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  • Writing and Illuminating and Lettering by Edward Johnston
    June 12, 2024

    Who is the Father of Calligraphy?

    Edward Johnston (1872-1944) played a pivotal role in reviving calligraphy at the end of the 19th century, breathing new life into this ancient art form.

    His influential work laid down the foundations of modern calligraphy, covering the principles of writing, the anatomy of letters, and the tools required for the craft.

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  • Choosing nibs, inks and paper
    May 23, 2024

    What is Calligraphy?

    Writing has a long history reflecting civilizations, from the earliest cave paintings to Egyptian hieroglyphs, and eventually to our alphabet, a Roman adaptation of the Greek alphabet. The Roman period was a major landmark in the development of the letterforms...

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  • Nib width sizes featured image
    March 24, 2023

    Nib Width Sizes

    Unfortunately, the majority of nib manufacturers do not use a sensible numbering system for their nib sizes.Just because the nib says ‘4’ on it, it does not mean the actual nib width is 4mm! We have created a PDF to...

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  • A calligraphy nib fitted with a reservoir
    March 8, 2023

    Fitting a Reservoir

    There are two types of nibs: pointed and broad-edge. Pointed nibs do not use a reservoir, but broad-edge nibs do. Some broad-edge nibs are purchased with a reservoir. These include Brause Bandzug nibs, Speedball ‘C’ and ‘LC’ nibs and Leonardt...

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  • Tips on cleaning a nib
    February 14, 2023

    3 Tips on cleaning nibs

    To ensure reliable ink flow, it is important to keep your calligraphy pen clean.  Dip pens and nibs should be cleaned after each use. The easiest way to clean your nib is to simply rinse the pen in slow running cold...

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  • Copperplate Alphabet - Scribblers Calligraphy
    March 26, 2022

    What is Copperplate Writing?

    For many years the hand which we know today as ‘Copperplate’ was called ‘Roundhand’. Unfortunately that name is now sometimes used by calligraphers as an alternative for the ‘Foundational Hand’ first developed and popularised by Edward Johnston. The style is...

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  • Tips on how to rule up accurately
    February 6, 2022

    How to Rule-Up

    Does anybody like ruling-up? Not many people do, but these tips will help make light work of this important activity. Accuracy is most important Time taken to accurately rule up will save a great deal of frustration later on. Ruling...

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