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To B or Not to B: A B-Nib Play

  • January 21, 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PST)
  • Online via Zoom


PRESENTER: Jane Shibata

SPONSOR: South Los Angeles Chapter (Solar Nibs)


An often dismissed and neglected pen nib series, the B-nib can be very versatile. Not only can this nib be used to make monolinear letterforms, but it can also be manipulated in a certain way to create thick and thin strokes. Let's get to know and play with the B-nibs.


Jane Shibata teaches part-time in the art department at Santa Monica College in California and runs a design business specializing in the lettering arts in Los Angeles. Jane worked for the City of Los Angeles as a calligrapher for a few years and has done contract calligraphy work for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Graphic Arts division. She is a long-time Society for Calligraphy Southern California member who serves on the board, coordinates outreach events, and teaches many workshops for the Society for Calligraphy. Jane has also taught for a few other guilds in California and other states, SfC Letters California Style, and four international calligraphy conferences.


Only buy the items you do not have.

  • Speedball B-nib series: B-1, B-2, B-3, B-4, B-5, B-6
  • Regular pen holder(s) for nibs
  • Any black ink or gouache
  • Layout paper or graph paper, any size
  • Ruler, pencil, eraser
  • Water container, paper towels/rag


Registration now closed. 

No fee with registration. Please click on the "REGISTER" button at the top left. 

This free workshop will not be recorded. 

Zoom invitation and handouts, if any, will be sent out a few days prior to workshop date. 

If you have any questions, please email sfc.solarnibs@gmail.com

NO audio or video recording of any program, meeting, workshop or other SfC function permitted without prior consent of both guest artist and a representative of the Board of Governors. You must ask permission of the artist/ instructor to photograph any copyrighted materials, including demos.

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