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THE FLOURISHED MONOGRAM – Kathy Milici
Webster's dictionary defines a monogram as an effective and visually attractive arrangement of two or more letters, no longer separate, becoming a symbol or sign, which conveys personal significance. Originally a contraction of a formal name, early monograms were found as far back as the 5th century, and were later popular among royalty, nobility, and as part of heraldry. In Victorian times, monograms were used on fine linens, stationery, jewelry, and other personal belongings. Today, monogram design remains popular as ever—from commercial use as trademarks, symbols, and as part of branding to personal use in stationery and wedding themed design.In this workshop, we will first look at some famous monograms and what makes them so visually successful. Then, as we develop our own designs (from simple to more complex) using step-by-step instructions, we will explore the 'elasticity' of letters, learning how to bend, modify, repeat, stretch, overlap and interlock lines to create well balanced, useful and visually beautiful monograms. From a pencil sketch to finished "inked" designs, and working with shapes such as spirals, cameos, shields and diamonds, you will be guided through the interplay of patterns and textures as you develop and design your own images that are fit to be crowned in royalty! Skill Level: Open to all levels; a basic knowledge of pointed pen/broad pen styles is helpful.

Supplies: Straight pen holder (H62, H63) and/or oblique pen holder (H95), your favorite pointed pen nibs (recommended are Nikko G, Zebra G, Gillott 303/404, Hunt 22) (N113, N118, N72, N74, N93), your favorite broad pen nibs in various sizes (recommended are Speedball (N09) C-2, C-3, C-4, or Mitchell/Brause equivalents (N04, N02)), Higgins Eternal Ink (I08) or Sumi Moon Palace Black Ink (I70), Dinky Dip or ink well/holder (S934, S853), 12" clear plastic ruler (S798), pencil, kneaded eraser (E09), small dropper bottle with water (S897-2). Paper: 10 sheets of tracing paper (P43), (4 squares per inch is fine), Borden and Riley Boris Marker Layout pad (P10-50), 9" X 12" or Canson Marker ProLayout pad (P32-9), 9" X 12" or Borden and Riley Cotton Comp pad (P39), 9" X 12". Paper towels. Optional: Small compass, Scotch removable tape.

Recommended Books
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.



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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S934. Small Screw-Top Dinky Dip
S934. Small Rectangle or Square Dinky Dip, with 4 screw-top vials.

These mini inkwells allow you to see your nib as you dip into the ink, allowing you to easily control the depth. They are especially well-suited for pointed pen. Each has four plastic vials, four screw-tops, and an unfinished wooden base. The screw-tops seal the vials tight for transporting or storage (you should keep the filled vials upright). Vial inside dimensions: approximately 14mm dia. x 20mm high. (These are larger than the vials for our regular small Dinky Dip, now called "Flip-Top Small Dinky Dip.")

Choose your base shape:
Rectangle 1" x 4"
Square 2.75" x 2.75"

See S935 for refills.

If you prefer a vial with a flip-top, please see our Flip Top Dinky Dip, item S852.

If you prefer larger vials, please see our Jumbo Dinky Dip, item S853.





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