Trish Meyer

Resources page for “Introduction to Calligraphy Pens
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Below are the materials I referred to in the videos, plus a few extra.


Traditional Nib & Holder:
(N09-S6.) Speedball C Set of 6 Nibs
(N02-S9.) Brause Set of 9 Nibs
(H65.) Speedball Colored Pen Holders

Pilot Parallel Pen:
(FP67.) Pilot Parallel Pen (recommend 6mm and 3.8mm sizes)
(FP70.) Asst Color, 12 Refills for Pilot Parallel

(P10-50.) Boris 9x12 Layout Pad 50 Sheets
(P39.) Cotton Comp Pad
or any good marker paper pad, or try a sample pack:
(P103.) Pad Paper Samples

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



(N113.) Nikko G Nib
(N154.) Pointed Nib Sampler

(H95.) Speedball Deluxe (Comfort Grip) Oblique Pen Holders

You might even treat yourself to a custom pen holder from Christopher Yoke (I love the Dr. Who Tardis design!). See Yoke Pen Company's website and Facebook pages.

For help adjusting the flange on an oblique pen holder:

Smooth paper that doesn’t bleed, like Layout Bond or Pro-Marker:
(P10-50.) Boris 9x12 Layout Pad 50 Sheets
(P36.) Clairefontaine Blank Pad (Unlined)
Rhodia pads and notebooks, such as
(P53.) Rhodia Blank Pad (Unlined)

INK - see INK section below, plus McCaffery's for pointed pen (not broad-edged)
(I37.) McCaffery's Penman's Ink


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
Dr. Martin's Spectralite Liquid Acrylic Color

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.

Dinky Dips:
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
Small Rectangle or Square Dinky Dip, with 4 screw-top vials.

(S935.) Screw-Top Dinky Dip Refills
Packet of 8 vials. Refills for S934.

(buy refills only if you plan on buying lots of different inks)

Labeling Tip:
If you buy lots of black ink, you’ll soon lose track of which ink is in which vial. I stick an Avery 3/4” round white label (#6736) to the top and write the name of the ink or color on the label.

(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.)



(BR01.) W&N 995 Chisel Lettering Brush

Pointed Brush:
(BR22.) Escoda Brushes

Large Brushes:
Liquitex Freestyle Paddle Brushes, from Dick Blick and