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Cheryl Tefft - Mastering Dip Pens - July 13 - Aug 31

This class is not hosted by John Neal Books. Please contact the instructor for more information.

Live (Also recorded for later viewing)
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern
Class Cost: $280.00 (USD)
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Are you a calligraphy student who wants to learn to use professional-level dip pens with confidence? This class will speed up the process! If you have been using calligraphy markers or cartridge pens …

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Are you a calligraphy student who wants to learn to use professional-level dip pens with confidence? This class will speed up the process! If you have been using calligraphy markers or cartridge pens to study and practice your calligraphy, and have found dip pens to be intimidating or frustrating, this class will help you help you to make the transition to using dip pens with confidence as quickly and easily as possible. In this class you will be using whatever broad-edge lettering style(s) you have already learned, and simply concentrating on becoming comfortable with using a different kind of writing tool and different inks. This will allow you to most effectively use a much wider range of inks and other tools for calligraphy, including metallic inks, and to learn pointed-pen styles such as copperplate, Spencerian, and some versions of modern calligraphy. (This course covers broad-edge dip pens only; pointed pen use is covered in the instructor's follow-up course: Beginning Copperplate.) Includes a bonus lesson on how to correct mistakes! PREREQUISITE: Any two comprehensive broad-edge calligraphy courses (or the equivalent in independent study).
Mastering Dip Pens
Cheryl Tefft
Live (Also recorded for later viewing)
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern
Class Cost: $280.00 (USD)
Registration Contact Email:

Supply List:

• I84. Gum arabic, liquid QTY   1 bottle   
• S1017 or S915. Small dropper bottles QTY   2 bottles  
• S271. Ruler, 18 inches long QTY   1  
• BR43. Small brushes for mixing and loading ink (1/4" rough-haired flat brushes are best) QTY   4 or more brushes  
• S1064, S934 or S852. Dinky dip QTY   1 small vial  

• WNG1, WNG2, or WNG3. Winsor Newton gouache (can use a different brand if needed), any color(s) of your choice which will show up on white paper, Qty: 1 or more tubes
• S632. Protractor, Qty: 1
• S853. Jumbo Dinky Dips, Qty: at least 8 jars
• S1046. Clear tape, Qty: 1 roll
• PL21. Pencil, Qty: 1
• E06 or E22. Precision eraser, such as Pentel Clic or Tombow Mono Zero; Qty: 1
• PS42, PS47, PA42, PS110, PA110, or PA26. Watercolor paper for projects – white or off-white, smooth and non-bleeding, medium to heavy weight, such as Arches Hot Press (90# or 140#), Stonehenge Hot Press, or Strathmore. Be sure to get Hot Press rather than Cold Press if the paper comes in both varieties. (A sample pack may be helpful; see below); Qty: at least two large sheets OR one large sheet and at least 10 smaller sheets
• PA79. Envelopes, Qty: 10+
• S412 or S931. Painter's tape or artist’s tape, Qty: 1 roll
• P58, P87, or P81. Black watercolor paper, smooth and non-bleeding, such as Strathmore ArtAgain or John Neal Deluxe Black Paper (lined or unlined); Qty: 4 sheets
• S1000. Coliro watercolor paint refill; Arabic Gold color (OK to get either as a refill or as part of a set), Qty: 1 pan
• N04-S10A. Mitchell/Rexel roundhand square (right hand) nibs, 10-nib set, with 2 reservoirs; Qty: 1 set [Note for lefties: You may wish to substitute the same set, cut for left-handers (N05-S10A), though some lefties prefer the right-hand nibs, which are actually cut straight across.]
• H104, H111, H113, H138, H152, H77, H78, H79, or H81. Straight penholder; Any kind of standard straight holder you like is fine, though a contoured holder may be more comfortable (such as H113, H152, H77, H78, H79, or H81), and a thicker holder is often better for people with arthritis or other hand issues (such as H78); Qty: 1 or 2.
• Non-bleeding paper for practice: either grid paper OR blank paper OR both; Qty: 1 pad (recommend 1 grid pad *and* 1 blank pad). For example: • P55 or P56. Rhodia grid pad, and/or • P21 or P22. John Neal grid pad, and/or • P53. Rhodia blank pad
• S817. Paper towels; Qty: 1 pack
• Distilled water 
• Dedicated cover sheet: Recommend using a piece of card stock in a distinctive light color
• Toothbrush, for cleaning nibs and other supplies
• Note-taking materials of your choice  
• *Optional*: PA101. Samples of a variety of smooth “good” papers, mostly white/off-white, for testing with your new tools/inks; Qty: 1 pack
• *Optional*: S1626. Pen rest, Qty: 1
• *Optional*: P09-50. Layout paper, Qty: about 10 sheets
• *Optional*: S1074 or S231. Nib containers (plus small labels for the compartments) Qty: 10 (or enough to have separate compartments for each variety/size of nibs you use)
• *Optional*: M17. Pigma Micron fine-point marker (black ink), size 005 or 01, or similar; Qty: 1 or 2
• *Optional*: additional (non-metallic and non-white) writing fluids, as follows: (NOTE: Check your labels if you get something that's not listed here—acrylic or waterproof inks are NOT recommended for this class!)
--*Optional*: S449. Walnut ink (crystals recommended over bottled form); highly recommended (if you only get one additional writing fluid, get this one); Qty: 1 oz. or more
--*Optional*: I157 or I157-S4 or I157-S or K132. Bister ink (similar to walnut ink, but more color options, all in earthy tones; recommend getting the 4-color set, I157-S4); Qty: 1 color or more
--*Optional*: IS08 or IS29 (1st choice), OR IS06 or IS11 (2nd choice). *PLUS* IS19. Black ink stick (with ink stone): my top two recommendations would probably be Eiraku Ink Stick or Chinese Ink Stick – Dense Black, or if those weren't available, 2nd choice would be Skakyozumi Ink Stick 02409 or Seiryutai Ink Stick 30213. (NOTE: If you get an ink stick, you MUST also obtain an ink stone in order to use! [IS19, Shakyo-Ken Ink Stone 24025 is my top recommendation]); Qty: 1 ink stick and 1 ink stone
--*Optional*: I04. Pelikan 4001 ink, your choice of colors, Qty: 1 bottle
• *Optional*: S1000. Coliro paints, any other colors you want, Qty: 1 or more
• *Optional*: S999. Storage box for Coliro paints, if you’re buying them outside of a set, Qty: 1 or more as needed
• *Optional*: I108 or I38. Dr. Ph. Martin’s Pen White ink (first choice), OR Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bleedproof White (second choice), Qty: 1
• *Optional*: S752. Slant drawing board (large size recommended; suggest pairing with a light pad or at least a small fluorescent light fixture to put under board), Qty: 1
• *Optional*: S1013. Light pad, Qty: 1
• *Optional*: (for corrections): S417. Exacto knife with pointed (#11) blade, Qty: 1
• *Optional*: (for corrections): S661 or S1038. Spoon-shaped burnisher, Qty: 1
• *Optional*: (for corrections): PA94-SQ. Glassine paper, Qty: 1 small sheet
• *Optional*: (for corrections, and to help with bleeding paper): S123. Gum sandarac, finely ground, Qty: 1/2 oz.
• *Optional*: (for corrections): Double-edge razor blades
• *Optional*: (for corrections): Erasing shield, for protecting areas of a project while doing corrections nearby, Qty: 1
• *Optional*: (for corrections): Dusting brush: a wide, flat, usually horizontal brush for removing eraser crumbs without smudging (a bench brush is similar but larger and thicker), Qty: 1
• *Optional*: (but highly recommended, for corrections): A sturdy electric eraser, Qty: 1
• *Optional*: 3-ring binder with page protectors, mostly for standard 8 ½ x 11” handouts, Qty: 1 binder and 1 box page protectors
• *Optional*: Rubber jar opener, a flat, flexible piece of rubber used for persuading stuck equipment to un-stick without damage, Qty: 1
• *Optional*: Thin lint-free rags (old cotton t-shirts work well)—some people prefer these to paper towels for using as pen wipes, Qty: about 5
• *Optional* (but highly recommended, for corrections): Clean-up tool, used in crafting ceramics, Qty: 1
Suggested books:
• Optional but highly recommended: B4346. The Speedball Textbook; Qty: 1
• Optional but highly recommended: B2769. Foundations of Calligraphy, by Sheila Waters; Qty: 1 
• Optional but highly recommended: B145. The Zanerian Manual of Alphabets and Engrossing; Qty: 1 
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