Saturday, April 13, 2019
Last week on Art With a Needle
I treated myself to a pile of pen nibs from a sidewalk sale at the local art supply store, cleaning out merchandise that has obviously been around for a long time. At 12 for $5, how could I resist buying a dozen different Speedball nibs in different shapes and sizes. I remember my dad using Speedball pens, back in the day when store signs, diplomas, certificates and other ceremonial documents were almost always hand-lettered. Speedball labeled its pens A, B, C, D and LC for the different configurations of the nib. A is square, B is round, C is flat for calligraphy, D is oval and LC is a calligraphy flat beveled for lefties.
Apparently the D nibs aren't even being made any more; on the internet they're called "vintage." Had I known that, I would have bought a whole box.
Here's my favorite miniature of the week, a little rock with just enough surface roughness that the wrapped thread doesn't just slide off:
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