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Pointed Pen Calligraphy Supplies - Starter Kit
« on: January 06, 2014, 11:01:03 AM »
While all the wonderful calligraphy kits out there in cyberland have yummy exemplars and handouts, it is definitely more cost effective to purchase supplies from a supplier such as John Neal Bookseller or Paper & Ink Arts.

List of supplies I recommend on (affiliate link):  Paper & Ink Arts.

List of supplies I recommend on (affiliate link): John Neal Bookseller.

The total cost is roughly $50 (unless they do a discount which I don't know about). If you don't purchase the bleedproof white, it is around $40. This includes 10 nibs and two different kinds of ink plus 4 dinky dips and the pen!

Practice paper: HP Premium Choice Laser ($17/500 sheets)

Here are the lists with the item numbers:

From Paper & Ink Arts:

item # spdper - Oblique Red or Blue Peerless Holder
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item # peerls - Peerless Oblique Holder
 
item # walbot –Walnut Ink, 2.6 oz.
item # moonpa – Moon Palace Sumi Ink
item #drmbld – Dr. PH Martin’s bleedproof white (optional)
 
item # nikkoG - Nikko G nibs (5)
item # hnt101 – Hunt 101 nibs (5)

item #dinkyd – Dinky Dips 4 square


From John Neal:

H95. Speedball Deluxe (Comfort Grip) Oblique Pen Holders – sized for Nikko G.
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H96. Peerless Oblique Holders (Black Plastic) – sized for Nikko G
 
N113. Nikko G Nib (5)
N77. Hunt 101 Nib (5)
 
I53-2.5. Walnut Drawing Ink
I70. Moon Palace Sumi Ink, 2 oz.
I38. Dr. Martin's Bleed Proof White Ink (optional)
 
S852. Small Dinky Dips (S304)

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Re: Pointed Pen Calligraphy Supplies - Starter Kit
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2014, 04:30:25 PM »
Super wonderful starter kit!  :)

What type of paper/practice pad do you recommend? I think I've read HP Premium Laser Jet paper is good - I also like the Canson Pro-Layout Marker Pads (available at Michael's). It's super-smooth yet semi-translucent so you can slip a guidesheet underneath. The one I usually get is 9x12. I also see that a lot of calligraphers on IG prefer Rhodia and/or Clairfontaine. The HP paper is probably more economical, though.



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Re: Pointed Pen Calligraphy Supplies - Starter Kit
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2014, 04:43:22 PM »
I use the HP Premium Choice Laser ($17/500 sheets) almost exclusively unless I need to lay out a larger piece. I just bought HP Bright White Inkjet ($12/500 sheets) and it isn't as smooth as the Laser but it seems to work fine! And it's $5 less per ream.

Since the majority of my work is for reproduction it's almost all I use!
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Re: Pointed Pen Calligraphy Supplies - Starter Kit
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2014, 12:09:10 AM »
That's a better deal than all the art papers & pads! Is it translucent enough for a guidesheet, or would you recommend using a light table underneath?

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Re: Pointed Pen Calligraphy Supplies - Starter Kit
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2014, 07:26:41 AM »
Definitely use with a light table underneath. I would spend all my money on art pads if I had to use those! I can go through 25-50 sheets like nothing!  :D
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Re: Pointed Pen Calligraphy Supplies - Starter Kit
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2014, 06:57:38 PM »
Oh, thanks, I've been looking for some cheaper paper now that some of my good stuff is starting to run down, but wasn't sure what to get!  :)
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Re: Pointed Pen Calligraphy Supplies - Starter Kit
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2014, 04:11:58 AM »
I use the HP Premium Choice Laser ($17/500 sheets) almost exclusively unless I need to lay out a larger piece. I just bought HP Bright White Inkjet ($12/500 sheets) and it isn't as smooth as the Laser but it seems to work fine! And it's $5 less per ream.

Since the majority of my work is for reproduction it's almost all I use!

Hi Erica,

I don't know what ink you use when you use a plain HP premium paper but mine feathers with an India Ink especially with Higgins Eternal. Does it do that with yours as well?

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Re: Pointed Pen Calligraphy Supplies - Starter Kit
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2014, 05:45:48 PM »
Hi, I'm so sorry to hear that. Is it the laser paper or the inkjet? I use the laser and use walnut ink, McCaffrey's, and Sumi. None of them feather. Higgins does tend to feather more than other inks though.
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Re: Pointed Pen Calligraphy Supplies - Starter Kit
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2014, 12:22:13 AM »
I'm not sure if its laser or inkjet but I think you're right-I noticed when I use Higgins it feathers like crazy compare to my India ink.

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Re: Pointed Pen Calligraphy Supplies - Starter Kit
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2014, 11:59:26 PM »
Hi!

I am new here and I was just wondering what is the difference between the two sets of holders? I did some calligraphy in high school, but it was with straightholders and so long ago!

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Re: Pointed Pen Calligraphy Supplies - Starter Kit
« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2014, 01:32:21 PM »
Hi Kate,
Are you talking about the difference between straight holders and oblique? If so, check out this topic,

Oblique Holder

and this one:

Oblique v Straight

If you mean something else, let me know.  :)
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Re: Pointed Pen Calligraphy Supplies - Starter Kit
« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2014, 02:18:09 PM »
Hi Erica,

I mean the difference between the two oblique holders you listed at the beginning of the supply list. I realized my wording was confusing. Sorry!

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Re: Pointed Pen Calligraphy Supplies - Starter Kit
« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2014, 06:05:11 PM »
Hi Erica,

I mean the difference between the two oblique holders you listed at the beginning of the supply list. I realized my wording was confusing. Sorry!

Kate

They're essentially the same thing. Mostly a preference of color/finish. Either one is a great started oblique.

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Re: Pointed Pen Calligraphy Supplies - Starter Kit
« Reply #13 on: March 30, 2014, 10:37:52 PM »
Oh! Sorry about that! Heebs is right - they are basically the same. Except the red and blue ones have a slightly different texture than the black one. They are a little softer with a slight coating rather than the smooth, hard feel of the black one.  :)
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Re: Pointed Pen Calligraphy Supplies - Starter Kit
« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2014, 12:28:03 PM »
OK, thanks! I'll place my order today, so I can get started!