Hi Kelly, no problem! Just saw your post – here are some adresses in Europe where you will find nearly everything: I like to order from
they have a great selection of calligraphy supplies (also for example acrylic inks like Ziller, which still seem to be not so well-known in Germany, and they are fast.
The very first supplier I came across when I started with calligraphy is
here in Germany. I have often ordered from them, they also send most times an extra nib to try out which is very nice!
I buy iron gall ink and walnut ink from the Schenks in Switzerland, they make them themself and they are wonderful to write with:
For more special inks and also the Calligraphy Gouache from Schmincke, try this company:
For paper etc. have a look at the Modulor website, or if you are in Berlin, go to the shop at Moritzplatz – dangerous though, haha, it's a "Groschengrab":
They have just about nearly everything paper-related among a LOT of other things.
So I guess except for specific Spencerian teaching materials and supplies like oblique holders you will find most things in a good quality here in Europe!
Thanks for the link to Schin's blog! I also have the Dr. Martin's Bleedproof by now and I think it works way better then white Gouache. So if I just want white I will use this. I just had a gorgeous workshop with wonderful Italian calligrapher Barbara Calzolari, she also uses only this when she needs White. She advised us to use it like this: she puts a little bit of distilled water in, stirs only the surface and then puts the liquid stuff with an eyedropper in a Dinky Dip, so that she can use it directly with dipping!