Are you sitting comfortably?

Professional calligrapher Janet Smith shares some of her favourite tips from sitting comfortably to having a break from your calligraphy! If you’re of a certain age, you may recognise that phrase, from the start of Listen With Mother, a 15 minute radio show filled with children’s stories and songs. Even if you don’t remember the programme, the…

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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 up needs to be accurate and consistent. Calligraphers spend time ruling-up the roughs, only to…

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Ink Flow Problems

At some point everyone experiences problems with ink flow and when it happens it can cause extreme frustration!  You dip the nib in the ink, or load it with a brush start to write and nothing happens. Luckily there are a few tips and tricks that will usually fix the problem.  The ink flow problem can…

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How to Clean Brushes

It is important to take care of calligraphy and illustrating equipment. Brushes can last a very long time if they are of a high quality and are cared for properly. If neglected, brushes quickly lose their shape.The most common cause of a brush no longer pointing is the build-up of paint particles in the base…

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How to Fit Reservoirs

Once the nib has been prepared it is important to set it up correctly.  Some nibs are purchased with a reservoir, but reservoirs for the William Mitchell Square Cut nibs and Leonardt Square Cut Nibs are purchased separately and have to be fitted to the nib. Reservoirs are usually made of brass making them flexible…

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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 do this is to simply rinse the pen in running cold or warm water. Be careful not to loose the reservoirs down the plug hole! – I…

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