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Barbara Close Italic Calligraphy

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Italic Calligraphy – Intermediate Skill Level
Teacher: Barbara Close

Class Supplies
  • Variety of calligraphic nibs: Speedball C2 & C3 or Brause 2mm & .75mm, Speedball #6 (N09, N02)
  • Holder (H113, H111)
  • Favorite Ink: Moon Palace, Walnut Ink, or Pelikan 4001 (I70, S449, SA-I04)
  • Watercolors: tubes or pans (S609, S808)
  • Water container (S1005)
  • Mixing palette (S120-30, S679)
  • Mixing brush (BR43)
  • Paper towels (S817)
  • #2 pencil (S142)
  • 12" ruler (S270)
  • Eraser (E13)
  • Layout Bond practice paper (P69, P70)
  • Canson Pro Layout Marker pad 9" x 12" (P32)
  • Arches 140# Hot Press or equivalent (1 sheet; cut/tear into quarters) (PA42-4)
Optional Supplies
  • One pan FineTec metallic gold/silver or rose (S1000)
  • 1 or 2 pan pastels (S952)


N09. Speedball C Calligraphy Nibs
American calligraphy nibs for Italic, Blackletter (Gothic, Old English), Uncial, Half Uncial, Foundational and many other hands or alphabets. C-0, C-1, C-2, C-3, C-4, C-5, C-6. C-0 is largest, C-6 is smallest. Best in larger sizes. C-2, C-3, & C-4 are popular for beginners’ classes. They rust easily so let them dry thoroughly before storing them away. Speedball C Calligraphy Nibs.

For more information about Speedball C nibs, click here.



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N02. Brause Calligraphy Nibs
Sizes in millimeters (0.5, 0.75, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0). Oblique-cut.

Brause calligraphy nibs are popular with both professionals and beginners. Stiffer nibs with reservoir on top. High quality nibs from Germany. Order these if you have a heavy hand and apply strong pressure when you write. These chisel edged dip nibs are great for Blackletter (Gothic/Old English), Italic, and other hands.




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H113. Turned Wood Straight Holder
H113. Turned Wood Straight Holder.

Choose from three beautiful styles:
The Ornamental Wood Holder has intricate ornamental turnings inspired by those on the Century Penholders.

The Ebony Wood Holder has the same design as the Ornamental version but is made out of a very dark (almost black) African hardwood. This version is slightly heavier than the other versions.

The Tapered Wood Holder has a finely tapered classic shape. All Tapered are the same dark brown/black color.

The Zanerian Wood Holder has a slimly tapering shaft and a teardrop finial.

Each style has the standard metal nib gripper and overall length of 6.5-6.75". Quantity discount at 12+.




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H111. Manuscript Color Holders
H111. Colored Pen Holders.

These painted wood holders have the same tapered shape as our popular Mahogany Wood Holders and use the standard metal nib gripper.

Choose color: Black, Blue, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, and Turquoise. Dark Purple has been discontinued.




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I70. Moon Palace Sumi Ink
Moon Palace Sumi
The Ink is now in a bottle with a Gold Label

While the packaging is a bit different, this is the highly sought after and highly recommended Japanese Sumi Ink. For both broad edge and pointed pen work. Dries waterproof. A great calligraphy ink.

"I like Moon Palace better, but both Moon Palace and Best Bottle are beautiful inks. The Moon Palace has a slight sheen to it, which I like. Michael suggested this ink to me so please tell him I said, "thank you". I just finished a job of 200 invitations with Moon Palace and the ink is beautiful. I did not dilute the ink.
A client just brought me invitations (slick paper) to address. This bride knew going into this that I probably couldn't do pointed pen. However, for fun, I tried the Sumi inks and to my surprise they worked pretty darn good. I usually have to use a sharpie on slick envelopes, yikes!!!"

--Clair F., Jan 2011.

Four sizes available:

2.0 oz (widemouthed jar)
6.0 oz (180ml)
15 oz (450ml)
60 oz bulk bottle (1.8L) -- Great for teachers or buy and share the cost with a friend or two or three!



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S449. Walnut Ink Crystals
Dissolve 1 teaspoon crystals in 1/2 cup distilled water, wait for 25-35 minutes, and then you will have a warm, rich walnut ink. The ink is lightfast, flows well and is highly recommended by many master scribes. Makes a wonderful brown or sepia ink for calligraphy, drawing, washes or antiquing paper. Non-waterproof Made from walnut hulls.

Choose Size:
1oz
2oz
4oz
8oz
16oz

The best price for walnut ink crystals is 4oz and larger.



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SA-I04-S. Pelikan 4001 Ink Sampler Set
SA-I04-S Pelikan 4001 Ink Sampler Set

The sampler set contains 1/2-ounce jars of all seven colors of Pelikan 4001. A favorite for dip and fountain pens, the colors are very vibrant. Includes Black, Blue, Brown, Green, Purple, Red, and Turquoise.

For full size jars, see item I04.

I04. Pelikan 4001 Ink Color Chart



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S609. Prang Watercolor Set (16 half pans)
Prang Watercolor Set (16 half pans).
These inexpensive but good watercolor sets are recommended by many including Barbara Close. Easy to take to workshops or on trips.

This selection of choice pigments, blended with specially formulated binders and dispersing agents, results in a true transparent paint in brilliant colors. White segment non-beading mixing lid attached with stainless steel hinge pin for years of use. Each set comes with a #7 natural hairbrush.



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S808. Koh-I-Noor Watercolor Wheels
Kohinoor Watercolor Wheels.

Rich, opaque watercolor at a great price. 24 brilliant colors in four disks, which stack and lock for convenient portability. Use the clear lid as a 6-section palette.




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S1005. Clic & Go Foldable Water Pot
S1005. Clic & Go Foldable Water Pot

The Faber-Castell Clic & Go is a collapsible and expandable water pot. Easy to clean and store, travels easily. Ridges on the cup are the perfect place to hold brushes in between uses. The water pot holds approximately 12 ounces. PVC- and Latex-free.



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