Every time you pick up your dip pen and write, you’re getting in some calligraphy practice. For your first few calligraphy sessions, that practice should be structured — ideally with a worksheet or a video course so you can learn the basics. But once you understand how to hold your pen and (mostly) regulate ink flow, it’s time to take on projects! Today, I’ve got several suggestions for real life projects that you can use your calligraphy skills to make.
Dip Pen Calligraphy
Hi everyone, my name is Schin Loong (@openinkstand on Instagram) and I’ll be showing you how to create a flourished swan envelope. This is a fun and versatile design and you can build it up with all kinds of flourishes and trimmings to make it your own.
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My first experience with dip pen calligraphy happened in 2006. At that time, I saw the dip pen as a tool that was fabulous for making artistic-looking scribbles! I had noticed how Sabrina Ward Harrison used a dip pen in Spilling Open, and I loved that messy, casual look.
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When you’re new to calligraphy, it’s not exactly obvious which calligraphy pen you should use! In today’s article, I hope to give you some clarity with calligraphy pen comparisons. That way, you can start off with the pen that’s best for you and take it from there! After all, if you begin with the proper writing utensil, your chances of sticking with calligraphy are much higher.
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Today, I decided to take on a (friendly) challenge from a Polish reader: write diacritics in calligraphy. This reader was kind enough to provide me with a list of words featuring diacritics and/or difficult letter combinations! Initially, I planned to write words and show you the photos. Then, I realized that it’s probably more helpful for you to see me writing them out to so you can get a peek into my thought process!
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Calligraphy workshops are the highlight of my year! I love everything about them: making detailed place cards, adjusting pens for participants, and tweaking curriculum to make concepts easy to understand. On the day of, it’s so cool to get to meet students in person and help them make an incredible amount of progress in just a few hours! If you’re interested in attending a TPK modern calligraphy workshop, I’ve got four different weekends available this year. Registration is officially open as of today!
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