Mixing Gouache or Watercolor to Create Ink for Calligraphy Use. Write in any color or even create your own custom color - the sky is the limit! // Watch video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=csSZpJAj6Ag
Brush Lettering Basics. I use a Windsor & Newton round, size 00 watercolor brush but you can also use actual brush pens. Other supplies used in video: Watercolor paints, Glass of water, Legal ads section of newspaper // Watch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7axYUU0P68
WHERE TO BUY
Paper Ink & Arts - http://www.paperinkarts.com/ - the only place where I get my nibs, they have all the calligraphy supplies you'll ever need
Hobby Lobby - if I need inks as soon as possible, Hobby Lobby is great. I do NOT recommend their calligraphy starter kits - the ink in those kits are awful.
FAVORITE CALLIGRAPHY SUPPLIES
Below are some of my favorites. Each nib has its own personality so don't be afraid to try as much as you can till you find the perfect fit for you.
- Brause Steno Pen/Blue Pumpkin - nib used in workshops and kits
- Nikko G - nib used in workshops and kits
- Zebra Comic G - stiffer nib, perfect for beginners and those that are heavy handed
- Hunt 101 - my very first nib and very beginner friendly
- Brause Extra Fine 66 - little more advanced and flexible nib, the best for getting thick chunky downstrokes
- Hiro 41 - my latest favorite, flexible but still stiff nib
- Speedball Straight Pen holder - black, plastic - holder used in workshops and kits
- Speedball Oblique Pen holder - if you ever venture into traditional styles of calligraphy like Copperplate or Spencerian, I would recommend starting with this oblique pen to see how you like it.
- Sumi Ink (Black Ink) - practice ink used in workshops and kits - (can be found at Hobby Lobby)
- FW Acrylic Ink (Black Ink) - another great practice ink - (can be found at Hobby Lobby)
- Dr. Martin's Bleedproof White - needs mixing with water before use
- Windsor & Newton gouache - needs mixing with water before use, colors vary
- Dr. Martin's Copperplate Gold - what I use for any professional work: prints, envelopes, etc - (can be found at Hobby Lobby)
KY Series Sumi Ink with red cap, Black Ink - what I use for any professional work: prints, envelopes, etc -(can be found at Hobby Lobby)
- For practicing: 24lb inkjet printer paper or paper with a higher weight, otherwise ink would bleed (can be found at Staples, Office Depot, etc)
- Tracing paper -(can be found at Hobby Lobby)
- Master's Touch Sketchbook - (can be found at Hobby Lobby)
- Cardstock: Neenah Paper - my favorite cardstock to use - 80lb Cover for cards or prints or if I'm in a crunch and need it locally, I use 110lb Text Cover found at Office Depot.
- Envelopes: PaperSource envelopes and place cards
- Envelopes: CardsandPockets.com envelopes, place cards and cardstock
- Pentel Touch Sign Pen (can be found as a pack of 12 pens at Target pen section)
- Tombow Dual Brush Pens (can also be found at Hobby Lobby)
- Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Brush Pen (can also be found at Hobby Lobby)
STAMPS (RUBBER OR SELF INKING)
- http://www.simonstamp.com/ - 1 day turnaround time, lets you see a proof of your work, and different sizes to choose from. For self-inking address stamps, I use the Trodat 4925 Printy kind and for wooden rubber stamps, I use 3x1" Wood hand stamp.
- Iampeth, click Lessons tab - http://www.iampeth.com/ - The International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting. You'll find Copperplate and Spencerian letterforms, guidelines, videos, and so much more - all for free!
- Flourish Forum - http://www.theflourishforum.com/forum/ - A forum talking about everything calligraphy
- Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe - http://www.paperinkarts.com/thorpe.htm - lots of letterforms for practice and DIY projects such as invitations, place cards, etc.
- Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy by Eleanor Winters - http://www.paperinkarts.com/winter.html - a very informative, thorough self-study book to learn traditional Copperplate calligraphy
- Besotted Blog - Calligrapher Interview Series - great series to learn about some seasoned calligraphers, their advice, and the supplies they use
- The Postman's Knock - https://thepostmansknock.com/5-unique-ways-to-address-an-envelope/ - great assortment of ways to address envelopes
- Guide to choosing a Brush Pen for Calligraphy- http://www.jetpens.com/blog/guide-to-choosing-a-brush-pen-for-calligraphy/pt/621 - very informative post about different kinds of brush pens