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Laura Hooper
Laura teaches the art of pointed-pen calligraphy at in-person workshops around the US & in Canada, with her sister, Alyssa.
For more information, visit http://lhcalligraphy.com/

Holders
H96. Adjusted Oblique Plastic Holder with Metal Flange
H48. Peerless/Ziller Oblique Holder (Grey Plastic)
H51. Century Oblique Penholder
H117. Left Hand Oblique Holder


Nibs
N154. Pointed Nib Sampler
N74. Gillott 404 Nib
N113. Nikko G Nib
N118. Zebra G Nib
N118-10PK. Zebra G Nibs -- 10 pack
N86. Hunt 56 Nib
N77. Hunt 101 Nib


Paper
P55. Rhodia Graph Pad 8.25"x11.75"
P75. Rhodia Dot Grid Pad 8.25x11 inches


Supplies
I84. W&N Gum Arabic: 2.5oz
S934. Screw-top Small Dinky Dip
S843. 2oz Glass Jar
S231. Pen & Nib Art Bin
S762. Artograph LightPad
M97. Pentel Sign Pen Brush Tip
FP57. Pentel Colorbrush
S950. Topolino Magnetic Stirrer
S951. Magnetic Stirrer Bars (pack of 5)


Ink
I08. Higgins Eternal Ink
I126. Kuretake Sumi Ink
I38. Dr. Martin's Bleed Proof White Ink


Metallic Inks
S741. Finetec Artist Color Gold Set
I27. Dr. Martin's Spectralite Ink
I139-S. Pearl Ex Metallic Calligraphy Set w/ Gum Arabic


Colored Inks
I28. Ziller Ink


Brushes
BR47. Raphael Kolinsky 8408 Brushes
BR22. Escoda Brushes


H96. Black Comfort Grip Adjusted Holder
This comfort-grip, black plastic, “hourglass” holder with an oblique brass flange is a great improvement over the Speedball Oblique Holder. The flange is tilted to decrease the angle of the nib to the paper, making your upstrokes less likely to catch on the paper and the flange is pre-adjusted for our most popular nibs.

This holder does not include a nib.

Choose nib adjustment: 66EF (Brause 66EF), 303 (Gillott 303), PRIN (Principal EF), NIKK (Nikko G).

Click HERE to see which other nibs each adjustment will fit.



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H51. Century Oblique Penholder
Century Oblique Holder

These gorgeous turned wood pen holders have a metal flange. They are made to hold the Nikko G and similar sized nibs. They can be adjusted with needle nosed pliers to fit other nibs. Wood Penholder. Wood color varies.

If you would like to purchase a holder that is fitted for a different sized nib, please see item number H53.



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H117. Left Hand Oblique Holder
H117. Left Hand Oblique Penholder

Finally, an oblique holder for lefties! This holder will help keep the nib to a proper angle, leading to fewer paper snags. The flange is adjusted to hold the Nikko G (and other similarly sized nibs). If you would like us to adjust to a different nib, please tell us in the "Special Shipping Instructions" of your order.



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N154. Pointed Nib Sampler
N154. Pointed Nib Sampler

This nib sampler contains one each of our most popular pointed nibs:

Brause 66EF
Brause Rose
Brause Steno
Gillott 303
Gillott 404
Hunt 22
Hunt 101
Leonardt G
Leonardt Principal EF
Nikko G
Zebra G


For a sampler that includes all of our pointed nibs, see item N117.




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N74. Gillott 404 Nib
N74. Gillott 404 Nib.

The Gillott 404 is a popular, sturdy nib. It is long-lasting, fairly stiff nib, and suitable for writing at x-heights from 3/16" to 1/4", on all surfaces from smooth to textured. It is a good choice for beginners (or those with a heavy hand.) Because they require more pressure to create the swells, stiffer nibs are easier to control. With thicker hairlines others, The Gillott 404 is a good choice for work for reproduction. The Gillott 404 is stiffer and less sharp than the Gillott 303 and Gillott 170.

Recommended by Eleanor Winters in her Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy (B1109) for beginners and professionals because they "provide fine line quality without being too fragile." Satisfactory for Spencerian Script.

The nib is part of the JNB Pointed Nib Samplers. The nib is also available in a longer-writing Ink Cage version.

Discounted quantity prices at 10 and at 144.




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N113. Nikko G Nib
N113. Nikko G Nib.

These nibs from Japan are hand cut, extremely smooth, and long-lasting. They are chrome plated and have a medium flex. Great for Spencerian. Smooth writing with no burrs or scratchiness. Highly recommended by Michael Sull.



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N118. Zebra G Nib
Zebra Nib.

Similar to the popular Nikko G Nib, but a little more flexible and sharper. It will produce a finer hairline than the Nikko. Same sturdy quality. If you are using the Nikko G but would like to be able to write with thinner hairlines and thicker strokes, give these nibs a try. Michael Sull still recommends the Nikko G nib as best for learning Spencerian, but this Zebra G Nib is a good one, too, for Spencerian.

Which holders will work with this nib?
https://www.johnnealbooks.com/product_help#Zebra

Just wanted to let you know about my experience with the ZEBRA G nibs: Santa was very generous to me this year and I got a dozen. I pulled the nibs out to play with this weekend and I have found my new love. I used the nib with Walnut Ink and the hairlines, so thin, so smooth, with a light touch and the nib skated effortlessly across the page. I really enjoyed working with this nib. If you haven't had the chance to try this nib out yet, it's worth the couple of bucks. I haven't tried any of my other inks, but I will be doing that this week. So far, I'm loving these nibs. Don't know if they are workhorses yet - I only had them a few days. - Ilovepenmanship

I love them too. The nibs are great with the iron gall inks because the ink does not eat the nib as fast. Great hairlines and just enough flex for shades. Much thanks to John Neal for these!!! - Nan DeLuca



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N118-10PK. Zebra G Nibs -- 10 pack
Zebra Nibs -- Pack of 10

Zebra G Nib. Similar to the popular Nikko G Nib, but a little more flexible and sharper. It will produce a finer hairline than the Nikko. Same sturdy quality. Michael Sull still recommends the Nikko G Nib as best for learning Spencerian, but this Zebra G Nib is a good one, too, for Spencerian.
Quantaty discounts available at 2,3, and 5 packs.



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N86. Hunt 56 Nib
The Hunt 56 nib is useful for writing larger letters on smooth or textured papers. The nib is a steady and durable one making it a great nib for beginners. The Hunt 56 produces healthy swells of ink when firm and deliberate pressure is applied. Strong hairlines. Comparable to Gillott 404 in stiffness and width of hairlines.

For more information about Hunt pointed nibs, click here.



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N77. Hunt 101 Nib
Hunt 101 Imperial.

A very steady and durable nib, the Hunt 101 is a great choice for projects that require larger writing with x-heights above 1/4". It can be used on most paper surfaces, though it can have a tendency to catch on the upstroke when used on a rougher surface. The Hunt 101 requires firm and deliberate pressure to open swells, while its strength and steadiness makes it an ideal selection for student practice. Bronze finish.

For more information about Hunt pointed nibs, click here.



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FP57. Pentel Color Brush
Pentel Art Brush

Much sought after. For brush lettering. Medium. Specify color: Light Green, Turquoise, Olive Green, Pale Orange, Steel Blue, Gray, Orange, Sepia, Purple, Black, Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Brown, Pink, Sky Blue, Yellow-Orange.

FP 57. Pentel Color Brush color chart





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S950. Topolino Magnetic Stirrer
S950. Topolino Magnetic Stirrer.

If you address envelopes with metallic ink, this little machine is for you. All metallic inks have a settling problem. When you first start working, it takes a lot of shaking to get the metallic color evenly mixed in the ink. While you are working, you have to regularly stir the bottle to keep the pigment evenly dispersed. This ingenious device provides a fine solution. You place a Teflon-coated magnetic stir bar in a wide-mouthed jar, pour in your metallic ink, and set the jar on the platform of the magnetic stirrer. Turn the dial on the magnetic stirrer, and, as if by magic, your ink is stirred! Leave your ink in the wide-mouth jar with the Teflon-coated pellet, and next time the machine will quickly and effortlessly stir your ink for you. No batteries; the stirrer plugs in. Because of its flat design, you are not limited to one jar size. Includes one magnetic stir bar.
(Additional bars, see item S951.)

A range of magnetic stirrers are available, but this one seems best for calligraphers: It is small and won’t take up a lot of space in your work area. It is simple to operate, has no unnecessary features, and is modestly priced (for a magnetic stirrer).



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S951. Magnetic Stirrer Bars (pack of 5)
S951. Stirring Bars. Pack of 5. Coated with a Teflon-like material. For use with the Topolino Magnetic Stirrer.


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I08. Higgins Eternal Ink
I08. Higgins Eternal Ink.

A non-waterproof, carbon black ink for dip pens. Our most popular ink for classes. Recommended for copperplate (add a few drops of gum arabic). Perhaps the best ink for calligraphy for a beginner; it will cause the beginner the fewest problems. This ink will bleed more readily than other inks. If bleeding is a problem, try Sumi Inks. 2.5 oz.

Quantity discounts start at 6 & 12.

"For broad-pen writing, I add gouache to Higgins Eternal. Gouache gives Eternal some needed body. It doesn't necessarily have to be black gouache. Indigo or a dark red add an interesting hue to the result. In a quarter ounce of Eternal, I add about a 3/8-inch bead of gouache from a tube. Eternal doesn't give me the hairlines I want in pointed pen work, so for that I much prefer iron gall or walnut ink". - Bob Hurford




Your Price $5.75

I126. Kuretake Sumi Ink 60
I126. Kuretake Sumi Ink 60.

Great for lettering. Rich, opaque black. Less odor than some other Sumi inks. Water-based pigment, waterproof when dry. 2oz (60ml).

This sumi ink is known to corrode nibs.



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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).



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P55. Rhodia Graph Pad 8.25"x11"
P55. Rhodia Graph Pad.
8.25"x11" (Sheet Size). Orange Cover. 5sq/inch. (5x5mm).

Highly recommended for pointed pen work. Non-bleeding, bright white, smooth satin finish, 80gsm (22lb), acid-free, pH neutral paper. Micro-perforated to provide a clean edge when you tear out the sheet. Lines and graph are purple. 80 sheets.

Also available as Plain Pad (P53) and Lined Pad (P54).



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P75. Rhodia Dot Grid Pad 8.25x11 inches
P75. Rhodia Dot Grid Pad, 8.25"x11" (Sheet Size).

Highly recommended for pointed pen work. Non-bleeding, bright white, smooth satin finish, 80gsm (22lb), acid-free, pH neutral paper. All are microperforated to provide a clean edge when you tear out the sheet. Dot Grid printed in light grey ink. 80 sheets per pad. Dimensions are for the sheet size (not the overall pad size). Orange cover, 5sq/inch (5x5mm).


For other Rhodia Pads see items P53, P54, P55, P74.



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I84. W&N Gum Arabic: 2.5oz
Winsor & Newton Gum Arabic.

Add this binder in gouache to make it more durable and easier to erase pencil guidelines. Add several drops to a bottle of Higgins Eternal for copperplate writing. 2.5oz (75ml) glass bottle.

I have worked with metallic gouaches for many years. I always add a little more gum Arabic if there are going to be lines to erase, then allow the writing to cure for several hours before erasing. A white vinyl eraser is the gentlest choice for erasing guideline. I avoid guidelines if possible via a light box. -- Don King



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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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S843. 2-ounce Glass Jar
S843. Widemouthed Glass Jar

Great for mixing and storing color or ink. Straight sides. Wide mouth works well for dipping pointed and broad-edge pens. Lined lid.

2 oz. (60ml) Approx. 2"x2".

Also available in a 1oz size: S276



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S231. Pen & Nib Art Bin
S231. Pen & Holder Bin.

A thin case of unbreakable clear plastic with four compartments for nibs and one for holders. 7"x3.5"x1.25". (Nibs and holders not included.)



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S741. Coliro (Finetec) Artist Color Gold Set
Finetec (Coliro) Mica Gold Color Set
Fine-tec Mica Artist Color Set

Set of 6

Made of mica, a natural product that offers a wide variety of metallic shades, from gold and silver to iridescent, shining pearl colors. Can be dissolved with water and applied with a brush. Ideal for creating special effects and highlighting. Can be blended. Colors adhere to all absorbent surfaces, such as paper, wood, gypsum, etc. Colors: Tibet Gold, Inca Gold, Arabic Gold, Gold Pearl, Moon Gold, Sterling Silver.

S741. Finetec Artist Color Gold Set color chart

I love writing in gold with the Finetec gold palette. - Bev Allen, BC, Canada 30 Oct 13

Finetec is changing the name of its metallic, pearl, & moiré colors to Coliro. The paints are not changing, just their name.

Other Finetec:
S766. Moire colors
S767. Pearl colors
S968: 12 colors (smaller pans)
S1000. Single Color Pans
S1009. Stormy Night
S1010. Rainbow
S1011. Under the Sea
S1012. Sunrise
S1014. Pastel Garden
S1019. Banana Split
S1029. Peacock
S1056. Happy Birthday
S1060: Mermaid
S1068: Autumn
S1072. Galaxy




Your Price $33.00

BR47. Raphael Kolinsky 8408 Brushes
Raphael Kolinsky Sable Extra Fine Point Round Watercolor Brush

The same superior quality sable as the 8404 (BR46), but an extra-fine tapered point with a smaller belly for quick, precise strokes. Extremely responsive tip. (The photo shows the shape, but not the size of the brushes)

These bushes are handmade with the finest Kolinsky Red Sable. Multiple hair lengths ensure tightest possible point and a full belly for a high paint load. They have superior resiliency, spring and snap. Recommended by Rosemary Buczek for illumination.

Prices listed are 15% off retail!




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BR22. Escoda Brushes
Escoda Brushes. Series 1212. Reserva.

Annie Cicale uses these round, pointed, sable watercolor brushes for painting. Eliza Schulte Holliday, coauthor of Brush Lettering, highly recommends these brushes from Spain for pointed brush lettering. They have plenty of bounce and good snap and are reasonably priced. Kolinsky Sable.


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#0.
#1.
#2.
#4.
#6. (Discounted - Limited quantity)
#10 (Discounted - Limited quantity)




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