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Masscribes Workshop - October 2019

THE TRULY FLEXIBLE POINTED PEN

Supply list
  • Slant board/desk that slants up to 45 degrees. Any stiff board, even two pieces of Foamcor taped together, measuring at least 18" x 20" (Masonite works best, plexiglass works well also) (S160, S690)
  • Oblique pen holder. Note: participants are encouraged to purchase pen holders with adjustable brass flange and to avoid the much simpler, yet poor-performing rigid plastic flange. If money is not such an obstacle, you will find the wood pens much more enjoyable to hold and work with! If you know that a straight pen is preferred for you, please feel free to use a straight pen. (H129, H114)
  • Flexible Pointed Pen nibs: Suggest Leonardt Principal Gillott 303, Zebra G or your favorite. (N120, N72, N118)
  • Black ink. Your favorite (Sumi Moon Palace recommended) (I70)
  • Marker Layout paper (Canson Pro Layout Marker or Borden and Riley #37 (P32, P09-100)
  • Boris Bright White Layout Visual Bond, etc........either 9X12, or 11X14)
  • 1 sheet, high-quality, smooth paper. (Arches Hot Press, Mohawk Drawing, Arches Text, Bristol, Canson Mi-Tientes recommended, or your favorite. Can be cut to 1/4 size (PS42, PS01-PKT, PA42)
  • Tracing Paper. (12" roll is preferred and most cost effective). Tracing paper pads are acceptable. (P43)
  • Pencil -- .05, HB in a mechanical pencil. Other pencil's acceptable providing you can keep them sharp. (PL21, PL22)
  • Erasers -- Clean plastic eraser such as Staedtler/Mars, Tombow, or clean kneaded eraser. (E13, E31)
  • Ruler -- Metal will give you more accurate measuring and a good, straight, sharp edge. (S271)
  • Tape -- Artist tape, or removable scotch tape, 1/2" or 3/4" roll. (S412)
  • Water container and paper towels or clean up cloths (S1005, S817)
OPTIONAL:
  • T square -- Recommended but not required. (S753)
  • Triangle -- 90 degree plastic triangle recommended, but not required (S613)
  • Scissors
  • Extra Brushes (BR43)
  • Xacto knife -- #11 blade (The sharp, pointed blade) (S417)
  • Pigment -- Gouache, watercolor, ink stone, etc. (WNG1, WNG2, WNG3, WNG4, S1032, IS19)
Text from which to work: suggestions:
One short poem/passage (10-15 words) and one long poem/passage (8 line poem, 40-50 words).


S160. Plexiglass for Easel
S160. Frosted plexiglass for easel

Easel sold separately.

Choose:

Mini 11"x14", 1/8" thick
Small 18" x 15-1/2" 1/8"" thick
Large 18" x 23-3/8", 1/8" thick

Formerly S160-S & S160-L



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S690. Airlite Drawing Board 18 x 24
S690. Airlite Drawing Board 18x24.

A high-quality, lightweight drawing board with a smooth hardwood surface on both sides and two metal edges for use with a T-square. The resin-impregnated kraft honeycomb core is permanently bonded for strength. Very durable and very light. Made in USA. A drawing board can be used as a lapboard or on an easel at a slant to help prevent neck and back pain.

(See S697 for a 20"x26" Drawing Board.)

Ann Miller has an Aerocore Drawing Board in her supply list. Airlite is another trade name for a similar product.



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H129. Dual-Use Workshop Holder (Oblique + Straight)
H129. Dual Use Workshop Holder (Oblique + Straight)

This inexpensive holder serves as both a straight holder and an oblique holder! Just remove the flange to use as a straight holder. The brass oblique flange is tilted to decrease the angle of the nib to the paper, making your upstrokes less likely to catch on the paper. Perfect for workshops and beginners; we are happy to offer this exceptional holder at a very reasonable price.



Your Price

H114. Turned Wood Oblique Holder
H114. Turned Wood Oblique Holder.

The Ornamental Wood Holder has intricate ornamental turnings inspired by those on the Century Penholders. Color of holder varies.
The Tapered Wood Holder has a finely tapered classic shape. All Tapered are the same dark brown/black color.
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 Zanerian Wood Holder is made using the same wood (and colors) as the Ornamental version. The Zanerian design is a very slim shaft with a small finial on the tip.

Each style has the standard brass flange (fitted for the Nikko G nib) and overall length of 6.5-6.75".

Quantity discount for 12 or more.




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Your Price $19.95

N120. Leonardt Principal EF Nib
N120.EF Principal Nib

You can now purchase a modern nib that is equal to the best of the vintage nibs. Brian Walker, a respected pointed pen enthusiast, has worked with a pen manufacturer to duplicate the quality and performance of the legendary Gillott No 1 Principality. The new nib has received rave reviews for both Copperplate and Spencerian. It’s flexible and responsive and gives fine hairlines, but is smooth-writing and catches the paper less.




Your Price $2.95

N72. Gillott 303 Nib
N72. Gillott 303 Pointed Nib.

A popular nib for Copperplate. Good flexibility - not too stiff, not too flexible. Very thin hairlines and good swells. Works for scripts 3/16-1/16". Sharp point but will work on slightly textured surfaces. Tends to catch on upstrokes.




Your Price $1.19

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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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 & 60 oz are temporarily unavailable: arriving Dec 2019



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P32. Canson Pro-Layout Marker Pad
Canson Pro-Layout Marker Pad. Bright White, 18lb, marker layout pad. 50 sheets.

Our highest quality layout paper for calligraphy practice or work for reproduction. The very smooth surface does not buckle, even with wide chisel nibs. Black guidelines under the sheet are easily seen, even without a light table. Michael Sull's favorite pad for work for reproduction. His recommendation is echoed by other scribes and penmen: "Absolutely wonderful." "A great pad." It is worth the price.

Choose 9x12, 11x14, or 14x17 inches.

Formerly P32-9, P32-11, & P32-14




Options:
Your Price $15.25

P09-100. Boris Layout Pad 100 Sheets
Borden & Riley's Boris Layout Pad
Bright White Felt Marker Layout Pad (#37). 100 sheets.

A smooth, translucent sheet that is highly recommended. No bleeding or feathering. Popular for beginning classes, and for copperplate for reproduction. Our most popular pad. From Borden & Riley.

Choose 9x12, 11x14, or 14x17 inches.

For tracing, Cotton Comp pads are recommended. Cotton Comp is easier to see through than the Boris Layout Pad.

Formerly P10-100, P11-100, & P12-100




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Your Price $20.29

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