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Gemma Black

(All week) Level: All skills are welcome
Vivacious Versals

An extensive list of the books I have and love (apart from John Stevens SCRIBE). - Gemma
A Book of Formal Scripts by John Woodcock & Stan Knight. Out of print.
B2054. Arteffects by Jean Drysdale Green. Paper $29.95
B135-H. Historical Scripts by Stan Knight. Hardcover $39.95. Pre-order price $24.77
B004. The Calligraphers Handbook edited by Heather Child. Out of print. Limited Stock. $35.00
The Universal Penman. A survey of Western Calligraphy from the Roman period to 1980, published by the Victoria & Albert Museum . Out of print. (NOT the book by George Bickham of the same title) Lettering as Drawing by Nicolette Gray. Out of print.
B2769. Foundations of Calligraphy by Sheila Waters. Hardcover, hidden spiral. $35.00
B2614. Codici 1 by Thomas Ingmire. Paper $22.95
B2351-P. Formal Brush Writing by Tom Kemp. Paper $55.00
The Origin of the Serif by Edward M. Catich. B1540-P. Paper $29.95, B1540-H. Hardcover $49.95 B2462. Experiments with Letterform and Calligraphy by Andre Gurtler. Hardcover $120.00
B3244. Calligraphy by Denise Lach . Hardcover $39.33. Pre-order Price $35.40
B033. Pen Lettering by Ann Camp. Paper $9.95
DVD31. The Book of Kells DVD-ROM. $33.50
DVD14. Gilding for Calligraphers DVD. $37.50
B2916. Pen & Print 1906-2006: The Legacy of Edward Johnston. Paper $29.95
B3418. Thoughtful Gestures by Yves Leterme. Paper $45.00
B3398. WordsWork: Calligraphy and Lettering Art of Australia and New Zealand - 2009-2010. Paper $39.95
B2982. John Stevens SCRIBE: Calligraphy, Design, Lettering Art. $49.95. Pre-publication price $34.95
B2783. The Calligraphic Line by Hans-Joachim Burgert. Paper $35.00
B2132. Calligraphy by Claude Mediavilla. Hardcover $150.00
CD08. Art of Denis Brown CD-ROM. $47.00
B2762. The Encyclopedia of Calligraphy Techniques by Mary Noble and Janet Mehigan. Hardcover $27.95. Pre-order price $14.81.
CD09. World of Alphabets (Hermann Zapf). $25.00
B2244. Belle Lettere. Hardcover (no slipcase) Shelfworn, corners bumped. $99.00
B3055. Edward Johnston: Lettering & Life. Paper $49.95
B2319. More Than Fine Writing by Heather Child et al. Hardcover $39.95
B2917. Textasy: Work of Brody Neuenschwander. Hardcover $90.00
B900. Words of Risk by Michael Gullick. Paper $25.00. JNB Price $16.99

Supply List:
Set of square-edged nibs (Brause and some smaller sizes of Mitchell) (N02, N02-S9, N04, N06, N06-S9, N05)
• bond paper A3 size and any scraps of fine art papers you have (P20-100)
• some non-waterproof black ink (ink stick & stone recommended) (I08, IS19, IS28)
• any gouache or watercolor you already have plus mixing supplies (WNGDP-S, WNGPDP-S)
• eraser (E13)
• ruler (S271)
• pencil
• colored pencils (all types) (S471, S472)
• water jar (S260)
• tissues or rag
• notebook
• blu-tac

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

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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B2614. Codici 1/Ingmire
Codici 1.
Edited by Thomas Ingmire. 2003. 64pp. 8.5"x11". Paper.

Ingmire is best known for his expressive -- and often
non-legible -- calligraphic works. This illustrated notebook
draws primarily from Ingmire's teaching. It presents the assignments, support materials, the works created by the students, as well as images and brief discussions of his own recent works that relate to the program. Topics include inventing new forms, lettering as drawing, the expressive line, the shape and space of writing, the word as image, Hans-Joachim Burgert: the calligraphic line, the space of
writing: the ditchling project. The emphasis is on a visual rather than a verbal message.

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DVD14. Gilding for Calligraphers DVD
Gilding for Calligraphers.
By Sally Mae Joseph (Sally Teague), one of the scribes working on the St. John's Bible.

Selecting and preparing vellum, slaking plaster and making gesso, gilding using loose leaf gold, preparing gum ammoniac and gilding with transfer gold, painting with shell gold and color. 130 minutes.

All our DVDs are made to run on USA and Canada machines. If you live outside North America, you should check with the manual for your machine to see if it can play NTSC format DVDs. If your DVD player can't play our DVDs, your computer may be able to.

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B3398. WordsWork / Australian Society
WordsWork: Calligraphy and Lettering Art of Australia and New Zealand - 2009-2010. 2010. 150pp. 8.75x11.25. Paper

Presents the talents of 72 Australian and New Zealand calligraphers and lettering artists. It is a showcase of traditional and nontraditional calligraphic art, from works on canvas, vellum, and paper to sculptures, book art, clothing, ceramics and more. 170 color photos. Published by the Australian Society of Calligraphers. Full-color throughout.

Your Price $29.95

B2783. Calligraphic Line / Burgert
The Calligraphic Line: Thoughts on the Art of Writing
By Hans-Joachim Burgert. 2nd edition. Translated by Brody Neuenschwander. (1989) 2002. Approx. 177pp. 8.5"x11". Paper Spiral.

Presents Burgert's perspective on the role of form and function in calligraphy and writing, the history of the graphic form (symbol/writing/calligraphy), the need and development of cursive writing and alphabets. The second section presents Burgert's thoughts on the place of calligraphy in the Western world after the invention of printing from type and its relationship to type. Note that this is a photocopy reproduction. The quality of the illustrations vary, but all are photocopies.

If pg.60 of your copy is blank, see a pdf of the illustrations.

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B2132. Calligraphy / Mediavilla
Calligraphy: From Calligraphy to Abstract Painting
By Claude Mediavilla. 1996. 336 pp. 10" x 13". Hardcover.

An encyclopedic treatment of calligraphy: tools and materials, the history of writing & script, the historical hands (Roman caps, rustic, Roman cursive, uncial, Carolingian, gothic scripts, Renaissance writing styles - including 22 model alphabets with ductus), the writing masters, the 20th-century calligraphic revival and calligraphy & abstract painting. 490 illustrations, 200 in color. Full of color illustrations from historical sources and from contemporary scribes. It is also full of Mediavilla's work which is seldom seen in the USA. Worth the price.

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B900. Words of Risk / Gullick
B900. Words of Risk: The Art of Thomas Ingmire
By Michael Gullick. 1989. 90pp. 65 illus., many in full color. 9" x 12". Paper

Using words as subjects, Ingmire's work has progressed from the transcription of texts to complex multi-layered visual statements. His juxtaposition of and interplay between words and images challenge the traditional role of calligraphy as "decorated writing." The book describes the work and working process of Ingmire and reproduces virtually all of his major pieces, many in full color.

Your Price $25.00

N02-S9. Brause Set of 9 Nibs
Widely used by professionals, the Brause Nibs are also the best calligraphy nibs for beginners. Stiff, durable high-quality nibs from Germany. Oblique cut calligraphy nibs, with the reservoir on top. If you have a heavy hand, Brause Nibs will work well. You can't go wrong with these chisel edged dip nibs for Italic, Blackletter (Gothic/Old English), and other hands. (Bandzung)

Sizes in set:
1.0 mm
1.5 mm
2.0 mm
2.5 mm
3.0 mm
4.0 mm
5.0 mm

Your Price $19.71

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.

Your Price $1.45

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