Who knew? Not only is the humble potato tasty, but it can be a calligrapher’s best friend! In this post, I’ll show you how to use a spud to remove the oils from your nibs. Don’t miss the 90 second tutorial video!
Calligraphy nibs are the stars of today’s blog post. Today, you’ll learn nib anatomy, the differences between nibs, how to prepare a new nib for use, and how to tell when a nib is “kaput”. I’ll also tell you about my four favorite nibs, and I hope that if you have a favorite, you’ll contribute it in the comments!
Thinking about trying out the Brause Steno nib? This review should help! In it, we’ll examine the pros and cons of the lovely “Blue Pumpkin” through text, photos, and a video review.
If you’ve been reading the TPK blog for any length of time, you know that I consider the Nikko G to be the best calligraphy nib. I still receive the occasional email, though, asking which nib is best — so I thought, hey, why not dedicate an entire blog post to the Nikko G? “The best”, of course, denotes an opinion; I love this nib, and I think it’s wonderful for calligraphy learners for reasons that I will expound on below.
I wrote the first version of this tutorial on September 3, 2013. After five years of experience writing (and writing about) calligraphy, it was clear that this post needed a facelift! I hope that you like this new version of How to Use a Dip Pen to Create Modern Calligraphy, and that you’ll comment or reach out with any questions you may have after reading. Enjoy!
This is a great post for calligraphy beginners! In it, you’ll learn about pointed pen calligraphy nibs and which one(s) may be right for you. You’ll also find out how to tell nibs apart and other very helpful tips such as how to prepare nibs for use!