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Heather Held

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The Artful Flourish
Offhand Flourishing is an expressive and ornate non-lettering calligraphic art form with limitless possibilities. Elegant designs that appear complex and labor intensive are demystified throughout the class. Beginning with a blank piece of paper, the student will be guided through the process of creating these fascinating flourishes. We will explore the essential strokes of offhand flourishing as well as ways of adding depth and color to these beautiful designs. The student will be taken from first steps in simple cartouche designs to more advanced projects including pen-drawn florals, border flourishes, Victorian washes and background techniques.
Skill Level: All



Recommended books. (No book is required for the class)
B368. Ames Compendium of Practical and Ornamental Penmanship. Paper $10.95. Comes as loose sheets in a three ring binder.
B152. Ornate Pictorial Calligraphy by E. A. Lupfer. Paper $9.95
B145. The Zanerian Manual. $39.95
B3337. Banners, Ribbons and Scrolls by Carol Belanger Grafton. 96pp. 8-3/8" x 11.5". Paper $10.95
503 copyright-free designs of ornamental scroll-work form from authentic Victorian sources. Many styles, motifs, sizes.
B255. The Universal Penman by George Bickham. Paper $21.95
B3173. Florid Victorian Ornament by Karl Klimsch. Paper $12.95
Pat Blair let us know about this fantastic collection of pen drawn acanthus leaf in a variety of styles. It is also a favorite of Heather Held. Copyright-free.

Supplies: Paper: Blank practice paper such as Rhodia or Clairefontaine Triomphe (P36, P53), a few sheets of dark colored cardstock cut to 5"x7" size, a few sheets of either cream color cardstock, diploma parchment or Hot Press Watercolor paper cut to 5"x7" size. Ink: your favorite practice ink for pointed pen, I use McCaffery's Brown (I37-BRN) exclusively for the Victorian Line and Wash technique. Bleedproof white (with small water dish and inexpensive mixing brush) (I38), Oblique or Straight Pen Holder(H95, H96, H51, H52, H62, H77). Your favorite pointed pen nib (Zebra G recommended) (N118). Pencil, ruler (S271), eraser (E13), note taking supplies. A few colored pencils for floral accents (The Derwent Metallic Set of 12(S727) or Caran D'Ache Metallic Set of 12 will work for the dark paper technique and the Victorian Line and Wash technique. Size 00 Water media brush (BR27, BR38), small water container (S784), paper towel
Few sheets of dark colored cardstock cut to 5"x7" size, a few sheets of cream color cardstock, diploma parchment or Hot Press Watercolor paper cut to 5"x7" size.
Optional Supplies that will be demonstrated: Finetec gold metallic watercolor set with small inexpensive mixing brush and water dish, Sakural Gelly Roll Clear Stardust pen, Diane Townsend Pastels with small sandpaper pad and pastel brush.



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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B145. Zanerian Manual of Alphabets and Engrossing
The Zanerian Manual of Alphabets and Engrossing. 1981. 140pp. 8"x10.5". Spiral.

At present, a reprint of this book is not in the works (as far as we know). You can include the book on your order, and you will be notified of the book's price when/if it is available again.

Click the image for a preview of the book.

The first 21 pages by E.A. Lupfer provide some of the best Copperplate instruction available. He was a master of the hand. Other engrossing alphabets are shown, as well as many examples of engrossed pieces. Revised & reissued at intervals since it was first published as Zanerian Alphabets in 1895. This latest version is printed on glossy paper. The quality of some images is not as good as others.



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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.




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P36. Clairefontaine Blank Pad (Unlined)
Clairefontaine Writing Pad

Triomphe. Paper is bright white, extra smooth, pH neutral paper, 24lb/90gsm (sheets 26lb/100gsm), 8.25"x11.75". Blank. Pad of 50 sheets. From France. Recommended by Michael Sull for Spencerian and Off-Hand Flourishing.



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P53. Rhodia Blank Pad (Unlined)
P53. Rhodia Blank Pad (Unlined).
Blank Sheets. 8.25"x11.5" (Sheet Size). Black Cover.

Highly recommended for pointed pen work. Non-bleeding, bright white, smooth satin finish, 80gsm (22lb), acid-free, pH neutral paper. Micro-perforated to provide a clean edge when you tear out the sheet. The pad is staple bound. 80 sheets.

Also available as Lined Pad (P54) and Graph Pads (P55, P56).




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I38. Dr. Martin's Bleed Proof White Ink
Dr Martin's Bleed Proof White

A dense, opaque, smooth-writing white for your dip pen. Thin with water to the proper consistency. Tint with watercolor or gouache for pastel letters. Recommended by John Stevens and Peter Thornton. 1oz.

Diane Von Arx uses a similar product, Pro-white (I62).



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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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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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H77. Ergonomic Pen Holder
The manufacturer says the shape reduces fatigue and discomfort. Instead of a being a cylinder, the penholder has been designed for your fingers. Blonde wood.

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



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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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