Younghae's Favorite Supplies
Younghae's favorite calligraphy supplies:
(N118.) Zebra G
(N93.) Hunt 22 Nib (22B
(N113.) Nikko G Nib
(N120.) Leonardt Principal EF Nib
(N90.) Brause Steno Nib 361
(I38.) Dr. Martin's Bleed Proof White Ink
(I70.) Moon Palace Sumi Ink
(I37.) McCaffery's Penman's Ink
(I139-HALF) Pearl Ex Pigments - .5oz / .75oz
(S741) Finetec Artist Color Gold Set
(I23) Bokuju Vermillion Ink
(H129.) Dual Use Workshop Holder
(H114.) Turned Wood Oblique Holder
(H50.) Blackwell Wood Holder
(P01-8.) JNB Copperplate/Engrossers Pad 8.5X11in
(P55.) Rhodia Graph Pad 8.25x11in
(P86.) Logos Calligraphy Copperplate Pad"
(S934.) Small Screw-Top Dinky Dip
(S856.) Jumbo Dinky Dip Refills
(S762.) Artograph LightPad
N93. Hunt 22 Nib (22B)
Hunt 22 Extra Fine
Good flexibility - not too flexible, not too stiff (but stiffer than Gillott 303). Very thin hairlines and good swells. Works for scripts 3/16"-1/16". Sharp point (but not as sharp as the 303), but will work on slightly textured surfaces. Tends to catch on upstrokes. Satisfactory for Spencerian Script.
These are sometimes called Hunt 22B.
Stamped on nib: HUNT EXTRA FINE 22
For more information about Hunt pointed nibs, click here.
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!
N90. Brause Steno Nib 361
N90. Brause Blue Pumpkin (Steno 361).
These are similar to the Hiro #40 Blue Pumpkin, but stiffer and better made. Excluding the "G" pens, these nibs last much longer than most other current pointed nibs.
Quantity prices available at 10 & 50.
N118. 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. 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?
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
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).
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 in to 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 (widemouth 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!
I37. McCaffery's Penman's Ink
I37. McCaffery’s Penman’s Ink
1 oz. jar.
Formulated for the pointed pen which is used for Spencerian, Copperplate, etc, not for the broad-edged pen used for Italic, Blackletter (Gothic), etc.
The black ink is an oak gall ink which was developed with the help of leading penmen of today to provide an ink similar to that used during America’s golden age of Ornamental Penmanship in the 19th and 20th centuries. With a newly opened bottle, The black ink writes brown but turns a dense black. Good for fine hairlines.
(Colors and whites are not oak gall inks. They are made with natural pigments).
Choose from Ivory, White, Indigo Blue, Green, Brown, Red, Red-Violet, Black, Glossy Black.
Prices of colors vary.
I37. McCaffery's Ink color chart
Click to read what Michael Sull has to say about using McCaffery's
I139-HALF. Pearl Ex Pigments - .5oz / .75oz
I139. Pearl Ex Pigment Powder
.5 oz or .75 oz
This versatile powder mixes into ink with the addition of water and gum arabic. Or you can add directly to ink to give that ink pearlescence and shine. Pearl Ex creates a metallic effect without being a real metal- it will never tarnish or fade.The different particle sizes produce different effects, from a smooth pearly luster, to a highly metallic sheen.
I139. Pearl Ex Color Chart on Black Paper
I139. Pearl Ex Color Chart on White Paper
Choose .5oz Color:
Choose .75oz Color:
To make a Pearl Ex ink for calligraphy:
Mix 4 parts of pigment with one part gum Arabic (liquid or powder) in a container, add distilled water slowly as you stir until you get the consistency of ink you like.
Exact measurement Recipe
1 teaspoon Pearl Ex pigment
¼ teaspoon gum Arabic (liquid or powder)
1 teaspoon distilled water
Thinner consistency Pearl Ex ink will lie flatter on the paper when dry; a thicker consistency ink (try ½ teaspoon of water) will stand up a bit on the paper when dry, creating a raised effect. Recipe courtesy of Joi Hunt of Bien Fait Calligraphy.>
See also I139-S for the Pearl Ex Calligraphy Set of nine 3-gram jars of color good for making ink and three 3-gram jars of powdered gum arabic.
S741. Coliro (Finetec) Artist Color Gold Set
Fintec (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.
S766. Moire colors
S767. Pearl colors
S968: 12 colors (smaller pans)
S1000. Single Color Pans
S1009. Stormy Night
S1011. Under the Sea
S1014. Pastel Garden
S1019. Banana Split
S1056. Happy Birthday