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Cheerio May 2013

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Carl Rohrs  The Highly Opinionated Letterer (That's YOU!)  

May 5-10 2013


Pen:  Large folded brass FLAT pen (1/4", 5/16" or 3/8" Horizon (N149)  is ideal; Coit, Hiro (N13, N13-S6) or similar are okay; Automatic(N27, N27-S6) is too sharp, but will work with a light touch); plus any other pens you like to use.


Flat Brush:  1/2" W/N Series 995 flat brush (BR01) or similar (clear handle, gold bristles).


Pointed Brush: Pentel Color Brush (FP57, FP59) or similar; plus any pointed brushes you like to use: Lebenzon, Series 7(BR28), Chinese, etc.


Ruling pen: any of the modern variations(N22, N30, N148, N33). If you like a traditional drafting tool style, bring it along.


Non-waterproof ink: Higgins Eternal (I08), Higgins Sepia (I121), walnut (I53, S449), Noodler's (I123), Private Reserve, anything like that (I04). Look out for the words "Indian," "permanent," even "Sumi," they all clog the slits of folded flat pens. A tube or two of gouache (W/N Indigo (WNG322) and Prussian Blue (WNG538) have excellent texture and power (WNG335, WNG331). All colors are not created equal!) Optional: White or light colors of gouache (WNG512) and/or a jar of Pro-White (I62) or Dr. Martin's Bleedproof White (I38)  if you want to write in reverse (and some dark papers, too (PS05, PS21-BLK).


Paper: Large paper (11x17 or larger) Bond is fine for pens, or something with a bit of tooth. Diploma Parchment (PS84) is my favorite at the moment & I like STRATHMORE Series 300 Charcoal Pads (P51, P52) for pen, flat brush and pointed brush, but not CANSON'S charcoal pads: pen work [only] will bleed, plus any fancier papers you might want to work on -- Canson Ingres (PS05) or Mi Tientes (PS61), Bugra (PS21), watercolor (either hot press or cold press) etc.)


Regular pencil (S142) (for guidelines)


Colored pencils (S524, S528) (for a really quick, optional, addition of color to any kind of lettering) I love Prismacolors best, they are soft and rich. Bring your favorite soft (regular) colored pencils.)


And, a ruler (S270, S871) (for guidelines and some light folding, 18" is preferred, but either will work).


For the cut paper part of the class you will need:  An exacto knife (S417, S837, S754) and plenty of #11 blades (S130, S838); a self-healing cutting mat (S504, S504LG), the bigger the better, but a 9"x12" really is just fine; and paper to cut: most cut paper art is traditionally done on black paper, so I'd load up on that if I were you, something in the Canson Mi-tientes (PS61) kind of weight neighborhood. But ANY COLOR is going to work. As much as I would prefer to advise you to travel lightly, it will give you more options for creativity to have a nice selection of paper with you. Marbled and patterned papers will come into use as well (your cut-out letters will need something interesting to sit on top of). — I will have some marbled papers and chiyogami papers with me for sale.

How much paper to bring? "It really does come down to how much finish work they're going to accomplish, and I won't be ordering any quotas to be reached. Most folks will only be doing one or two or three cut pieces, I imagine, but that same paper can be good for pen and brush work as well, so some folks will be charging through much more for the workshop. Black is definitely the color, though for the cut paper project, by a considerable percentage." – Carl



Adhesive: Spray adhesive (S886) is handy, or a glue stick (S391) (regular, NOT repositionable) will do, or something a little more elegant than that such as PVA, if you are less of a slouch than your instructor. I just use the spray and the stick — and Scotch brand tape.



There will be an optional special project, a cut-paper prismatic letter, that you may want to try. For this you will need 6 or 7 sheets of 8 1/2" x 11" paper, that range in color from white or very bright to dark or black. If there is an art store or hobby store near you that stocks scrap book supplies they will usually have a large selection of colored papers in this size (P47). Get the slightly heavier weight they might call card stock and pick out a nice range of value in colors that go together -- it can be monochromatic or not.



Optional: For the Photoshop part of the class, if you are interested, bring along a laptop computer with any version of Photoshop installed (and bring a mouse!). A digital camera that you can hook up to your computer will be handy, too, but I will have mine, and we can use that for those doing any of these projects. Don't worry if you don't have one or don't want to deal with this.



N13. Hiro Poster Nib
Use these nibs for bold writing. These nibs fit in most standard holders.
Please choose size:
4mm - slightly over 1/8"
5mm - approx. 3/16"
6mm - slightly less than 1/4"
8mm - approx. 5/16"
10mm - approx. 3/8"
15mm - approx. 9/16"

For the holders with the metal rings and four prongs: as you insert the nib into the holder, make sure that one edge of the arc of metal is in the gap of the ring.
Does not fit in the Century Turned and the Brause Double Ended Holders, or holders for smaller and crowquill nibs.

Your Price

N13-S6. Hiro Poster Nibs set of 6
N13-S6. Hiro Poster Nib Set. All 6 nibs

4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 15 mm.

Your Price $14.70

BR01. W&N 995 Chisel Lettering Brush
Chisel Edged Lettering Brush

The standard brush recommended by John Stevens, Carl Rohrs and other instructors for chisel-edged alphabets. Golden nylon flat watercolor brush with seamless nickel ferrules and clear plastic handle. Durable and responsive.
Winsor and Newton Series 995 flat watercolor brush.

Choose from three sizes:


Change size selector to see sale prices.

Your Price $20.29

FP57. Pentel Color Brush
Pentel Art Brush

Much sought after. For brush lettering. Medium. Specify color: Light Green, Turquoise, Olive Green, Pale Orange, Steel Blue, Gray, Orange, Sepia, Purple, Black, Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Brown, Pink, Sky Blue, Yellow-Orange.

FP 57. Pentel Color Brush color chart

Your Price $8.75

FP59. Pentel Pocket Brush Fountain Pen
Pentel Brush Fountain Pen / Pentel Pocket Brush.

Carry an inked brush in your tool kit, pocket, or purse. The high-quality, synthetic-fiber brush tip is a bit longer than other brush fountain pens. Has a fine point and a great spring back. Highly recommended by Karen Charatan. It is a little stiffer than the Pentel Color Brush (FP57), and therefore a little easier for beginners to control. This is Pentel Pocket Brush GFKP.
Includes two pigmented, water resistant ink cartridges.

Cartridge Replacement Instructions.

Your Price $19.99

BR28. W&N Series #7 Watercolor Brush
Series 7 fulfills the essential qualities that define the finest watercolor brush for artists: Point: The brush comes to a crisp point which is maintained during use. Snap & Spring: The brush snaps crisply back into shape with the right degree of spring to allow the artist superior control between the brush and painting surface. Flow Control: The color flows evenly and consistently from the point, with enough color carrying capacity in the belly of the brush to allow flowing gestural strokes. For artists who appreciate exquisite quality and longevity, there is no other brush than the Series 7. Today, just as in 1866, the Series 7 is made for those who understand that the quality of the brush will be reflected in the quality of their work.


Your Price $18.99

N22. Ruling Pen
N22. Ruling Pen.

Julian Waters, Gottfried Pott, and many others are using ruling pens to produce expressive letters. This calligraphy ruling pen is designed specifically for lettering. You vary the line width by tilting the pen. Wood handle with brass collar & writing unit.

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N30. Folded Ruling Pen
Folded Ruling Pen

Introduced at Letterforum in 1995, this innovative lettering tool has been popular ever since. Use it to produce tight "brush lettering" with a pen or for wild, fun, expressive lettering. These are the originals made by Matthew Coffin and highly praised by Carl Rohrs and Peter Thornton as superior to others that are available.

Peter Thornton has his students use our Polishing Paper (S107) to lightly abrade the outer and inner surfaces of the Folded Pen. This allows the ink to spread out on the pen instead of beading up.

Your Price

N33. Thomas Hoyer Haff Ruling Pen (629 U)
N33. Hoyer Ruling Pen
Thomas Hoyer Ruling Pen, Haff Ruling Pen (629 U)

Thomas Hoyer uses this fine-crafted, traditional ruling pen for expressive lettering. 5"overall length; nickel-plated tool steel alloy. Both Thomas and this ruling pen come from Germany. He has introduced the tool as a writing instrument at several conferences and workshops in the USA and Europe. This ruling pen was sold by HAFF as their number 629U. These are now coming from the manufacturer, a small family firm, which has given us more options for handles.

This ruling pen is now available in a range of handle materials. The Black Aladdinite has more heft than the Black Plastic (The writing part is identical in each.)

Choose one:
Black Plastic
Black Aladdinite*

*Aladdinite is a sustainable manufactured material made using milk protein. It was invented in the early 20th century and was used for a wide variety of items (including jewelry) before the invention of plastic derived from petroleum. It is most commonly used now for buttons.

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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

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