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…

Read more

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…

Read more

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…

Read more

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…

Read more

Practising

Learning calligraphy is a bit like learning to play an instrument. You will only achieve results through practice. What is the best way to practice? Well, everybody has their preferred method. It’s a bit like revising for an exam. Set aside time for practising your calligraphy – Firstly, do not sit down and practice for…

Read more

Are you sitting comfortably?

Professional calligrapher Janet Smith shares some of her favourite tips from sitting comfortably to having a break from your calligraphy! If you’re of a certain age, you may recognise that phrase, from the start of Listen With Mother, a 15 minute radio show filled with children’s stories and songs. Even if you don’t remember the programme, the…

Read more