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The Truly Flexible Pointed Pen

Rick Paulus
  • 2.5 days (2nd half)
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  • EN

Extend the range of your pointed pen’s potential as we break away from traditional pointed pen hands and explore the full power of this amazing little pen nib. Following an analysis of historical models as well as the work of contemporary masters, we will put our pens to paper and systematically develop new pointed pen styles out of formal broad-edge hands such as foundational, italic and uncial. The methods and skills acquired in this workshop will give participants the tools they need to further their reach with the pointed pen in infinite ways.

Supply List

  • Slant board/desk that slants up to 45 degrees. Any stiff board, even two pieces of Foam Core taped together, measuring at least 18” x 20” (Masonite works best, Plexiglass works well also)
  • Oblique pen holder. Note: participants are encouraged to purchase pen holders with an adjustable brass flange and to avoid the much simpler, yet poor-performing rigid plastic flange. If money is not such an obstacle, you will find the wood pens much more enjoyable to hold and work with! If you know that a straight pen is preferred for you, please feel free to use a straight pen.
  • Flexible pointed pen nibs: Leonardt Principal Gillott 303, Zebra G or your favourite
  • Ink — Black ink. Your favourite (Sumi Moon Palace recommended)
  • Paper – Marker Layout paper (Canson Pro Layout Marker or Borden and Riley #37. Boris Bright White Layout Visual Bond, etc. either 9” x 12”, or 11” x 14”)
  • 1 sheet, high-quality, smooth paper. (Arches Hot Press, Mohawk Drawing, Arches Text, Bristol, Canson Mi-Teintes recommended, or your favourite. Can be cut to 1/4 size.
  • Tracing paper (12” roll is preferred and most cost effective). Tracing paper pads are acceptable
  • Pencil – 0.05 HB in a mechanical pencil. Other pencil’s acceptable providing you can keep them sharp
  • Erasers – Clean plastic eraser such as Staedtler/Mars, Tombow, or clean kneaded eraser
  • Ruler – Metal will give you more accurate measuring and a good, straight, sharp edge.
  • Tape – Artist tape, or removable scotch tape, 1/2” or 3/4” roll
  • Water container
  • Paper towels or clean up cloths
  • Text from which to work: suggestions: One short poem/passage (10-15 words) and one long poem/passage (8 line poem, 40-50 words)


  • T-square — Recommended but not required.
  • Triangle — 90 degree plastic triangle recommended, but not required
  • Scissors
  • Extra Brushes
  • Xacto knife — #11 blade (the sharp, pointed blade)
  • Pigment — Gouache, watercolour, ink stone, etc.
Supply Fee $0.00