Carrying on from reviewing nibs from the last blog, this post will be all about another essential tool for calligraphy...ink!
We'll discuss different types of ink from do it yourself to ready made. We'll also discuss the various effects and finishes of different inks. Lastly I'll review a small selection of inks, looking at ease of use, finish and price. Hopefully this post will tell you about the basics of calligraphy ink and give you some ideas if you're looking to expand your own ink collection.
We're not going to discuss other mediums such as gouache, watercolour, chalk etc just yet, but look out for a future blog about other mediums.
Back to ink which is my favourite calligraphy tool, just because there are so many different colours and variables out there including sparkly, metallic, matte, glossy, pearlescent inks. You can also make ink out of items around your home and garden such as coffee,tea and berries, so it doesn't need to be expensive. There is so much scope for experimenta...
In the last blog post I spoke about how to get started in calligraphy including basic supplies such as nibs. Nibs may not seem like a big deal but trust me they are! Those teeny bits of metal can make or break your calligraphy so choose wisely.
In this blog post we'll discuss the importance of nibs, where to find them, the nibs available and how to prepare and care for them.
Which nibs are best for me?
Pointed pen nibs vary in price, just because a nib is more expensive than others it does not necessarily mean it is the best nib for you. All nibs have different qualities and you have to find what works best for you. Buy a variety of nibs when you're starting out rather than a big order of the more expensive nibs. Because nibs are so well priced and a good variety are available in the UK, it's accessible to everyone and there is scope to experiment with different nibs.
In my previous post I recommended calligraphy suppliers to you, let's take a look at the nibs they offer and...
So you're interested in calligraphy but don't know where to start? Look no more my friends as this post is dedicated to budding calligraphers, chock full of tips and ways to get started.
First of all, you need to choose how you want to learn. Are you a visual learner or do you prefer learning in a classroom environment? Thankfully due to the rising popularity of calligraphy there are a variety of options.
Option 1 - An online course with support from an experienced calligrapher enter https://istilllovecalligraphy.com/
I Still Love Calligraphy is a month long online course with videos, guidelines/sheets, set work and support from Melissa Esplin the calligrapher behind I Still Love Calligraphy.
I Still Love Calligraphy costs $95/£66
Option 2 - A step by step guide to creating different styles of calligraphy using printable guidesheets and templates.
Enter Learn Calligraphy for a Latte by The Postmans Knock.
Hello! I guess the logical place to start the blog would be telling you about my Calligraphy 'journey'.
Before I got into calligraphy I'd never dreamed of pursuing anything creative as I'm not naturally talented at arts and crafts (I can't draw to save my life!).
However when my Husband and I were planning our wedding we decided to D.I.Y as much as possible to save on cost and add a personal touch. I spent a lot of time crafting to make invitations, name cards etc throughout wedding planning and unexpectedly I loved every minute of it.
After the wedding I missed crafting and being creative. I wanted to take up a crafting hobby and thought of calligraphy, as I've always loved stationery and pens. I signed up the 'I Still Love Calligraphy' (now known as I Still Love You) online course. I found it difficult but that didn't matter as I fell in love with calligraphy instantly.
From there I practiced, practiced, practiced and continue to do so. I...