Bob Hurford
Thursday, July 13, 2017
All day

The split nib is used to create outline, sometimes called open, alphabets. A split nib is a broad edged pen and may be used with virtually any broad pen alphabet. The results can be spectacular! Your sense of letter design will go wild!! You will also greatly enhance your understanding of the broad edged pen. In Calligraphy with the Split Nib, we will work with a number of alphabets including Foundational, blackletter, text and other gothic alphabets. Fun will be the order of the day! We will be using the Mitchell Scroll Writer #10 or #60. These pens are the same two millimeter size and produce two lines, one thick, one thin. The difference is that the Scroll Writer #10 creates its thickest line on the right side whereas the #60 has its thickest line on the left. Your choice. You may also use a Scroll Parallel Pen, 3.8mm (green cap). These are available exclusively from John Neal Books. The nib is divided in the middle making both lines the same thickness. I will be making guidesheets for all three pens. We will also experiment with the double pencil. That is, two pencils sharpened and bound by rubber bands to create a large split pen. Not only will the double pencil provide a solid foundation for the fundamentals of the split nib, there is excellent design potential. Think about the many patterns that will fit inside an open letter. Zentangles, anyone?


Paper: You will need a paper that holds a good line through which guidelines may be easily seen. Canson Marker Layout, 9” x 12” is an excellent choice. Pens: We will be using the Mitchell Scroll Writer #10 and #60, plus that green-cap, 3.8mm Scroll Parallel Pen as mentioned. Use one or bring them all and play. Play is most definitely encouraged. Inks: Mitchell Scroll Writers are standard dip pens so bring the appropriate ink in any color you want. If you plan to use the 3.8mm Scroll Parallel Pen, you will likely need at least four cartridges of your favorite color. Pencils: To make a double pencil, you will naturally need two pencils (I know, “duuuhh!!”) and two or three rubber bands to bind them. Regular #2 pencils will do.

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