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Improv Studio

C07 ALL LEVELS Thursday – Saturday

Recommended Books

Most don't directly pertain to my Neuland class, but these books inspire me to create and stretch myself.


B3044. Art Expose by Judy Melvin. 2008. 20pp. $14.95

Judy has put her workshop notes into book form. It's a book of how to make beautiful artwork using the techniques for creative expression that she teaches. Full color.

B3844. The New Creative Collage Techniques by Nena Leland & Virginia Lee Williams. Paper $29.95

B2945. Celebrate Your Creative Self by Mary Todd Beam. Spiral $29.99. Pre-Order Price $26.99

B3037. The Zen of Creative Painting: An Elegant Design for Revealing Your Muse by Jeanne Carbonetti. Out-of-print, but used copies are available. Paper $19.95

B3180. Watercolor Tricks and Techniques by Cathy Johnson (new edition). Paper $29.95



B3244. Calligraphy by Denise Lach. Hardcover is sold out. Paperback due Winter 2013. $24.95

B2982. John Stevens SCRIBE: Calligraphy, Design, Lettering Art. Hardcover $49.95.

Lettering as Drawing by Nicolette Gray. (out of print)

Schrift Un Schreiben im Unterricht by H. Korger.

The Splendor of Islamic Calligraphy.



B2864. The Book of Questions by Pablo Neruda, translated by Wm. O'Daly. Paper $14.00

B2946. Honey and Salt by Carl Sandburg. Paper $13.95

LR25-4. Letter Arts Review 25.4. This issue has a fully illustrated, 16-page Mike Gold & Judy Melvin article. $14.50



PAPERS: Arches Text Wove (PS01-FS) - 2 - Full sheets (24x40)

• Black Strathmore Artagain (P58) or Black Canson Colorline will be provided plus a piece of Arches Cover black (PS90)

• watercolor paper 90#(PS42)- 1/2 sheet (inexpensive sheet is okay) BRUSHES: at least a #2 pointed for writing synthetic mixing & work brushes (BR38, BR43) inexpensive flat oriental wash brush (about $2.00 in craft stores)

• Winsor & Newton Sceptre Series 101(BR26)

• MEDIA: zinc white Gouache (WNG748) or Chinese white w/c (WN150)

• Dr. Martins Bleed Proof White (I38) or Pro White (I62)

• scissors (S835)

xacto knife (S417)

small cutting board ruler

eraser (E13)

at least 2 water containers -- we use a lot of water (S784, S276)

paper towels (S817)

palette tray (S679) or plate for color mixing

containers to store mixed colors - film cannisters, jars with lids(S260)--applesauce or pudding containers (plastic)

white glue (PVA or Elmer's School Glue) (S340)

glue stick (S391)

OPTIONAL: If desired: gold leaf

Instacoll (S479) (PVA will do) Gouache (WNG331, WNG335, WNG512, WNGDPS) or watercolors Colored pencils (S521) & untested supplies or tools

• Collage papers: scraps, old pieces of lettering, napkins, thin papers work best, such as white tissue or thin sumi papers

• Colored papers -at least 8 inches wide

Adorandick colors (S773)


• Bleach

• Soft pastels & many more - including all to be shared by the class.


B3044. Art Expose/Judy Melvin
B3044. Art Expose: A Collection of Techniques for Creative Expression by Judy Melvin. 2008. 20pp. 8.25"x8.25". Paper.

Judy Melvin has put her workshop notes into book form. It's a book of how to make beautiful artwork using the techniques for creative expression that she teaches. Full color.
Includes: Sumi Ink & Sink Art, Sumi Ink & TECH Ink, Gesso, Pastels & Stencils, Bleach & Pastels, and Walnut Ink.

Your Price $14.95

PS01-FS. FULL SHEET Arches Text Wove 40 x 25.5 in
PS01-FS. Arches Text Wove Full Sheets.
100% rag, pH neutral. 40"x25.5". 120gsm. White. Smooth (wove) finish. 4 deckles.

Takes ink well. A great, slightly soft paper to write on. One of our most popular papers. Great for paste paper. Mouldmade in France.

Grain runs parallel to the underlined dimension.

This paper ships separately from books/supplies and requires an extra shipping fee which is NOT included in the price of this product. Add item 'PS00' to your cart after adding large sheets of paper. (click to read details)

Your Price $8.87

P58. Black Artagain Pad
Black Artagain Drawing Paper Pad.

Ideally suited for soft pastels and charcoal, also very popular for pointed pen. Use gel roller pens, metallic gouache or opaque white ink for dramatic effects. Acid-free, medium weight (60lb, 160gsm), and fairly smooth. Made with 30% post-consumer fiber. Judy Melvin recommends this paper for her "Bleach & Pastels" technique described in Art Expose. Unlike the current Arches Cover Black, this paper bleaches to light color. From Strathmore, 24 sheets.

Specify Size:

Also available with Assorted Colors, see item P84.

Your Price $17.59

PS90. Arches Cover Paper Black
Arches Cover Black
22"x30". 250gsm. Mouldmade in France. 100% cotton. pH neutral, lightly sized, textured surface. 4 deckles. Black.

Laurie Doctor and others recommend this sheet for book and portfolio covers. It folds without cracking. Judy Melvin likes it for her calligraphic painting - however this is NOT the Arches Black that will bleach correctly. When bleach is applied to this new version the paper turns pink (salmon). Grain direction is parallel to underlined dimension.

This paper ships separately from books/supplies and requires an extra shipping fee which is NOT included in the price of this product. Add item 'PS00' to your cart after adding large sheets of paper. (click to read details)

Your Price $13.70

BR38. WN Artists' Watercolor Sable
WN Artists' Watercolor Sable Round

Excellent for fine detail, lines and washes. The round-bellied watercolor brush is the most popular watercolor brush. Quality Kolinsky sable hair, birchwood handles and seamless nickel ferrules all put together by hand to create a truly excellent brush. Has been improved to ensure a perfect point. Matte finish handle.

Recommended by Valerie Weilmuenster for illuminated letters as a good and ess expensive alternative to the Winsor & Newton Series 7.

**To see the price of each size, select the size in the box below**

Your Price $10.99

BR43. White Bristle Brushes (pack of 3)
BR43. White Bristle Brushes (pack of 3)

Great for mixing gouache or loading ink.

Choose Flat (sizes 2,4,6) or Round (sizes 1,3,5).

Your Price

BR26. W&N Sceptre Gold 101 Brush
W&N Sceptre Gold 101 Brush, Round, Short Handle

For fine detail, lines & washes. A traditional and popular head shape for all-purpose watercolor work. Can be used for broad strokes yet it will also form a sharp point. They possess excellent color holding capacity, sensitivity, spring and durability. Recommended by Michael Sull.

High quality brushes made from a mix of sable and synthetic fibres. They are ideal for watercolor and suitable for use with acrylic. For watercolor media, while today's synthetic brushes perform excellently, pure sable still has the edge. With a blend you can get performance that is close to sable at a price that is close to synthetic. The blend of hair in Sceptre Gold II also gives you added benefits. Sable hair has excellent spring while the high-quality synthetic filaments ensure that the brushes are soft enough to work the color but also have a strong snap so they return back to their original shape with ease. The high proportion of sable in Sceptre Gold II gives the brushes considerably more ability to make larger washes in one stroke than normal synthetic brushes, and the hairs are tapered to a fine point, giving the brush control for detailed work.

Winsor and Newton Sceptre Gold 101 Brush Round Short Handle

Your Price $8.19

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).

Your Price

I62. Pro White Ink
I62. Pro White.
Similar to Dr Martin’s Bleed-proof white, this is Sherrie Lovler's white of choice. Opaque. Also mixes well with gouache. 1oz jar.

Your Price $9.30

S835. Detail Scissors
Detail Scissors.

For intricate paper cutting of lighter weight papers. Super fine detail scissors made from surgical stainless steel. 4" long. Blade length 1.25".

Your Price

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