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my calligraphy diary

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27.03.2015

trying out white ink on shimmer paper (the photo is not quite telling). i am using pigment ink today but i would like to see if white calligraphy ink will work better. pigment ink seems to be a bit too thick - although i've been adding droplets of water every now and then, the ink doesn't flow very well especially with the thin upstrokes. oh - the nib snags quite a bit on the paper too. i hope the actually card will be better.

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02.03.2015

my first experience on calligraphy with pointed nibs. i'm using slightly different tools to the ones molly recommended. but they work really well for me so i thought i should share here too:

sumi ink - many calligraphers recommended this for beginners and it really is very easy to use and writes beautifully.

carrot olique holder - i find it very difficult to write with a stright holder. as i am planning to learn copperplate calligraphy too, i bought an olique holder as well. this particular one is fatter than the usual holders and is designed for writers with joint or arthritis problems. i really don't feel tired at all and no stiff fingers like i normally do after writing for an hour or so. maybe i should get a carrot straight holder for my broad edge nibs too. 

the calligraphy tools are purchased from paper & ink arts. i live in sydney and i wish there were smiliar shops here that stock a good range of calligraphy tools so it's easier if i want to try out new nibs or inks...

my first project is to write place cards for my friend's wedding. i will be writing lots for names for a while :)

tracing from molly's template

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