For those just starting to learn the art of calligraphy, spending a lot of money on a high-quality pen and ink may not be in the cards. However, using the cheap tools and becoming frustrated with the art form would be unfortunate as well. It is important to know your tools and your skills and how they can work together to create success. Keep reading to find out how your choice of writing instruments affects your ability to do calligraphy from our pen enthusiasts.
Emilie Dulles grew up in Switzerland, attended the American School in London, and graduated from Princeton University in 2003 with a degree in philosophy. Find her at Dullesdesigns.com
It's actually hard to dabble in calligraphy. You're either committed to "finding your pen's voice," or you're not. Since calligraphy pens and nibs are not that expensive, the secret is to buy an assortment of shafts and nibs to practice using before you dive into each project. What you'll find is that different papers, thicknesses, and surfaces call for different nibs, pen positions, and pen pressures as you wait for your calligraphy work to dry.
Akin to any work of art or illustration, quality calligraphy takes practice, often for hours at a time, especially since there is no "undo button" on any keypad or way to erase calligraphy. Once your ink is down, your paper is spent. Given our decades of experience, you'll spend more time and money on your paper or media as a practice and project canvas than your pens, nibs, and ink combined. If you stock enough of an assortment of tools, inks, and paper styles upfront, you'll go beyond dabbling in calligraphy toward becoming an intermediate or even expert within a few months or a year.
In both wedding events and corporate lettering spaces, calligraphy can be a modestly lucrative business if you take the time to practice perfectly.
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