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Will Flourish for Chocolate
Pointed pen flourishing has long been the sweetheart of letter artists and calligraphers everywhere. But did you ever wonder how it's done? In this workshop, participants will first learn simple, fundamental "rules" and techniques for flourishing names (or a few words), with their signature graceful curves, concentric ovals, and gentle direction changes. Next, we will learn to "see differently", letter by letter, and examine the endless possibilities of flourished names by using pencil sketches and overlays. Then we will experiment with oval shapes, mirror images, and negative space, as well as creating visual symmetry, intersecting lines and attaching flourishes to letters. The end result will be a finished composition (or more!) in pen and ink. Both decorative and useful, our goal in flourishing names and words is to achieve a balanced, harmonious and visually beautiful look, while maintaining the integrity and readability of the letterforms.
Skill Level: Intermediate - Please note: This is not a letterforms class. A basic understanding of any pointed pen alphabet is necessary in order to fully benefit from this workshop.


Recommended Reading
B2470. An Elegant Hand: The Golden Age of American Penmanship and Calligraphy. Hardcover $59.95. Iampeth pre-order price $56.95.
B255. The Universal Penman by George Bickham. Paper $21.95
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
B3052. At Home with Artistic Penwork, Book Five: Bird and Design Flourishing. $5.95
B2476. FW Tamblyn's Home Instruction in Penmanship. Paper Spiral $24.95
B145. The Zanerian Manual of Alphabets and Engrossing. $39.95
Masterpieces of Calligraphy by Peter Jessen. Out-of-print.

Supplies: Straight pen holder(H62, H70, H77) AND oblique pen holder (H95, H96); your favorite nibs (Recommended are Nikko G (N113), Zebra G (N118), Gillott 303 (N72), Gillott 404 (N74), Hunt 22 (N93) or Leonardt Principal (N120)); Higgins Eternal Ink (I08) or Sumi Moon Palace Black Ink (I70); Dinky Dip or ink holder (S620, S304); 12" clear plastic ruler, pencil, kneaded eraser (E09), small dropper bottle with water (S705); Paper: quadrille graph pad paper (10 sheets, 4 blocks per inch, I like; Staples "Gold Fiber" pad), plain computer inkjet paper (10 sheets), tracing paper (10 sheets) (P43), Borden and Riley Boris Marker Layout pad (P10), 9 X 12 OR Canson Marker ProLayout pad (P32-9), 9 X 12 OR Borden and Riley Cotton Comp, 9 X 12 (P39), small bottle water, a few Viva paper towels, masking tape or removable tape.



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.




Your Price $59.95

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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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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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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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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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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H70. Hunt 104 Pen Holder
A small, straight plastic penholder.

For Hunt 99, 100, 103, 104. Also fits Brause 66EF.



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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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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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