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Diane von Arx

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Diane von Arx

(All week) Level: Intermediate and Advanced StudioWorks

Diane von Arx: A-DV – Studio Works 2012

This is Diane's list of books that she recommends to students to have in their library. They do NOT necessarily or specifically relate to the class she is teaching at Calligraphy Northwest.
B041. Writing &Illuminating & Lettering by Edward Johnston. Out-of print. Hardcover $50.00 (various editions, limited to one or two copies)
B2319. More Than Fine Writing by Child, Collins, Hechle and Jackson. Hardcover $39.95. Out of print. One copy only.
B255. The Universal Penman by George Bickham. Paper $21.95
Calligraphy by Johann Georg Schwandner. Out of print.
B039. The Speedball Textbook by Fink & Kastin. Paper $9.99
B1277. Explicato Formarum Litterarum by Rutherford Aris. Hardcover $29.95
Calligraphy Review / Letter Arts Review (publication). See
Roman Lettering by LC Evetts. Out of print
B033. Pen Lettering by Ann Camp. Paper $9.95
B2979. The Little Manual of Calligraphy by Charles Pearce. $12.95
B171. The Story of Writing by Donald Jackson. Used $29.95. Limited Stock
Basic Italic Handwriting by Diane von Arx.
The Foundational Hand by Diane von Arx.
Art of Written Forms by Donald Anderson. Out of Print.
B2769. Foundations of Calligraphy by Sheila Waters. Hardcover. $35.00
B004. The Calligrapher's Handbook by Heather Child. Used $35.00. Limited Stock
The Alphabet and Elements of Lettering by Frederic Goudy. Out of print
B135-H. Historical Scripts by Stan Knight. Hardcover $39.95. JNB $24.77
B2811. The Art and Craft of Hand Lettering by Annie Cicale. Paper $19.95
B2982. John Stevens SCRIBE: Calligraphy, Design, Lettering Art. Approx. 240pp. 8.5"x11". Hardcover $49.95. Pre-publication price $34.95 (not yet published)

Supply List:

• ink (I08, I70)
• layout pad 14x17 (Borden & Riley #37) (P12)
• sturdy lap board or portable drawing board (S690)
• T-square (S623, S739)
• triangle (adjustable if you already have one) (S464, S613)
• pencil
• erasure (S86)
• pencil sharpener (S633)
• Xacto or utility knife (S417)
• one Parallel Pen (2.4 or 3.8mm) with extra black ink or cartridges (FP67, FP69)
• gouache • Pro White or other white paint (I38, I62, WNG512)
• glass or porcelain palette for mixing (S723)
• mixing brushes (BR37)
• several good fine point brushes (BR27)
• one piece Arches 90# HP (PS42)
• small frame for stretching watercolor paper (approximately 12x15" square or rectangle)
• staple gun
• large sponge brushes
• white chalk pencil (not pastel)
• water pot or container (S784)
• crocus cloth and sharpening stone for nibs (S106, S115)
• magnifier loupe (minimum 10X) (S509, S659)
• several pieces of your favorite good paper 14x17 (so it will fit into your layout pad)(PS101)

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

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

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

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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S690. Airlite Drawing Board 18 x 24
S690. Airlite Drawing Board 18x24.

A high-quality, lightweight drawing board with a smooth hardwood surface on both sides and two metal edges for use with a T-square. The resin-impregnated kraft honeycomb core is permanently bonded for strength. Very durable and very light. Made in USA. A drawing board can be used as a lapboard or on an easel at a slant to help prevent neck and back pain.

(See S697 for a 20"x26" Drawing Board.)

Ann Miller has an Aerocore Drawing Board in her supply list. Airlite is another trade name for a similar product.

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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

S86. Eraser: Magic Rub
S86. Magic Rub Eraser

For erasing pencil guidelines. Non-abrasive.

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