Calligraphy Projects – Planning for Success

As a calligrapher the questions you’re likely to be asked include “How long did it take you?”, “did you do it on the computer?” and the favourite of all: “what do you do when things go wrong?” Things going wrong – it happens. It’s part of developing our calligraphy. And it’s not the end of…

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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 like an embittered battle! In fact we’re aiming for the pen, the paper, the…

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Foundational Hand – Order and Direction

After studying the proportions of the Foundational Hand letters, the next step is to start writing the letters. Each letter is constructed rather than written. The letters are made up of a combination of pen strokes, which are only made in a top – down or left – right direction. The pen is never pushed…

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Foundational Hand – Proportions

After studying Roman Capitals, next on the list is the Foundational Hand, sometimes called Roman Minuscules. The Foundational Hand are the lower-case letters written beside Roman Capitals. As with the Roman Capitals we need to study the proportion of the letters before we pick up a calligraphy pen and make a start with some sample…

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Roman Capitals – Letter and Word Spacing

Many calligraphers put all their effort in to producing correctly proportioned letterforms.  Whilst the letters are very important, bad letter and word spacing will distract from the lettering.  Can you imagine looking at a piece of work with beautiful lettering only to be distracted by poor spacing? Spacing can make or break a piece of…

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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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