The May Modern Calligraphy workshop at Silver Spoon Bake Shop was a smaller group, most likely from it being the day after the Memorial Day holiday, but that didn't stop us!

My favorite part of the workshop that night was seeing which quotes each student chose to write. I sometimes think I should provide some quotes, but what's the fun in that?  I encourage students to write their first quote on cardstock so they can look back at where they started. Often, even if you think there's no progress being made, all you have to do is look back and see how far you've come. 

I'm taking a break for the summer and won't hold a workshop till September so make sure to subscribe to the mailing list to be notified first of upcoming workshops and all things calligraphy. Or book a Private Party or One on One Session anytime. 

From left: Rebecca, Donna, and Anna

How To Mix Inks for Calligraphy Use

I'm not sure when I began mixing non-traditional "inks" to use for calligraphy. It's probably when I stumbled on Bleedproof White and it definitely needs to be mixed before it can even be used. 

First, pick a non-traditional "ink" that you'd like to mix. 
I've used watercolors, gouache and even $1 craft acrylic paint to mix for calligraphy use. The sky is the limit and I encourage you to experiment.

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Then you'll need water, an ink container, and something to stir it all with. Simple as that. 
I've heard of other calligraphers using gum arabic, but I ended up using what I had on hand - tap water and a toothpick. For the water, I often take it straight out of the faucet, letting it slowly drip or I use an empty ink bottle with it's dropper. 

Consistency is absolute key. The goal is to create a milk-like ink consistency. 
The ink must have a consistency like that of milk. The true test is if it flows smoothly out of your nib. If it blobs up in the nib and doesn't come out, it's too thick and need more water. If it's too runny, there's too much water. Add and mix in a little bit of your "ink" back in. 

It's trial and error, but when you get the hang of it, you can have all sorts of inks available at your fingertips. 

Calligraphy Practice: Spencerian inspired A

I've been itching to be more consistent practicing more traditional calligraphy styles like Copperplate and Spencerian. Unfortunately, I don't practice calligraphy much on my spare time. My goal is to do a couple of these letters a month, keep myself accountable, and hope it can also help others practice too.

First up, a Spencerian-inspired A: