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Diane Von Arx

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ABC 2010 Teacher List

Recommended Books (as resources, not specifically for Diane's classes at ABC 2010)
B041. Writing, Illuminating & Lettering by Edward Johnston. Out-of print.
B2319. More Than Fine Writing by Child, Collins, Hechle and Jackson
B255. The Universal Penman by George Bickham
Calligraphy by Johann Georg Schwandner
B039. Speedball Textbook Paper
B1277. Explication Formarum Litterarum by Rutherford Aris
Calligraphy Review / Letter Arts Review (publication). See
Roman Lettering by LC Evetts. Out-of-print.
B033. Pen Lettering by Ann Camp
B2979. The Little Manual of Calligraphy by Charles Pearce
B171. The Story of Writing by Donald Jackson
Basic Italic Handwriting by Diane von Arx (check with Diane)
The Foundational Hand by Diane von Arx
B3077. Art of Written Forms by Donald Anderson. Out-of-print.
B2769. Foundations of Calligraphy by Sheila Waters
B004. The Calligrapher's Handbook by Heather Child. Out-of-print in the USA.
The Alphabet and Elements of Lettering by Frederic Goudy. Out-of-print
B135-H. Historical Scripts by Stan Knight
B2811. Art and Craft of Hand Letttering by Annie Cicale


__ Pen holders with a large variety of nib sizes including Speedball C-0 through C-4 (or comparable sizes) (N09)
__ Some extra wide pens like Coit or Automatic Sign Pen (N27)
__ Ink and layout paper (Diane uses Borden & Riley #37) (P10-50)
__ Prepared text of approximately 100 words
__ T-square (S739)
__ Pencil and eraser (S142, S86)
__ One fresh 1.5 mm black marker and a nib (N02) that is the same exact size
__ Slant or lap board
__ Rag or paper towel


A Little Knowledge, a Lot of nerve!
__ Chisel edge markers (new, medium and fine)
__ Parallel Pen 1.5mm (optional) (FP67-1.5)
__ Medium and fine metal nibs
__ Ruling pen (N22)
__ Layout pad 14" x 17" (Borden & Riley #37 is good) (P12-50)
__ Pencils F and H with sharpener and eraser
__ Opaque white paint (I38)
__ 2 fine point brushes
__ 1 color of gouache
__ Several mixing brushes (BR37)
__ Small plate or porcelain palette (S747)
__ Water container (S731)
__ Several sheets of your favorite "good paper" for originals (these can be 8½" x 11")
__ Black ink (I08)
__ Lap board (could use a heavy 8-ply foam core)
__ Masking tape
__ T-square (S739)

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

B1277. Explicatio Formarum Litterarum/Aris
Explicatio Formarum Litterarum: The Unfolding of Letterforms by Rutherford Aris. 1990. 50pp. plus 23 foldout plates. 9.5"x12.25". Paper over boards.

This book displays as graphically as possible the development of the forms of the Latin letters from the first to the fifteenth centuries. The foldout plates contain nearly 200 black & white reproductions of various scripts. The text relates the development of letters to that of other arts, making comparisons that shed light on the spirit of an entire age; for example, between the evolution of gothic letters and the pointed arches in gothic cathedrals. Many other fascinating insights into medieval thought, culture & history are included in the book.

Download the errata sheets for Explicatio Formarum Litterarum.

Your Price $35.00

LAR-4-D. 4 Issues Letter Arts Review Domestic
4 Issues (1 year) USA

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LAR-4-C. 4 Issues Letter Arts Review Canada
4 Issues (1 year) Canada

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B2979. Little Manual of Calligraphy / Pearce
Little Manual of Calligraphy by Charles Pearce. 1981, 2006. 32pp. 8"x10". Paper

Handwritten throughout, this is one of the most beautiful calligraphy manuals. Each hand is presented with an exemplar alphabet with ductus. Pearce is a master scribe and his manual belongs in every calligraphers library - beginner, intermediate and advanced.

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B2769. Foundations of Calligraphy / Waters
B2769. Foundations of Calligraphy by Sheila Waters. (2006) 2018. 134pp. 9"x11.25". Concealed spiral binding

Free Media Mail Shipping (USA only). Media Mail takes 2 to 3 weeks depending upon location.

Sheila Waters is a master scribe and a master teacher. For over thirty years of her summer workshops, Sheila has taken scribes through their paces for a week or more of in-depth instruction in letterforms (historical and modern). Students have come from as far away as Australia and Japan for these intensive classes. And for many years, she taught numerous weekend workshops sponsored by calligraphy guilds throughout the USA and Canada and was a frequent instructor at the international conference held each summer. In Foundations, Sheila provides insightful analysis of forms and construction, taking the mystery out of learning calligraphy. You learn how to analyze a script, which helps you toward mastery of an alphabet. In the 110 pages of exemplar alphabets, instruction, and hints, Sheila shares with you the knowledge she has gathered over her years of study and practice. The presentation is honed by her long experience teaching calligraphers how to advance their skill and art. This 4th printing, much revised from the 2006 printing, now has a 16-page color gallery of Sheila's work.

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Customers outside the USA

For E-Packet shipping to CANADA see B2769-CANADA

For E-Packet with insurance shipping to other countries see B2769-AIRMAIL

For shipping via uninsured PQW mail to other countries see B2769-SURFACE

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B135-H. Historical Scripts / Knight
B135-H. Historical Scripts: From Classical Times to the Renaissance by Stan Knight. 112pp. 9"x12". Hardcover.

An indispensable resource for the study of historical hands. Stan has selected the best examples for Rustic Capitals, Square Capitals, Uncials, Half-Uncials, Caroline Minuscules, Gothic Scripts, Versals, Renaissance Roman and Italics - total of 56 different inscriptions and manuscripts! Enjoy the book with its excellent visuals as it presents the history and developments of the hands. And, if so inclined, use the book to study the forms and replicate with pen and ink. For each manuscript, Stan provides an enlarged section (for letterforms), the full page (for page design), and an actual-size sample (to show you rhythm and letter & word spacing). The perfect complement to Sheila Waters' Foundations of Calligraphy.

The revised and enlarged edition (1998) of this valuable resource. Forward by Ewan Clayton. Includes a helpful glossary and extensive bibliography. Stan Knight is an internationally recognized lettering artist, teacher and author. He is a fellow of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators.

Your Price $39.95

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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S739. Stainless Steel T-Square
Stainless Steel T-Square

These stainless-steel T-squares have all the features sought by the draftsman, artist, hobbyist, and others. The blade made from the finest grade of stainless steel has just the right amount of flexibility to always snap back to shape. A beveled edge helps prevent ink from running under the blade when ruling.

Sizes: 18in or 24in

Your Price $26.95

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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