The Materials of the Saint Johns Bible: a new extended studies course with Reggie Ezell (March thru June)

Supply List

  • Mitchell Nibs: 2 each of sizes 2 through 6
  • Brause EF 66 Nibs (3 or 4)
  • Other broad edge nibs that are your favorites
  • Double-ended wooden pen handle, round barrel
  • Mechanical Pencil (2mm) with leads ( 2H & 5H)
  • Mechanical Pencil Lead Pointer
  • White vinyl eraser, preferably pencil shaped
  • 18" or longer ruler
  • 11" x 17" Grid Pad made for calligraphy
  • Gum Sandarac powder in a pouch
  • Moon Palace Sumi Black Ink
  • 6-well mixing pan (3)
  • Mixing Brush (2 or 3)
  • Water bottle with dropper and distilled water
  • Scotch Removable tape
  • Fingernail buffer-file (at least 4 to 6 sided)
  • Magnifier, 10X or higher
  • Winsor Newton Gum Arabic
  • Good pointed watercolor brush, sizes 1 and 000
  • Spoon shaped burnisher
  • Clean, sharp scissors, 7 or larger
  • Glassine squares, 5" x 5", pack
  • Ames Lettering Guide
  • Slant board
  • Paper towels
  • Winsor Newton ivory black gouache
  • Arches Watercolor Paper, Hot Press 90 lb (8 1/2 x 11)
  • Xacto #10 & #11
  • Lightbox
  • Saral Transfer paper
  • Small containers to take home inks

    Bring the following items only if you have them; do not purchase them in advance for the class:
  • Black ink stick
  • Grinding Stone for black ink stick
  • Color ink sticks
  • Gaken dish for color ink sticks
  • Bone folder or spoon shaped burnisher

    The Materials of the Saint Johns Bible with Reggie Ezell
    Presented by the Nashville Calligraphers Guild

    The greatest work of art in western calligraphy and illumination in the last 500 years is the Saint Johns Bible. It is created with materials that reach back millennia: calfskin vellum, quills, stick inks, dry pigments, gilding, and more. The designs, though grounded in tradition, always have a contemporary flair. The intention of this extended studies course is to be immersed in these materials and techniques in order to produce a finished work, broadside or book, integrating these materials and designs.

    Location: Paper & Ink Arts
    March 2 3, 2019
    April 6 - 7, 2019
    May 4 - 5, 2019
    May 31 - June 2, 2019 (at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, TN)

    Times: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (brown bag lunch)

    Cost estimate: Tuition and supplies: $800 - $1,200 depending upon number of participants.

    $200 down payment (non-refundable) secures enrollment in the course. Maximum of 15 students, minimum of 10 students.

    Please contact Ann Cobb to register:

    Some of the curriculum to be covered

    Writing Surfaces:

  • Paper, Vellum, Parchment: preparing and adapting these surfaces to receive various fluids, paints, and gilding.
  • Lining- Varieties of ways to line writing surfaces based on the demands of individual projects.


  • Bases: -Instacoll, Acrylic gesso, Gum Ammoniac, Traditional Gesso, and more
  • Metal leaf: seven different
  • Tools: brush, pen, textures

    Writing Implements:

  • Metal nibs: broad edge, pointed, ruling pen, ball pointed pen: adapting them with honing (several), reservoirs, distempering, snipping.
  • Quills: cutting and maintaining them
  • Writing Fluids: Gouache, Watercolor, Ink Sticks: (black and color), Dry Pigments
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