Calligraphy: Italic Variations

For intermediate students

  • Please bring a range of small sizes of your favorite broad edged nibs
  • Nib holders
  • Black Higgins Eternal Ink
  • Smooth bond paper pads 11” x 14” such as Bienfang Graphics 360 or Borden & Riley #37
  • 2H pencil
  • 6H pencil
  • eraser
  • ruler
  • soft cotton rag

Optional and not needed the first day: 

  • dividers
  • ames lettering guide
  • T-square
  • other parallel rule
  • walnut ink

For Beginners 

  • 2.5 mm Brause C nib
  • Nib holder
  • Black Higgins Eternal Ink
  • Pad of 11 x 14 Bienfang Graphics 360 paper
  • 2H pencil
  • 6H pencil

Beginners, please don’t substitute brands of ink or nibs.

The instructor will have some materials for sale if you are unable to find the right materials.

If you need to buy materials from the instructor please bring cash (not more than $30 total)


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