In the next coming weeks, I will be featuring some of my previous students who I've been blessed to share the art of modern calligraphy. They'll share a little bit about themselves, and what their advice is for those just picking up the pointed pen for the first time.
The gold ink I let my students try in class is not very beginner friendly. I still remember Anne being one that just kept trying to work with gold ink. I even remember her saying that the gold is worth the hassle. I am so proud of how far she's come and love her fun attitude towards calligraphy. Anne provided so much great, beginner information below.
Tells us a little about you. My name is Anne and I work at a bank by day and am in school at night. I grew up in Charlotte and moved to Greenville for college and never left! I love sending mail, baking WAY TOO MANY desserts, and I am an EPIC FAILURE at crafting (Pinterest fail is a normal outcome for me). I want to be one of those crafty people - but its not in the cards!
What made you interested in learning calligraphy? I love sending mail and calligraphy on envelopes is AMAZING! I have wanted to learn for a while and I finally decided to take the plunge - I figured I should give it a shot and I fell in love with it! It's a great way to unwind at the end of a long day and now my envelopes look so fancy! I know I have a ton of work to get them looking perfect but I am enjoying the practice! Best part - my lack of craftiness is not a problem!! I feel like I make mistakes all the time - but its never a failure! I am so glad that I stumbled on Paulene's instagram page and found out about the classes - Calligraphy has been so much fun!
What is your advice for those picking up the pointed pen for the first time? Be patient!! Progress feels really slow - but it's very helpful to keep older practice to look back at. On days that I am getting frustrated it's so nice to look back at the first attempts at the letters and appreciate how far I have come. It's so hard to remember to slow down - my letters look so much better when I really take my time. Go slow - it's really worth it! Experiment with different nibs - I really hate some and love others and everyone has an opinion on them. Good thing they are not too expensive - it's quickly becoming an addiction! Paper & Ink Arts has become a go to shopping website….my cart seems to fill itself up!
What's something with calligraphy you've tried that's become your favorite? Something like color combo, Nib, Ink, etc? GOLD INK!!!! Even the biggest mistakes and ink blots look nicer in gold! It's my favorite and I find that I reach for it every time! I am trying to work more with black ink - but its hard to cheat on the gold! I have also found that good paper is helpful - it does not have to be super expensive but the cheapest copy paper was not so great for me. I went for the slightly nicer printer paper (it's still only around $17 for 500 sheets - not too bad!) and it has really made a difference. I am also loving the G nibs (nikko and zebra specifically). I tend to press really hard on the page and they are a bit more forgiving than others. It has also been fun to "customize" my alphabet - I'm still experimenting with different styles for each letter.