One of the frequently asked questions I get in workshops is "Where do I get calligraphy supplies?"
Although I get majority of my supplies at Paper & Ink Arts, when I'm in a bind for a calligraphy job and need ink immediately, I go to Hobby Lobby. I haven't found any nibs by themselves locally that is not in a kit, but paper and ink, I do sometimes get locally here in Columbia, South Carolina.
- Inks -
Sumi Ink - Sumi Ink is my go to black ink and this one is what I use for my workshops
Dr. Ph Martin's Iridescent Copper Plate Gold - This is the only gold ink I use and recommend because of it's shine, it dries even, and opaque. It's not as fluid and runny as other inks, it'll make you work for it, any metallic inks will, but the end is result is worth it.
Dr. Ph Martin's Bleed Proof White - the only white ink I use, although it needs to be mixed with water before use
Amsterdam Acrylic Inks - I stumbled on these new acrylic inks. I haven't tried them, but the ink consistency is spot on. It comes in different beautiful colors, already mixed and perfect for beginners.
- Paper -
Master's Touch Sketchbook - If you don't mind not having lines, sketchbooks are perfect for practicing and if you prefer all your work in one book. I've never had any problems with ink bleeding with these sketchbooks.
Master's Touch Tracing Pad - If you like to practice calligraphy by tracing, Hobby Lobby has this brand and a couple others to choose from.
The Paper Studio Cardstock - In general, I've never run across any problems with my inks bleeding through cardstock from Hobby Lobby. I get my heavy 80lb Cover Cardstock elsewhere for professional prints, but if you are needing cardstock for personal use as gifts, these will work and come in different colors.
- Accessories: Ink Containers -
Artist Palette Cups - The lids on these palette cups do not travel well. I usually have these ziplocked when I transport ink in them anywhere and there's always guaranteed ink spilled. They're perfect for mixing small batches of custom ink but best left at home.
Artist's Jars - I'm using different ink containers for my workshops now, but I used Artist's Jars for ink containers for the longest time. They are perfect if you ever plan to travel or transport your calligraphy ink. I've never had any ink spilled during travel with Artist's Jars.
- Pen Holder -
Speedball Pen Holder - Hobby Lobby does have the Speedball straight Pen Holder that I use for myself and for my calligraphy workshops and workbooks. I recommend any beginner start with this before investing in other types of pen holders.
- Nib/ Calligraphy Kit -
Modern Calligraphy Set by Manuscript - I don't get my nibs locally but I always get asked if there are nibs in Columbia. This calligraphy kit are the only nibs I've seen locally in Columbia, SC that could be used for Modern Calligraphy. Though these are not the nibs I use for my calligraphy workshops or for myself, they are the most similar option and more in line with Modern Calligraphy compared to other calligraphy kits I saw at Hobby Lobby. The pen holder included can be used but I'm always wary of inks included in calligraphy kits from big stores. Most times, they are not the best quality. Not to mention, if you only need the nibs, you'd have to get the whole kit every time for $12.99 when most nibs cost under $2. But if you are looking for nibs locally in Columbia, this is the closest I've found.
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