A couple of months ago, I resolved to be more active on YouTube. Calligraphy is such a visual thing, after all, and I love to watch it come to life via video! My favorite types of videos to make are “musical calligraphy” videos. Basically, I find a classical piece of music and create calligraphy to it. These types of videos are helpful for two reasons. First, you get an idea of what a realistic writing pace looks like! Second, any calligraphy video can help you glean visual tips. For example, you might feel inspired to re-evaluate your grip or try out some flourishes! Today, I’m writing to Bizet’s “Habanera”, which is an aria from the opera Carmen.
I wrote this musical calligraphy on 32# laserjet paper, which is a great paper to practice on! It seemed appropriate to write “Habanera” in Winsor & Newton Scarlet, since it’s such an exotic/passionate piece of music. I used iron gall ink to write the rest of the calligraphy and the flourishes! As a right-handed person, I enjoy using an oblique pen fitted for a Brause EF66 nib. Not only does the oblique pen give me a better writing angle, but I feel like it helps me to keep my hand out of the way! (I still ended up smudging “an aria” just a little bit, though!)
I hope that you enjoyed this relaxing little video clip and the explanation of the materials used to create it! Any questions, of course, are always welcome in the Comments section. Thanks so much for watching, and enjoy your weekend!
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