Calligraphy Tools – Resources List
Below are the materials I referred to in the videos, plus a few extra.
VIDEO 1 – BROAD-EDGE PEN
Traditional Nib & Holder:
Pilot Parallel Pen:
Fine paper: Arches Text Wove is a perennial favorite as it shows fine hairlines but also has a little texture. Or try a sample pack:
(PS101.) Calligraphy Paper Sample Sheet Pack
VIDEO 2 – POINTED PENNIBS:
(N113.) Nikko G Nib
(N154.) Pointed Nib Sampler HOLDERS:
(H95.) Speedball Deluxe (Comfort Grip) Oblique Pen Holders
For help adjusting the flange on an oblique pen holder:
INK - see INK section below, plus McCaffery's for pointed pen (not broad-edged)
INK & Stuff
I use Sumi ink with just about any pen; add a few drops of water to your small container (not the bottle) if it feels thick. (I avoid using sumi if my hands need to look clean; if it gets under your nails/cuticles, it can take days to get it out...)
(I70.) Moon Palace Sumi Ink
I used gouache mixed with distilled water in the videos. I also like sumi ink (above), but gouache doesn’t stain your fingers like sumi ink does (something I had to think about when recording!).
(WNG331.) W&N Gouache: Ivory Black
Lots of other ink will work too; everyone has their favorite. I use acrylic ink only when a waterproof result is necessary.
(I27.) Dr. Martin's Spectralite Ink
This metallic ink is gorgeous with pointed pen, especially on black paper.Gum Arabic:
I apply a touch of gum arabic to a nib at the start of a session to make the ink stick better:
(I84.) W&N Gum Arabic: 2.5oz.
Along with a small container of water to rinse your nib, you’ll need a small container of ink to dip into – don’t dip into a full bottle of ink! Not only will your holder get dirty, but you’ll forget to put the lid back on and the ink may dry out and thicken.
I love these screw-top Dinky Dip containers from John Neal:
(S934.) Small Screw-Top Dinky Dip
(S935.) Screw-Top Dinky Dip Refills
(buy refills only if you plan on buying lots of different inks)
(Note: I do not recommend the smaller dinky dips with the flip-top lids; I always get ink in my fingers when I flip the top off, the plastic tops crack and break easily.)
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