May 15, 2013

.calligraphy beginnings.


If you follow me on instagram, than you may already noticed my new obsession. Calligraphy.

I got this calligraphy pen earlier this week and I must say, I'm addicted. As you can see, I'm terrible, and considering I spelled Kyle's middle name "Fteven" instead of  "Steven" I think need to start from the beginning and practice my cursive.

Even though it looks like chicken scratch above, I'm pretty proud of myself! You would have to know my regular hand writing to understand. I am right handed, but I write like a left handed person. It's hard to explain without actually seeing it, but when it's all said and done my words all slant left instead of right. I've been working on correcting this for a while now because when I was a little girl I would look at my mom's handwriting in awe and think "when I get older I'm gonna have pretty handwriting like that!" and I finally realized that isn't gonna happen unless I actually try.

So, with all that said, I'm excited to be getting into calligraphy! I had no idea how in depth it all was! There's so many different styles and different holders and nibs and inks. It's fascinating. Here's a little list I found on the Internets.





A friend of mine, who is a connoisseur of fountain pens and dip pens, recommended I start out doing Spencerian script. It's swooshy and pretty, so I agreed. ;) In order to practice that script, he said I should get a flex nib rather than a stub nib. He recommended one called a Nikko G with an Oblique Holder. The Nikko G is really flexible and really cheap, aka perfect for a beginner like me. 

I got my holder, a couple nibs, and ink from this website and including shipping it was less than $15. Definitely worth it, in my opinion! 

My next thing is printing out some worksheets to practice my lettering! Any of you guys starting or already pros at calligraphy? Any tips/tricks I need to know?

7 comments on ".calligraphy beginnings."

  1. The only thing I know (I'm using a fake calligraphy pen for now) is that when you have a flexible tip like that you just press harder when your going down and let off when going up. But you already know that! You can use colored gauche and dilute it to make an opaque ink to use on colored paper. This makes me want to go buy a real set now haha

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    1. Yeah, you can be pretty rough on them...which is great when you don't know what you're doing. haha

      Oooh! I'm gonna have to try diluting it! Thanks for the tip. :) This seems like something you'd be super amazing at, sooo you should share some of your calligraphy stuff!

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  2. oh my gosh it looks so good though! :)
    I tried calligraphy a few years ago and then lost my pen? so i'd love to get back into it! :)
    Keep practicing!

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    1. Haha! Thanks, Amy! You should totally get back into it! It's really not that expensive to start and it's super fun. :)

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  3. So fun, so fun, so fun!!! I have been dabbling in Calligraphy since Christmas when Tanner got me some. :) We should totally practice together.

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    1. Yes, Jaclyn! That'd be so fun!!

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  4. so cool, i always wanted to have nice handwriting..even though i went to 12 years of catholic school my cursive these days is pretty atrocious! i think even your practice looks great, what a fun new hobby!

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