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Janet Takahashi Have Sketchbook Will Travel

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Have Sketchbook Will Travel - All Skill Levels
Teacher: Janet Takahashi

Class Supplies
  • Sketchbook of your choice. Select a sketchbook with a paper that takes multi-media, suitable for watercolor and pen and ink. (PA86)
  • Fountain pen with water-soluble black ink. (FP67, FP69)
  • Waterproof black pen, i.e. Micron Pigma or similar size 02 (or size of choice). (M17)
  • Pen with water-soluble ink (this could be a fountain pen or pen of choice). (M97)
  • 1 pointed pen nib (N154, N113, N120)
  • Straight holder. (H113, H122, H105)
  • Brush Marker pens (1 or 2, colors of your choice). (M97)
  • Pencil (S142)
  • Pencil sharpener (PL13)
  • Mechanical Pencil (PL21)
  • Eraser (E13)
  • Watercolor travel set (S808)
  • Water brush (FP93)
  • A few Colored Pencils or Watercolor Pencils (PL05)
  • Glue Stick (S391)
  • Small Craft Scissor (S835)
  • Paper towels (S817)
  • Small portable water washout container for watercolors (S1005)
Optional Supplies
  • Fountain pen with black ink
  • Watercolor brush - round No.6 (BR26, BR38)
  • Clipboard for sketching in the field (but not in class)
  • Large rubber band (for holding sketchbook open)

PA86. Moleskine Soft Cover Plain Notebook 7.5x10 inches
PA86. Moleskine Soft Cover Plain Notebook 7.5x10 inches

Moleskine is known for quality journals and paper. Amity Parks recommends this notebook for her Graphite Techniques for Calligraphers workshop.

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FP67. Pilot Parallel Pen
Pilot Parallel Pen

Extremely smooth writing from this pen, offering crisp edges and sharp hairlines. Nib point consists of two parallel metal plates and allows for lettering in two sizes. Use the 0.5mm edge for sharp, monoline writing or use the broad edge for calligraphic writing. You can also produce color-blended letters by touching ink from one pen to a second pen loaded with another color. Available in four sizes, includes one red and one black cartridge and a cleaning bladder.

Specify size:

Formerly available as code numbers:

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FP69. Pilot Cartridges Pack of 6
Pilot Cartridges Pack of 6 Refills, all one color.

These cartridges fit both the Pilot Parallel and the Pilot Plumix Pens.

For an assorted color pack, see FP70.

Formerly available as code numbers:

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M17. Pigma Micron Black
M17. Pigma Micron Black

The Pigma Micron is a fine-point drawing and illustration pen that utilizes the highest quality archival Pigma ink. Highly recommended and often on supply lists for workshops and classes.

For serious technical and artistic applications and for fun projects, these pens are available in six line-width sizes: 005 = 0.20mm, 01 = 0.25mm, 02 = 0.30mm, 03 = 0.35mm, 05 = 0.45mm, and 08 = 0.50mm,

The Pigma Micron is ideal for archival recording, illustration, graphic art, freehand manga drawings, and decorative fabric design*. All Micron pens have archival quality Pigma ink, are non-smearing when dry, waterproof and chemical proof, fade resistant, and don't bleed through most papers. Meets ACMI non-toxicity standards. (*Not recommended for fabrics that will be washed.)

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M97. Pentel Sign Pen Brush Tip
M97. Pentel Fude Sign Pen Brush Tip Marker
This pen’s brush-like tip is great for quick, fun writing. Linda Schneider uses it for pointed pen scripts such as Copperplate and Spencerian. Grace Song calls it the Pentel Fude Touch Sign Pen and calls it "a great beginner brush pen." Water-based ink.

M97. Pentel Sign Pen Brush Tip color chart.

Linda's comments:
"...resembles the same calligraphic line as a nib with the pointed pen. The Pentel pen is easy to carry in a purse or pocket, unlike so many other brush markers on the market. Wonderful to practice lettering outside your studio without having to carry your pen, ink, water etc. I am encouraging calligraphers to write anywhere, anytime, anyplace, like at restaurants (a thank-you with the waiter's name on it), anywhere on the go, on location, even on an airplane."

Linda's comments on the new colors:

"I love, love, LOVE the new colors of the Pentel Sign Pen brush marker!!!! I recommend them to anyone interested in pointed pen, whether a beginner or professional, to carry one on them at all times while out of the studio, either to practice or to write notes of thanks."

Linda Schneider, author of Designing Faces, Figures, Florals and More: Contemporary Ornate Pictorial Calligraphy (B3209). These markers will be featured in her forthcoming book Script Lettering and Design: Anywhere, Anytime, and on Anything (B3959).

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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
Tachikawa G
Leonardt Principal EF
Nikko G
Zebra G

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

Your Price $19.60

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. Extremely popular with pointed pen men and women!

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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

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+.

Your Price $14.95

H122. Retro-styled Thick Straight Holder
H122. Retro-styled Thick Straight Holder.
Approx. 1/2" dia. x 7" long.

This holder has the streamline design evocative of the mid-twentieth century. It is thicker than the regular turned wood holders, which is helpful for people with arthritis or joint problems. This penholder is great for those who like their pens a bit heavier.

Your Price $15.95

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