Bob Hurford: Fun With Split Nib

Fun With Split Nib
Bob Hurford
Friday, August 6, 2021
All day

A split nib is handled exactly as one would handle a broad-edged pen. The split nib, sometimes called a scroll pen, creates outline alphabets. With the split nib, a letter becomes a contour drawing with only lines on the outside while the center has nothing in it. Not yet, anyway. The fun part of an outline letter is what you can do around the letter and inside the letter. The only limitation is your imagination. Fun, interesting alphabets are possible with the split nib as are a myriad of other ideas. You will learn the cornering technique that can add some interesting flourishes to any letter. The alphabet below is just a small sample of what we will cover. 


We will be using the Mitchell Scroll Writer #10 and #60. These pens are both two millimeters in width, producing two lines. The #10 has the thick side on the right, the #60 has the thick side on the left. Your choice. We will also use the 3.8mm Parallel Pen Scroll (green cap) with the split nib. All of these pens are available from John Neal Books and Paper & Ink Arts. Guide sheets will be supplied for all pens. PAPER: Bring paper through which guidelines may be seen. Canson Marker Layout is a good choice. INK: Mitchell Scroll Writers are standard dip pens so bring appropriate inks in any color you like. If you plan to use the Scroll Parallel Pen, you will likely need four cartridges in your favorite color. PENCILS: We will only spend a few minutes on the double pencil. (The day will be packed!) If you want to try the double pencil, bring two sharpened pencils and two or three rubber bands to bind them.

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