Truly Flexible Pointed Pen

Extend the range of your pointed pen's potential as we break away from traditional pointed pen hands and explore the full power of this amazing little pen nib. Following an analysis of historical models as well as the work of contemporary masters, we will put our pens to paper and systematically develop new pointed pen styles out of formal broad-edge hands such as foundational, italic and uncial. The methods and skills acquired in this workshop will give participants the tools they need to further their reach with the pointed pen in infinite ways.

Slant board/desk that slants up to 45 degrees.
  • Any stiff board, measuring at least 18" x 20" (Masonite, gatorfoam, or plexiglass work well also) (S690)
Oblique Penholder & Nibs.
  • 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)
  • Flexible Pointed Pen nibs - Leonardt Principal, Gillott 303, Zebra G or your favorite. (N120, N72, N118)
  • Ink
    • Black ink. Your favorite (Sumi Moon Palace recommended) (I70)
    Gouache and/or Watercolor
    • Small tube(s) (Holbein, Winsor & Newton, Schmincke, etc...) (WNG1, HG800-5, SG27, WNWC1)
    • An old "retired" small brush for mixing colors (can be poor quality!) (BR43)
    • Marker Layout paper (Canson Pro Layout Marker or Borden and Riley #37 either 9X12, or 11X14) (P32, P09-50)
    • 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 (PS47, PS01, PS61)
    • Tracing Paper. (12" roll is preferred and most cost effective). Tracing paper pads ok. (P43)
    Pencil & Erasers
    • 05, HB in a mechanical pencil. Other pencil's acceptable providing you can keep them sharp. (PL21)
    • Clean plastic eraser or clean kneaded eraser. (E13, E09)
    • Metal ruler will give you more accurate measuring and a good, straight, sharp edge. (S270)
    • Artist tape, or removable scotch tape, 1/2" or 3/4" roll. (S699)
    • Water container and paper towels or clean up cloths (S1005, S817)
    • T square (S753)
    • Craft knife -- #11 blade (The sharp, pointed blade) (S417)
    • Extra Brushes (BR26)
    Text from which to work:
    • One short poem/passage (10-15 words) and one long poem/passage (8 line poem, 40-50 words)