore cold press watercolour pad (6" high by 12" wide) not the expensive (P105)
  • Watercolour blocks, this is only for practice
  • Practice paper at least 8.5" x 11" (P25)
  • Ceramic mixing palette with at least 6 wells (S747)
  • Folding plastic palette with 12 wells (8" x 8" when open)
  • A roll of paper towels (S817)
  • 2 water containers (S1005)
  • Size 2 and 4 sable watercolour brushes that come to a fine point when wet (BR26)
  • Mixing brush(es) inexpensive ones (BR43)
  • A tool for rubbing, like a burnisher, that will not mark the paper (optional) (S346)
  • 2 pieces of white inexpensive card, each 8.5" x 11"
  • Green painter's tape
  • 2 - 8.5" x 11" heavy (so it does not have to be stretched) hot press watercolour paper (1 is a spare) (PS110, PA110)
  • A small lamp (the reading lights that are suggested to bring to conferences would be perfect)
  • Materials supplied by instructor:
    • Watercolours
    • Gouache
    The instructor will charge a material fee of CA$20.00 per student. Please note: if you have your own supply of watercolours and gouache and do not wish to pay the material fee then that is totally fine. Please make sure you have the following colours in your both your watercolour and gouache palettes: a cool yellow and a warm yellow, Prussian blue, French ultramarine, alizarin crimson. An ochre or raw umber would also be helpful.

    Recommended Books:
    • B4304. Botanical Drawing in Color by Wendy Hollender
    • Blue and Yellow don't make Green by Michael Wilcox (second edition). Out of Print
    • How to Draw Plants by Keith West. Out of Print

    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.

    Your Price

    N04. Mitchell Nibs (Round Hand)
    Mitchell Rexel Round Hand Nibs
    Straight cut. Sizes 0(3.3mm), 1(3mm), 1-1/2(2.5mm),
    2(2.3mm), 2-1/2(1.8mm), 3(1.4mm), 3-1/2(1mm),
    4(0.9mm), 5(.75mm), 6(.6mm).

    Flexible calligraphy nibs from England. Straight cut. Reservoirs are purchased separately. Though they are called Round Hand, these chisel edge nibs are good for many alphabets including Carolingian, Italic, Uncials, Gothic, Foundational Hand, and Roman Caps. Used by professional calligraphers with and without the reservoirs. Some beginners may have trouble with the flexibility. One of our most popular nibs for calligraphy. Give them a try.

    See N05 for Left Hand Mitchell Nibs.

    Your Price $1.45

    H113. Turned Wood Straight Holder
    H113. Turned Wood Straight Holder.

    Choose from three beautiful styles:
    The Ornamental Wood Holder has intricate ornamental turnings inspired by those on the Century Penholders.

    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 Tapered Wood Holder has a finely tapered classic shape. All Tapered are the same dark brown/black color.

    The Zanerian Wood Holder has a slimly tapering shaft and a teardrop finial.

    Each style has the standard metal nib gripper and overall length of 6.5-6.75". Quantity discount at 12+.

    Your Price $14.95

    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.

    Your Price $9.90

    H111. Manuscript Color Holders
    H111. Colored Pen Holders.

    These painted wood holders have the same tapered shape as our popular Mahogany Wood Holders and use the standard metal nib gripper.

    Choose color: Black, Blue, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, and Turquoise. Dark Purple has been discontinued.

    Your Price $3.49

    E09. Kneaded Rubber Eraser
    Kneaded Rubber Eraser.

    Used to erase pencil (graphite). Cherryl Moote suggested it for removing the white lines from a white lead mechanical pencil.

    Your Price

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

    A highly recommended white plastic eraser. For erasing pencil.

    Your Price

    E22. Tombow Mono Zero Eraser
    Tombow Mono Zero Eraser.

    Sleek, high-quality eraser for precision work.

    Specify Round or Rectangular eraser.

    Refills: E23

    Your Price

    PL21. Pentel GraphGear 500 Mechanical Pencils
    PL21. Pentel GraphGear 500 Mechanical Pencil

    This technical drafting pencil with an industrial design features a 4mm fixed sleeve for template work and technical drawings. Metallic-mesh grip for precision and control. Top click, stationary eraser and tip. Pencil includes one tube of HB lead.

    Choose lead size: 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 0.9mm.
    Barrel colors: 0.3 Brown, 0.5 Black, 0.7 Blue, 0.9 Gray
    Refill leads are item PL22
    Eraser Refills are item PL23

    Your Price

    S271. Metal Ruler: 18in
    S271. Stainless Steel Ruler. 18".

    18" Flexible, cork back. Marked in 1/16" and millimeters. An essential tool for calligraphers and bookbinders.

    Your Price

    P25. JNB Practice Pad 8.5x11
    JNB Practice Pad. 8.5"x11".

    Smooth paper for pointed pen and broad edge calligraphy. The paper takes the ink well and does not bleed or feather with most inks. (We tested with Higgins Eternal, Noodler's, McCaffery's, and Richtone Colors, as well as Pilot Parallel Pen ink cartridges). For pointed pen, the smooth surface helps avoid pen catches on upstrokes. Guidelines will show through. Good for classes and practice (24 lb. bond).

    Choose 20, 50, or 100 sheets.

    For an 11"x17" version of this pad, see item P20.

    Your Price

    S747. Porcelain Blossom Dish Palette
    Porcelain Blossom Dish

    7-well palette of non-staining porcelain.

    See S723 for a plastic version of this palette.

    Your Price $16.90

    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.

    Your Price

    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.

    Your Price

    BR26. W&N Sceptre Gold 101 Brush
    W&N Sceptre Gold 101 Brush, Round, Short Handle

    For fine detail, lines & washes. A traditional and popular head shape for all-purpose watercolor work. Can be used for broad strokes yet it will also form a sharp point. They possess excellent color holding capacity, sensitivity, spring and durability. Recommended by Michael Sull.

    High quality brushes made from a mix of sable and synthetic fibres. They are ideal for watercolor and suitable for use with acrylic. For watercolor media, while today's synthetic brushes perform excellently, pure sable still has the edge. With a blend you can get performance that is close to sable at a price that is close to synthetic. The blend of hair in Sceptre Gold II also gives you added benefits. Sable hair has excellent spring while the high-quality synthetic filaments ensure that the brushes are soft enough to work the color but also have a strong snap so they return back to their original shape with ease. The high proportion of sable in Sceptre Gold II gives the brushes considerably more ability to make larger washes in one stroke than normal synthetic brushes, and the hairs are tapered to a fine point, giving the brush control for detailed work.

    Winsor and Newton Sceptre Gold 101 Brush Round Short Handle

    Your Price $8.19

    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).

    Your Price

    S346. Teflon Folder
    S346. Teflon Folder

    Will not glaze or mar delicate papers or fabrics. One end
    pointed, one end straight.

    Small 5.25" x 5/8" x .25"
    Large 6.25" x .75" x 3/8"

    Your Price

    PS110. Stonehenge Aqua 140# HP 22x30 inches
    PS110. Stonehenge Aqua 140lb Hot Press Watercolor Paper. 22 x 30 inches.

    Superior quality watercolor paper at a lower price. HP (Hot Press) surface for calligraphy, fine-detail watercolor, and colored pencil. A very smooth paper that gives a sharp, even edge to letters. Favored by Vivian Mungall, Bob Hurford and others. Machine made (USA). 100% cotton, pH neutral. 250gsm. 22"x30". 2 deckles, 2 cut edges. Chlorine-free, no animal gelatin. 140lb. White.

    Grain direction is parallel to underlined dimension.

    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)

    Your Price $6.60

    PA110. Stonehenge Aqua, 8.5x11 inch, 20 sheets
    PA110-8.5. Stonehenge Aqua, 8.5x11 inch, 20 sheets

    Superior quality watercolor paper at a lower price. HP (Hot White, 140lb (300gsm), hot press (HP) surface, 100% cotton, acid-free and pH-neutral watercolor paper. USA made. Smooth surface is perfect for pointed and broad-edged penwork, and favored over Arches by some scribes, with equal or better writing quality and a lower price. With its watercolor-paper sizing, colors remain bright after drying and on the surface for good lifting and perfect blending. 140lb weight accepts multiple layers well. Paper is also chlorine-free and vegan-friendly (synthetic size used, not gelatin). Recommended by Bob Hurford.

    Cut to 8.5"x11", 20-sheet pack.
    This item does not require extra paper shipping.

    Your Price

    B4304. Botanical Drawing in Color by Wendy Hollender
    B4304.Botanical Drawing in Color: A Basic Guide to Mastering Realistic Form and Naturalistic Color by Wendy Hollender. 2010, 144 pp, 8.5"x11", Paper.

    Recommended by Renee Alexander

    The step-by-step instructions in this invaluable guide, written by one of the nation’s leading experts in the field, Wendy Hollender, will grow your artistic ability, whether you’re just broaching this unique skill or are already an expert. Each lesson in the book increases in complexity to build your skill set in a clear, concise, and accessible way. With a focus on the natural world through the botanical lifecycle, each project is not only a technical study, but a beautiful piece of artwork in and of itself.

    In this book, you will learn:

    • Single light source toning technique
    • Principles of perspective for drawing flowers
    • The fundamentals of plant anatomy
    • Colored pencil techniques and color theory of the natural world

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