Calligraphy Supplies

THE BEST CALLIGRAPHY SUPPLIES FOR BEGINNERS

THE BEST CALLIGRAPHY SUPPLIES FOR BEGINNERS

Learning the dreamy art of modern calligraphy is a fun and rewarding adventure. With the right calligraphy tools, you'll be well on your way to becoming a Modern Calligrapher.

 

Learning the dreamy art of modern calligraphy is a fun and rewarding adventure. With the right calligraphy tools, you'll be well on your way to becoming a Modern Calligrapher.

 




What Will You Need?

What Will You Need?

- A Pen Holder

- A nib

- Ink

- Paper

- Instruction Booklet



 

  • A Pen Holder
  • A nib
  • Ink
  • Paper
  • Instruction Booklet



The Best Calligraphy Supplies for Beginners

 

#1: PEN HOLDERS
When it comes to calligraphy pen holders, you can choose between materials: wood + plastic - and styles: straight and oblique.

The main difference between wood and plastic calligraphy pen holders is the price. Plastic pen holders are much cheaper to manufacture so they're definitely the more affordable option; whereas a nice wood pen holder could cost you a pretty penny. For beginner calligraphers, a plastic pen holder is a great option because it's sturdy and durable, and it will allow you to test out pointed pen calligraphy without breaking the bank.  

Straight pen holders are treated like normal pens, while oblique pen holders are angled. If you're left-handed, an oblique pen holder may feel more natural in your hand. We recommend starting with one of each so that you can practice writing in different styles.

 

 

#2: NIBS

A calligraphy pen nib is the small metal instrument that's inserted into the tip of your pen holder. It holds the ink between its two tines, which come to a point. A nib allows you to create thin or thick lines depending on the amount of pressure you're applying (how much the two tines spread apart). Large and stiff pen nibs are the best choice for beginners. They're the easiest nibs to control and work with, which is what you want when you're first learning the delicate art of calligraphy. We recommend starting with the Nikko G Pointed Nib, as it has all of the qualities listed above.

 

The Best Calligraphy Supplies for Beginners

 

#1: PEN HOLDERS
When it comes to calligraphy pen holders, you can choose between materials: wood + plastic - and styles: straight and oblique.

The main difference between wood and plastic calligraphy pen holders is the price. Plastic pen holders are much cheaper to manufacture so they're definitely the more affordable option; whereas a nice wood pen holder could cost you a pretty penny. For beginner calligraphers, a plastic pen holder is a great option because it's sturdy and durable, and it will allow you to test out pointed pen calligraphy without breaking the bank.  

Straight pen holders are treated like normal pens, while oblique pen holders are angled. If you're left-handed, an oblique pen holder may feel more natural in your hand. We recommend starting with one of each so that you can practice writing in different styles.

 



#2: NIBS

A calligraphy pen nib is the small metal instrument that's inserted into the tip of your pen holder. It holds the ink between its two tines, which come to a point. A nib allows you to create thin or thick lines depending on the amount of pressure you're applying (how much the two tines spread apart). Large and stiff pen nibs are the best choice for beginners. They're the easiest nibs to control and work with, which is what you want when you're first learning the delicate art of calligraphy. We recommend starting with the Nikko G Pointed Nib, as it has all of the qualities listed above.

 


 

#3: INK

As a beginner calligrapher, you'll want to start with a really flowy ink. It's best to use a calligraphy ink as opposed to a fountain pen ink or alternative. Calligraphy inks adhere to the nib much better, they're not thick enough to clog the tines, and they'll give you much more control as you write. Some calligraphy pen colour inks come with sparkles, glitter and other texturized pigment, so it's best to start with a solid black colour when you're first starting out. Our ink of choice for beginners is Yasutomo Sumi Ink, KF Series.


#3: INK

As a beginner calligrapher, you'll want to start with a really flowy ink. It's best to use a calligraphy ink as opposed to a fountain pen ink or alternative. Calligraphy inks adhere to the nib much better, they're not thick enough to clog the tines, and they'll give you much more control as you write. Some calligraphy pen colour inks come with sparkles, glitter and other texturized pigment, so it's best to start with a solid black colour when you're first starting out. Our ink of choice for beginners is Yasutomo Sumi Ink, KF Series.

 

 


 

#4: PAPER

Choosing a paper may seem like the easiest task, but it's actually really important that you get the right one when first learning calligraphy. It may be tempting to grab a piece of regular old printer paper, but it will make the task of learning calligraphy very difficult. Since printer paper is so thin and flimsy, it's more likely to make your tines splatter and your ink bleed all over your work. Opt for a paper that has a cotton content - like bond paper - and make sure it doesn't have any texture. Your nib is more likely to snag on the toothiness of textured paper, so it's not ideal when first starting out with calligraphy. We recommend using Bristol Drawing Paper.

 


#5: INSTRUCTIONS

So you have all of the beginner calligraphy supplies you need; now what?! Insert your nib into your pen holder, dab it in your ink and put your pen to your paper. Of course you can doodle away for hours and hours and eventually get the hang of it, but most people find that having clear instructions on what to do is so incredibly helpful. Most guides include complete letter patterns. That is, they guide you through the exact direction to move your pen in order to yield a specific result. A good book or manual will save you so much time and frustration when learning the delicate art of modern calligraphy.

 

#4: PAPER

Choosing a paper may seem like the easiest task, but it's actually really important that you get the right one when first learning calligraphy. It may be tempting to grab a piece of regular old printer paper, but it will make the task of learning calligraphy very difficult. Since printer paper is so thin and flimsy, it's more likely to make your tines splatter and your ink bleed all over your work. Opt for a paper that has a cotton content - like bond paper - and make sure it doesn't have any texture. Your nib is more likely to snag on the toothiness of textured paper, so it's not ideal when first starting out with calligraphy. We recommend using Bristol Drawing Paper.

 


#5: INSTRUCTIONS

So you have all of the beginner calligraphy supplies you need; now what?! Insert your nib into your pen holder, dab it in your ink and put your pen to your paper. Of course you can doodle away for hours and hours and eventually get the hang of it, but most people find that having clear instructions on what to do is so incredibly helpful. Most guides include complete letter patterns. That is, they guide you through the exact direction to move your pen in order to yield a specific result. A good book or manual will save you so much time and frustration when learning the delicate art of modern calligraphy.

 



Are You Ready to Learn the Dreamy Art of Modern Calligraphy?

Are You Ready to Learn the Dreamy Art of Modern Calligraphy?



We curated the perfect beginner calligraphy kit with all of our favourite beginner calligraphy supplies, including:

1 x Straight Pen holder

1 x Oblique Pen Holder

1 x Nikko G Pointed Nib

1 x Leonardt Manuscript Extra Fine Principal Nib

2 oz of Yasutomo Sumi Ink - KF Series

10 x Pieces of Bristol Drawing Paper

1 Instruction Booklet with 24 Pages of Instructions, Letter Patterns + Lined Practice Sheets

 

We curated the perfect beginner calligraphy kit with all of our favourite beginner calligraphy supplies, including:

1 x Straight Pen holder

1 x Oblique Pen Holder

1 x Nikko G Pointed Nib

1 x Leonardt Manuscript Extra Fine Principal Nib

2 oz of Yasutomo Sumi Ink - KF Series

10 x Pieces of Bristol Drawing Paper

1 Instruction Booklet with 24 Pages of Instructions, Letter Patterns + Lined Practice Sheets

 


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