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ABC 2010 Teacher List

MK1 COPPERPLATE FROM A TO Z


Recommended Books
B145. The Zanerian Manual of Alphabets and Engrossing
B1109. Mastering Copperplate by Eleanor Winters
__ Pointed pen nibs (examples: Hunt #101(N77), Gillott #303 (N72), Hiro #41, Nikko "G" (N113) or your favorite pointed nib)
__ Oblique pen holder (H23, H48, H51, H52, H54, H59, H61)
__ Black Ink, examples: Higgins Eternal (I08), McCaffrey's (I37), Moon Palace Sumi (I70) or ink stick and grinding stone
__ Graph Paper 11" x 14" with ?" squares (P21, P23)
__ 1-2 sheets of quality art paper, examples: Arches HP (PS42, PS47), Canson Mi Tientes (PS61), Diploma Parchment (PS84) with at least one sheet of black or dark colored paper of your choice
__ Pencil
__ Straight edge (S270, S271)
__ Protractor (S632) or adjustable triangle (S464, S613)
__ Gouache (WNGxxx), white (WNG748) or Dr. PH Martin's bleedproof white (I38), black (WNG331, WNG335, WNG337) and 2-3 colors of our choice
__ Mixing tray (S723)
__ Mixing brush (BR37)
__ Drawing board (S693) (optional)
__ T-square (S623, S692, S739) (optional)

MK2 CONTEMPORARY POINTED PEN


Recommended Books
The brush lettering books are useful for his Pointed Pen Variations class. The pointed brush capital forms in those books can also be written with the flexible pointed pen!
B255. The Universal Penman Engraved by George Bickham
B368. Ames Compendium of Practical and Ornamental Penmanship
B2476. F. W. Tamblyn's Home Instructor in Penmanship
B1816. Learning to Write Spencerian Script. Michael Sull and Debra Rapp
B2831. A Passion for the Pen: The Art of Georgina Artigas edited by Brenda Casey Zoby. LMS Special: Free set of Artigas note cards with purchase of book.
B1638. Brush Lettering by Reaves & Schulte
B3064. The Script Letter by Tommy Thompson. Out-of-print but a few used copies available.
B2470. An Elegant Hand. William E. Henning
Script and Cursive Alphabets. Not stocked
Brushstroke and Freestyle Alphabets. Not stocked
__ Pointed pen nibs (examples: Hunt #101(N77), Gillott #303 (N72), Hiro #41, Nikko "G" (N113) or your favorite pointed nib)
__ Oblique pen holder (H23, H48, H51, H52, H54, H59, H61)
__ Straight pen holder (H62, H65, H77)
__ Black Ink, examples: Higgins Eternal (I08), McCaffrey's (I37), Moon Palace Sumi (I70) or ink stick and grinding stone
__ Graph Paper 11" x 14" with ?" squares (P21, P23)
__ 1-2 sheets of quality art paper, examples: Arches HP (PS42, PS47), Canson Mi Tientes (PS61), Diploma Parchment (PS84) with at least one sheet of black or dark colored paper of your choice
__ Pencil
__ Straight edge (S270, S271)
__ Protractor (S632) or adjustable triangle (S464, S613)
__ Gouache (WNGxxx), white (WNG748) or Dr. PH Martin's bleedproof white (I38), black (WNG331, WNG335, WNG337) and 3-4 colors of our choice
__ Mixing tray
__ Mixing brush
__ Drawing board (S693) (optional)
__ T-square (S623, S692, S739) (optional)


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

At present, a reprint of this book is not in the works (as far as we know). You can include the book on your order, and you will be notified of the book's price when/if it is available again.

Click the image for a preview of the book.

The first 21 pages by E.A. Lupfer provide some of the best Copperplate instruction available. He was 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. This latest version is printed on glossy paper. The quality of some images is not as good as others.



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B1109. Mastering Copperplate / Winters
Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy: A Step-by-Step Manual by Eleanor Winters. 1989. 192pp. 8.25" x 11". Paper.

A self-contained manual for serious students, including beginners. Part One places Copperplate in historical context. Part Two begins with a glossary and detailed information on pens, paper, ink, and other materials. It includes indispensable technical tips, guidelines, how to use the pen, and 99 pages of detailed instruction covering minuscule, capitals, numbers, punctuation, and writing in various sizes. Part Three deals with writing in color and the design and execution of simple projects, such as envelopes and small poems.



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N77. Hunt 101 Nib
Hunt 101 Imperial.

A very steady and durable nib, the Hunt 101 is a great choice for projects that require larger writing with x-heights above 1/4". It can be used on most paper surfaces, though it can have a tendency to catch on the upstroke when used on a rougher surface. The Hunt 101 requires firm and deliberate pressure to open swells, while its strength and steadiness makes it an ideal selection for student practice. Bronze finish.

For more information about Hunt pointed nibs, click here.



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N72. Gillott 303 Nib
N72. Gillott 303 Pointed Nib.

A popular nib for Copperplate. Good flexibility - not too stiff, not too flexible. Very thin hairlines and good swells. Works for scripts 3/16-1/16". Sharp point but will work on slightly textured surfaces. Tends to catch on upstrokes.





Your Price $1.19

N113. Nikko G Nib
N113. Nikko G Nib.

These nibs from Japan are hand cut, extremely smooth, and long-lasting. They are chrome plated and have a medium flex. Great for Spencerian. Smooth writing with no burrs or scratchiness. Highly recommended by Michael Sull.



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H23. Hunt Oblique Penholder
Speedball Oblique Pen holder

Black plastic hourglass shape penholder with offset for nib. For copperplate and Spencerian. The offset helps righthanders with the letter slant. Most lefthanders use a straight holder not this oblique holder. However, some use an oblique holder.

These pointed nibs work in this holder: Hunt 22, Hunt 56, Hunt 99, Hunt 100, Hunt 101, Hunt 103, Hunt 104,
Gillott 170, Gillott 303, Gillott 404, Gillott 1950
Hiro 700, Esterbrook 354, Brause Rose Nib.
The Nikko G nib will work okay, but the holder is not ideal for this nib.

Gillott 659 does NOT work with this holder; use H75 (Gillott Holder #51) instead.

The EF Principal does not work in this holder. See H48 Ziller Oblique Holder (Size) PRIN, and both the Blackwell Holders H50, H61



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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. Wood color varies.

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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H61. Blackwell Plastic Handle Oblique Holder
Blackwell Oblique Pen Holder Plastic Handle

Black plastic hourglass penholder with the same brass flange for holding the nibs. The brass work is not as finely finished but is just as functional. Works with small nibs such as the Brause 66EF and almost all other nibs.

A remarkably simple design that holds most pen points for
Spencerian and Copperplate. Designed to hold the nib at a less steep slant angle for ease of upstrokes. Also available with a brass and wood handle.

(Works with most all nibs except the very largest vintage nibs and crowquill nibs.)



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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




Your Price $5.75

B255. Universal Penman / Bickham
B255 The Universal Penman by George Bickham. (1741) 1954. 212pp. 9"x13.75". Paper.

212 pages done by a number of English master penmen of the 1700s, all engraved by Bickham. Shows a variety of Copperplate hands in a variety of sizes. Much non-pictorial flourishing. This is not an instructional manual, but for the study of letterforms this is the best historical source book.




Your Price $22.95

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