Getting Started with Pointed Pen Calligraphy

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10 Responses

  1. Carol Balabanow says:

    I have been waiting all my life for this article. I have tried different nibs, but I have never used an oblique holder.

    Could you recommend a book or DVD that demonstrates the calligraphy style that appeared during the Arts and Craft movement?

    I’m changing my Christmas list and will place an order soon!

    Thank you so much!

    • piajennifer says:

      Carol, most of those styles are going to be broad edge hands. We’ll be doing a post soon on getting started with a broad edge pen. In the meantime, Sheila Water’s Foundation of Calligraphy offers a comprehensive look at many broad edge hands, and The Art of Calligraphy and Lettering offers good exemplars as well.

  2. Leta Smith says:

    Thank you for this post, I just gave a demonstration of M. Sull’s Spencerian monogram and was gratified at the interest. I forwarded this post. Leta Smith

  3. Dorothy Yuki says:

    Jennifer, Is it possible to get a printout of this for an intro to calligraphy class?

  4. Jack Brooks says:

    What type of ink is best for dip pens? I understand that fountain pens use a lighter grade ink and dip pens prefer a more viscous ink. Any help would be appreciated.

    • piajennifer says:

      It depends on the style of calligraphy and the surface on which you will be writing. For pointed pen calligraphy, thinner iron gall inks work beautifully, sumi is lovely, and acrylics work well. Acrylic and sumi are also great for broad edge styles. Further, gouache can be mixed to an ink like consistency for great results.

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