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Sheila and Julian Waters

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Sheila and Julian Waters
Get More out of your Italic and Make it Sing 2 Day class
Supplies:
Lapboard or portable desk and board (S247, S156/S160, S693)
Layout paper 11"x14" (P11)
Pieces of favorite machine and handmade "good" papers that you have already
A few sheets of tracing paper (P43) and grid paper (P21)
Low-tack and high-tack tapes
Ruler (S271)
Triangle (S613)
Hard and soft pencils, sharpener and eraser (S142, S633, S86)
Penholders and a range of nib sizes including Speedball C 1 and 2 (N09) and smaller sizes of Mitchell (N04) (with reservoirs), Tape (N01) or Brause (N02)
Non-waterproof black ink (I08)
Walnut ink (S449, I53)
Gouache or stick ink and stone (WNG331, IS28, IS19)
Bottled waterproof sumi is OK for large writing but not so good for small writing (I70)
Lint-free rag and old watercolor brushes for filling small-sized nibs
A binder to hold exemplar sheets
A notebook or blank sheets for notes that you can add to the binder.

Highly recommended for this class:
B2769. Foundations of Calligraphy by Sheila Waters. Hardcover Hidden Spiral $34.95


These items are not directly applicable to this class. We have included them here (and they appear at the end of list of supplies below) for those interested in knowing more about Sheila and Julian.
These books include works by Julian Waters:
B3016. Scripsit: Pens & Protocol. Paper $28.00 The last section of the issue on the official calligraphy of Washington, DC features the work of Julian Waters.
B2881. Scripsit 21.2. Includes Julian Waters, John Stevens, Ward Dunham and Peter Horridge. Paper. $12.00
B039. Speedball Textbook: 23d Edition. $9.95. Julian contributes an exemplar for italic, with swash majuscules, and a second italic alphabet.
B2302. Uncommon Numbers Manual. Edited by Brenda Casey (Zoby). $14.95. Julian's exemplar is larger in this book, but without the swash letters or the second italic alphabet.

Books by or about Sheila Waters:
B1012. Under Milk Wood. Sheila developed a Carolingian hand for the text of this book. Hardcover $90.00
B3246. Sheila Waters Retrospective. Scripsit Issue. 2010. 48pp. 8.5"x11". $28.00 Here it is. What we have been waiting years for - 300 full-color images of Sheila's life's work, designed by Julian Waters. This issue of Scripsit presents Sheila's Retrospective Show of 2009. A great companion to her instructional book, Foundations of Calligraphy. Julian has designed a new typeface to be used for the first time in this publication. Scripsit is the quarterly journal of the Washington (DC) Calligraphers Guild. This is a special double issue.

For the study of historical forms, Sheila recommends these additional books. These books are NOT for her class at Silent Words.
B135-H. Historical Scripts by Stan Knight. Hardcover $39.95. Pre-order price: $24.95
B3077. Art of Written Forms by Donald Anderson. Out-of-print. Some used copies will be available. A history of writing with an emphasis on western calligraphic forms. Hardcover $29.95

When Sheila teaches her practical class on color she recommends these titles. These books are NOT for her class at Silent Words
My favorites are these six and generally in this order.
1. B3180. Watercolor Tricks & Techniques: 75 New and Classic Painting Secrets by Cathy Johnson. Paper $29.95. New edition.
2. B2861. Exploring Color by Nita Leland. Paper $24.99
3. B2598. Watercolorist's Essential Notebook by Gordon MacKenzie. Hardcover $24.99
4. Painting the Spirit of Nature by Maxine Masterfield. Out-of-print.
5. B2054. Arteffects by Jean Drysdale Green. Paper $29.95
6. B3179. Painting Techniques by Elizabeth Tate. Hardcover $24.95.
Another good title: 7. B1672. Blue and Yellow Don't Make Green by Michael Wilcox. 2002. 200pp. 8.5"x10.75". Paper. Retail Price $26.99. JNB $25.99. This essential guide presents an easy to follow, step-by-step format for perfecting the art of color mixing. Uses a double primary set, including warm and cool shades of blue, yellow and red. 480 color illustrations. Sheila notes that the author repeats himself a lot, but he does explain the concepts effectively. An important book.

When she teaches Writing and Illuminating on Vellum, Sheila recommends this book. This book is NOT for Sheila's classes at Silent Words.
B004. Calligrapher's Handbook edited by Heather Child. Paper $35.00. This book is a must for every serious calligrapher's library especially for working with vellum, quills, and illumination. The book is out of print in the USA , but we have a few new (but shelfworn) copies. There are several books with this title, but the one you want has a blue cover and has only been available in paperback - John



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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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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S86. Eraser: Magic Rub
S86. Magic Rub Eraser

For erasing pencil guidelines. Non-abrasive.



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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.

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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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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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I53-2.5. Walnut Drawing Ink
I53-2.5. Tom Norton's Walnut (Color) Ink

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).
70ml, 2.36 oz.






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IS28. Kecseg's Ink Stick: 00401
Mike Kecseg Ink Stick

Mike uses this inexpensive ink stick. It is dense and black for pointed pen work. (It’s not recommended for broad-edged calligraphy.) Stick ink can be used for calligraphy and sumi painting. Fudeno-tomo. Japanese Inkstick. Boku-Undo 100234 30101



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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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