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Anne Elser- Open-Shaded Script with a Glass Dip Pen

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Based on principles of script writing done with a pointed pen, Open-Shaded Script constructs letterforms by describing the swell or shade made by a pointed pen with at least two contour monoline strokes, drawn in the same sequence seen in traditional scripts such as Roundhand or Copperplate. The second stroke of a shade or extension of a hairline acts as a mentor stroke to the previous and is meant to offer gentle correction to curves (if needed) and to suggest the growth of a flourish, flower, leaf, or vine. This is a very portable lettering art form: we can, with any monoline tool and at any moment, study and celebrate these forms with a crayon on the back of a menu, a pencil at the top of a grocery list, a marker labeling a box of memories or home-made treats, or even with a finger in the sand. You’ll enjoy working with the glass dip pen, watching wet ink pool and dry at the end of a stroke, giving your strokes a depth of value.

  • Glass dip pen, recommended with pen cap to protect delicate tip
  • Fountain Pen Inks (recommend Ferris Wheel Press sample sizes in colors you’ll enjoy mixing)
  • Metallic accent inks or pens (metallic white/pearl gelly roll pen or Finetec watercolors)
  • Transparent marker paper (Bienfang Graphics 360 9” X 12” 100% Rag Marker Pad OR Borden & Riley 9” X 12”
  • Mechanical pencil
  • Eraser
  • Plastic ruler
  • Water container
  • Paper towels
  • Dinky dips (one for each of your colors)
  • Brush to load metal- lic inks onto glass nib
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    J.Herbin Navy Blue Glass Pen
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    J.Herbin Sand Glass Pen
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    J.Herbin Turquoise Glass Pen
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    FINETEC Coliro Watercolor Refill
    Price: $5.29
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    0.7mm Mechanical Pencil
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    GRAPH GEAR 500 MECHANICAL PENCIL 0.5MM
    Price: $7.09
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    Kneaded Eraser
    Price: $1.09
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    C-Thru Plastic Ruler  2''x18''
    Price: $3.95
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    Faber-Castell Click & Go Water Pot
    Price: $4.99
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    Dinky Dips
    Price: $3.05
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    Dinky Dips with Screw-top Caps
    Price: $4.50
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    Large Dinky Dips, 4 Jar Rectangle
    Price: $5.25
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    Bristle Mixing Brush #4
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