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Denis Brown

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Cheerio 2010

Polyrhythmic Calligraphy

By Denis Brown. There are no recommended books for this class.
CD08. Art of Denis Brown CD-ROM. $45.00
DVD38. The Music of Ink. $25.00
The DVD of Denis Brown's unique performance of live art combined with projected movies and music at the 2008 International Calligraphy Conference in Chicago. It starts with Denis talking on stage about the meaning of calligraphy today, and then setting to work on dripping ink over a 32 foot long panel. Other segments include: Flow, Writing Wet, We are Flow-ers, Barcode Concept, Dance of Line, SMS digital text messaging Concepts, Expressive Writing, Huge Writing and Abstract Sgraffito.
BL7.2. Bound & Lettered Issue 7.2 has an article with four Denis Brown pieces: Pangur Ban (2001), The Burnt Offering (1995), The Viking Terror (2004) and Ancient Parchment Riddle (2003). $8.50.
LR24-1. Letter Arts Review Issue 24.1 has a 12-page article by Denis on a series of writings on glass. Profusely illustrated. $14.50.

Square edged dip-pens, and particularly Brause 3mm & 4mm nibs.
N02. Brause Nibs. Stiffer nibs with reservoir on top. Oblique .75, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5mm. High quality nibs from Germany. If you have a heavy hand, these will work well. Specify size.
N02. Individual nibs. $1.88. JNB $1.70
10+ asst. $1.60 ea. 50+ asst. $1.50 ea.
N02-S9. Set of 9. $16.95. JNB $14.50
N06.Brause Left Hand Nibs. Hand ground to left oblique.
N06. Left Hand nibs. $3.25 each
10 or more assorted LH Brause. $3.05

OPTIONALLY, also a range of any other writing tools you like using (brushes, ruling pens, "cola" pens, droppers, etc); For this workshop bring/purchase writing tools that you already like & know how to use. There won't be specific coaching on any of these, so bring/purchase tools you are already comfortable with.

BR28. Winsor & Newton Series 7.
Round. Series 7 is known as the finest watercolor brush, expensive but worth the price.
Handmade using the highest grade Kolinsky Sable. Crisp point, just the right spring, superior control, even and consistent flow. Recommended for pointed brush lettering and painting.
#000 $20.80 JNB $11.95
#00 $21.45 JNB $11.95
#0 $22.70 JNB $13.65
#1 $25.95 JNB $13.95
#2 $31.25 JNB $16.95
#3 $42.95 JNB $21.95
#4 $59.05 JNB $29.95
#5 $72.50 JNB $48.55
#6 $104.15 JNB $69.00

BR24. Raphael Kaerell Flat. For chisel-edged brush writing and watercolor painting. Carl Rohrs tested the 1/4" and 3/8 and found them fine brushes for chisel-edged brush lettering. (For 1/2" and larger he recommends the W&N 995.) Synthetic bristles.
Size 02. 1/8" $10.30 Sale $6.95
Size 04. 3/16" $11.30 Sale $7.63
Size 06. 1/4" $12.50 Sale $8.44
Size 08. 5/16" $14.00 Sale $9.45
Size 10. 3/8" $14.85 Sale $10.02
BR25. Set of Five Sizes $62.95 Sale $39.95

N22. Ruling Pen. $39.00. Julian Waters, Gottfried Pott, Glen Epstein & many others are using or used ruling pens to produce expressive letters. This ruling  pen is designed specifically for lettering. You vary the line width by tilting the pen. Wood handle with brass collar & writing unit. From Synthetic Design.
N30. Folded Ruling Pen. $15.95.  Introduced at Letterforum in 1995, this innovative lettering tool has been popular ever since. Use it to produce tight "brush lettering" with a pen or for wild, fun, expressive lettering. These are the originals made by Matthew Coffin and highly praised by Carl Rohrs and Peter Thornton as superior to others that are available.

Ink (Denis likes Winsor & Newton Ivory Black Gouache as ink but you may have your own favorite ink).
  WNG331. Ivory Black Gouche. 14ml tube. $9.20
I69. Matte Black Winsor & Newton Calligraphy Ink. 30ml. This special matte black ink is only for dip pens and brush. Not for fountain pens. $5.50"The winner for the most densely black non-waterproof ink." –Corinna Taylor
I43. Best Bottle Sumi. This popular new (to Western calligraphers) Japanese sumi ink is good both for beginners and for professional work. Smooth, rich black. Hard to find. 6.75 oz, 200 ml bottle. $15.85
I70. Moon Palace Sumi. While the packaging is a bit different, this is the highly sought after and highly recommended Japanese Sumi Ink. For both broad-edge and pointed pen work. Works in Parallel Pens. Dries waterproof. 6.0oz, 180ml. $10.95    15.0oz, 450ml. $19.95
I71. Kaimei Sumi. This hard to find Artist Grade Sumi is Gemma Black's favorite ink. She enjoys its distinct and pleasant scent and notes that it will produce very fine hair lines. For pointed pen she uses it straight from the bottle. For broad-edged work she dilutes it: 2/3 ink, 1/3 water. The 1oz. size comes in a wide mouth glass jar. 1oz: 30ml. $5.00    6oz: 180ml. $7.99    60oz: 1.8L. $75.00

16" ruler or longer.
Stainless Steel Ruler. Flexible, cork back. S271. 18". $5.50. JNB $4.99
  HB Pencils for drawing guidelines and making thumbnail sketches. Inexpensive pencils are fine.
S142. Design Drawing Pencils. $1.25.

Pad of practice paper 11" x 17" or larger.
P20. JNB Practice Pad. 11"x17". Smooth surface white sheet, but guidelines will show through. Good for classes and practice (20 lb bond). P20-50. $6.50.    P20-100. $11.95.
P12. Boris Layout Pad. 14"x17". Bright White Felt Marker Layout Pad. A smooth, translucent sheet that is highly recommended. No bleeding or feathering. Popular for beginning classes and for copperplate for reproduction. P12-50. $12.50.    P12-100. $20.95.
P32-14. Canson Pro-Layout Marker Pad. 14"x17". Bright White, 18lb, rag marker layout pad. Very smooth surface. Worth the price. Black guidelines under the sheet are easily seen even without a light table. $21.80.

Plus several sheets of better quality paper (Denis likes BFK Rives for large writing, again you may have your own preferences).
PS91. Rives BFK. 100% Cotton. Neutral pH. 22"x30". 250gsm. 2 deckles. White. 250gsm. $6.79. JNB $5.65. 5/$5.10ea.
PS84. Diploma Parchment. Machine made in the US, sulphite pulp, offwhite, pH neutral. Smooth wove finish. 17" x 22". This archival sheet is a JNB bestseller. Easy to write on, a little thicker than most text weight pieces, it is great for certificates and one-off pieces. A paper you will use again & again. Give it a try. $1.20 sheet.
10 sheets $1.10 each.    25+ sheets $1.00 each.
PS01. Arches Text Wove. 100% rag. Neutral pH. 20"x25". 120gsm. White. Smooth finish (wove). Takes ink well and is a great, though slightly soft paper to write on. One of our most popular papers. Great for paste paper. List $2.98 JNB $2.45
10 sheets $2.30 each.
PS97. Arches Text Laid. 100% rag. Neutral pH. 20"x25". 120gsm. White. Laid finish. Recommended by Peter Thornton. List $3.50 JNB $2.75
P48. Burga. 100% Alpha Cellulose, laid finish. 130gsm. White. A thicker pronounced laid finish paper. Increasingly popular with calligraphers. Mould made. Germany.
9x12. 9.4"x12.6". $23.65. Sale $12.95
12x16. 11.75"x15.75". $33.55. Sale $16.50

Also, a few sheets of heavy tracing vellum c. 200gsm, &/or better still a few sheets of Polyester drafting film. (Polyester drafting film is a sheet like tracing vellum but is made of polyester and therefore is waterproof - commonly used for architectural drawings that need dimensional stability). US brands of polyester drafting film include Duralar and frosted mylar).

The workshop offers individual flexibility in direction. Denis suggests three 24"x36" sheets as a minimum.  Some students may not use any sheets, some may use 10 or more sheets. I am working with Denis to provide the polyester drafting film.

PS100. Sheet of Drafting Film. A polyester-based film with a matte translucent drawing surface on both sides. This film is anti-static, accepts ink, lead or colored pencil and erases cleanly. Used in Denis Brown's classes. .004", 24"x36". $5.65/sheet.
Other Drafting Film is available by special order. 003", .005", or .007"; clear, matte one-sided, or matte two-sided. Request price and delivery time. You must order in packets of 25 sheets, same thickness and same surface (no assortment).

Gouache colors: There are no specific colors needed.  Bring/purchase colors you know and like to work with. Some students will not use any color, and some may want every color available.

Palettes.
S679. 6 Well Plastic Palette. $1.25
S120-30. 30 Well Plastic Mixing Tray. $1.95
S723. 8-well Flower Palette. (7 "petals", plus one well in the center). $2.95
P365. Strathmore Paper Palette Pad. 9x12. 40 sheets. $7.25

Mixing and Loading Brushes.
BR37. Silverwhite Bright 1502. Short Handle. White Synthetic.
1 - $4.35
2 - $4.70
4 - $5.60
6 - $6.35
8 - $7.05
10 - $8.50

Finely powdered pumice stone and finely powdered gum sandarac.
S123. Gum Sandarac Powder. Tie up in a small square of cotton cloth and lightly pounce onto your paper to produce finer thins. Will help produce crisper letters. May stop bleeding, feathering.
S123-1. 1.0oz. $7.25    S123-1/2. 0.5oz. $4.50
S319. Fine Dental Pumice. Used for de-greasing vellum for writing. 1oz. $2.00    6/$1.75ea    20/$1.50ea
If you want a finer grind:
S700. Small ceramic mortar and pestle. Approx 3.25" in diameter. $6.50



BL7.2. Bound & Lettered Vol.7, No.2
Bound & Lettered 7.2

Marina Soria Gallery
Cross Side Stitch
  by Benjamin D. Rinehart
WorkBook: Thinking and Making
  by Karen Wirth
Turkish Map Fold
  by Cherryl Moote
Denis Brown
Carolyn Trant Gallery
Putting Pen to Paper
  by Judith Jaimet Bainbridge
ZigZag Book
  by Monica Leaning
Bookworks 2008
  by Kate Godfrey
Accordions, Tunnels and Etchings
  by Rand Huebsch

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LR24-1. Letter Arts Review Vol.24, No.1
Letter Arts Review Vol 24, No1

A Thousand Wishes: A series of writings on glass
  by Denis Brown
Margot Voorhies Thompson: The power of giving shape to meaning
  by Christine Colasurdo
In Hibernation: An interview with Nancy Leavitt
  by Christopher Calderhead
What we're reading
  by Laurie Doctor
Projects: The History of Greece
  by Georgia Angelopoulos
Tribute: Honoring a master
  by Ryuichi Tateno
Cover Artist: Yeohyun Ahn

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N02-S9. Brause Set of 9 Nibs
Widely used by professionals, the Brause Nibs are also the best calligraphy nibs for beginners. Stiff, durable high-quality nibs from Germany. Oblique cut calligraphy nibs, with the reservoir on top. If you have a heavy hand, Brause Nibs will work well. You can't go wrong with these chisel edged dip nibs for Italic, Blackletter (Gothic/Old English), and other hands. (Bandzung)

Sizes in set:
0.5mm
0.75mm
1.0 mm
1.5 mm
2.0 mm
2.5 mm
3.0 mm
4.0 mm
5.0 mm






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N06. Brause Left-hand Nib
Sizes in millimeters (0.5, 0.75, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0). Hand-ground to left oblique.

Stiffer nibs with reservoir on top. High-quality nibs from Germany. If you have a heavy hand, these will work well.
Use this left-handed nib for left-handed calligraphic writing.




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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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N30. Folded Ruling Pen
Folded Ruling Pen

Introduced at Letterforum in 1995, this innovative lettering tool has been popular ever since. Use it to produce tight "brush lettering" with a pen or for wild, fun, expressive lettering. These are the originals made by Matthew Coffin and highly praised by Carl Rohrs and Peter Thornton as superior to others that are available.

Peter Thornton has his students use our Polishing Paper (S107) to lightly abrade the outer and inner surfaces of the Folded Pen. This allows the ink to spread out on the pen instead of beading up.




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I43. Best Bottle Sumi Ink
Best Bottle Sumi Ink

This popular Japanese sumi ink is good both for beginners and for professional work. Smooth, rich black. Hard to find. One of the popular sumi inks for calligraphy. 6.75 oz, 200 ml bottle.

"The Best Bottle Sumi Ink truly is the best bottle. You can write three to four times longer with a pointed pen nib before the ink dries between the tines enough to alter the writing (this compared to Moon Palace)." C. M.

My test for any ink is to see if it will produce sharp thick and thin strokes at less than one sixteenth inch body height with a #6 Mitchell nib. Stick ink passes that test while most bottled inks don't, especially waterproof inks including sumi ones. The brown bottle sumi [Best Bottle] is non-waterproof, and I find it is better than others. –S.W.



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I70. Moon Palace Sumi Ink
Moon Palace Sumi
The Ink is now in a bottle with a Gold Label

While the packaging is a bit different, this is the highly sought after and highly recommended Japanese Sumi Ink. For both broad edge and pointed pen work. Dries waterproof. A great calligraphy ink.

"I like Moon Palace better, but both Moon Palace and Best Bottle are beautiful inks. The Moon Palace has a slight sheen to it, which I like. Michael suggested this ink to me so please tell him I said, "thank you". I just finished a job of 200 invitations with Moon Palace and the ink is beautiful. I did not dilute the ink.
A client just brought me invitations (slick paper) to address. This bride knew going into this that I probably couldn't do pointed pen. However, for fun, I tried the Sumi inks and to my surprise they worked pretty darn good. I usually have to use a sharpie on slick envelopes, yikes!!!"

--Clair F., Jan 2011.

Four sizes available:

2.0 oz (widemouthed jar)
6.0 oz (180ml)

15 & 60 oz are temporarily unavailable: arriving Dec 2019




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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.



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S142. Design Drawing Pencils
Design Drawing Pencils
Design 3800. Prismacolor Turquoise.


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



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