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Joseph M. Vitolo

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Odyssey Conference Class Listing

B16 COPPERPLATE I


C17 COPPERPLATE II


B145. The Zanerian Manual.
B152. Ornate Pictorial Calligraphy by E. A. Lupfer.

Oblique Penholder: An oblique penholder with an adjustable metal flange (if possible). Choices currently available from Paper & Ink Arts are the Century Oblique (H51, H52), the Zanerian Style (H59), and The Hourglass Adjustable Oblique Holder.
Nibs: The Leonardt Principal (N120) is the best currently available nib. Any of the vintage nibs such as the Gillott Principality, 604EF, or Zanerian Fine Writer, will also do.
Ink: McCaffery's Penman's Ink (I37) black, blue or red violet, Tom Norton's Walnut Draw¬ing Ink (I53). These inks work straight out of the bottle. Inks like Higgins Eternal (I70) can be used but do not produce as fine a hairline.
Paper: My personal recommendation for practice (P25) is Kodak's Ultimate 24 pound paper. I also use preprinted guidelines for practice, which may be downloaded and printed out from: http://www.zanerian.com/Vito-loGuidelines2009.pdf
Misc: A pencil, lint free tissue paper, newspaper for cushion sheets, a small sponge, water, inkwell or small glass jar, X-Acto blade (S621, S662) and a soft Revlon-style make up brush for remov¬ing the gold leaf flash from gilded letters. Additional resource: The Zanerian Manual.
Materials fee: $25 for Dr Vitolo's spiral bound 90 page instructional booklet Script in the Copperplate Style on his approach to teaching Copperplate script and his insights into letterform construction, including a CD rom of instructional videos on Copperplate script. An additional $10 to cover gilding materials used in Copperplate II.


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B145. Zanerian Manual of Alphabets &...
The Zanerian Manual of Alphabets and Engrossing. 1981. 140pp. 8"x10.5". Spiral.

This book is not currently available. It is anticipated that it will be back in print at some point (hopefully this Summer). If you place an order for this book it will be placed on backorder and you will be notified when it is available and of any price changes. (updated March 2014)

The first 21 pages by E.A. Lupfer provide some of the best copperplate instruction available.He is a master of the hand.
Other engrossing alphabets are shown, as well as many examples of engrossed pieces. Revised & reissued at intervals since it was first published as Zanerian Alphabets in 1895.



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B152. Ornate Pictorial Calligraphy/Lupfer
Ornate Pictorial Calligraphy
By E.A. Lupfer. 78pp. 8"x11". Paper.

Instructions and examples of pictorial flourishes: quills, birds, swans, etc.

Originally published by Dover under the title "Fascinating Pen Flourishes"

Recommend by Heather Held for the many examples shown.



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H51. Century Oblique Penholder
Century Oblique Holder

These gorgeous turned wood pen holders have a metal flange. They are made to hold the Nikko G and similar sized nibs). They can be adjusted with needle
nosed pliers to fit other nibs. Wood Penholder.

If you would like to purchase a holder that is fitted for a different sized nib, please see item number H53.



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H52. 5/8in (Thicker) Century Oblique Penholder
5/8" Century Oblique Pen Holder

Joe Vitolo has modified the design of the Century Oblique Holder. The thicker holder may reduce hand fatigue.

These gorgeous turned wood pen holders have a metal flange. They are made to hold the Nikko G and similar sized nibs). They can be adjusted with needle
nosed pliers to fit other nibs. Wood Penholder.

If you would like to purchase a holder that is fitted for a different sized nib, please see item number H54.



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N120. Leonardt Principal EF Nib
After a year in development, 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, gives fine hairlines, but is smooth-writing & catches the paper less.



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I37. McCaffery's Penman's Ink
McCaffery’s Penman’s Ink
1 oz. jar.

This oak gall ink was developed with the help of leading penmen of today to provide an ink similar to that used during America’s golden age of Ornamental Penmanship in the 19th and 20th centuries. With a newly opened bottle, the ink writes brown but turns a dense black. Good for fine hairlines. See Colored Inks for colors and ivory McCaffery’s (colors and ivory are not oak gall inks).
Formulated for the pointed pen which is used for Spencerian, copperplate, etc, not for the broad-edged pen used for italic, blackletter (gothic), etc.

Click to read what Michael Sull has to say about using McCaffery's



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I53-2.5. Walnut Drawing Ink
I53-2.5. Walnut Ink 2.5oz

A rich sepia ink. Thin with water to create a wash. For brush or dip pen. Already liquid. Non-waterproof (but not suitable for fountain pens). 2.5 oz



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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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P25-50. JNB Practice Pad 8.5x11 50 shts.
This bright white, extra smooth finish paper is very similar to Joe Vitolo's favorite paper for pointed pen writing. (Unfortunately Joe's favorite is no longer made.) Blank sheet; no ruled lines. 8.5"x11". This pad is great for Spencerian, Copperplate and other pointed pen work including off-hand flourishing.

While this pad has long been preferred for Copperplate, we have found that this same paper works eqaully well for broad edge calligraphy. In fact, this is the same paper used in our Graph Pads (P01, P21, P22). The smooth paper accepts most liquid inks, as well as fountain pen and markers.

***This pad has replaced P19***



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