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:


Last night's Modern Calligraphy Workshop at Silver Spoon Bake Shop here in Columbia, South Carolina was a blast! There's a reason I keep the class size very small, not only so I may be able to pay close attention to each student, but because of the intimate setting. It was great to hear the ladies last night get to know each other and talk about their lives all while learning calligraphy. 

Of course,  one of the highlights of each class for me is always seeing student work. See some of them below.

I cannot wait to do it again next month! More information for May's calligraphy workshop or to sign up can be found here

From left: Donna, Ashley, Laura, Patty, Monica and Therese

My Favorite Calligraphy Supplies: Basic Inks

I'm excited to start off this new Blog series and share my favorite calligraphy supplies! It's pretty much one of the main questions I get asked about. And ink is pretty important in calligraphy. Here's 3 of my favorite basic inks: 

Black Inks: KY Series Sumi Ink or FW Acrylic Ink - Black 

FW Black Ink was my first ink ever and it's still the ink I use for when I am practicing calligraphy. Sumi Ink, on the other hand, is my go to for anything profession, whether for weddings or if I'm turning quotes into prints. The bottle of Sumi lasts a long, long time. I'm only on my second bottle ever! What's the difference in both? Not much, really. Both are waterproof, no mixing needed and great for beginners. Both inks dry with a slight sheen to it.   

Gold Ink: Dr. Martin's Iridescent Copperplate Gold 

Once I found this Copperplate Gold, I didn't even bother looking for any other gold ink out there. Sure, I tried some other ones, but it's wasn't the same. Copperplate Gold is opaque and can be used straight out of the bottle. It's a little thicker and can take some getting used to. If I have some trouble getting it to flow smoothly out of my nib, I mix some water with it. The only downside to this gold, or any gold for that matter, is you have to mix it now and then while you're writing with it. Otherwise the gold settles on the bottom of the bottle and it becomes bronze.  

White Ink: Dr. Martin's Bleedproof White 

Bleedproof White is the only white ink I use. It is not beginner friendly and needs mixing. It's basically a solid and technically, not originally used as ink to begin with. But you only need to mix it with water to make it into a milk-like consistency, and if mixed right, the outcome is a matte, opaque white that can't be beat.