YOU WILL NEED:
– Guidelines (for practicing)
We recommend starting with using calligraphy guide paper. This is lined paper with additional, evenly spaced dotted lines running diagonally across to help you place each letter.
1. Each time you start a calligraphy session, construct your nib and pen, shake the ink and prepare your paper.
2. Dunk your nib in the ink so that the hollow in the centre is coated – this is what holds the ink.
3. Place your nib in the correct position as guided above.
4. For thin-strokes (up and sideways) apply as little pressure as possible on the nib and smoothly guide the pen in the correct direction.
5. For the thick strokes (down) apply more pressure so that the nib opens up to release more ink onto the page.
6. Begin with practicing these strokes then move onto building letters words and finally, your Christmas message!
Calligraphy is an ancient visual art of lettering that originates from Roman times and Latin script.
The ink the experts at Meticulous Ink use is based on a medieval Iron Gal Ink recipe that is thin and refined. As you write with it, it reacts to air and light and gets darker over time with a lovely matte finish.
There are different types of nib you can get which suit different kinds of writing style. The best one to start out with is a flexi-nib for the classic thick and thin style whereas a rounded nib works best for more gothic fonts.
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For more information and for all your letter-writing needs, visit Meticulous Ink on Walcot Street, Bath or visit their website here: meticulousink.com