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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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  • How to prepare nibs
    February 2, 2022

    How to Prepare Nibs

    Preparing your nib before its first use is crucial for achieving the best calligraphy results. New nibs come with a thin lacquer coating, designed to prevent rust. However, this coating also repels ink, leading to inconsistent ink flow and potential...

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  • When your calligraphy goes wrong… Dealing with it
    June 19, 2018

    When things go wrong… Dealing with it

    There’s a whole article on reducing the chances of things going wrong, but sometimes with the best care we still find something has gone awry. When you notice something has gone wrong, often the best thing to do is go and...

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  • Planning for Calligraphy success - set up your workspace safely
    May 26, 2018

    Calligraphy Projects - Planning for Success

    Things going wrong – it happens. It’s part of developing our calligraphy. And it’s not the end of the world.   This article is going to look at ideas for reducing the chances of something going wrong. Of course it’s...

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  • Dealing with problems
    May 18, 2016

    Dealing with Ink and Paper Problems

    Every calligrapher will have experienced a fabulous moment – however fleeting –  when all the materials (paper, nib, ink) are in harmony, and the letters are forming miraculously on the page! When it doesn’t feel like that – when it’s...

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  • Problems with ink flow
    April 9, 2016

    Why Won’t My Pen Write Well?

    As a calligrapher, you’ll have (hopefully) experienced the feeling of your writing tool gliding across the paper, leaving beautiful marks behind it as it goes.On other days, your relationship with the pen feels less like a sensual dance, and more...

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  • 5 Tips for Learning a New Script
    December 29, 2015

    5 Tips for Learning a New Script

    Perhaps you have a little spare time coming up, and you’d like to use it to learn a new calligraphy script? A little aside on the terminology: in calligraphy, instead of saying  font, we say script. This is because fonts are only...

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  • Adding the finishing touches to your calligraphy
    October 24, 2015

    The Finishing Touches

    So you’ve finished a piece of work, and you’re pleased (or at least not displeased – we’re rather good at the self criticism, us calligraphers!) Getting the finishing touches right can elevate a piece of work into something special, so...

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