FA153 - Calligraphy & Letterform
Below are the tools and supplies which we stock specifically for Ann Miller's Class FA153. We have assembled this page for easy ordering. You can order the "kit" (see item AM206 below) or if you would prefer, the items are available for purchase individually below the kit.
Note: There are additional basic items (including papers) that are required for this class and which are available here and at local stores. Check the online class site for complete supply list or contact the instructor.
Supplies, available exclusively here at JNB:
Foundations of Calligraphy (1 included with AM206)
Author: Sheila Waters
Publisher: John Neal Bookseller (2006)
The Art & Craft of Hand Lettering (revised ed. 2011)
Author: Annie Cicale
Calligraphy: A Complete Guide
Author: Julien Chazal
Tools & Materials:
N02-S9 $14.50 set of 9 Brause nibs, broad edged: (all 9 available sizes: .5mm, .7mm, 1mm, 1.5mm, 2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm, 4mm, and 5mm) (1 included with AM206)
(Left-handed scribes should purchase Left Handed Brause nibs here instead N06-S9 $22.50)
H46. $3.00; (6 holders included with AM206). Pen holders, Caran d'Ache brand preferred or your choice (you can get more holders if you don't want to switch nibs a lot, or fewer if your budget is tight. JNB has Caran d'Ache, which is smaller in diameter [insert nib between metal and plastic], and Utrecht carries the Speedball holders.)
N74. $0.99 each (1 included with AM206) Gillott 404 pointed pen nibs (these fit the standard Caran d'Ache or Speedball holder)
N120. $2.50 each (1 included with AM206) Leonardt Principal Nib (these fit the standard Caran d'Ache or Speedball holder)
N115. $2.50 each (1 included with AM206) Esterbrook 357 Vintage Nib (these fit the standard Caran d'Ache or Speedball holder)
N118. $2.50 each (1 included with AM206) Zebra G Nib (these fit the standard Caran d'Ache or Speedball holder)
P21. $7.95 - (1 included with AM206) 11 x 17 Gridded Calligraphy Practice Pad (8x8 square, dark grid) Graph Pad (no slanted lines)
I43. $15.85 (1 included with AM206) Best Bottle Sumi Ink (don't buy the Green Bottle! It contains shellac, is gummy, doesn't flow well and doesn't dry! It is used for sumi-e brushwork on wood and rice paper and is not for pen use.) You may also substitute any good sumi ink found locally.
Recommended supplies NOT included in the kit, available exclusively here at JNB: These items are at the bottom of page 2, and on page 3 of this category.
B3244, $39.33 Calligraphy: A Book of Contemporary Inspiration by Denise Lach.
N22, $39.00 Ruling pen (especially if you love letterform and plan on carrying it forward into your main work. ) For instruction with Ruling Pens see item LR13-2.
Light Box or Light Table. One of these is required. You will need (and will appreciate forever) a light box. Some people like to work at an angle and some like to work closer to flat. Your choices include:
S750. $54.99 Artograph Light Tracer Light Box (10x12 inches)
S751. $104.99 Artograph Light Tracer II Light Box (12x18 inches)
S752. $59.00 Plexi Tabletop Easel
S247. $149.00 Portable Light Table/Wordcrafters
S156-L($37.95)and S160-L ($13.50). Easel Frame and Plexiglass for Easel -- LARGE
S156-S($34.95)and S160-S ($9.95). Easel Frame and Plexiglass for Easel -- SMALL
S123-B. $7.50 Gum Sandarac Bag
S86. $1.00 Magic Rub Eraser
S203. $12.95 Yes! Stikflat Glue
S693. $24.95 Student Airlite Drawing Board 18x24
FP67-3.8. $10.00 Parallel Pen, 3.8mm
S449-1. $3.50 Walnut Ink Crystals, 1oz
IS03. $20.00 Kenbimukan Ink Stick
IS37. $14.99 Round Inkstone with Lid
E25. $2.25 Tuff Stuff Eraser – Pen eraser, small enough to clean up tiny areas between letters
S142. $1.252 - pencils, HB lead (these can also be automatic pencils, for making the double pencil tool)
1 - pencil, 2B lead (softer, for shading)
A pair of scissors (Fiskars or generic blue handle)
P32-9. $12.55 Canson Pro-Layout Marker Pad: 9x12
Please click to explore our other calligraphy supplies.
AM206. Ann Miller's Academy of Art University Supplies
Ann Miller's Required Supplies for Academy of Art University Classes
This kit contains all of the JNB exclusive required items on the supply list for Ann Miller's class. The kit, with standard shipping, is valued at approximately $135. We are selling it for $120, and are currently offering $10.00 standard shipping (continental USA only). Please contact us if you need to make substitutions or if you need expedited shipping (800.369.9598 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
This kit includes the following required items:
--B2769 Foundations of Calligraphy - 1
--N02 Brause Nibs, Broad Edged SET OF 9
(9 sizes: 0.5mm, 0.75mm, 1mm 1.5mm, 2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm, 4mm, and 5mm) (Left-handed scribes should purchase Left Handed Brause nibs here instead)
--H46 Grey Plastic Caran d'Ache holders - 10
--N74 Gillott 404 Nib - 1
--N120 Leonardt Principal EF Nib - 1
--N115 Esterbrook 357 Vintage nib - 1
--N118 Zebra G nib - 1
--P21 JNB Graph Pad 11x17, 50 Sheets - 1
Calligraphy Gridded Practice Pad (8x8 square, specify dark grid) (no slanted lines)
--I43 Best Bottle Sumi Ink - 1
B2769. Foundations of Calligraphy / Waters
By Sheila Waters. 2006. 126pp. 9"x11.25". Concealed spiral binding. Now in its third printing. Hardcover.
Free Media Mail Shipping (USA only). Media Mail takes 2 to 3 weeks depending upon location.
In the 110 pages of exemplar alphabets, instruction, and hints, Sheila shares with you the knowledge she has gathered over her decades of study and practice. She provides insightful analysis of forms and constructions and helps you learn and work toward mastery of the alphabets. The presentation is honed by her vast experience teaching calligraphers how to advance their skills and art. Sheila Waters is not only a master scribe, but a master teacher. She has made both her life's work.
Chapters include: Basics & Beyond, Analysis & Practice, Design & Layout, Conception to Completion, and Applying Design Principles. Foundational, Blackletter, Gothic Cursives, Uncial & Half Uncial, Carolingian, Italic, and Italic Variations are covered, with thorough instruction for each. Foundational and Italic receive particular attention.
Free Media Mail Shipping to USA addresses. If you need the book sooner, there will be a $3 rush ship charge added to your order. Media Mail generally takes upwards of 2 weeks or more to be delivered.
Reviews & Comments
Read more about Sheila and her work, courtesy of The Gettysburg Companion.
Customers outside the USA
For AIRMAIL and SURFACE shipping to CANADA see see B2769-CANADA
For AIRMAIL with insurance shipping to other countries see <B2769-AIRMAIL
For shipping via SURFACE mail to other countries see B2769-SURFACE
N74. Gillott 404 Nib
N74. Gillott 404 Nib.
A popular nib. Fairly stiff nib, suitable for writing at x-heights from 3/16" to 1/4", on all surfaces from smooth to textured. Good choice for beginners (or those with a heavy hand.) Because they require more pressure to create the swells, stiffer nibs are easier to control. Thicker hairlines than others, making it a good choice for work for reproduction.
Recommended by Eleanor Winters in her Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy (B1109) for beginners and professionals because they "provide fine line quality without being too fragile." Satisfactory for Spencerian Script.
N118. Zebra G Nib
Similar to the popular Nikko G Nib, but a little more flexible and sharper. It will produce a finer hairline than the Nikko. Same sturdy quality. If you are using the Nikko G but would like to be able to write with thinner hairlines and thicker strokes, give these new nibs a try. Michael Sull still recommends the Nikko G nib as best for learning Spencerian, but this Zebra G Nib is a good one, too for Spencerian.
Which holders will work with this nib?
Just wanted to let you know about my experience with the ZEBRA G nibs: Santa was very generous to me this year and I got a dozen. I pulled the nibs out to play with this weekend and I have found my new love. I used the nib with Walnut Ink and the hairlines, so thin, so smooth, with a light touch and the nib skated effortlessly across the page. I really enjoyed working with this nib. If you haven't had the chance to try this nib out yet, it's worth the couple of bucks. I haven't tried any of my other inks but I will be doing that this week. So far, I'm loving these nibs. Don't know if they are workhorses yet - I only had them a few days. - Ilovepenmanship
I love them too. The nibs are great with the iron gall inks because the ink does not eat the nib as fast. Great hairlines and just enough flex for shades. Much thanks to John Neal for these!!! - Nan DeLuca
P21. JNB Graph Pad 11x17, 50 Sheets
JNB Graph Pad
Light blue grid (8 squares/inch). 24 lb bond. 11"x17". Approx 50 sheets.
A non-bleeding paper that is great for calligraphy. (We use the same paper in our JNB Practice Pads.) Many instructors have their students use this pad in their classes.
(For graph with slant lines P01.)
Please choose color: Light or Dark.
Light: This grid does not show on many copiers, shows faintly on others, and usually disappears when you adjust the exposure one setting lighter. If you use a copier to produce your finished art for reproduction, this is the pad for you. This pad is good for jobs done at quick printers.
Dark: For classes, some students may appreciate a slightly darker grid. This is particularly true for adult classes. This is still a light blue grid. Some teachers have commented that their students found the original pad's grid was too light.
I43. Best Bottle Sumi Ink
Best Bottle Sumi Ink
This popular Japanese sumi ink is good both for beginners and for professional work. Smooth, rich black. Hard to find. One of the popular sumi inks for calligraphy. 6.75 oz, 200 ml bottle.
"The Best Bottle Sumi Ink truly is the best bottle. You can write three to four times longer with a pointed pen nib before the ink dries between the tines enough to alter the writing (this compared to Moon Palace)." C. M.
My test for any ink is to see if it will produce sharp thick and thin strokes at less than one sixteenth inch body height with a #6 Mitchell nib. Stick ink passes that test while most bottled inks don't, especially waterproof inks including sumi ones. The brown bottle sumi [Best Bottle] is non-waterproof, and I find it is better than others. –S.W.
B3244. Calligraphy / Lach
Calligraphy by Denise Lach. 2009. 192pp. 9.25" x 10.25". Paperback
This striking and original book is a gallery of Lach’s calligraphic work and techniques. She presents the tools she uses in her work, each with illustrative examples: broad-edge nibs, Automatic pens, Pilot Parallel pens, music nibs (for writing the notes, not the 5-line staff the notes are placed on), plus reed pens & bamboo pens, felt-tip pens, and brushes. There are multi-page sections on using the ruling pen, cola pen (made from an aluminum soda can), and pipettes as lettering tools. Lach briefly discusses - using visual examples - line weight, letter and line spacing, rotation, setting a rhythm, pen position & speed, variations on a theme, organic shapes, concentric compositions, serifs, and depth & density. Then you see how she creates letterforms using stamping with unconventional materials. Examples of stamping include a row of glue-together toothpicks, sharpened sticks, an ordinary cork, foam rubber and sponge. She shows examples of combining tools and techniques in one piece. Throughout the book, with calligraphic compositions from her hand and the photos that inspired them, she invites us to look closely at details and textures in nature, expand our powers of observation and find creative ideas in the world around us.