One of my 2014 new year resolutions was to learn calligraphy. I had been seeing some really inspiring calligraphy work on pinterest and by some designer friends on instagram and I thought I would try my hand at it. My husband bought me this kit for valentines day and it’s what I’ve been using to learn for the past few months. I knew it would take time, just like learning to write does, but it is definitely an art form!
Today I want to share with you what I use for my calligraphy work. All of these tools/inks are pretty easily found online or in craft stores ( This store is great!). So if you are thinking of getting into calligraphy and aren’t sure where to start, I think this could be a helpful guide!
My everyday kit includes:
– adjustable oblique pen holder
– assortment of 3 nibs (details above)
– pot of black ink
– pot of white ink
– journal for practicing (use thick, smooth paper!)
– sheets of vellum tracing paper 8.5×11″ each
– sheets of gridline practice sheets
I bought access to the course “Intro to modern calligraphy” on a site called Skillshare and I’m working through the videos now. Calligraphy is all about practicing proper technique so I find it helpful to watch someone in a video.
Quick tip: I have found that the better quality the paper you are working on, the better your letterforms come out. It also helps if the paper is very smooth! I like to use vellum papers for markers/painting. And since I often paint around my calligraphy, I typically need a heavier weight paper.
After a few weeks of tracing the alphabet, and experimenting with different styles of calligraphy, I have started making my own inks with gouache paint + water. That is what I will be showing you all next week!
Until then, I would love to know, do any of you practice calligraphy?
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