Finding the right calligraphy tools and ink is the key for those wanting to learn the art of calligraphy. Before getting into the details, remember calligraphy takes practice, practice, practice! It takes time to create your "style" and confidence. The more time you spend writing your letters over and over, the better and quicker you will become. There will be times when the ink splats or bleeds..Do not be discouraged! It happens to everyone.
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I have tried countless inks, nibs, paper, and holders all to find out that I always want to go back to my favorites. Once you find a favorite, stick with it, but don't hesitate to try new things. You will find that certain inks and nibs work well for certain projects. There are different points on nibs that will create different ink strokes. With trial and error, there are particular inks that I use on certain paper or mix with each other. This post is to introduce what I find works best for me. I've included links for each item so you can try them for yourself. I hope you find this helpful! Feel free to comment or ask any questions.
Here are a few more suggestions..
Remember the metallic ink i talked about? If you love that brand, I recommend the Spectralite Gray Ink. It includes six different shades of gray from light to dark. The consistency of this ink tends to be thicker than the metallic. If it does not glide easily on the nib, add a few drops of distilled water and stir the ink. This also applies to all thick based inks.