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This post is a collation of everything I have found useful, while learning pointed pen calligraphy. It’s not a definitive post just what I have found helpful so far.
I have created a playlist on youtube called Pointed pen Calligraphy. I will be updating this with what has been useful to me and my calligraphy.
I have also created a pointed pen calligraphy board on Pinterest with some pins I like and have found useful.
Blogs I have found useful
The Postman’s Knock – A great site for printables and Ideas for projects. She has a very extensive site full of fun stuff. I have saved some of her videos to my pointed pen calligraphy playlist on youtube.
The Happily Ever Crafter – A good site for calligraphy and brush lettering blog posts and youtube videos. https://www.thehappyevercrafter.com/
IAMPETH – This is a professional body of calligraphers but they have a good resource page with guide sheets and lessons. https://www.iampeth.com/lessons
- Sumi Ink – You can buy this online or Daiso have it in stock in the art section. I will have some in stock soon but until then it is very easy to find.
- Nib holder – Oblique or straight. The advantage of the oblique holder for right-handers is that it helps get the nib in the right position on the page which is about 55 degrees. Left-handers don’t tend to need this.
- Paper – I use a range of paper from Rhodia to Cason & Manuscript.
- Paper towel – this is for wiping your nib periodically
- Jar of water – for cleaning your nib periodically.
None of these supplies need to be expensive or fancy while your practicing, just use what’s on hand.
- Prepping your nib – Manufacturers coat new nibs with an oil to stop the nib from rusting, so before using your nib you need to get this off or otherwise the ink won’t stick. There are a few different way to do this. The first is to get a lighter and just briefly put the nib into the flame and then wipe the nib clean. The second way is to dip your nib in ink and then rub it off with a piece of paper towel and continue to do this until you can see that the ink is coating the nib. The third way is to poke the nib into a raw potato and leave it there for 15 minutes and then remove and clean off.
- When you are finished with your practice clean the nib in water and dry thoroughly. Don’t leave it in the holder as it will start to rust in it because of moisture build up in the connection.
- Print a guide sheet off IAMPETH’s resource page and put this under your practice sheet for a guide. This saves you having to rule lines on each piece of paper. https://www.iampeth.com/lessons
- While writing, make a habit of rinsing your nib in clean water and wiping it dry on paper towel every minute or so, or after you write every sentence. This is because ink will start to dry up while you write and after re-dipping a few times, you’ll notice the hairlines may not be as thin, or the ink may not run as smoothly. By rinsing periodically, it’s almost like you’re “resetting” the nib to allow for a fresh start.
I hope you have found this useful and remember to enjoy your practice and don’t get stuck on doing drills only, try some words it makes it more fun.