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Michael Sull

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Beginning Spencerian
If you are new to the wonderful world of Ornamental Penmanship, this program is the best place to start. If you have been working on your Spencerian Script for awhile and wish for a "refresher course" to reacquaint you with the fundamental principles of this style, this program will be most helpful. Join us for an introduction to Spencerian writing! In this class we will cover all of the basics – the most important concepts of curvature, movement, contrast and variability; the lowercase and capital letters, practice exercises, use of proper tools, and a sneak peak at off-hand flourishing. Historical samples will be available for study as well as contemporary uses such as wedding invitations, address and quotations for framing. Skill Level: All



All recommended. All optional.
B1816. Learning to Write Spencerian Script by Michael Sull and Debra E. Rapp. 1993. 75pp. 6.75"x8.5". Paper $17.50
An instructional manual for Spencerian covering equipment and tools, practice, and extensive instruction on the individual letters.
DVD12. Learning to Write Spencerian Script - DVD by Michael Sull. $35.00
A 60 minute instructional DVD by the author of the comprehensive text of the same title
B1137-2 Volume II of Spencerian Script and Ornamental Penmanship by Michael R. Sull. 1989. 8.5"x11". Paper. List Price $29.99. JNB Price $ 24.95
Contains the penmanship of Platt Rogers Spencer and features over 1,000 reproductions of ornamental alphabets, correspondence writing, signature designs, novelty styles and off-hand flourishing as penned by the great master penman.
B368. Ames Compendium by Daniel T. Ames. 1883. Reprint 1978. 60pp. 8.5"x11". Paper. $10.95
Eight pages of good instruction on writing and letterforms (Spencerian & copperplate) are followed by examples and alphabets. Flourishing (birds, feathers, etc.) is next followed by pages of 19th century ornamental lettering of all sorts. Two amazing foldout pages (one of a stag, the other an eagle) are included. If you are interested in pointed pen writing, this book is a must buy.
B2470. An Elegant Hand: The Golden Age of American Penmanship and Calligraphy by William E. Henning. Edited by Paul Melzer. 2002. 320pp. 8-1/2"x11". $59.95. JNB $56.95
Chronicles the history of Golden Age of American penmanship, guiding the reader through the lives and careers of important American penmen beginning with Platt Rogers Spencer, the Father of American Handwriting. Over 400 illustrations.
B2476. FW Tamblyn's Home Instructor in Penmanship. 2001. (Reprint of the 7th ed. 1938). 174pp. 8.5"x5.25". Spiral $24.95
A thorough manual for business writing followed by instruction on Spencerian Script & Engravers Script.

Michael is not teaching Off-Hand Flourishing at Letters Mingle Souls, however, these are the resources he recommends when he teaches that class/workshop:
B152. Ornate Pictorial Calligraphy by E.A. Lupfer. 8"x11". 78pp. Paper $9.95
Instructions and examples of pictorial flourishes. Quills, birds, swans, etc. are shown.
DVD23. Off-Hand Flourishing DVD. Flourishing Techniques for Ornamental Penmanship by Michael Sull. 106 Minutes. Color. $40.00.

New from Michael Sull:
B3303. American Cursive Handwriting (Reference Edition) by Michael Sull with Debra Sull. 2011. 320pp. 8.5"x11". Spiral Bound. $39.95. Introductory Price $34.95
A thorough presentation of traditional penmanship for grades 5-adult.

Supplies: A good oblique penholder (H95, H96, H51, H52)(not the Speedball black plastic variety). Ink: McCaffery's Ink (I37) (any color) At least 4 pen points (recommend either Nikko G, Zebra, Leonard Principal or Gillott 303) (N113, N118, N120, N72) Smooth paper (at least 10 sheets of inkjet/laser bond (P25), or 10 sheets of 25% cotton bond. Also recommend 1 tablet of lined Clairefontaine Paper (P35, P36)) paper towels or napkins. Small container of water (S784), Pen/ pencil + notepaper, 1 sheet of blotter paper (approximately 9" x 12") (S261)



B1816. Learning to Write Spencerian/Sull
Learning to Write Spencerian Script
By Michael Sull & Debra Sull. 1993. 75pp. 6.75" x 8.5". Paper.

An instructional manual for Spencerian covering equipment and tools, practice, and extensive instruction on the individual letters, by the man largely responsible for the revival of interest in this traditional American form of penmanship. A companion instructional DVD is also available: DVD12.



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DVD12. Learning to Write Spencerian Script DVD
Learning to Write Spencerian Script
By Michael Sull. DVD.

A 60-minute instructional video by Michael Sull, author of the comprehensive text of the same title: B1816. First, he gives a brief history of the hand, and then he gives letter-by-letter instruction.

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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B2470. Elegant Hand / Henning
An Elegant Hand: The Golden Age of American Penmanship and Calligraphy by William E. Henning. Edited by Paul Melzer. 2002. 320pp. 8-1/2"x11". Hardcover.

Chronicles the history of the Golden Age of American penmanship, guiding the reader through the lives and careers of important American penmen beginning with Platt Rogers, Spencer, the Father of American Handwriting, and Spencer’s gifted student, George A. Gaskell, whose books and periodicals reached the hundreds of thousands of students throughout the second half of the 1800s.
Illustrated with more than 400 examples, most from
original specimens.




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B2476. FW Tamblyn's Home Instructor Penmanship
FW Tamblyns's Home Instructor in Penmanship
F.W. Tamblyn. 8th ed. 2001. 174pp. 8.5"x5.25". Spiral.

80 pages of instruction on basic script starting with holding the pen and positioning the paper, followed by pages of exercises, letterforms, words, and sentences to copy. Then 33 pages on Artistic Writing (Spencerian) -- instruction on adding the stresses to capitals and appropriate lowercase letters. Smaller sections on Engravers Script, broad-edged
alphabets, off-hand flourishing, engrossing, and diplomas. A great reprint. A highly recommended manual.

Reprints the 7th edition, 1938, with a new foreword and an added biography of Tamblyn.



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B152. Ornate Pictorial Calligraphy / Lupfer
Ornate Pictorial Calligraphy By E.A. Lupfer. (1951) 1982. 78pp. 8"x11". Paper.

Instructions and examples of pictorial flourishes: quills, birds, swans, etc. Originally published under the title Fascinating Pen Flourishes. Recommend by Heather Held, Michael Sull and others for the many examples (over 150) from a range of master penmen. For many years, this was the best reference in print, and it is still a valuable one.



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DVD23. Off Hand Flourishing DVD
DVD23. Off-Hand Flourishing: Techniques for Ornamental
Penmanship by Michael Sull. DVD.106 minutes.

Michael covers basic tools and materials: pen points, oblique holders, papers. He continues with instruction on preparing and using colored and gold inks, including mixing a sepia ink from vermilion sumi & Higgins Eternal; using Dr. Martin's Bleed Proof White; and Schmincke metallic gouaches.

The "off-hand" instruction begins with the primary flourishing strokes, and then Michel presents the basic steps for cartouches, scrolls, border designs, quills, birds, title flourishing, accent flourishes, and creative patterns. The DVD finishes with a selection of over 50 different historical designs by a range of master penmen. It's the closest thing to having Michael in the room teaching you!

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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B3303. American Cursive Handwriting (Reference) / Sull
American Cursive Handwriting (Reference Edition) by Michael Sull with Debra Sull. 2011. 320pp. 8.5"x11". Spiral Bound.

A thorough presentation of traditional penmanship for grade 5 through adult. Includes historical background, plus detailed information on writing position, writing zone, paper movement and recommended sizes of writing. The single volume contains both a teacher guide and the student workbook/copybook. The thorough lesson plan guides the user in a straightforward, step-by-step progression to improve handwriting skill.

The instructional program consists of:
Traditional Movement and Cross-Drill exercise sheets with instructions for daily use.
Over 150 copybook sheets in the time-tested method of practice, boasting more than 375 model lines of writing and 1,575 blank lines for student use .
Detailed pages on letter and number construction.
Specially designed practice sheets featuring a progressive format of guidelines to focus the student's efforts from basic letter size, height, spacing and slant to spontaneous writing upon a single baseline.

Additional chapters feature selected quotations, poems, excerpts from literature and Scripture for further practice; comments on the tools of writing, with special information on the use of fountain pens; the techniques of how to write a personal letter; ten important rules of handwriting; and blank guidesheets in all formats presented in the book.

American Cursive Handwriting is similar to Business Writing or the basic, unstressed forms of Spencerian Script. Michael Sull is author of instructional books and DVD's on Spencerian Script and Off Hand Flourishing.





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H51. Century Oblique Penholder
Century Oblique Holder

These gorgeous turned wood pen holders have a metal flange. They are made to hold the Nikko G and similar sized nibs. They can be adjusted with needle nosed pliers to fit other nibs. Wood Penholder. Wood color varies.

If you would like to purchase a holder that is fitted for a different sized nib, please see item number H53.



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N113. Nikko G Nib
N113. Nikko G Nib.

These nibs from Japan are hand cut, extremely smooth, and long-lasting. They are chrome plated and have a medium flex. Great for Spencerian. Smooth writing with no burrs or scratchiness. Highly recommended by Michael Sull.



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N118. Zebra G Nib
Zebra 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 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?
https://www.johnnealbooks.com/product_help#Zebra

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



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