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The A To Z Guide On Nailing The Art Of Calligraphy

In the past few years, handwriting has lost its charm with the increasing use of digital communication. Now that smileys, standard letters and abbreviations are available in every electronic gadget, the need to write on a daily basis has generally been eliminated. But even with that in mind, the majority of us still find uses for promotional pens, even if this approach is only used as a simple, but effective marketing tool.

But calligraphy still holds its charm among people. If you are someone who has a keen interest in learning calligraphy, then this post will surely help you.

Given below are some basic elements required for learning calligraphy.

Holders

There are two types of holders available for calligraphy.

  1. Straight holder

A straight folder has an ‘insert’ in it where you can fix the nib. This insert can be made from either metal or plastic. Inserting a nib in the holder is one of the most confusing tasks for beginners so make sure you are doing it in the right way.

A straight holder has some space between its four metal bits which seems like the right destination for the nib but that’s not true. The right place to insert a nib is between the body of the holder and its metal bits. After inserting the nib, push it inwards until it stops wobbling and becomes stable. Make sure you are not pushing it too much, otherwise it can get stuck in there.

  1. Oblique holder

An oblique calligraphy pen can be made from wood or plastic, but its flange is made of metal. A speedball oblique holder comes with a plastic flange. The speciality of an oblique folder is that different flanges can fit different nibs. It means you would not have to depend on a specific type of nib or flange. While placing a nib, make sure that the tip of the nib forms a straight line with the centre of the pen.

Although both the holders are good, straight holders are comparatively cheaper than oblique holders.

Nibs

Unlike holders, you have the liberty of choosing a nib as a holder as it can support a number of nibs for calligraphy.  However, choosing the right nib is not that easy. If you are a beginner, we suggest you use ‘Nikko G’ nib. The nib has a medium flex and is good for those who have heavy hands. Once you get the hang of using this nib, you can experiment with others such as Brause EF66, Brause Rose and Brause Steno.

Once you use the nib, do not forget to store it in a good condition to increase its life. So, whenever you use a nib, keep a cotton cloth handy.

Mentioned below are some tips to store a nib safely –

  1. Clean out the ink thoroughly from the nib. We recommend that you clean the nib using soapy water occasionally.
  2. Wipe it off to make it dry and to prevent rusting.
  3. Store it in a small container.

Ink

After selecting the holder and the nib, it’s time to pick the right ink that makes your writing more impressive. Although there are different kinds of ink available in the market, we suggest you buy Yasutomo Chinese ink. The ink lasts for a long time and helps you in your quest to write beautifully. The only downside of using ink is that you have to pour it in a container to dip your pen in it.

Another ink that’s a good option is Winsor and Newton ink. The good thing is that it comes in a variety of colours and is easily available in all local stores. The ink gives your handwriting a smooth flow and is a little runny in nature.

Paper

The practice of calligraphy becomes very tasking if you have the wrong paper. A good choice of paper for calligraphy is Rhodia. It comes in a variety some of which includes dotted, red, blank and graph. The paper is bleed-proof and extremely smooth in nature. And if you want a paper for finished work, buy bristol or watercolour paper.

We hope the post will help you select the right elements for calligraphy and you’ll be able to create beautiful handwriting with the help of these aspects.