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Understanding Italic

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Denis Brown

(Th—Sa) Level: All, but not geared for true beginners
Understanding Italic

Denis is developing online resources and a new DVD. He has no books to recommend for his CNW classes.

These are items by and about Denis Brown. He does NOT "specifically recommend" any of the items for his classes at Calligraphy Northwest 2012.

CD08. The Calligraphic Art of Denis Brown CD-ROM. This easy to use CD-ROM shows Denis's progress from school-age child to the mature scribe he is today. The images are viewable through an Internet browser program for easier viewing. There are many examples of Denis's amazing and unique works. He uses the pen and manipulates his images after scanning them onto a computer. A real treat. Well worth the cost. While supplies last, a separate CD portfolio of Denis' Large Scale and Architectural Applications is included with your purchase of the Art of Denis Brown CD. $47.00 (Limited Supply)

DVD38. The Music of Ink. The DVD of Denis Brown's unique performance of live art combined with projected movies and music at the 2008 International Calligraphy Conference in Chicago. It starts with Denis talking on stage about the meaning of calligraphy today and then setting to work on dripping ink over a 32 foot long panel. Other segments include: Flow, Writing Wet, We are Flow-ers, Barcode Concept, Dance of Line, SMS digital text messaging Concepts, Expressive Writing, Huge Writing, Abstract Sgraffito. $25.00

BL7.2. Bound & Lettered Issue 7.2 has an article with four Denis Brown pieces: Pangur Ban (2001), The Burnt Offering (1995), The Viking Terror (2004) and Ancient Parchment Riddle (2003). $8.50.
LR24-1. Letter Arts Review Issue 24.1 has a 12-page article by Denis on a series of writings on glass. Profusely illustrated. $14.50.
AGAIN, NOT FOR CNW CLASSES: When he has taught his Celtic Hybrid Script class, Denis has recommended:
B2592. Book of Kells by Bernard Meehan. $19.95
DVD31. The Book Of Kells DVD-ROM. $33.50

Supply List:
Calligraphy pens, particularly of the 'dipping' kind as distinct from fountain pens or markers (Brause 'Bandzug' nibs, or Speedball C series, or similar broad edged nibs plus a wooden pen-holder) (N02, N09, H62)
• pencils (S142)
• 18" ruler (S271)
• scissors or scalpel (S791+2)
• sponge for wetting papers br • black ink such as a bottle of liquid sumi (I70)
• gouache paint in a few colors plus black and white (WNGPDP-S, WNGDP-S, WNG331, WNG335, WNG337, WNG512)
• paintbrushes and palette for mixing paint as well as a paintbrush suitable for making large calligraphic marks, like a flat 1" nylon brush (BR38, BR01, S743, S679)
• some plastic transfer pipettes or a glass one (S141)
• any other tools you have that can make large calligraphic marks (sponge-brushes, ruling pens, automatic pens, or even just a household paintbrush) (N22, N30, N27)
• couple of plastic cups or glass jars large enough to dip your large tools in
• about 10 large sheets of drawing paper (~22x30) which is heavy enough to withstand wetting (PS42)
• 11x17 pad of practice paper (P20)
• pad or several sheets of tracing paper 11x17 or larger (P43)
• 4 or more large (~22x30) sheets of either heavy tracing vellum or (preferably) polyester drafting film (a sheet like tracing vellum but is made of polyester and therefore is waterproof—commonly used for architectural drawings that need dimensional stability). You need one that has a matte translucent surface (not transparent like acetate).

BL7.2. Bound & Lettered Vol.7, No.2
Bound & Lettered 7.2

Marina Soria Gallery
Cross Side Stitch
  by Benjamin D. Rinehart
WorkBook: Thinking and Making
  by Karen Wirth
Turkish Map Fold
  by Cherryl Moote
Denis Brown
Carolyn Trant Gallery
Putting Pen to Paper
  by Judith Jaimet Bainbridge
ZigZag Book
  by Monica Leaning
Bookworks 2008
  by Kate Godfrey
Accordions, Tunnels and Etchings
  by Rand Huebsch

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LR24-1. Letter Arts Review Vol.24, No.1
Letter Arts Review Vol 24, No1

A Thousand Wishes: A series of writings on glass
  by Denis Brown
Margot Voorhies Thompson: The power of giving shape to meaning
  by Christine Colasurdo
In Hibernation: An interview with Nancy Leavitt
  by Christopher Calderhead
What we're reading
  by Laurie Doctor
Projects: The History of Greece
  by Georgia Angelopoulos
Tribute: Honoring a master
  by Ryuichi Tateno
Cover Artist: Yeohyun Ahn

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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

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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N09-S6. Speedball C Set of 6 Nibs
American calligraphy nibs for Italic, Blackletter (Gothic, Old English), Uncial, Half Uncial, Foundational and many other hands or alphabets. Sizes: C-0, C-1, C-2, C-3, C-4, C-5. C-0 is largest, C-5 is smallest. Speedball C nibs are 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.

Size C-6 is available, but not in the set.

For more information about Speedball C nibs, click here.

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H62. Mahogany Pen Holder
Straight wood calligraphy penholder.

How do I insert a calligraphy nib into a penholder that has a metal ring and four prongs?

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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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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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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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WNGDP-S. W&N Gouache: Double Primary Set
Winsor & Newton Gouache: Double Primary Set

Colors (all Series 1):
Alizarin Crimson
Flame Red
Lemon Yellow
Phthalo Blue
Spectrum Yellow
Ultramarine (Blue)
Zinc White

Sheila Waters teaches color mixing using a double primary set: a warm and cool of each of red, blue and yellow. With the six primaries you can mix brighter colors. (a) The cool yellow tends toward green. The cool blue tends toward green. These two are used for mixing all the colors between yellow and blue. This includes all of the greens, greenish yellows such as chartreuse, and greenish blues such as teal. (b) The warm red tends toward orange. The warm yellow tends toward orange. These two are used for mixing all the colors between yellow and red (oranges and all orange-reds and orange-yellows). (c) The warm blue tends toward purple and is mixed with the warm red for the purplish colors. Winsor & Newton is our most popular gouache and is highly recommended. It is excellent for calligraphy.

For a lightfast Double Primary Set, purchase WNGPDP-S. It contains a similar palette of warm and cool colors, but the pigments are more permanent when exposed to light. The colors are not exactly the same, but they mix in a similar fashion.

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