Many calligraphers love using gouache because it gives you the freedom to create any color you want. You can match wedding envelope calligraphy to colors in an invitation, for example, by mixing different tones of gouache. If you love the look of colored inks on dark papers, that’s achievable with gouache, which is always opaque. Today, we’ll talk about what gouache is, what to look for in a good gouache, and how to use gouache for calligraphy.
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Iron gall ink first came on my radar in 2015, when I used it to address a batch of wedding envelopes. The ink gave my envelopes an elegant, vintage look, and I was pleased with how easy it was to use! Since then, I’ve been an iron gall enthusiast, and I was finally able to source an amazing iron gall for the TPK Supplies Shop last week.
For years, I searched for the perfect gold calligraphy ink. I needed something opaque, rich, and durable, but all the liquid inks I tried were partially transparent (or had mica particles that sunk to the bottom of the jar and stayed there). As it turns out, the ink I was seeking didn’t turn out to be an ink at all! Once I discovered Finetec watercolors, there was no going back. In this article, I’ll teach you how to use metallic watercolors to create stunning gold calligraphy.
Over the past few years, I have taught several beginners’ modern calligraphy workshops and answered countless calligraphy questions via email. Those experiences have taught me that there is a need for an article like this one: a post that shows you where to start learning from scratch! In this blog post, I’ll explain how to learn modern calligraphy in a few simple steps. (Curious about the difference between modern calligraphy and traditional calligraphy? Take a quick trip to this blog post!)
You can find some amazing calligraphy inks at specialty stores, but one of my favorite “inks” is available at the supermarket: coffee. You can use coffee to write calligraphy that features a warm, antique-like hue. Today, I’ll explain how to achieve the perfect coffee:water ratio, provide tips for successful “coffee calligraphy”, and show you how to protect your work from the elements.
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To write today’s post, I combed through emails that I’ve received with questions about calligraphy ink. I’m glad to modify the article to include additional information, so if you have a question, please email or comment! Without further ado, here are answers to the queries — both little and big — that TPK readers have about inks: