Calligraphy Essentials

Notice: I'm going through my old blog posts and I'm trying to edit them because they're hell of a crap! So please spare me from all the crappiness here. 

As much as possible, I want my summer to be productive enough. Aside from blogging, I've always wanted to enter the world of arts. I once tried watercolor lettering. To top it all, here's something new--calligraphy. I'm not doing calligraphy for the sake of being one with the bandwagon.

I want to thank The Craft Central for catering our calligraphy needs. The prices are pocket wise, thank you (especially when you're financially broke like me). Claps for the fast and easy transaction. You can visit their website and place your orders directly at or visit their Instagram account, @thecraftcentral.
4 essentials to a calligraphy starter kit:
1. Nibs - nibs come in different styles, flexibility, etc.. Don't buy speedball nibs (C series nibs) because those are for Gothic type of calligraphy. That's way different from modern calligraphy. You are to use pointed nibs.
2. Nib holder - nib holders come in 2 different types: straight holder and the oblique holder. You can buy straight holder directly from National Bookstore outlets. It only costs 25-30 pesos. Then, the oblique holder, most probably, online stores. I got mine for 150 pesos.
Which do you prefer as a beginner, oblique or straight? Honestly, I thought using oblique holder is damn hard but no, it's not. So I go for the oblique. I don't know but when I use the straight one, its harder for me to control the pressure. It differs. You have to try both so you'll know where you are most comfortable and easier for you to use.
3. Ink - many stores offer different kinds of inks. My tip is, if you're still practicing buy the cheapest one available on market. I got my bottle of Chine Ink in National Bookstore for only 36.00 pesos. Washable.

4. Paper - use heavy paper so that the ink won't bleed. Copy paper with 70 gsm can be used for practicing. Lower than that, ink bleeds. You can also use sketch pad but the texture is rough. The disadvantage is, when you are using pointed nib, it's hard to do upstrokes because of the fiber.(idk what it is called). It has to smooth yet heavy.
Nibs from The Craft Central:
(Nib: Nikko G)
Note: I Would really recommend this for beginners (like me). Why? Because, it has slight flexibility; which made it easier to control the ink flow and such.
Description: (The Craft Central)
High Quality
Medium Flex
Japenese Chrome Plated
Fine Hairlines
Extremely Smooth
Long Lasting
(Nib: Leonardt G)
Description: (paperinkarts)
Modeled on a vintage nib with lots of input from fine lettering artists. Quite flexible.
(Nib: Hiro 41)
Description: (The Craft Central)
Friendly for beginners. Large, durable, smooth strokes and moderate swells.
(Nib: Hunt 99)
Description: (The Craft Central)
Very flexible
thick swells and delicate hairlines
Suitable for script with x-heights down to around 3/16"
(Nib: Esterbrook 354)
Description: (paperinkarts)
Very sharp and flexible giving fine hairlines. The sharp point requires slow writing.
1. Don't dip your nibs fully. Just dip it half way. You're just wasting ink.
2. Make it a habit to clean your nibs after using them. You can use mild soap and old toothbrush. There are also available pen cleaners. (available at The Craft Central)
3. Working may be messy. The creative minds are never tidy! Creativity is messy.
4. Learning never stops. You can download printable worksheets online which will help you improve your skill.
5. You may have your own dinky dips. If you're having a hard time dipping your nib directly inside the ink bottle. (Photo: What I'm using is a small measuring cup for medicines. I don't know what it is called)
Here are some works I am proud of as a beginner! :)
Random Question:

Is calligraphy expensive?
For me yes, BUT it's just expensive the first time you'll buy the materials. Of course you have to invest on high-end calligraphy nibs and holder. After that, you just going to buy paper and ink. I think ink and paper are not so expensive.
What are/is the problem/s you encountered as a beginner?
First, the ink flow! When I used my nibs for the first time, that is my major problem. The ink blurts out at once and I cannot establish the thick downstrokes properly. But as I practice, I knew the right pressure, the right angle of the nib! That's it. You'll learn along the journey! :)
You can also read my posts about Fake Calligraphy!

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