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.
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
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