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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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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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…

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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…

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Cleaning Nibs

To ensure reliable ink flow, it is important to keep your calligraphy pen clean. Dip pens and nibs should be cleaned after each use. The easiest way to do this is to simply rinse the pen in running cold or warm water. Be careful not to loose the reservoirs down the plug hole! – I…

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Problems writing on a surface?

Some papers ideally need treating before writing to give a sharper, crisper surface. Pounce gives a tooth to smooth paper helping produce crisper letters.Pounce is also used to remove the grease from the paper surface, preventing the ink from spreading. It can help prevent ink from spreading on unsized paper or over an erasure, as…

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