Top Tips on How to Use a Calligraphy Pen

by Admin on November 24, 2013

Hello, my dear readers. It has been quite a time since the last post on this blog. I’m sorry for not staying in touch with you. Let’s continue our discussion focused on the art of calligraphy.

Calligraphy is well known art of writing which has been round for decades now. It has been a part of many cultures all over the globe. Calligraphers are not necessarily artists or writers. They are also hobbyists who appreciate the art of writing in such style. Though calligraphy is not rocket science, it is also not all that easy. You need to know how to utilize a calligraphy pen efficiently in order to get the desired results. Read on to find out a few tips on how to use a calligraphy pen.

Choosing the right pen

Choosing the right calligraphy pen is the first step in learning to effectively write in calligraphy. For beginners, the best option is a disposable felt tip calligraphy pen. These pens are easy to use and the ink is pre-filled in the pen. All you need to do is open the cap and use it. As you start advancing from the beginner’s level to a more advanced one, you can opt for fountain calligraphy pens. You can change the ink cartridges and nibs of these pens. Steel nibs can be the best option for projects that require detailed work and permanent ink.

You can take a look at this page for a great choice of calligraphy pens. Pay attention to user reviews as it is a great source of ideas, pros and cons for you to consider when choosing a calligraphy pen that suits your needs.

Shape The Pen To Fit Your Grip

If you’ve opted for a fountain or steel nib pen, you may need to shape it using a whetstone to ensure it fits your grip. The position of the pen when you hold it is very important in calligraphy. It is best to hold the pen so that it has a 45 degree inclination. The indication of the angle can be observed when you draw a line and it remains slanted. The pen should also be inclined towards the shoulder you’re using to write with.

Practice using the pen by drawing lines

Just as practice is needed to perfect anything, the same applies for using a calligraphy pen. Te best way to practice is by drawing vertical and horizontal lines. Your movements should be fluid with every stroke. After each stroke it is important to lift the pen off the paper. Also use the pen in both directions with the pen leaning both left and right. If you get bored of drawing lines, practice drawing curves and circles too.

Knowing the anatomy of a calligraphy pen

You should also be aware of which part of the pen creates what impressions. For example, the flat part of the nib can be used to create thick lines while the thin part of the nib is used to draw thinner lines. Don’t twist your hand to use the different parts of the pen. Just shift the direction of your hand. Your pen and entire hand should always remain steady in calligraphy writing.

Relax and write

While writing in calligraphy, it is important that you use your entire arm and your shoulder’s should be relaxed. Also use your entire wrist, elbows and writs so that you make a flowing motion so that the ink flow is smooth. An important factor of calligraphy is that each letter should be precise and smooth. Even a small hesitancy while writing can lead to inkblots.

Additional tips on how to use a calligraphy pen

  1. To regulate the flow of ink, it is important that the angle you position your pen at is the same the whole time.
  2. Ensure that the ink comes out consistently stroke. While some lines may be thinner than the others, just make sure than no blots of ink leak from the pen.
  3. Buy copies of sample calligraphy letters and style guides and keep them in front of you while practicing. Also make a mental note of the direction your hand moves while writing.
  4. If you’re using an inkwell, remember to dip just the tip on the nib in the inkwell. Even small quantities of ink last for writing many words. If you over-dip the pen, there are chances of the ink leaking and spilling over on the paper.
  5. Lastly, it is extremely crucial that you clean the nib of your pen before keeping it away after use. You can so do by rinsing it with water and drying it immediately. If you don’t dry it, it may begin to rust over time.

Calligraphy has become a lucrative hobby with time. Calligraphers are high on demand for displaying their skills on documents and other art work. It may need some practice at first but soon you can use your calligraphy skills for advanced applications.

If you’ve found yourself interested, the book Learn Calligraphy: The Complete Book of Lettering and Design
is one of the great sources to get you started. This book contains a section on advantages and disadvantages of various calligraphy pen types and teaches you how to use a calligraphy pen effectively.


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