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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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  • What inks can I put in my pen
    February 15, 2016

    What Can I Put In My Pen?

    If you use a fountain pen, or a cartridge pen, then because of the delicate mechanisms it’s best to stick with the inks recommended for them (which certainly means staying well away from waterproof inks.) But …. If you use...

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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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  • Christmas Card Ideas
    November 22, 2015

    Ideas for Christmas Cards

    Stuck for ideas for making Christmas cards? Perhaps you’d like to create a batch of hand made cards, but you don’t want it to become a chore. Choose just one of your calligraphy tools – one edged pen, a brush...

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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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  • Write it down – otherwise you will forget
    September 19, 2015

    Wise Words for Calligraphers

    Sometimes it’s good to reflect on the wisdom we’ve built up over the years, and if that can be shared with others to their advantage, that’s great. Although these are from a calligrapher’s experience, they probably apply in any creative...

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  • The qualities of paper
    July 25, 2015

    Qualities of Paper

    Almost all our calligraphy is done on paper, so it’s a material we really care about.This article offers advice, but in the end it’s down to you because even the “best” papers don’t suit everyone. The best tip is to...

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  • Getting to know paper
    July 25, 2015

    Getting to Know Paper

    It’s likely that as a calligrapher you have an interest in (or even an obsession about!) paper. In the article of the qualities of paper it was suggested that you should be observant and critical, and learn which papers work...

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