Christopher Haanes -  Skeleton Capitals to Ruling pen - Thursdays, Oct 21, 28; Nov 4, 11

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John Neal Books is not hosting this class.

 Skeleton capitals to Ruling pen

Skeleton capitals are literally the backbone of the calligraphic primary hands.

 The ruling pen is a writing tool which lends itself to more gestural and explosive work. In the right hand it can add interesting line qualities to calligraphy.

We will move from simple moonlike skeleton shapes to using the ruling pen to add interest to the strokes through more dynamic movement.

 152 Euros.

 Register from October 5th.

Live online class, recording available for 2 months after class finishes.

When: Four-week class in Zoom, 

Thursdays: Oct 21, 28; Nov 4, 11 2021, 19:30–21:00 (90 mins). [Oslo time].

Supply List:

— Speedball B0 and B2 nibs (or a full set of Speedball B nibs) (N16) (N16-S6)

— A copperplate nib, like the Hunt 101 nib, and a penholder (an oblique pen holder is not necessary) (N77) (H113) (H114)

Some or all of the following choice of papers:

  • Arches Text Wove (PS01) (PS00)
  • Rives BFK (PS91)
  • Khadi Indian Handmade papers come in several different textures. (PS103)
  • Daler layout pads in A3 size are good for practicing sometimes. (Not Available in US)


  • All sizes of Brause or speedball nibs are recommended [Mitchell nibs not suitable] (N02) (N16)
  • Pencil [2h] (PL38)
  • Haff Ruling Pen (N33) Optional: Brody Pen (N211)
  • Pointed brush, for loading nib with ink (BR43)
  • Colored pencils (PL05)


  • Chinese Stick Ink  (IS38)
  • Ink Stone (IS19)
  • Higgins Eternal is a cheaper substitute, (I08)
  • Colours are optional, but please use Winsor and Newton gouache ((WNG1) (WNG2) (WNG3) (WNG4)


  • T Square (S753)
  • Dividers 
  • Compass (S1061)
  • Scalpel blade [no 21 for scraping]
  • Adjustable drawing board (S690)
  • Sandarac powder (S123)
  • Ruler (S271)
  • Eraser (E13)
  • Old cloth
  • Water jar(S260)
  • Guard sheet or cotton glove (S1024) (S1025)
$5.75 $4.95