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A20: THE GOLDEN THREAD AND THE POWER OF TRANSITIONS


Sheila Waters Book Recommendations

Pen/Pencils: Straight barrel penholders; a variety of nib widths in Speedball C1 and 2 (N09), Mitchell (N04), Brause (N02) and/or Tape (N01) etc.; hard and soft pencils (S142) and sharpener.
Ink: Non-waterproof black ink (I08, I70); black gouache (WNG331, WNG335, WNG337) or stick ink (IS29) and stone (IS19).
Paper: Your favorite practice paper and ink that avoid bleeding or feather¬ing such as layout paper (P10, P11, P12); a few pieces of favorite "good" papers; tracing paper (P43).
Misc: Lap board or desk (S690); ruler (S270, S271) or T square (S623, S692); masking tape; eraser (E09); san¬darac (S123); eyebrow tweezers and magnifying glass; a binder and sleeves for up to 100 exemplars (50 sleeves). This will make a permanent reference book of detachable exemplars, fully protected.
Materials fee: $10


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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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.




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N01. Hiro Tape Nib
0.5mm to 4mm

These are more flexible than Brause nibs but stiffer than Mitchell and take to the ink better when new. Reservoir on top. Right Hand sizes only. Oblique cut. A good nib for classes and beginners.





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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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I08. Higgins Eternal Ink
I08. Higgins Eternal Ink.

A non-waterproof, carbon black ink for dip pens. Our most popular ink for classes. Recommended for copperplate (add a few drops of gum arabic). Perhaps the best ink for calligraphy for a beginner; it will cause the beginner the fewest problems. This ink will bleed more readily than other inks. If bleeding is a problem, try Sumi Inks. 2.5 oz.

Quantity discounts start at 6 & 12.

"For broad-pen writing, I add gouache to Higgins Eternal. Gouache gives Eternal some needed body. It doesn't necessarily have to be black gouache. Indigo or a dark red add an interesting hue to the result. In a quarter ounce of Eternal, I add about a 3/8-inch bead of gouache from a tube. Eternal doesn't give me the hairlines I want in pointed pen work, so for that I much prefer iron gall or walnut ink". - Bob Hurford




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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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IS29. Chinese Ink Stick - Dense Black
A very black inkstick from China. Great for western calligraphy. Stick ink can be used for calligraphy and sumi painting. 4.4 x 1.1 x .5 inches (11.2 x 2.8 x 1.3 cm).

In my opinion (and in many others) stick ink is the best ink you can use. I have never yet found a bottled ink that comes near to stick ink, Chinese or Japanese, though western calligraphers tend to prefer Chinese as it is blacker. It is well worth the short time it takes to grind. It can be transferred by pipette to a small container with lid. Don't reserve it for practice but use it instead of bottled inks for best work too. S.W.



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

Flexible, cork back.



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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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S692. Wooden T-Square (w/ acrylic edge) 24 inches
S692. Wooden T-Square (w/ acrylic edge) 24 inches

Select hardwood blade offers strength and durability. Elevated clear acrylic edges prevent smudging and eliminate scratches (no measurements marked).



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