Talking about Broad Edged Nibs

Creating calligraphy can be done with a vast array of tools, from a quill cut carefully from a turkey feather to a broken stick found on the beach – it’s the care and skill in the lettering that makes it calligraphy, not the tool that was used. Many people coming to calligraphy will start with…

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Dealing with Ink and Paper Problems

Every calligrapher will have experienced a fabulous moment – however fleeting –  when all the materials (paper, nib, ink) are in harmony, and the letters are forming miraculously on the page! When it doesn’t feel like that – when it’s a bit of a fight – it’s up to the calligrapher to work out what…

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Why Won’t My Pen Write Well?

As a calligrapher, you’ll have (hopefully) experienced the feeling of your writing tool gliding across the paper, leaving beautiful marks behind it as it goes. On other days, your relationship with the pen feels less like a sensual dance, and more like an embittered battle! In fact we’re aiming for the pen, the paper, the…

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What Can I Put In My Pen?

If you use a fountain pen, or a cartridge pen, then because of the delicate mechanisms it’s best to stick with the inks recommended for them (which certainly means staying well away from waterproof inks.) But …. If you use a broad edged pen (such as Mitchell, Brause, Speedball, Tape, Leonardt) or a pointed pen…

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Ideas for Christmas Cards

Stuck for ideas for making Christmas cards? Perhaps you’d like to create a batch of hand made cards, but you don’t want it to become a chore. Choose just one of your calligraphy tools – one edged pen, a brush or (as here) a pointed pen. Working just in black and white, cover a piece…

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Calligraphy at Christmas

As Christmas approaches, all sorts of opportunities arise for making use of your calligraphy skills. It’s great to enjoy the freedom of creating things that perhaps only have a short life: table names, menus, envelopes for cards, gift tags. They are all opportunities to try out new and adventurous ideas, safe in the knowledge that…

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The Finishing Touches

So you’ve finished a piece of work, and you’re pleased (or at least not displeased – we’re rather good at the self criticism, us calligraphers!) Getting the finishing touches right can elevate a piece of work into something special, so these last stages are really worthwhile. Rubbing out the lines Often we will have ruled…

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Wise Words for Calligraphers

Sometimes it’s good to reflect on the wisdom we’ve built up over the years, and if that can be shared with others to their advantage, that’s great. Although these are from a calligrapher’s experience, they probably apply in any creative pursuit, and quite possibly in other situations too. Write it down – otherwise you will…

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Qualities of Paper

  Almost all our calligraphy is done on paper, so it’s a material we really care about. This article offers advice, but in the end it’s down to you because even the “best” papers don’t suit everyone. The best tip is to be observant and critical, and take notes.       Qualities of paper…

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