Alphabet Book | August 20, 27, Sept. 3

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John Neal Books is not hosting these classes.

August 20, 27, Sept. 3 / 11am-2pm (Chicago time / CDT / GMT-5)
  • Favorite calligraphic tools (could include broad­edged and pointed nibs; ruling, parallel, and automatic pens; unusual tools like cola or broom bristle pens) (Click HERE for our selection of calligraphy tools.)
  • 1 Black Sharpie marker (fine point)
  • 2 fine point black markers like Pigma Microns in sizes 005 & 01 (M17)
  • Small bottle of black sumi ink (I70)
  • Small bottle of walnut ink (I150, I53)
  • 30 ml jar of Dr. Martin's or Winsor & Newton Bleedproof White (I38) or a tube of white gouache (Click HERE for our selection of gouache)
  • Watercolors, plus one metallic in either watercolor or gouache (Click HERE for our selection of watercolors)
  • A few inexpensive flat, watercolor brushes to apply color (Brushes are optional. Simply Simmons is a good brand.) (BR60)
  • Favorite pointed brush (only if you like to do pointed brush writing) OR an Aquash Waterbrush Pointed (medium 12mm tip) (FP93) OR a Pentel Color Brush in Black or another color (FP57)
  • Lots of practice paper (Sulphite drawing paper is good because it has some tooth to it. Don't use really smooth paper.) (PA06)
  • Scissors (S835)
  • Pencil, sharpener and some erasers (kneaded and/or white) (PL38, PL13, E13, E09)
  • 6 well palette (S679)
  • Water container (for cleaning tools) (S1005)
  • Roll of paper towels (S817)
  • Some nice papers you have in your stash. These papers would be if you want to try your letters on paper other than that used for the pages of your book. Black or other colors would be nice. Suggestions: Arches Text Wove, Nideggen, Canson Mi­Tientes Black, Ingres Black, Arches Black Cover, watercolor paper in 90# or 140# cold press (rough), marbled papers, colored papers, paste papers, etc. (PS01, PS93, PS61, PS05, PS90, PS41, PS47)

Materials for Book:
I am putting in my suggestions for papers, but you may use anything that's equivalent in weight.
  • 2 sheets 22" x 30" Stonehenge White or Warm White, 250gsm (PS95)
  • You may use any white or off­white paper that is equivalent: 140# index or 100# cover. DO NOT USE a light text weight like Arches Text Wove.
  • 1 sheet 20" x 26" Fabriano Tiziano, 160gsm.
  • You may use an equivalent: 108# text or 65# cover. This will be folded in an origami­style fold, so don't use anything too thick. Your choice of color. (Click HERE for our selection of cover weight paper)
  • Same paper as the cover.
  • 2 pieces of 8.5" x 11" chipboard or mat board, no more than about 1/16" thickness (boards will be hidden)
  • 3M #415 Double­sided Bookbinders Tape 1/4" or any kind of archival double­sided tape 1/4" wide
  • Archival glue stick (if you don't want to buy tape) (S391)
  • Bone folder (S308)
  • Metal ruler (S270)
  • Pencil (PL38)
  • X­acto knife with a few #11 blades (S417, S130)
  • Cutting surface (S504)
  • Two pieces of chipboard or mat board approx. 5" W x 2" H
  • One large binder clip (about 2" wide x 1" deep)