Writing with a calligraphy pen: How to Write With a Calligraphy Pen: 14 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Write with a Fountain Pen

In the U.S., writing with a fountain pen is not something that you learn in school (unlike in other countries, especially in Europe), but many people find that they enjoy writing with a fountain pen much more than with a ballpoint pen or any other kind of pen because it’s more deliberate and intentional. Here’s our guide on how to do it!

Using A Fountain Pen Is A Special Writing Experience

These days with technology and innovation, we don’t even need to write by hand anymore, but we can just send messages or emails through our cell phones or laptops. However, a handwritten note can really convey that you really care about the recipient and they feel much more valued, than if you sent them a digital communication.

Even though you can use a ballpoint pen or a roller-ball, using a fountain pen gives you that unique character to your handwriting that can’t be replicated by anyone else. Why is that? A fountain pen has a metal nib with two tines, and you can control the thickness of the line by applying more or less pressure. Forging a nib is an art of its own, and the higher-end ones are made out of 18-karat or even higher karat degrees of gold. For example,  all Mont Blanc Meisterstück pens come with a solid gold nib (contributing to their price tag).

Personal notes are more meaningful when written by hand with a nice fountain pen

In general, prices for fountain pens can range from very few dollars to thousands of dollars. To learn more about inexpensive fountain pens and mid-range fountain pens check out our guides! Now, if a fountain pen is more expensive than a ballpoint pen or a rollerball, why would you want to invest in one? Well, the connoisseur appreciates the personality added to his penmanship, and it’s just a very different writing experience.

The look of the pen may underline your personality; the way it feels and writes are also potential attributes that you won’t find in other writing instruments. So, if you’re ready to give writing with a fountain pen a try, read on to find out how to choose a fountain pen that’s best for you, how to use it, and how to write with it so it brings you joy.

A Montblanc Meisterstuck 149 aka The Diplomat

Choosing Your Fountain Pen

1. Size

A fountain pen is a very personal instrument and it’s supposed to be perfect for your hand; if you have a big hand, get a bigger fountain pen. If you have a smaller hand, get a smaller one. When in doubt, it should never be too short and rather be a little longer, but you also want to pay attention to the width. When you hold it and if the pen is too wide,  it may be uncomfortable to write with it. Frankly, there’s no clear-cut answer for it, you simply have to try different ones, and different widths and lengths to figure out what feels comfortable in your hand.

Choose the size according to what best suits your hand

2. Weight

The second thing to pay attention to is the weight. In general, we often associate weight with something luxurious that is really full of craftsmanship. For fountain pens, that may be really nice if you just want one to sign something, but if you want it to write into letters that are pages long, you want something that is not too heavy, otherwise, your hand will tire out more quickly.

Again, figuring out whether something is too light or too heavy, also depends a bit on your personal preference; so I urge you to try different fountain pens at a store or something that is sent to you but always get a selection, so you can make sure you find something that really works for you. And don’t just settle for the first fountain pen you come across. Likewise, just because it’s expensive and a recognizable brand name doesn’t mean it’s best for you and your hand and your needs.

Choose the weight according to your preference

3. Filling Mechanism

To write with the fountain pen, you need ink and it is typically found in a little cartridge inside the fountain pen. They’re basically small, disposable plastic tubes that hold the ink and they’re widely available. Yet, finding different colors can be a bit more tricky. Some brands also design their cartridges so you can only buy proprietary ones, which limits you in the choices of ink and it’s also more expensive, the longer you have the fountain pen.

Because of that, many people switch to a converter which is basically another plastic tube with a little mechanism so you can manually add ink to it and therefore, you open up the whole range of inks on the market. It’s also much less expensive, less harsh on the environment, and overall the more sensible choice.

Refilling ink with a converter mechanism

A more old-school way to re-ink a fountain pen is a piston mechanism. Typically, you just turn the spindle of the fountain pen which pushes a piston back and forth. It creates a low-pressure environment that sucks in the ink inside the fountain pen. When you do that, always make sure there’s a little bit of air left inside the piston, otherwise the ink flow may not be as smooth and nice as you want it to be.

In my opinion, it’s much more elegant than using cartridges or a converter and it’s my fountain pen mechanism of choice. In the early days of fountain pens, you could also find models with a lever and an ink-sac inside or some push-button mechanisms, but none of them have stood the test of time. And today the piston, the converter, and the cartridges are basically the options you have.

Piston mechanism for a fountain pen

4. Nib

Material

First of all, the material can be important and of course, the workmanship of the nib and how refined it is. Generally, the softer and more flexible the nib is, the better. While steel nibs are rather smooth and very economical, higher-end fountain pens typically come with gold or palladium nibs. Whatever the case, they’ll almost always have an Iridium-tipped point which hardens it because that’s where the nib touches the paper. Of course, gold and palladium tips are also much more expensive than more economical steel or other metal nibs.

Various fountain pen nibs

Size & Tip

On top of that, the size of the nib itself is also important; the larger the nib, typically, the nicer it is to write with it. Because of that, the most expensive fountain pens typically have larger nibs than less expensive fountain pens. Again, if you need twice as much gold for a nib for a big one, it gets even more expensive. The one thing even more important than the nib size is the tip of the nib, because that’s what you write with. These days you find extra-fine, fine, medium, broad, and very broad nibs; they’re often abbreviated as F, EF, M, B, and BB. 

One hundred years ago, fountain pen manufacturers would offer 50 different kinds of nibs including extra, extra fine, and extra broad. They also had stub nibs and oblique nibs that were slightly cut and angled just to get a different look. If you’re just starting out or if you’re a lefty, I suggest going with a fine nib or maybe a medium nib; this will give you greater flexibility and make it easier to write with it. Of course, you should always nibs in various widths if you’re able, so you can better understand how they look and feel differently.

Nib-comparison across the surface of paper. (Photo: The Goulet Pen Company)

In general, if you have a big hand and big handwriting, a slightly broader nib may look more appealing. On the flip side, if you like an elegant look and you have small handwriting, an extra-fine tip may be the right one for you. In calligraphy, stub or italic nibs are very popular.  Personally, I like really wide nibs for signatures because they give it a unique look that is very hard to fake. So, for signatures, I typically use an oblique 3B nib, which is a triple width and it’s very wide. I wouldn’t want to write letters with it though, because it’s uncomfortable.

Medium-sized nibs are the most common standard sizes and I like my handwriting to look a little different, so when I write longer letters, I typically go with something extra fine. That being said, I’m a big fan of flexible nibs that allow me to create a very fine, thin line if I apply less pressure and a much wider line if I apply more pressure. Oftentimes, vintage fountain pens have much more flexible nibs than modern fountain pens; so if you like the variation in your stroke, maybe you have to look into vintage fountain pens first.

Fountain pen nib samples

Writing With A Fountain Pen

1. Use A High-Quality Paper

Many regular printer papers are not really suited for fountain pen ink because as soon as you write on them, the ink bleeds and looks very bad. Instead, buy a paper that is made for fountain pens and when you write on it, it will look beautiful. The same is true for stationary if you want to write greeting cards — make sure it works with a fountain pen. A good paper doesn’t feather or run and it is often made out of cotton; so before you buy a paper, ask specifically if it’s meant to be written on with fountain pens or buy from a source that supplies them and advertises them as fountain pen paper.

Fountain pen paper

The broader your nib, the more ink will transport onto the paper and the longer it takes to dry. So if you write with a fountain pen and you touch it with your hand, you may smudge it and it will look terrible. To prevent that you have to either let it dry or use an ink blotter. If you want to get ahead quickly, and of course, always be aware that you can smudge the ink.

An example of an ink blotter for use with fountain pens

2. Post The Cap (Or Don’t)

Typically fountain pens come with a cap, and some people like to “post” the cap on the back part of the fountain pen because that creates a different balance. Personally, I have larger hands, and like larger fountain pens and posting a cap on top is not really necessary, and it creates a weird balance for me. So, I typically don’t do it with my fountain pens.

Some fountain pens, however, especially smaller ones are designed to have a cap posted in the back for the perfect balance. Again, this is something you have to try out yourself and see what kind of feel you like. On vintage fountain pens, I’ve often seen a cap crack, probably because it was posted too often and too aggressively. So, personally, that’s another reason why I don’t do it. The fountain pen I use for signatures is actually in a stand on my desk and the cap is mounted to the stand so I couldn’t even have the opportunity to post a cap on it.

Some people would post the cap at the back of the pen to create a different balance.

3. Hold The Pen at The Correct Angle

When you write with a fountain pen, it’s essential that you keep it at the right angle, and that you’re not flexible with your fingers. So, what exactly does it mean? If the tip of your nib is facing down on the paper and the slit is facing up, it should have a net angle of about 45 to 55 degrees. Once with that angle, write a few words to find that “sweet spot” for you that feels comfortable writing.

If you angle your nib above 55 degrees or below 45 degrees, it won’t write as nicely, it won’t be as smooth, and the ink won’t be transported as well onto the paper, and it’s just weird, it also sounds strange and scratchy. You also want to avoid twisting the pen because the tines should be in touch with a paper at times, otherwise, the ink won’t flow. 

Your nib should have a net angle of about 45 to 55 degrees. [Pocket Square: Straw Yellow Silk in Egyptian Scarab Pattern from Fort Belvedere]

4. Keep Your Hand Rigid

A really important distinction of writing with a fountain pen from writing with a roller-ball or ballpoint pen is that you have to keep your hand rather rigid. What do we mean by that? Well, some people are finger writers and they move their hand and their fingers as they write. With a round ballpoint pen that is okay because it works in every angle but with a fountain pen with a straight nib, that is not the case.

So, once you have the right angle with your fingers, you shouldn’t really adjust your wrist; it should just stay rigid, so you just keep on writing. Yes, there can be a little bit of movement, but you’ll figure out at what point in time it’s too much movement and the pen won’t write anymore. As a general rule, your arm and your shoulder will do more of the work than your wrist. Honestly, it sounds more difficult than it is, if you just try it a few times you’ll get the hang of it pretty quickly.

Keep your hands rigid when writing with a fountain pen; moving your hands and fingers as you write only works well with ballpoint pens

5. Apply The Right Pressure

Last but not least, you have to learn how to apply the right amount of pressure onto your nib. As the tip of the nib touches the paper, just apply gentle pressure and you’ll feel how the ink flows out. Please don’t press hard on it because it may damage your nib as well as the paper. Also, it means that you’ll get a lot more ink out of the nib and just not a good look, you’ll likely smudge it.

Pushing too hard may damage the nib

Can Lefties Write with A Fountain Pen?

Back in the old days, people who were lefties had to actually learn how to write with their right hand because it was the “proper” way to do it. In this day and age, children learn how to write with their left hand; it just requires a different positioning for their hand, so they don’t smudge the writing because it goes from left to right.

Personally, I’m right-handed, so I can’t speak from experience, but I know that lefties have found a way to hold it in a proper way so you don’t smudge your writing. If you are a lefty, I suggest you get a fine, medium nib because it allows for greater angle variation. Then, of course, you have to practice and I suggest you Google for a video for a lefty who shows you how to do it because my left-hand writing would not be a good example!

People who were lefties (like US President Harry Truman) had to actually learn how to write with their right hand back in the old days

Fountain Pen Care Tips

So, now that you know how you choose the right fountain pen for your hand and how you write with it, what else do you need to keep in mind?

1. Keep The Cap On

You should always keep the cap on top of the nib when you don’t write with the fountain pen. Why? Well, if you don’t, it dries out and you’ll have a hard time actually starting to write the next time around. Also, your nib may get damaged, so unlike with a ballpoint pen, you always want to put the cap and cover your nib. 

Always keep the cap on when not in use

2. Clean Your Fountain Pen Regularly

A fountain pen needs a bit more maintenance which means it has to be cleaned regularly. While some people suggest cleaning your fountain pen every two months, I personally do it once every couple of years. Ultimately, it depends on how often and frequently you use it and if it looks dirty and it doesn’t write properly, it’s time for a clean.

To do it, I suggest you hold your fountain pen under running water, you can also put it in a glass of water, let it soak and you can exchange the water until you don’t see any more ink color. A much faster way to clean your fountain pen is to use an ultrasonic cleaner, but that may be too costly if you just have one fountain pen. Ideally, you take all the parts apart, wash them individually, and let them dry gently on a cloth towel, for example, so you make sure there’s no water in the ink reservoir, otherwise, when you write and there’s higher water content, your ink won’t look as strong and it’s also more likely to bleed.

Clean your pen regularly

3. Keep It Away From Extreme Temperatures

Avoid exposing your pen with the ink to extremely cold temperatures because it may freeze or you shouldn’t just let it sit in the attic where it gets really hot because the ink can also dry in and then cleaning it may take a much longer time.

That being said, there are certain things that have a certain stabilizer added that is supposed to keep them from drying in but that goes only so far. If you expose the ink to extreme temperatures, it will dry out. If you live in an extremely cold environment, you can also try Noodlers Polar Ink which is freeze-resistant. Personally, I like the inks from Montblanc because they have nice colors and it doesn’t dry and even if I don’t use the fountain pen for a while. So what are the ideal conditions for ink storage? I’d say, I’d rather have the cool room temperature, darkest spot.

Keep your pens away from extreme temperatures

Should You (or Should You Not) Lend Your Fountain Pen?

One hotly debated item is if you should lend your fountain pen to someone else. Some people argue that giving your fountain pen to someone else means the whole dynamic of your fountain pen that took several weeks to achieve will disappear because someone else holds the fountain pen slightly different than you do. Others think that it doesn’t matter if someone else takes a quick note with it. At the end of the day, it’s something for you to decide, and you can see and feel how long it takes to write in your fountain pen until it feels like it is your fountain pen.

Conclusion

While writing well with a fountain pen is a skill that will take time and practice to master, the results are second to none. If you’ve decided to take the plunge but are wary of potential difficulties, take a look at our guide on common fountain pen mistakes and how to avoid them, and you’ll be writing confidently in no time!

Do you write with a fountain pen? How are you liking the experience? Let us know in the comments!

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I’ve learned quite a number of tricks to using calligraphy pens like a professional.

I belong to the generation when beautiful handwriting mattered. Everything was important! The way you held your pen, the position of your wrist while writing, the strokes you made. 

It was as if I could hear my teacher saying, “I’m going to make a notebooks exhibition. The most beautiful handwriting will be displayed on my big desk!” We were so excited, trying to write neatly.

Unfortunately, my notebook didn’t stand out among others. The pupil with the best was a boy — his letters were marvelous! — and my eight-year-old friend explained that he had been using a ‘special’ pen for practicing. 

In the following years, I learned that it was actually a fountain pen; and now I’ve discovered the world of dip pens, brush pens, ink, ink cartridges, and nibs by observing calligraphy masters. 

Here’s what I learned about calligraphy pens from them.

Tips and Trick to Using Calligraphy Pens

Nowadays, I’m still fascinated by the beauty of lettering; I follow some calligraphy masters on Instagram and often try to copy them. 

The good news is that, more or less, most of them didn’t attend a special course to learn. They practiced a lot on their own. 

So, I have paid close attention to what they use and what they do.

Calligraphers and Their Pens

World-famous calligraphy master — and my favorite — Sab Lester, said: 

“So much of calligraphy is about movement and rhythm, and a short video can capture the beauty and the magic of calligraphy in a very internet-friendly format.”

An important part of developing his skill was choosing the right calligraphy pen. His choices are that of oblique pens, ruling pens, pointed brush pen, and fountain pens. He’s also famous for holding two or three ballpoint pens taped together.

My second favorite is Linda Yoshida. According to her, calligraphy is a long term process of honing your skills. She was a self-taught artist, but at the end of the day, she took a course of calligraphy and learned to use brush pens, dip pens, nibs, and ink. Plus, she also admits to loving Parker fountain pens.

Her favorite project is wedding invitations.

John Stevens believes that people crave to see human pieces of artwork in a world filled with technology.

He finds that everyone who tries to do calligraphy must confront some technical issues and learning curves. Those practiced don’t make a mess — there’s no ink all over their desks like there was mine. 

Watching the masters, everything looks so easy. Still, you need to know some basic rules and how to practice them.

Calligraphy for Beginners

“Be interested in learning what is good. Be curious, study, don’t just mindlessly copy.” – John Stevens

Having a good grip on your pen; being calm, and concentrated. 

Here are the basic movements:

Downward Stroke

Hold your pen so that the nib is in a horizontal position to the paper. Then, make a vertical stroke downward, maintaining equal pressure on the paper. 

You should focus on using your arm rather than your wrist — this allows your arm to stay steady, and will give you better writing flow.

Upward Stroke

The ideal nib angle when making upward strokes is 45°. You can practice this by drawing a line in a diagonal motion.

Wave Pattern

Hold your pen so the nib is at 45° to the paper. Without lifting it, make vertical upstrokes that are thin, and then follow them by making downward strokes that are thicker. 

Lift the pen every third stroke, and do this until you’ve honed the skill of making perfect curves.

 

What Pens Do You Use for Calligraphy?

The majority of masters agree about the best pens for calligraphy.

There are four basic options for beginners: brush pens, fountain pens, pens with felt nibs, and dip pens. 

These pens aren’t convenient for everyday use if all you want to do is beautifully write your signature on paper.

Believe it or not, it is possible to do calligraphy with a ballpoint, gel, or fountain pen, granted you choose the right one.

As is a general principle in using calligraphy pens, the pressure you use to write on the paper is crucial with ballpoint pens — harder pressure will create thicker lines while lighter pressure will create thinner ones.

Good gel pens can also be quite a good tool for calligraphy. It’s important to choose one that best fits in your hand, and then you can make movements like a professional.

But, when it comes to a modern option for calligraphy, a fountain pen is the best buy. 

You don’t have to worry about the pressure you make on the paper so much in order to make broader or finer lines — you can choose the size of the pen’s nibs and draw the lines as you like. 

Which Pen Is the Best for Calligraphy?

Suitable for both absolute beginners as well as calligraphy masters and taking into account the convenience of using other pens, the winner is Her Majesty, the fountain pen!

Fountain pens have a metal nib at the top and write at a 45° angle on paper using even pressure on both sides of the tines in order to get a perfect stroke.

Need to make a broad line? Use a broad nib. Need to make a fine line? Use a fine nib.

And once you’re finished, let it dry for 3-5 minutes.

With their cartridge ink or converter refills, fountain pens are the new version of dip pens — you don’t need to think about the messy process of dipping a pen into black ink to be able to form extraordinary letters.

Make sure that, when choosing one with ink cartridges, you pay attention to the type of cartridge you’re using. For example, Parker pens require only Parker ink cartridges.

Get the Right Tools

Calligraphy is a process that takes time, so the very first criteria in choosing a pen is your personal comfort in writing. Your pens have to be light and have a barrel suitable to your hand.

I still use the Cross Calais Fountain Pen that I got from my parents when I graduated from university. It has an excellent nib and great ink flow, so I can write some extra fine lines. It’s very easy to use.

And you know what?

With perfect calligraphy pens and my skills nowadays, I’m sure that my teacher would be proud of me. Who knows, maybe one day my handwriting finds its place on some throne.

You may be wondering where to begin looking for genuine, high-quality, elegant pens.

If you can’t choose one pen as a gift, then try a pen set.

Look no further than Dayspring Pens who offer the finest writing instruments, along with free engraving and fast delivery.

Shop now and join the exclusive and distinguished club of elite pen owners.

 

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Useful Hand Lettering Tips + Tutorials

Calligraphy For Beginners. I’ve got a question for you. Can you create beautiful hand lettering using a simple pen or pencil?

I must confess that I rarely write in real life. The hand lettering is hardly one of my strongest traits. I type or tap almost all the time, which is why I am losing my hand lettering skills. I get into embarrassing situations from time to time because of that. So, I prefer to avoid writing but it’s not always possible, that’s why all my paper documents that should be filled out by hand look like childish scribbles (shame on me!)

Do you have the same problems with your lettering? If you were searching for hand lettering tutorials for beginners you definitely have them. Tutorials from the hand lettering artists are just what you need.

What are you going to do anything about it?

Like learning hand lettering or playing with the premium font for example.

Great!

Let’s study calligraphy for beginners together with a collection of lettering & calligraphy guides, including brush & pen lettering guides.

By the way, there is one more reason why I want to learn calligraphy. I take it as a form of art. We don’t learn art because of its use. Some people think of calligraphy as a meditation. It helps them to disconnect with the world around them and just focus on the hand lettering art.

Learn hand lettering art from pros. Master lettering and begin recording you own brush lettering tutorials.


What Things Do We Need In Order to Start?

A Pen [Calligraphy For Beginners]

A sketch calligraphy pen will be OK, hassle-free and easy to use for beginners. You can find plenty of them on Amazon or any other resource of your choice.

However, you need to be familiar with calligraphy tools. There are fountain pens, dip pens, brushes, brush pens, markers, etc. If you’re interested in Old English or Fraktur, you’ll want a chisel-tipped dip pen or stub tipped fountain pen nib. You can find Speedball calligraphy sets for dip pens starting at under $10 in many art stores along with India ink or Sumi ink.

If you want a more portable tool, you’ll want to take a look at the Pilot Metropolitan with which you would use only with fountain pen ink, whereas you can use fountain pen ink with a dip pen. If you’re interested in Spencerian or Copperplate, you will want either a dip pen with a flexible nib (also see the Speedball set), a brush pen (see Platinum Carbon Brush Pen for $5 which takes fountain pen inks) or a fountain pen with a flexible nib.

For Japanese, Chinese, or Korean you will want a calligraphy brush, for example, search for “Chinese calligraphy brush”. These can also be found in many art stores for around $3-10 each, along with Sumi ink. Brush pens can also be used for this, but it is difficult to achieve proper form since the brushes are designed to maintain their shape and remain inked even after writing.

For writing in Arabic, Hebrew or Sanskrit, you will want to find a fountain pen with an “Architects Point”, which is often used for these scripts, or a dip pen with a similar nib.


Paper [Calligraphy For Beginners]

You will need thick A4 sheets [160-250 g/m2]. Choose paper with lines to keep a check on the height/width of letters. Try to make the strokes within the line.


Font [Calligraphy For Beginners]

There are plenty of fonts that you can make use of, but you’d better start with just one. Don’t try to skip this training step. Be ready to spend a considerable amount of time working on one font. Practise in writing all alphabets, both small and capital letters, of a specific font. Your diligence is the key to success.

Ask yourself a question: is there a certain style that you want to learn?

Copying straight from consistent writing examples or alphabet charts is a working technique. If you’re looking for a more delicate and connected style such as Copperplate or Spencerian, or if you want to learn something that doesn’t use an alphabet such as Japanese or Arabic, you’ll want to pick up a book or specific guides for those styles.


– Video Tutorials [Calligraphy For Beginners]

Watch YouTube videos, that’ll spark your creativity. You can start straight away with some calligraphy for beginners video tutorials gathered below.


Hand Lettering for Beginners – Video Tutorials

How To: Calligraphy & Hand Lettering for Beginners! Easy Ways to Change Up Your Writing Style!

Beginners Guide To Doing Calligraphy with a Pencil

How To Calligraphy & Hand Lettering for Beginners! Tutorial + Tips!


Brush Calligraphy Poster Art for Beginners! | EP-5


How To Start Writing Calligraphy


How to Write in Cursive


Calligraphy Basic Strokes


Calligraphy Writing for Beginners, Calligraphy Styles: Holiday


Calligraphy for Beginners with Normal Pen


Calligraphy for Beginners: Sharpie Art – Letter “D”


Gothic Calligraphy for Beginners with Normal Pen


Faux Calligraphy Basics Tutorial


Calligraphy For Beginners: Basic Strokes


How to Learn Calligraphy for Beginners | Free Template (Basic Strokes Tutorial)


TemplateMonster Calligraphy Fonts

Carmelia – Modern Calligraphy Font


Miya Wayne – Modern Lovely Cursive Font


The Austin – Handwritten Cursive Font


Winsthen – Handwritten Font


Virgiluna – Modern Calligraphy Font


Speak up!

Did you like this article on best calligraphy themes for beginners? Are you going to learn creative lettering? Do you consider the above ‘how to learn calligraphy’ tips & tutorials useful? Please let me know about your impressions in the comments section.

Don’t forget to share DIY lettering with your friends on social networks.

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Have a nice day!

Cheers : )


Turn Your Writing into Art with a Great Calligraphy Set – ARTnews.com

Imagine a dozen or so people bent over paper, each one doing both the same thing as the others and doing something entirely different. This is “A Brush with Silence,” a live exhibition created by artist and calligrapher Brody Neuenschwander, which gathers calligraphers who write in a range of languages and scripts. Attendees can observe the many nuances between Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Cyrillic, Western, and other calligraphic scripts. One of the oldest visual art forms in history, calligraphy is an all-encompassing term that not only spans cultures, each with their own requisite tools, but history. While Western calligraphy traditionally uses flat- and flex-nib pens to create script, Eastern calligraphy tends toward brushes and Arabic calligraphy often uses a hollow reed pen. Today, chisel- and brush-tip markers can be used for colorful calligraphy. For the best calligraphic pen sets with which to achieve a range of styles, explore the following options.

1. Speedball Complete Calligraphy Kit

Speedball offers a number of western calligraphy sets depending on differing needs, but this one is the most versatile—for right-handed folks. Along with the standard pen barrel, it includes an oblique nib holder that makes a right slant easier for righties. Even if the oblique barrel is not useful for you, this set is still an excellent package, and includes 12 milliliters of a rich black acrylic ink, a pen cleaner, a 1.3 millimeter marker, a 50-sheet practice pad, and Speedball’s comprehensive textbook.

Buy:
Speedball Complete Calligraphy Kit

$29.99

2. Cretacolor Calligraphy Set

German art supply company Cretacolor makes an admirable no-nonsense western calligraphy set of high quality materials. The stylish pen comes with 3 flat-edge tips ranging from 1.1 millimeters to 1.9 millimeters and 6 ink cartridges in black, blue, red, and green. Unlike other sets that are built to be discarded in favor of a nicer set once the learner has mastered the basics, this long-lasting one can grow with you. The included ink converter makes it easy to refill the pen with your choice of ink.

Buy:
Cretacolor Calligraphy Set

$21.97

3. Pilot Parallel Calligraphy Pen Set

Traditional western calligraphy pens have a single plate that has 2 tines, between which ink flows. These pens from Pilot reinvent the form by using 2 whole plates laid on top of each other, with ink that flows between them. The result is a smooth writing experience and dramatic changes in line thickness. This package comes with 4 different pens, each with a single nib and red and black ink cartridges. The included cleaning tools keep the sharp pens in tip-top shape.

Buy:
Pilot Parallel Calligraphy Pen Set

$23.82

4. Hajj Wafaa Arabic Calligraphy Set

There are many forms of Arabic and Persian calligraphy, but most feature dense script in black ink. One traditional tool is the Celi tip, which is a flat nib made from hardwood. The drilled reservoir holes hold and distribute ink evenly as the tip sweeps across the page. It is also an accessible tool for any calligraphers trained on western calligraphy pens, as it functions similarly to a rigid italic tip.

Buy:
Hajj Wafaa Arabic Calligraphy Set

$47.00

5. Kuretake Bimoji Brush Pen Set

For traditional Chinese and Japanese calligraphy, one must use a brush. But today, brush pens allow for much of the same experience without the need for a separate inkwell. This disposable set from Japanese company Kuretake includes 4 sizes of brush-tip markers. One of the brushes has a brush head with separated bristles, which takes more practice to use but can create the visible brushstrokes that are impossible with felt-tip markers.

Buy:
Kuretake Bimoji Brush Pen Set

$16.99

What is a Speedball® Calligraphy Pen, and How do you Use it?

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The American stationery and art supplies manufacturer, Speedball is headquartered in North Carolina. The original company, the Hunt Company, was set up as early as 1899. As all old ink pens that are used for the fine art of calligraphy, Speedball calligraphy sets were initially dip pens. You still get the finest of these. In 1997, the company’s name changed to Speedball. This was the name of the company’s signature pen. The dip pen for calligraphy art was introduced in 1913.

The Nibs Have It!

When the calligraphy nibs were first created, the “A” style nibs were well-known for producing great lettering forms. These had a head that was square-tipped. As a result, broad lines were produced, working well with some kinds of art lettering. Then the company innovated and started producing “B” nibs. These had a round shape and sufficed to round off teach stroke’sstart and end oade by the pen. The chisel-like nib is yet another nib, called the “C” nib. This is really a great product in the crafty hand of the calligrapher. It is a standard nib in Speedball calligraphy sets.

Today, the “C” nib is versatile and convenient, offering the ardent calligrapher and the novice the ability to create beautiful lettering. The nib allows you to make thick and thin lines, depending on the angle at which you hold the pen. The “D” nib is a pen nib that is oval in shape. This is the nib that is classic in any Speedball calligraphy pen ensemble, making Gothic and italic lettering font come alive. The company is famous for its steel brushes as well. From the original pens, the recent ones of today have been shaped and molded to create better and better letter art.

Products for the Present Day

Besides its famous calligraphy sets, Speedball makes blocks and screens for printing, and brushes, papers, paints, charcoal sticks and the like for artists. They make a whole range of art and print materials and innovate constantly to provide artists the necessary tools they need. A significant number of artists have used Speedball pens to write their comic books, and many continue to do so.

Speedball Pen Mechanisms

If you want to write in calligraphy with a Speedball pen, you are essentially writing with a fountain pen or a calligraphy pen nib. In case you are using calligraphy nibs, these are attached to a holder (common for any nib to be affixed to). Typically, in a Speedball calligraphy set, you will find the following features of writing instruments, and it’s noteworthy to know about how these help in creating beautiful lettering and fonts:

  • Nib – Speedball pen nibs are famous for thicker and rounded tips. These make writing easy and smooth flowing for the expert calligraphy writer. If you are learning, the tip ensures writing effortlessly. If you are writing in italic font, you have to diligently maintain a narrow writing angle. The stub nib makes this easy to do, especially for new writers.
  • Spread of the Tine – If you’ve ever noticed the tip of the nib of a fountain pen, you will see a tiny gap made by two spokes in the metal nib. This is in the center of the nib. This facilitates the seamless flow of ink. These spokes are the tines. They need to be at an optimal distance or the ink will not flow properly. The tines in a Speedball calligraphy set are just parted enough for smooth ink flow.
  • Ink Cartridge – Every fountain pen comes with a cartridge that the ink is filled in. The cartridge has a double sealed cap that ensures that the cartridge is sealed properly. This is not the thinly sealed plastic cap that most other pen cartridges have. Such a cartridge is made of poor quality material that will wear out soon. Plus, quality Speedball pen cartridges have no chance of ink leaking out.
  • Ink Channel Duality – Calligraphy pens made by Speedball have dual ink channels that make ink flow out evenly and without mess. Whatever your writing speed, the flow will adjust to your hand movements with refined fluidity.
  • Ink Port – Speedball fountain pens may come with ports in which you have to fit a pre-filled ready ink cartridge. Speedball calligraphy sets have pens with cartridge ports measuring standard diameters of 2.6 mm. Any cartridge, of any brand, can fit into this. An ink converter has this standard measurement too, so any brand of ink converter will be a flexible fit as well.
  • Ink Quality – Although you are free to use any ink with your Speedball calligraphy fountain pen, you would be wise to use Speedball’s own ink. The ink formula is ideal, balancing opacity with viscosity to transport prime ink that works flawlessly in Speedball pens on any paper quality.

Loading a Pen

Speedball ink is made from highly carbonated black pigment. It is easily applied by a brush, pen, airbrush, or steel brush. It is non-clogging and waterproof, ensuring no fuss writing. To fill ink in a broad-edge Speedball fountain pen, dip the pen nib to about half-way into the reservoir from the top. For a flex point pen, dip the pen to the midpoint of the keyhole of the nib (the small opening in the nib). Dip pens are best suited to calligraphy, but if you use Speedball cartridge fountain pens, your work will be just as good.

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Starting Off

Dip pens or fountain pens can be tough on the novice calligrapher, but they’re easy to get a hang of. Following some basic steps will get you off to a head start. Try to get your hand accustomed to the pen first with a mock “air stroke” session. Hands must be kept steady for calligraphy to work its magic:

  • Begin with a straight dip pen – To begin at the most fundamental level, you should start with a straight dip Speedball pen. The “C” series nibs are good to start with. These offer a great deal of flexibility no matter how much pressure you apply. For instance, exerting pressure on the incorrect part of the nib will result in ink flow problems. Speedball calligraphy sets have instruction booklets included in their sets, and you will probably find all you need in there. Your first calligraphy session should be a breeze.
  • Calligraphy-friendly paper – use paper that takes to calligraphic ink easily. You can use any drawing paper for your first attempt. Draw guidelines with pencil – three pairs of equally spaced horizontal ones and a single vertical one in the center should do it.
  • Write in pencil first – With a pencil, using the horizontal guidelines for your direction, write a phrase or words in your largest cursive writing. You can imitate another style, choosing from fonts on the toolbar of your laptop, for example.
  • Use your dip pen and go over your pencil writing. Remember to dip the pen properly, just to a bit above the keyhole in the nib. Give the pen a shake (not too vigorously) to get excess ink off. Make sure, as accurately as you can, to keep a 45-degree angle between the pen and the paper. Try to exert an equal amount of pressure on both the nib tines.
  • You need to let your work dry thoroughly. Usually, this take 5 minutes on the safe side. After this, firmly hold down your calligraphy and erase the guidelines very gently. Be careful around the edges of your work. Too rough a hand may crinkle the work. Mars plastic by Staedtler is a fine eraser to use.

Aspirations of Artistry

Speedball calligraphy sets offer the newcomer to calligraphy a unique and exciting experience. You can opt for fountain pen sets which come with two black cartridges. Sets are also offered. These are of two varieties – the Basic Calligraphy Set (a fountain pen set) and the Deluxe Calligraphy Set (a high-end fountain pen set). The basic set is a good place to start if you are a beginner. With this, you can go a long way even if you become more proficient at your work. The basic set of the Speedball Calligraphy Set includes a signature fountain pen with three nibs of 1.1 mm, 1.5 mm, and 1.9 mm, respectively. There are 8 ink cartridges in this set too, 2 each of blue and black, and the rest in 1 each of red, green, pink, and purple.

Writing Tools for Everyone

Speedball writing instruments’ beauty is that you can try out a number of writing tools to achieve what you exactly want. Depending on how you fare as a calligraphy writer, and the levels of progress you reach, you can graduate to pens that make your work real pieces of art. For true calligraphers around the globe, the dip pen is preferred over the conventional cartridge pen. This has various nibs that can be attached to a holder, common to all nibs.

The C-series is a good place to start off with, as this is a nob that creates the illusion of a quill the most. A universal nib, it makes broad ribbon-like strokes for very classic and traditional calligraphy. Speedball has a wide range of pens and nibs to give the finishing touches to your fine art writing.

10 Best Fountain Pens for Calligraphy Reviewed and Rated in 2021

If you are fond of calligraphy, also known as decorative handwriting, you need the right tools to properly execute your creative ideas. To polish your skills as a calligrapher, the best fountain pen for calligraphy becomes a must-have item. But, for any beginning calligraphers, finding the right fountain pen is not an easy mission.

In this article, we will help you locate the right one by discussing essential features such as the nib’s quality, the ink, the make of the body, and the market price. This way, you will have the right guide to locating the right fountain pen that will help you improve your calligraphy skills.

If you aim to have a top-class calligraphy skill, you certainly need to pick the best one.

Best Fountain Pen for Calligraphy Reviews

1. Sheaffer Viewpoint Calligraphy Fountain Pen

These Sheaffer Viewpoint Calligraphy Fountain Pens are superior compared to traditional writing mediums when it comes to calligraphy.

People like this pen because it is the classic stainless steel nib that is low maintenance and very easy to clean. Also, this product can last a while since stainless nibs are quite durable.

More importantly, the pen comes with three types of nibs that match most compress writing styles. You can choose to use rither the fine nib, medium nib or broad nib to create excellent variety in strokes.

Furthermore, the black rubber on the barrel can offer users a soft grip, making long-hour writing more enjoyable! In truth, holding the pen feels natural and comfortable. It doesn’t slip, which lessens your hand fatigue, especially when you need to make a ton of invites for a few hours.

There is a wide window barrel where we can monitor the ink level to refill the cartridge or change the ink color in no time. Additionally, buyers can save extra bucks because it comes with two Shaeffer ink cartridges. This impressive-looking pen motivates us to write more, and the bold pink color besotted most users!

The only downside is that the tiniest nib is not that tiny. Instead, it is somewhat thick and therefore creates thicker strokes.

Pros

  • A fountain pen with stainless steel nib
  • Has a window barrel to see the ink level
  • Features a three-color coded nibs for stroke selections
  • Include two ink cartridges (black and blue)
  • Offers a soft grip barrel

Cons

  • The smallest nib is not as thin as expected

Overall, this pen requires less pressure to use and has made my handwriting and invites fancier. It is absolutely an excellent tool for calligraphy beginners.

2. KenTaur Calligraphy Fountain Pen

You will be impressed when opening this complete KenTaur Calligraphy Fountain Pen Set featuring required items for your calligraphy leisure pursuit.

The majority of calligraphic artists love the pen’s metallic design! The color and its slim body are exquisite and sophisticated. Hence, it easily suits many writing preferences and styles, especially for professional occasions. Furthermore, the reflective hairline finish can easily stand out among your colorful collections.

For ease in carrying, the set includes seven ink cartridges made from Austria, which is considered first class. The bundle brings five intense colors (black, blue, turquoise, red, green, and purple). Each color shows different shades that look pretty on posters and holiday greeting cards. Best of all, the three premium nibs are easy to write with and a great help to do western calligraphic scripts. You only need to interchange them to achieve the intended artistic strokes.

As a result, these nibs can delight both professionals and beginners in calligraphy with the improved penmanship. You can start using it for personalized cards and gift tags for your kids or create artistic projects using these versatile collections. It also came with a simple set of practice sheets with pretty direct instruction on the classic italic and cursive style. It is indeed a perfect tool for calligraphy aficionados and for beginners to learn the nitty-gritty.

One unpleasant thing you might encounter is the inconsistent ink flow at first. You should test it on a paper before beginning writing.

Pros

  • A sophisticated metallic body, ideal for professional use
  • Includes three nibs with different thickness
  • Comes in a five-colored Austrian inks
  • A nice package for ease in carrying
  • Practice sheets are included for beginners

Cons

  • The ink flow is not consistent at first

Nonetheless, with the number of choices in the market, many still prefer to use this pen. It suits most writing styles, yet is economical for starters, making it the best italic fountain pen available today.

3. Duke Asian Calligraphy Fountain Pen

For people who indulge in fine lettering and ink drawings, this Duke Asian Calligraphy Fountain Pen is among the best available choices. The pen works beautifully on sketches and is a perfect addition to your art materials.

At first glance, what catches your attention must be its sleek look. We can never go wrong with the classic, yet straightforward black covering that goes well on any occasion, from casual to professional events.

Aside from the sleek design, I like the unique subtle curve and the double layer nib, which makes my writing extra smooth on paper. You will face no issues using it on a cheaper or artist’s grade paper. It is great to know that the broad stainless nib is very efficient on a4 papers.

Though some might prefer a cartridge, it is nice to have a plunger-type converter, which is removable for an easy refill. You only need to put it inside the bottle of ink, take it out, clean it, and then draw to your heart’s content. It also came with a pen pouch for safekeeping.

Another promising thing about this calligraphy pen is the considerable stroke variation that it allows writers to accomplish on their sketches. On the purchase of this product, you can instantly find the source of immense creativity. I love how I can play around with different line widths by holding it from different angles.

Best of all, the ink flow is superb! It is fairly consistent, so you will not see any missing or partial strokes.

One drawback is it gets slippery to hold after using them for a while since the grip section is not textured enough.

Pros

  • Inexpensive fountain pen with a two-tone iridium bent nib
  • The nib is made of sturdy stainless steel
  • Includes one pouch for secure storage and removable converter
  • Provide considerable stroke variation.
  • Compatible with international standard cartridge
  • Smooth ink flow for your writing

Cons

  • Can be slippery to hold after a while

All things considered, this is a fine quality pen that works well for my architecture sketchings. I recommend this highly to anyone who wants to try a fude tip fountain pen for writing and drawing.

4. PILOT Parallel Calligraphy Pen

The next promising choice for your daily writing is the PILOT parallel calligraphy pen set in orange.

There are four types of nibs for you to switch when doing calligraphy. The ones that create thinner lines are 1.5 and 2.4 mm in width. Meanwhile, 3.8 and 6.0 mm pens will be a fantastic means to make thicker lines for your drawing and letterings. Such versatility is included in one package so you can comfortably utilize them to show your creativity.

Furthermore, this pen is pretty lightweight and comfortable enough for us to write. Actually, it reminds me of a dip and ballpoint pen.

Besides, the ink flows smoothly on harder and quality paper so you are recommended to use this pen on such journals. Also, the package includes a black and red cartridge that can flow at the same nib for a stunning layering effect. This is a cool step up and increases the depth of colors on my elaborate bible verse calligraphy.

The pen’s construction is generally plastic except for the metal nib. It is quite long, and the body narrows at the end. You can refill the cartridge using a blunt needle and syringe. Just don’t squeeze the ink cartridge too much, or else the ink will be squirting out. Plus, I love how easy it is to assemble, dismantle, and clean the pen using the pipette and nib cleaner.

One minor drawback is the black sack on the converter. It prevents me from seeing the remaining ink inside.

Pros

  • Four nib options with two ink cartridges (black and red)
  • Versatile writings for different applications
  • Includes a pipette for cleaning, a nib cleaner, and instruction booklet
  • Offers a beautiful graduated effect by flowing two different ink colors from the same nib
  • Smooth ink flow, especially on quality paper
  • Lightweight and portable

Cons

  • You can’t tell how much ink is left due to the converter’s black sack

If you are new to calligraphy art, this ballpoint pen for calligraphy would be a perfect introduction. It is beginner-friendly, inexpensive, has a fluid ink that turns writing and drawing into a delight.

5. Speedball 002903 Calligraphy Fountain Pen

The Speedball 002903 Calligraphy Fountain Pen works like a champ, especially for beginners. If you are interested in calligraphy classes online and want to purchase the very first fountain pen, choosing this product makes excellent sense.

In fact, the pen is ideal for writing cards in traditional and modern calligraphy. You can even use them for your side business during Holidays and special events.

I love that this impressive set is reasonably priced. In detail, it includes eight assorted ink cartridges, two blue and two black, and one for each color; red, purple, green, and pink. Furthermore, I love how it glides smoothly on my uncoated Bristol papers. There are no bleed-through nor ink puddles. Only perfection!.

Apart from that, it is fairly easy to hold because of the grooves and overall ergonomic design. Surely enough, just by looking at them, you know that the nibs are clear-cut and precisely-machined.

It’s cool that the rounded tip nibs are available in three width sizes, from 1.1mm, 1.5mm to 1.9mm. These are interchangeable and helped me produce crisp, sharp lines, particularly on the quote pieces that my clients adore.

Compared to other calligraphy fountain pens, the set did not come with any converter. This will be a plus to save from buying extra cartridges if you plan to use them for the long term.

Pros

  • Features precisely-machined and rounded tip nibs (1.1mm, 1.5mm, 1.9mm width sizes)
  • Includes eight assorted ink cartridges
  • Offers an ergonomic construction
  • Has high quality and free-flowing ink
  • Ideal for beginners in calligraphy

Cons

  • It does not include a converter

Nonetheless, this set is a pretty decent investment to start the beautiful art of handwriting. It came in a nifty little package that is worth giving as a gift for beginners.

6. GC Quill Calligraphy Set

As a starter who desires your calligraphy art to be creative and aesthetically excellent, you should try this basic kit from GC Quill.

On receiving the package, you have six fountain pens with different width sizes in total. These nibs produce thin, medium, and bold strokes, which are ideal for calligraphy beginners.

You are going to be impressed at how it works pretty well on the French ruled paper. It is very efficient to make your lettering more readable, that’s progress! The pen’s assembly is mostly plastic, and it is sturdy enough for everyday use. The see-through barrel is a nice touch to check how much ink is left.

Users surely love the feel of this pen on their hands as it is lightweight. I used to stay up all night practicing Japanese Hiragana and Greek letters with the support of this comfortable pen.

Furthermore, this is truly a good steal because it includes 20 ink cartridges with 14 diverse colors to choose from (Black, Red, Deep Blue, Orange, Yellow, Blue, Cyan, Green, Wine Red, Brown, Purple, Pink, Transparent and Fade).

Such an outstanding collection can bring out the best of your creativity in embellishing. These lovely hues made the words more noticeable and extravagant. From simple curves to intricate loops, the beginner-level artists can ace the exercises through these fountain pens.

The converter is an excellent addition to the kit because some brands do not include this. However, since I have a low tolerance for plastic waste, I prefer to use bottled ink for my art materials.

It might be tricky for first-time owners to insert the cartridge since we need to push it harder for it to snap and get into the chamber.

Pros

  • Offers a wide variety of ink color selection
  • Includes six nibs to write assorted fonts
  • Has an ink refill converter for each pen
  • Comfortable use for beginners in calligraphy practice
  • Great value for the price

Cons

  • Inserting the cartridge can be tricky

Overall, this pen has been a convenient companion and inspires beginners to be more confident in their calligraphy pursuit.

7. Sheaffer Viewpoint Calligraphy Pen

The Sheaffer Viewpoint Calligraphy Pen captures buyers’ attention with its vibrant red color. It quickly became many artists’ all-time favorite pen for calligraphy letterings.

The pen features a fine tip with a width size of 0.8mm. Therefore, it is perfect for average-size handwriting. The sophisticated chrome trim, chic cut-out clip, and sleek finish made this pen aesthetically pleasing to the eyes.

Thanks to the comfortable shaped grip, writing binges is no longer a problem for most users. The ink flow is also a treat because of the consistency, and it runs smoothly on my fountain pen paper.

Another handy feature is the little window barrel, which allows me to check the ink supply and color any time of the day. The extra ink cartridges in blue and black hues are a great addition to the kit. You can complete various styles of letterings using this pen, tweaked ink splashes, minimal drawings, and so on. You are going to wish you tried this pen earlier!

One thing that bothers some writers is the nib size since it creates thicker and bolder lines than expected. It also gets too wet on any non-fountain pen paper.

Pros

  • Features a sturdy stainless steel nib
  • Fine point (0.8mm) is ideal to average-size writing
  • Easily monitor ink supply through the window in the barrel
  • Good value for money and includes two ink cartridges

Cons

  • Not ideal for non-fountain paper
  • Nibs are thicker

Nonetheless, this is a must-have tool to explore the craft more, and if you’re not sure what pen to start with, try Sheaffer Viewpoint today! The functionality and quality it offers are hard to beat by most rivals in the field.

8. Asvine Brushed Black Forest Fude Pen

The Asvine Brushed Black Forest Fude Pen is a reliable fountain pen to improve your skills and unlock your calligraphy potential.

For your information, this product has a very sleek design, which gives an impression of an expensive fountain pen. Besides, it promises comfortable usage for extended periods, so we can rest assured of no hand fatigue. In truth, the pen doesn’t slip even if your palms are sweaty.

Another impressive feature of this product is its bent nib. It is the kind of tip that works best in executing different strokes. With this, you give your calligraphy a lot of character. It can even give the impression of a professional calligrapher making your letterings.

Also, you can rely on this product for long-term utilization. Since it is made of durable material, the pen can remain well-functioned and beautiful for as long as desired.

My only disappointment is that the fountain pen doesn’t seem to work well with papers as thin as 70 GSM. The nib’s pointed end is quite sharp; it tears the paper as it gets wet with ink.

Pros

  • Sleek pen design appeals to many buyers
  • The bent nib gives flexibility for handwriting or drawing
  • Spreads ink evenly on surfaces
  • The body provides a nice and comfortable grip
  • Durable pen for long-lasting use

Cons

  • Does not work well with 70 GSM or lower

If you want a good fountain pen to help you improve your calligraphy, this one is the perfect product that you need to try!

9. LAMY Joy Calligraphy Set

One of the things that I like about LAMY Joy is the ergonomic design. The body provides a steady grip for quick and breezy writings.

It is essential for most users that they feel comfortable whenever they do calligraphy for hours on end. If that is the case for you, taking this pen will benefit a lot.

Besides, the manufacturer surely put much effort into creating the superior-quality nib of this pen. In detail, it is made stainless steel, meaning it will last a long time as long as you take care of it.

More importantly, the pen glides across the surface of the paper without damaging it in the process. Users are ensured of smooth and thin letterings and embellishing due to the different nib sizes available.

If you are a fan of sleek and professional packaging, this set will be your favorite. The unique metal case that comes with the collection of three nibs and black and blue ink cartridges promises easy carrying. Furthermore, the body of this penis is made in shiny black color and red clip. Those colors will never go out of style.

However, this set is sold at a higher price than many calligraphy pens on the list.

Pros

  • Comes with two colors of ink catridges
  • Comfortable to hold and use
  • Writes smoothly with thin lines using chisel nips
  • Sleek and professional pen and package.

Cons

  • Higher-priced than many calligraphy pens

All in all, I can say that the LAMY Joy Calligraphy Set is an excellent product. If you need to have a good fountain pen for your calligraphy practice, this is a unique set to use.

10. Wordsworth & Black Fountain Pen

Sometimes, flaunting your calligraphy skills means flaunting your fountain pen set as well. With Wordsworth & Black Fountain Pen Set, not only will you be able to take pride in your calligraphy skills, but also the fountain pen that you are using.

This particular calligraphy fountain pen set is one of my favorites so far. Made from silver chrome, I can honestly say that its elegance is truly unparalleled. Since it is a durable product, it won’t break easily even if you accidentally drop it.

This fountain pen is also easy to use. Any beginner will have a great time using it without hassle. Of course, it can write well on the surface of various paper types.

Besides, left-handed calligraphers will enjoy using this product. This is because of the well-balanced design and the texture of the silver chrome material. With this pen, lefties won’t struggle to search for their suitable fountain pen any more!

However, some users claim that the cap of this pen is a little heavier than they expected. Hence, leaving the part on the side while writing is better for them.

Pros

  • Beautiful design for various uses
  • Durable pen for long-lasting utilization
  • Easy to use and suitable for starters in calligraphy
  • Perfect for both right and left-handed calligraphers
  • Work well and do not damage the paper

Cons

  • The cap is a little weighty

After weighing all of the important features of this pen, I can say that the Wordsworth & Black Fountain Pen Set is a product worth having. If you want to have a perfectly-balanced fountain pen, this is the right brand that you should include in your shopping list.

What to Look for When Buying Fountain Pen for Calligraphy

To create an impressive calligraphy, you will need an equally remarkable fountain pen. However, buying a fountain calligraphy pen can present a little challenge, especially if you have no idea how to choose one in the first place.

Here are some of the things you need to consider when buying a fountain pen for calligraphy:

  • Nib quality. How sturdy is the nib of your chosen fountain pen? A flimsy nib will easily bend when you are making your calligraphy project. When buying fountain pens, you need to pay serious attention to nibs because this will determine the quality of your calligraphy.
  • There are three common materials used in making nibs: stainless steel, iridium tip, and solid gold. The stainless steel is hard and cheap to replace. This type is also suitable for children. The iridium tip is used in making higher quality fountain pens. This one is more expensive compared to stainless steel nibs. The solid gold is the most expensive nib of all. This model offers the best luxury and is used only by calligraphers of the highest skill level.
  • Nib width. There are four primary classifications of nib width: extra-fine, fine, medium, and broad. The extra-fine nib is also perfect for doing very thin lines, Japanese/Chinese/Korean characters, and other fine details in drawings. The fine nibs, on the other hand, are perfect for handwriting and drawings. Medium nib width is more suitable for handwriting while the broad nibs are ideal for large handwriting.
  • Replacement nibs. There are two kinds of replacement nibs that you can avail: the whole front end, and the nib only. The whole end might be a little expensive, but it provides a quick and easy replacement process. The nib only replaces one of the grip shells, but it is cheaper.
  • Barrel width. The barrel width dictates the grip and the ink reservoir capacity. As a general rule, the thicker the fountain pen, the more expensive it gets.
  • Clip. Having a decent clip on your fountain pen means you can clip it on your shirt and bring it anywhere and use it as soon as an idea hits you. If you want to execute your ideas as soon as possible, you should consider buying a fountain pen with a clip.
  • Cap. Having a cap in your fountain pen can help you prolong the life of its nib. While some expensive fountain pens have their storage, your fountain pen is also good as a beginner has a cap. This way, you can extend the life of your fountain pen as you improve your calligraphy skills.

All of these features should be considered thoroughly before you decide to purchase a fountain pen for calligraphy. Ignoring just one feature can affect your growth as an artist and hobbyist.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the most trusted fountain calligraphy pen brands?

Calligraphy is an art that requires a fountain pen of the best caliber. With this, even beginners need to have a good quality fountain pen to improve their skills.

When buying fountain pens for calligraphy, you need to look for the most trusted brands. This is to ensure not only the quality but also the best writing experience.

Here are some of the most trusted brands of calligraphy with fountain pens in the market today: Pilot, Tombow, Sheaffer Viewpoint, Scribe Sword, Itoya, Parker, LAMY, Wordsworth & Black, Asvine, and so on.

Yet, these are just some of the most trusted brands of fountain pen for calligraphy. When shopping for one, you should always bear in mind that not all fountain pen brands offer the same level of convenience, writing quality, and elegance in design. For this reason, you need to trust your taste.

How do you use fountain calligraphy pens?

Using a calligraphy pen can be scary, especially if you have no idea how to use it. But once you get the hang of it, you will know that it is super fun to use.

There are two basic ways of using calligraphy pens. These are:

  • Regular writing way. The ink is supplied by the ink chamber, which comes out by way of gravity.
  • Dipping. This technique is usually used by intermediate to advanced level calligraphers. The nib of the calligraphy dip pens are quickly dipped on an ink bottle, and the ink is spread on the paper.

These techniques are quite easy if you practice it regularly. After spending some time using these techniques, your calligraphy skills will become on par with professionals!

Where should I buy calligraphy pens?

You can purchase top-quality fountain pens for calligraphy at your favorite art supply store. If you can’t find your preferred fountain pen brand, you can always visit supermarkets like Lowes, Walmart, Target, Home Depot, and more.

However, there are instances where shopping online is more convenient than visiting a physical store. Amazon.com is one of the great websites where you will find your preferred brand of the calligraphy fountain pen. You can choose your brand by comparing it with other brands using customer reviews and ratings. You can also take a look at the technical specifications to determine which ones will fit your needs.

How should I care for and clean my calligraphy pen?

Using a fountain pen for calligraphy for the first time can be a little intimidating, especially when it’s time to take care of it. However, maintenance should not be seen as a tiresome task. You should see it as a way of prolonging your precious pen’s life, which can help you bring your calligraphy skills to the next level.

Here is how you should care and clean your fountain pen:

  • After using the pen, gently clean the nib by swishing it in a cup of water.
  • Once the standing ink is removed from the nib, wipe it off on a dry cloth by pinching your forefinger and thumb. This is to remove the excess water that may cause the nib to rust.
  • Once the nib is dry, you can either resume writing or store the pen away for another calligraphy practice session.

Conclusion

If you want to learn calligraphy, choosing the best fountain pen for calligraphy is your first job. After all, it will be your only tool as you go along with your journey on this beautiful decorative handwriting art.

As there are many fountain pen brands in the market, you need to arm yourself with useful information to help you choose the right one for you. Hopefully, this review will help you determine which brands can provide you the right fountain pen to boost your skills with calligraphy to the highest level possible.

The 10 Best Calligraphy Pens 2020 – Artfixed

Calligraphy is the art of creating beautiful lettering and symbols, and since its ancient beginnings, it’s been used by various cultures around the world. It’s widely seen on wedding invitations, certificates and plaques, and more recently in marketing collateral and advertisements. Modern calligraphy is growing in popularity, and as such, so is the variety of pens and tools on offer.

Good calligraphy requires great precision, so you’re going to create ornate lettering you’re going to need the right tools for the job. In this article we’re covering the best pens for calligraphy.

10.

Daveliou Calligraphy Pen Set

Daveliou’s Calligraphy Pen Set are some of the best calligraphy dip pens on the market.

  • +Well balanced pen holders
  • +A wide variety of nibs
  • +Ink is high-quality
  • -Hard to change nibs on glass pen
  • 2 straight dip pens
  • 12 stainless steel nibs
  • 5 non-toxic colored inks
  • Presentation box

Daveliou delivers some of the best quality calligraphy pens with this kit, and it gives you everything you need to test out your creativity. There’s even a pamphlet included to help the user get to grips with various types of script.

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The kit includes two beautiful straight dip pens. One is made of glass and the other of birch wood, and both have great balance which makes them a pleasure to work with.

The 12 chisel tip and specialist nib selection are made from stainless steel tipped with iridium alloy to protect them from wear and tear. Each nib is robust, long lasting, and delivers a smooth finish.

Five colored inks make the perfect foundation for your calligraphy kit. The ink is free of toxic soluble dyes, which will keep your artwork looking fresh and crisp for longer.

We like that the entire kit is presented in a beautifully ornate case that harks back to the origins of this traditional craft. The only issue with this set is that it can be tricky to change the nibs on the glass pen.

9. GC Quill Antique Feather Writing Quill Pen 

This Antique Feather Writing Quill Pen offers a traditional take on calligraphy kits and would make a beautiful gift.

  • +Professional standard construction
  • +Elegant antique-style design
  • +Includes gold color sealing wax
  • -Expensive

For handcrafted elegance, look no further than this beautiful pen set.

Although the dip pen’s copper stem looks antique, it’s actually constructed to a modern, professional standard that feels as good to use as it will look sitting on your desk in the included ornate stand. The pen’s crowning glory is clearly the traditional feather, which is said to be 100% real.

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The six stainless steel nibs cover various sizes and techniques, and they function well even when used with fairly high pressure. Ink flows smoothly from each nib, creating smooth, even script.

There is one bottle of black ink included in the kit, as well as a gold color sealing wax which is a beautiful touch to this luxurious calligraphy kit.

The entire case comes in a very pretty presentation case which is also handy for transporting the pens. There’s also a guide to lettering, which is handy if you or the recipient of your gift is just starting out.

The price is the only clear downside of this lovely set, but it must also be noted that the feather will require lots of care and attention if you don’t want it to get tatty after a few uses.

Pilot’s Parallel flat nib pens are the best modern calligraphy pens for beginners

  • +Easy to use
  • +Incredibly clear and sharp text
  • +Capable of two inks flowing at once
  • -A smaller nib size would be nice

The price, ease of use, and quality makes this set the best calligraphy pens for beginners and hobbyists alike.

This particular set comes with four pens but you can buy a two pack or individual packs if you prefer. The four pens vary in thickness between 1.5 mm and 6 mm and each one features a unique parallel plate which Pilot claims will produce clearer, sharper text than any other pen. 

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We don’t know about that, but text is certainly beautifully clear and even novices will find it easy to create accurate, elegant script with this kit.

Each refillable pen comes with a black and a red ink cartridge so there’s no danger of creating a mess like there is when using dip pens. The cool thing about these Pilot pens is that each one is capable of both colored inks flowing from the nib at the same time which creates a beautiful graduated effect.

You might find that even the smallest nib size is too big for some projects, and this is the only downside of this set. Other than that we love everything about this set.

7. Staedtler Calligraphy Pen Set

If you’re looking for a Calligraphy Pen Set to cover every eventuality, this one from Staedtler can’t be beaten for the price.

  • +Plenty of ink supplied
  • +Good selection of nibs
  • +Makes an attractive gift
  • -Not very robust

This 33-piece calligraphy set covers every need you could possibly think of.

There are 20 ink cartridges included which cover seven different colors. Ink is 20% water-based and as is supplied in cartridges via a pump so there is minimal chances of leakage.

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There are five nibs of various shapes and sizes covering everything from extra fine to extra broad. Each nib can be used with any of the four marble-look pens so you can have your most used nibs and ink colors loaded and ready to go.

There’s also an instruction book and practice pad included which is a nice touch if you’re just getting started with calligraphy.

The set comes stored in a nice tin, so this attractive kit would make a great gift. The pens aren’t the most robust, though, so be aware that they probably won’t last forever.

6. Zig Memory System Calligraphy Markers

Zig’s Memory System Calligraphy Markers are the best calligraphy markers for beginners.

  • +Versatile and uncomplicated to use
  • +Dual chisel tips
  • +Ink is durable and acid-free
  • – Nibs can dry out

Markers tend to be easier to use than other calligraphy pens and they’re a lot less complicated to get to grips with. They’re the ideal tool for lettering, borders, and designs.

There are eight markers in various colors, and each one has dual chisel tips which are 2.0 mm and 5.00 mm thick. The colors are can be blended too, so there are plenty of options for getting creative with this kit. 

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The ink in the markers is permanent, waterproof, and lightfast so you can expect artwork made with these pens to last. Plus, it’s acid-free.

The nibs on these markers can sometimes become dry when they’re not used frequently and the thick chisel tips might be a little heavy for some applications. But, Zig also sells a black 0.45 mm marker separately which would complement this kit nicely.

5. Sakura 38062 8 Piece Pigma Brush Pen Set

Sakura’s 38062 8 Piece Pigma Brush Pen Set contains the best brush pens for calligraphy.

  • +Colors are bright and bold
  • +Fade-resistant, waterproof ink
  • +Suitable for painting and scripting
  • -Brush pens fray over time

This eight pack of colored brush markers are bright, bold, and are the perfect tools to make your script come alive. There’s also a black pen included for more traditional scripting.

The pens have superb ink flow, and the ink itself is high quality and compatible with most paper. It’s also resistant to fading, and is waterproof. 

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The brush pens are made from flexible fibers so you can draw, write, and paint with them, and the results are free of bleeding and smearing with most paper.

The only drawback of this kit is that brush pens tend to feather over time which can ruin the crispness of your work. But, these pens are very reasonably priced so if this happens it’s not the end of the world to replace them.

4. Speedball Oblique Pen Set

The Oblique Pen Set from Speedball is the best calligraphy pen for comfort.

  • +Oblique angle is comfortable to use
  • +Perfect for Spenserian and copperplate script
  • +Great price
  • -Doesn’t come with ink

The unique handle of this calligraphy pen is what helps it stand out above the competition, and it is a great purchase for beginners and experienced artists alike. The way that the nib sits in the handle caters perfectly to the wrist position that scripts such as Spenserian and copperplate require, and it helps with creating the curves and details that make calligraphy the beautiful thing that it is. The design is equally well suited to left and right-hand usage and feels comfortable even during long drawing sessions.

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This kit comes with six different nibs which is impressive considering the price. There’s no ink supplied though, which is the only minor drawback of this kit.

3. Speedball Calligraphy Set

If you’re a beginner to dip pen calligraphy, this Basic Calligraphy Set from Speedball is the best option for you.

  • +Lightweight pen holder
  • +Good range of nib sizes
  • +Ink flows well
  • -Nibs can scratch paper

This pen set is great for beginners and artists on a budget. Novices will love the lightness of the plastic handle, and most will find it much easier to use than heavier, bulkier pens.

The size range of the nibs in the kit gives you plenty of options to play with, and they are ideal for Roman, fine, and italic lettering. 

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The reservoirs within the six nibs keep the ink flowing smoothly and effortlessly.

There’s no ink included with this kit, so if you’re unsure what to buy we recommend you go with one of the options recommended in the introduction to this article. You might also notice some scratching on your page with one or two of these nibs, but once you’re over the learning curve we think you’ll really enjoy using this kit.

2. Pentel Fude Touch Sign Pen

These Fude
Touch Sign Pens from Pentel are a great option if you’re looking for a smaller size brush pen.

  • +Various nib sizes provide versatility
  • +Ink flow is well controlled
  • +Firm tips make accurate upstrokes easy
  • -Seasoned artists might not be satisfied

The pack of three comes with medium, fine, and extra fine nibs for various script applications, and you can do pretty much anything with this versatile kit.

Ink flow is nicely controlled to avoid creating a mess, which is a great feature for novices who might not want to contend with the potential steep learning curve of dip pens.

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The tips of the pens are fairly firm so it’s easier to create the thin upstrokes used in calligraphy scripts with control and accuracy.

There aren’t really any negative points for these pens, other than experienced artists might like a little more variety from their calligraphy kit.

1. Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen Set

Tombow’s Fudenosuke Brush Pen Set is the best budget calligraphy kit on the market.

  • +Soft and hard tips give great variety
  • +Pens are lightweight
  • +Pigmented ink creates strong lines
  • -Ink isn’t refillable

This hugely popular set of two pens is the perfect starting point for beginners, or a handy day to day solution for more experienced artists.

The kit contains one soft and hard tip pen for different script styles and applications, and you’re able to create extra-fine, fine, or medium strokes simply by changing the brush pressure.

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The pens themselves are lightweight and easy to handle, which is a real perk for beginners just getting to grips with calligraphy.

The water-based pigmented black ink delivers smooth and crisp lines that are long-lasting, and it won’t stain clothes which makes them a good option for children as well as adults.

These pens aren’t refillable so when they’re empty you’ll have to replace them. But considering the price, that’s not really an issue.

What Tools are used for Calligraphy?

There are several types of pens to consider for calligraphy:

  • Dip pens – Used with a pot of ink, this is the traditional calligraphy tool used for modern and ancient script.
  • Brush pens – These tend to be cheaper and easier for beginners to get to grips with.
  • Fountain pens – Nibs don’t tend to be flexible and so can’t manage both thick and thin lines. As a result, this option is preferred for penmanship.
  • Flat nib – Great for Gothic, italics, Roman capitals, and more.

Nibs come in a huge variety of widths and shapes for different applications and it’s a good idea to have a selection on hand to work with. Every kit we feature on this list includes multiple nibs for this reason.

Many kits come with ink but when it comes to buying extra we recommend Speedball India Ink because it’s easy to work with and is waterproof when dry. Sumi Ink is also an excellent choice and it has a flat, shine-free finish to it (Speedball’s ink dries with a shine to it). If you’re using a cartridge pen, refills can be purchased from the pen’s manufacturer. The Postman Knocks has lots of great advice on inks if you’d like to do some further reading.

You’ll also need to invest in some decent paper to work with. Lettering Daily suggests that whatever you use needs to be bleed-proof to handle all the ink you’re putting into it, and that you should choose something nice and thick for final projects to avoid wrinkling.

You’ll also need a ruler, a pencil, and an eraser to create parallel lines to guide your lettering.

How to Choose Calligraphy Pens

Comfort – Look for ergonomic handles, and if your hands are small it’s wise to look for lightweight options.
Cartridge vs dip – Cartridges are less messy and are better for beginners, but dip gives more flexibility in ink and nib choice.
Nib – Flex nibs are more delicate and elegant, and italic nibs are better for dramatic script.

Conclusion

If you’re looking to give dip pens a try, the Oblique Pen Set from Speedball is our favorite. The angle of the nib makes scripting comfortable and helps create professional standard curves and flourishes. For variety and ease of use, Zig’s Memory System Calligraphy Markers is the ultimate starter kit. Beginners will love how easy the markers are to use, and the dual tips give plenty of creative flexibility. For a budget calligraphy pen kit, Tombow’s Fudenosuke Brush Pen Set is astoundingly good value for money and is the perfect pair of pens for calligraphy practice.

Which calligraphy kit do you recommend and why? Let us know in the comments.

90,000 Calligraphy with ballpoint pen for beginners – lessons, recipes, exercises

If you are still afraid to touch the pen, then the style of fake calligraphy is definitely for you! So you can learn how to draw beautiful letters right now, without mastering new writing tools, and build muscle memory, which will be a great help when you decide to take up the pen.

Artificial calligraphy – which is created with ordinary tools: ballpoint pen, chalk or markers – is a great way to get started with the world of calligraphy! In addition, artificial calligraphy is a self-sufficient form of lettering art.In the first part of this article I will tell you how to use this simple and enjoyable technique, and in the second part you will find examples of using this style, inspired by which you can embellish any of your creations: be it chalk lettering or writing!

How to make a fake calligraphy lettering

Write a word or sentence

First, choose what you will write with. Anything from a regular pen like the Pilot G2 to chalk or pastel will do! Write a word or phrase in italics, leaving enough space between letters and words.

Designate downward strokes

Next, you need to mark the descending strokes that make up the word. But first you need to find them somehow! A downward stroke appears when you drag the pen down. In the photo below you can see that the word “create” consists of several such strokes.

Then draw lines parallel to the downward strokes. They should be adjacent to the main lines. Please note: it doesn’t matter whether you enter a new one to the right or left of the main lines!

After you mark the downward strokes, the word will look something like the photo.

Paint over the selected areas.

When all downward strokes are marked, you can paint over them!

The resulting contrast in the bends of the word will make the lettering almost indistinguishable from calligraphy made with a professional tool!

Confused? Keep the video!

Sometimes such ideas are easier to convey and understand through video. The video explains how to write a word in faux calligraphy style with the most common pen.

Calligraphy recipes

In my opinion, fake calligraphy goes well with the “Kaitlin Style” font! I’ve prepared a reference for you to show how Kaitlin Style faux calligraphy exemplar works together.

Examples of using artificial calligraphy

Even if you have mastered professional calligraphy, sometimes artificial calligraphy will be much more convenient. And there are many reasons for this: let’s say you are at a business meeting and you simply do not have a pen at hand; or the surface you are writing on is not suitable for ink calligraphy; well, or you already completely got inkblots and splashes!

Artificial calligraphy on blackboard

With a strong desire, you can make an inscription with pen and ink on a chalk board, but it will turn out to be small and then it will be real flour to wipe it off! Look: the welcome sign at the bottom is made with the most common chalk.

Handwritten & Fake Calligraphy

Handwriting and fake calligraphy
You can combine handwritten letters with faux calligraphy to create creative artwork like the one below. Faux calligraphy subtly contrasts and stands out from the rest of the styles. Such a unique lettering, which perfectly conveys emotions and impressions, will be an excellent gift!

Artificial calligraphy and paper letters

Artificial calligraphy and paper letters
Fake calligraphy lettering will be simply charming! The lettering on the envelope is made in Kaitlin Style font (I post a printout with an example of this font here – clicking here).Look: the downward strokes are not filled. If you like this technique, like me, you can safely use it!

You can use this style regardless of your pen skill level, so give it a try! Yes, fake calligraphy is a great way to prepare yourself for pen writing, but not only beginners use it. Experienced calligraphers can use it to their advantage to bring their lettering work to life!

If you still have questions about artificial calligraphy, any of these premium calligraphy worksheets are perfect for training.I am convinced that it is with artificial calligraphy that one should start the path to “real calligraphy”, because this is how I studied!
Thank you for reading the article! See you!

90,000 Overview of 15 Essential Calligraphy Tools

An overview of popular calligraphy tools from LiveJournal user barbariskina.

The article is useful not only for those who are going to master calligraphy, many tools are also applicable in lettering.


Probably few of my acquaintances are not aware of my passion for calligraphy. I started about a year ago with a two-day intensive, in the introductory part of which we were told about the main instruments and had the opportunity to try them out.

And in this article I want to tell you what I tried to write during this time, what came of it, and what I use now. I admit right away that I do not study according to the rules, with the exception of the recent course on brushpen and a couple of master classes – on my own, delving into classical writing a little.

But, in my defense, I want to say that I never had a task to master calligraphy in all styles and from scratch, but rather to enjoy the process, to understand the logic of the tools, which benefits my font pictures. Plus, I have decent design experience and an understanding of the basics of typography, which is enough to get more or less pretty things in free modern styles.

Well, the world of calligraphy is so vast that no matter which side you approach, you still dig and dig))

So I cannot give a clear and complete classification of all types of writing, I can only share my little experience.For each tool, I do not have as strong examples as I would like, so I illustrate with what I have, but my own, with the exception of a couple of photos where we wrote together with zirazulu))

Tools for beginners

For beginners, this order will be correct : the simplest tool, writing down (it is better to write little by little and often than rarely, but 5 hours in a row), then – to watch the works of the masters and copy them. If possible, go to master classes, communicate with like-minded people.Gradually, when immersed in the topic, understanding and own direction, their own techniques appear, an individual style begins to take shape.

The basic tool for beginners to start with is the broad-nib pen. They write to them both classical types of writing: minuscule, Italian italics, Gothic, etc., and free modern styles. From this variety, I tried only Gothic and not for long.

Start by writing with classic wide nibs.Better – with an ink holder, this is a plate fixed to the pen, so the ink lasts for a longer time. I have the most ordinary ink, Gamma or Kohinoor, whitewash – ordinary gouache. You can start with Italian italics or Gothic, you can find a lot of information according to the recipes, everything is quite simple there, the main thing is to observe the inclination of the pen and develop a hand.

If, after getting to know and practicing with ordinary pens, you still want to continue (or you can afford to buy more expensive tools without knowing exactly whether you will use them), then you can spend money on a Pilot Parallel Pen.This is a refillable automatic pen, its main convenience is that you do not need to constantly dip the pen in ink, you can carry it with you and train it anywhere. I have 2 sizes – 6.0 and 4.8 mm. There are also 2 smaller sizes, but they are rarely used. And for beginners, the greater the contrast of the stroke, the better.

Cartridges can be purchased separately or refilled with regular ink (not ink, but water-based ink). I fill with Gamma, an ordinary syringe without a needle, I put the cartridge in the binder, I hope that everything is clear from the photo.Pluses – cheap and not a pity, minuses – the ink is badly washed off the fingers)) Another advantage of “parallels” is the ability to write with a thin edge and change the pressure and position of the pen when drawing a line. This is how you can add interesting decorative elements. And if you draw it quickly, especially on textured paper, such a pen “slips”, the strokes are obtained with a very interesting, torn texture.

Calligraphy brushes

When the letters start getting more or less confident, you can try flat brushes for the same types of writing.They are a little more difficult to write with, they are not as obedient as feathers, more plastic, but this is their charm. I heard that there are shortened flat nibs for calligraphy, but I haven’t seen them in Kiev shops. As tools, you can adapt everything that is enough for imagination – a sharpened stick, glued toothpicks, a plastic card, I sometimes write on large formats with a foam sponge (or whatever).

Examples of calligraphy with parallels and flat brushes

In general, my passion for calligraphy began with a pointed nib.There are also a bunch of species and schools, more classic (like cooperplate), decorative (flourish) and freer (French style). What I tried to write is closer to the latter, most likely.

With feathers – a difficult question, they are sold in some unrealistic amount in foreign Internet stores (for example, www.scribblers.co.uk or http://kalligraphie.com), but in local stores there is no choice pleases. From what I found in the city and tried, the Leonardt 256 (1) seemed the most suitable for beginners, does not scratch paper and does not require masterly possession.HIRO Leonardt No. 41 (2) with almost the same qualities. Now my favorite pen is Leonardt G (3), very flexible, obedient, gives good contrast, but a little practice before using it will probably not hurt.

Two more interesting nibs (but these are already for advanced ones) in my modest collection – the blue Leonardt 40, gives a stunning line contrast, but requires careful handling. And Leonardt 801, this is mainly for a copier plate, it is unrealistic to write without a quill holder) By the way, about quench holders (in the photo under the feathers – homemade), they are almost impossible to find in our stores, so they are often cut out of tin on their own, or they are wrapped with a thin wire. which I usually do.

Examples of work with a sharp pen:

Brushpins

And, finally, the most used tools are brushpins) The first thing I tried to write was markers, simply because they were already there. Copic Sketch (4) seemed too soft to me, Letraset Tria (3) is better, but Faber-Castell Pitt (1,2) – I still like them very much, I can advise them to begin with to understand the logic of the instrument and make first exercises. Their price is reasonable, and there is a pleasant elasticity, which I lack in other tools.

Small life hacks from me – the tip can be pushed out a little, and when it gets tousled, pull it out and turn it over. They have enough paint for a long time, I ran out of some colors after a year of irregular sketches and a month and a half of persistent and numerous calligraphy classes. In addition, fabers do not require special paper, unlike alcohol markers. But they creak, my husband complains))

Approximately with the same tip, but a little thicker – Marvy Brush (9), is also killed quickly enough.I tried the refillable ones – Platinum Pocket Brush Pen (7), nice, but its tip wears out faster than expected, and you can’t refill with ink, you need to buy native cartridges.

The most common and rather convenient variant of the pen-brush is the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen (8). Automatic, refillable, water-based ink – suitable. I fill it in the same way as in the “parallel”, only better with a needle, the hole is small. Although they are not cheap, their main advantage is that the tip is not one-piece, but in the form of a brush, because of this it does not wear out, it is very flexible and pleasant to work with.

But most of all I like water brushes, I have Aquash Pentel Watercolor (5) and Sakura (6). There are different sizes, the tip is a brush, like the previous pen, I did not notice much difference in behavior, and the price is more humane, and I need to refuel less often. You can pour water into the tank and paint with watercolors, you can – already diluted watercolor, you can – ink (I dilute it in half with water).

Well, the same techniques can be used for writing with ordinary round brushes, they require a little more confidence, but they can write on large formats.This is very cool and very useful sometimes to do so that the work is carried out from the shoulder, the hand is loosened up.

In general, I have an idea of ​​the ideal instrument from the brushpins, but while I’m in search)) There are a lot of them, in fact, there is still something to try. By the types of writing – just an unrealistic variety, full of freestyle. So far, everything is about the same for me, there is still no that lightness and accumulated “calligraphic vocabulary”.

But in the picture with copies of works you can see how different the results can be obtained.

And here you can see why I need a binder for refilling ink cartridges)

Homemade ColaPen

And I will add another interesting tool that is made independently from tin – ColaPen (last photo). The name just came from Coca-Cola, but their tin is soft, lids from canned food that are opened are well suited. The cutting scheme can be found in the internet, a “spatula” is cut out, folded in half. The tool is very curious, not always predictable, it gives cool effects.Depending on the position, the line becomes thicker or thinner, specific torn edges, irregularities, splashes and streaks appear. I recently tried to make it, I really like it, it helps well in the fight against perfectionism))

A few words about paper: I write the copybooks on ordinary office paper, I put a lined sheet down, this allows not to mark everything up every time, and not to print rulers … Kohinor ink (I most often write blue) fits nicely on an ordinary Whatman paper. Interesting effects are obtained on designer textured cardboard or pastel paper, especially if you write on color with white gouache (I tried both with a sharp pen and a flat brush).The same is true for crafting.

To practice brushing, I bought 50 sheets of wrapping paper, it is sold in hardware stores like Epicenter, it is inexpensive, it’s not a pity to use it, and a large format is always at hand if needed. The tracing paper is also very useful, you can write with a sharp pen, especially with whitewash, and with brushpins, they glide pleasantly. The tracing paper is also indispensable, when bringing the inscription to the final version, it is superimposed on the original inscription, corrections are made, and this can be done several times, very convenient.From my personal preferences – I really like the way they write brushes on coated paper, you can get hold of this good in copy centers.

That seems to be all that I use. This lesson is for diligent and enthusiastic people, in general, due to enthusiasm, it turns out to exercise so much)) If it turns out crookedly – do not be discouraged, this is normal, all the recipes go into the piggy bank of experience, motor skills are honed, at some point “flips” and the lines begin to turn out smooth, and after a couple of reams of paper you will begin to understand where these lines can be led))

At first, everything needs to be done slowly and smoothly, do not be fooled by the ease and fluency of the movements of professionals, it will turn out so cool and quickly a little later, over the years of practice)) There is, of course, a nasty feeling that the immense cannot be embraced, but certain successes can still be achieved, it depends on your goals.Usually I will see enough work on Pinterest, Beechense and other thematic sites, and then I console myself with the fact that these people have only been doing calligraphy for many years))

I would be glad if my experience is interesting or useful!

Writing beautifully is not easy …

Adults and children happily took up the pen and put the first letter of their name into a capital letter. The initial letter is large, different from others in that it is decorated with various elements: monograms, curls, leaves – depending on the theme.Examining it is fun, but it’s no less fun to create it yourself. If desired, it was also possible to sign a postcard with the image of Yaroslavl. The students, guided by the teachers of the Russian Calligraphy and Ligature School, dipped their feathers into diluted gouache. Teachers taught: the pen does not need to be constantly shaken, it must be properly dipped in ink. It turns out that this must be done up to the “window” that each pen has, then it will not blot. And also the feather has “antennae-leaves” and “cheeks”.The founder of the author’s school of calligraphy, Yuri Arutsev, has always said that education comes from the word “image”, so at school you need to teach in images.

– Finally, I found something to do that will help my son Artem to correct his back. This is calligraphy. It seems that in 4 years of studying ballroom dancing, he was not given so many strict remarks to keep his back straight, as in a master class. And, despite the fact that the feathers did not obey us the first time, we really liked it. Artyom’s painting will hang in a frame on the wall, – shared Yaroslavna Svetlana Antufieva.

Medical expert Yuri Ivanovich Arutsev (1951 – 2020), during his creative career, completed about 3500 calligraphic works, including 1200 monograms, and developed several types of handwritten fonts. The most famous of his handwriting is “Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin” – refined and sophisticated. This handwriting is used to make the world’s largest calligraphic inscription in Russian – the name of the Pushkin State Russian Language Institute in Moscow. The typeface should have been called “Arutsev”, but the master was modest.This creative, lively font contains many graphic elements that are not found in English italics or in school writing of the Soviet period: antennae, serifs, cascades of monograms, golden dots. In the font “Pushkin” there are five types of outline of the letter “v” and the outlines are completely different. And inside the letter, if you enlarge it, there is a small “teardrop” – the right antennae of the feather moves to the side and makes a small wave. There are five different types of pressure – depending on what impression the “writer” wants to make.Light text – ultra-thin pressure, dramatic – the droplet becomes larger.

In the arsenal of the school founded by Arutsev, a number of copyright programs: “Calligraphy”, “Russian calligraphy”, “Lefty”, “Handwriting correction”, “Preschooler”, “Yaroslavl ligature”, “The art of monogram”, “Development of personal signature “. The smallest student was a girl of three and a half years, who wrote without interruption with pen and ink sticks for two and a half hours. The oldest is an 82-year-old priest. In total, over 1000 students have passed through the school in 11 years.The forms of teaching “intricate” writing are different: full-time, individual, full-time in a group. The express course of calligraphy lasts 4 days, and the author’s video course consists of 58 lessons.

In this school they teach as in Soviet times, that is, they teach tear-off writing, taking into account the middle line of the line, with all connections. Letters consist of elements, they are assembled, like a constructor, from ovals, hooks, straight, remote elements. Here we are sure that a tear-off letter is the basis for the development of a beautiful handwriting, the child writes smoother, faster and more understandable.There are various techniques for the development of finger plastics. For example, the “pinch” proposed by Alexander Zolotarev, when three fingers take a pen, and two rest on the palm.

– Friends often ask me where I am going. I answer that I am going to a calligraphy lesson, that this is an incomparable letter, very beautiful. When I write letters and texts in class, I disconnect from all worries, lessons, fatigue. There is nothing around me – just me, only a pen, only paper and beautiful letters combined into beautiful words.Calligraphy is a huge achievement of humanity. For me, even the music I do is nothing compared to calligraphy. Calligraphy gives me more than my instrument, admits ninth-grader Alisa Flusman.

More than 20 graduates of the Arutsev school have become calligraphers or, as they say, international red-writers. A fairly new direction – calligraphy from landscape photography, calligraphic still lifes. One of them, created by the chef Tatyana Belavina, is written with a lowercase letter “a”, it contains about seven thousand “a”! The master spent three months on her work.

The work of Alexander Zolotarev “We are Russians or have you forgotten”, made on pine bark, also looks original. Alexander promotes the Russian script. It is a type of writing where letters are connected, intertwined, or stuck into one another. Yuri Arutsev for the 1000th anniversary of Yaroslavl has developed on the basis of the traditional Yaroslavl ligature – an easy-to-learn writing system.

Children grasp the ligature faster – in one hour lesson, sometimes in two. First-grader Taisiya Sedova at the very first knitting lesson in an hour completed a neat and beautiful work “Mama-Ros” with a pointed pen.
– Vyazyu always wants to write about something important. To lay a reminder, a parting word, – sure teacher and calligrapher Svetlana Rudenko.

Among those who gave the Yaroslavl ligature a second wind is the street red-writer Alexander Abrosimov. This student of Yuri Arutsev prefers large formats. His largest work is the arch, located on Svoboda Street, where the words from Brodsky’s poem “Don’t leave the room” are written. The area of ​​work is about 70 sq. M. It took two and a half days and about 20 liters of facade paint.Alexander worked in tandem with his friend Yevgeny Fakhrutdinov: he wrote in ligature, and Yevgeny decorated the line spacing with a Gothic ornament. Abrosimov is one of the most prolific calligraphers in Russia, having created 67 amazing works in six months.

The enthusiasts of Yuri Arutsev’s school have many plans. The world’s first calligrapher dictionary and 6 new techniques are being prepared for publication. They also dream of erecting a monument to the Yaroslavl pen with the “star” mark. It was once produced at the Yaroslavl Orgtekhnika plant.During the dashing privatization of the 90s, the plant was stopped. A ton of steel feathers remained in the cluttered warehouse of the barely breathing enterprise. The teachers who taught children to write according to the methods of the Russian classical school found out about this by chance. They bought the whole ton by weight. Although then they probably could not have thought that calligraphic writing with a dipping pen with a steel nib would come into fashion again …

90,000 Writing with a pen in the computer age.

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A 1964 first grade school notebook, which is just a sample of calligraphic handwriting, was recently posted on the social network.Smooth lines – one to one, all curls and hooks are clearly defined, hard strokes alternate with soft …

Users did not fail to express their delight: “This is the culture of writing!”, “They knew how to put their hand in the Soviet school!”

But, as MK found out, it’s not just aesthetics. The art of beautiful and graceful writing develops fine motor skills, which, in turn, is a stimulus for the intellectual development of the student.And the plasticity of effort and relaxation when writing with a fountain pen corresponds to our inner rhythm.

There are many schools in Russia that use health-preserving technologies developed by the doctor and innovative teacher Vladimir Bazarny.

What is it like to write with a pen in the rhythm of the heartbeat, I decided to check the special correspondent “MK”, ​​for which I went to the zemstvo gymnasium – the municipal autonomous educational institution of the Balashikha city district.

photos: Svetlana Samodelova

The 1964 First Grade Exemplary Notebook caused a flurry of reviews on the Internet.Users were divided into two camps.

Some regretted that calligraphy was undeservedly forgotten, that along with it the writing culture left schools.

“Recently at the post office I was filling out a form for a parcel, the receptionist said:“ What a clear, beautiful handwriting. Nowadays, rarely does anyone write like that. And I am from that still Soviet school, where a large number of hours were allocated for calligraphy, – says Lyudmila Vasilievna. – This is the good thing that we inherited from tsarist Russia. The copybooks were our reference book.Forcing us to draw out the same hooks and eyes a hundred times with the pen, we developed perseverance and concentration. I am 74 years old, and no matter how fast I am, I always write clearly and evenly. I can’t do it any other way, they taught me that. ”

“Yesterday I reread my grandfather’s letters to my grandmother, and my father’s notes that he wrote to my mother in the hospital. In the era of ink pens, it seems everyone had great handwriting. In handwritten texts, the emotions experienced by loved ones are better felt, ”says Ivan.

Many in the tape agreed that calligraphy is also an introduction to beauty.“Now this ‘bourgeois discipline’ has disappeared from the school curriculum. What is the result? My daughter is a teacher of Russian language and literature. Checking notebooks at home, sometimes he shows me the compositions of his students. The two of us cannot make out the children’s handwriting. I think that slanting, illegible writing is somewhat disrespectful to the teacher. Calligraphy once “disciplined” the hand and the students in general, ”says Nina Georgievna.

The interlocutors in the feed complained that calligraphy can now be found only on logos, printed postcards and in inscriptions on monuments in the cemetery …

“In the passport on the marriage registration stamp, the registry office employee entered his wife’s surname in a careless handwriting, besides with a ballpoint pen,” Evgeny is indignant.- I began to sort through the documents. Here in the birth certificate, all the information is written in beautiful calligraphic handwriting. It feels like it is a document. It’s nice to take it in hand. ”

Among the users there were many who started to study calligraphy on their own initiative.

“My handwriting is not very good for me, but when I pick up a pen, I write very beautifully,” Anna admits. – While I draw letter by letter, I completely calm down. For me, doing calligraphy is both creativity and stress prevention. “

But lovers of beautiful, graceful writing found many opponents.

“Why is this exotic in our digital age? Writing now with a steel pen is like making dinner in a Russian oven … ”- Gennady said.

“As a child, I was taught to write with a fountain pen. Until the fourth grade, ballpoint pens were prohibited in our country. Impressions – the most terrible, you will not wish the enemy. They said that the handwriting would then be good. It didn’t work out. I write badly, ”Sergei confesses.

Users regretted that it took so much effort and energy worthy of better use to master the technical side of this letter …

So a colleague recalled that Napoleon wrote so illegibly that his letters were deciphered by a specially trained secretary. And Leo Tolstoy’s manuscripts could only be read by his wife. She also rewrote them cleanly. And this did not prevent the commander and writer from becoming great.

Opponents asked: “Why is the ability to write beautifully now?” “Why do we need a pen now, when there is a“ keyboard ”(a keyboard on a computer. – Auth. ), email and printer? In America, for example, in some states calligraphy is generally transferred to the category of optional subjects. ”

But in Germany, writing with a fountain pen in elementary school is enshrined in federal law. It is believed that the ink in it flows into the writing unit smoothly, children get tired less, write more consciously and concentrated.

To understand what is still very important at an early age, together with the ability to write beautifully, I went to the zemstvo gymnasium, in Balashikha near Moscow.

photos: Svetlana Samodelova

“Learning on the move”

The school is municipal, but very unusual. The idea of ​​a zemstvo school, which previously operated in rural areas in zemstvo provinces, was suggested to the organizers by the writer and public figure Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

– Education with us is carried out in compliance with such principles as nationality and spirituality, – says director Galina Viktorovna Kravchenko. – We put the education and health preservation of students at the forefront.

Schoolchildren master knowledge of special technologies developed by the innovative teacher, Doctor of Medicine Vladimir Bazarny. As a result, students in the process of learning not only preserve, but also strengthen their health.

In this gymnasium, no one will tell the pupils during the lesson: “Don’t turn around!”, “Sit still!”. The Bazarny system is built on emancipation.

– In a regular school, children are forced to sit for hours in one position, bending over a desk. But it has already been proven that when immobilized, the genome does not work, – says the author of the method, academician of the Russian Academy of Creative Pedagogy, head of the research laboratory Vladimir Bazarny.- When sitting for many hours, calcium ions fall into calcium salts, and this is the path to atherosclerosis. Therefore, our lessons are on the move.

Half of the lesson, part of the students are sitting at desks, the other part is behind desks that resemble stands for performances from the stage. Children take off their shoes. They stand in socks on special massage rugs woven from small wooden balls.

After 20 minutes, a bell sounds – a fragment from a classic work – and the students get up to exercise.She’s special. There is a warm-up not only muscular-bodily, but also exercises for the eyes.

The ceilings in the gymnasium classrooms are all lined. Dash-dotted lines show ovals in red and green, squares in yellow and eight in blue. Students follow them – they guide them during the warm-up with their eyes.

The students themselves carry out the exercises. When we dropped by for a German lesson, the student, doing eye coordination exercises, was giving commands to classmates in German.Such is the ophthalmological simulator.

After exercise, those who sat at desks and stood at the desks change places.

“We have learning on the move,” says Marina Anatolyevna Boyarchuk, deputy director for educational work. – There are those who say: “May I not sit down?” And there are children who are slow, they would, of course, like to sit longer. But necessity requires everyone to sit down and stand up. Near the counter, you can change your posture, walk next to it, sit down, massage your legs.With this method, students are not impaired posture and growth is not slowed down.

At the same time, all school furniture is adjusted for the child’s height.

– Did you notice colored stickers on the door at the entrance to the offices? – asks Galina Viktorovna Kravchenko. – These are growth ribbons. The guys stand next to them, measure their height and choose the desk and desk that are marked with the same color.

photos: Svetlana Samodelova

“Balls for rollers”

The second important point is that all gymnasium students write with fountain pens.Pens, of course, are not dipped into inkpots. Schoolchildren have modern pens with a metal nib and replaceable ink cartridges in their arsenal.

Teachers say that the pen needs to be held at a certain angle, in the right position, otherwise the pen will simply not write. And in this way the child’s hand is tamed to the correct position of the hand.

“Fountain pens are very important,” says in turn academician Vladimir Bazarny. – Our inner life is arranged in a rhythmic order. This is the impulse of the brain, and the frequency of respiration, and the beating of the heart … And these rhythms are just responded by refined, calligraphic impulse-pressure writing.

According to the scientist, in the process of writing with a fountain pen, a child gradually develops motor automatism, consistent with the nature of his endogenous biorhythms: alternating efforts – pressures and relaxations – detachments.

– Our brain is the result of improving the functional abilities of the hand and speech muscles. Our fingers for hundreds of thousands of years, like knitting needles, knit an openwork ligature. Only this ligature is our brain neurodynamics.

Vladimir Bazarny suggests using a fountain pen not all school years.According to the scientist, the main thing is to develop rhythm, plasticity of efforts and relaxation. This rhythm is then maintained when using any knob.

But the ballpoint pen, the mass production of which in the Soviet Union began in the fall of 1965 on Swiss equipment, is considered by Bazarny to be an absolute evil for younger schoolchildren.

– Today, cursive writing and speed reading are at the forefront. The child was pulled by the ears for high-speed informatization without taking into account his potential and development. What is a ballpoint pen with its continuous writing? Go to school today, see how the children write with them.They all sit tense and twisted. Feel their abdominal and back muscles. They’re petrified! With continuous writing, with constant muscle tension, the rhythmic basis in the organization of involuntary motor skills is inhibited and destroyed. Hence, modern children have back pain and a bunch of diseases. As soon as ballpoint pens were introduced, many psychologists and psychiatrists began to sound the alarm. The children’s learning and cognitive abilities fell, their psyche and intellect changed. Such is the tragedy at the tip of the pen.

Gymnasium teachers fully support Bazarny.

– With fountain pens, students write more consciously and competently, the pace slows down, there is time to think, – says the teacher of history and social studies Irina Nikolaevna Pavlova. – The frequency of clicks on the pen coincides with the heartbeat. Everything happens harmoniously, inner calmness appears.

I had to observe how children put pressure on a ballpoint pen so much that a trace from it is printed on as many as three or four pages.

– The fountain pen does not involve such efforts, it glides on the paper itself very smoothly.This removes the load from the hand, – says teacher Pavel Nikolaevich Lozbenev.

In a school museum, I myself tried to write with a fountain pen dipping it into an inkwell. At first, she literally scraped metal on paper. Then I intuitively found the desired slope and determined the amount of ink that was required in order not to plant a blot. The pen sliding along the paper itself suggested where to press to get a thicker line, and where to weaken the pressure. As a result, she wrote: “A spring chaise drove into the gates of the hotel of the provincial town …” The hand actually did not strain, each pressure was followed by a light hairline, during which the hand rested.It was difficult to break away from the mesmerizing letter, but the students were waiting for me.

photos: Svetlana Samodelova

“Boys offer a story, girls – a description”

Another feature of the gymnasium is separate classes for boys and girls.

According to Bazarny, girls, at the beginning of their education, are spiritually and physically ahead of boys by 2-3 years in their development. They cannot be mixed in classes by calendar age.

– According to studies, if boys find themselves surrounded by stronger girls, then some boys develop female character traits: diligence, obedience, perseverance, the desire to serve, to please, the absence of protest attitudes.Other boys develop a neurotic loser complex, – says academician Vladimir Bazarny. – The most self-destructive experience for boys is being weaker than girls.

Therefore, it is better for them to study separately.

“We have been working on this program for 15 years,” says the director of the gymnasium, Galina Viktorovna Kravchenko. – The content of education is the same, but the requirements are different. As for the boys, we take into account that they follow instructions, do not like repetitions, long explanations.They are impressed by the change of events, all kinds of competitions, they like to look for new ways on their own, to be pioneers. It’s different for girls. They need to explain the topic in detail, give examples and only then offer to solve the problem. Or, for example, in literature, boys usually offer a plot, and girls, a description.

Separate-parallel education was supported with great enthusiasm by Princess Olga Nikolaevna Kulikovskaya-Romanova (widow of Tikhon Kulikovsky-Romanov, the nephew of Nicholas II), who visited the gymnasium.

Teachers believe that children develop better in separate classes. This is especially true for boys who adopt a masculine model of behavior.

– Girls in the lower grades develop faster, but the boys then “shoot”, – says the teacher Pavel Nikolaevich Lozbenev.

– I teach classes for boys and girls. They really grow up in different ways, and we build lessons in different ways, – supports her colleague, history teacher Tatyana Alekseevna Nazmieva.

Deputy director for educational work Marina Anatolyevna Boyarchuk admits that she loves to work more in the boys’ class

– Guys, it seems to me, are more sincere, compassionate, active, open. They are very reliable, principled, independent, truthful, – says Marina Anatolyevna. – For middle-aged and older girls, it often happens that they think one thing, say another, but act in a completely different way.

Teachers say that they even try to select literature for extracurricular reading taking into account the gender characteristics of children.

– For boys we recommend works where there are examples of honor, conscience, nobility, fortitude, courage, – says Marina Anatolyevna. – For girls, we select books where there are examples of purity, girlish modesty, hard work, female fidelity. When we have joint events, and these are holidays, evenings, performances, trips, we all reasonably combine it.

– And I like girls’ classes more, – says teacher Elena Andreevna Kharlamova. – Girls are an incomprehensible world of feminine logic and intuition.It is very interesting for me to watch how they grow up and prettier, how their accents change.

The teacher of history and social studies Irina Nikolaevna Pavlova also shares her observations:

– Boys grasp ideas faster, are good at analyzing and comparing. Discipline in boys’ class is always easier. For girls, the lesson is more measured, with them you have to be distracted. They may be offended, and I have to calm them down. The boys joked at each other, laughed, immediately forgot, and began to work further.

English teacher Maria Evgenievna Zhuravleva continues the discussion:

– Boys are really good at competing with each other. They all want to be leaders, unlike girls. Girls are harder to work with. For example, if one of them does not know the answer to a question, everyone is silent. Girls are afraid to make mistakes, they react very emotionally and sharply to failure.

By the way, the Council of Fathers plays a special role in the life of the gymnasium. And the meetings in the classrooms are held by the parents themselves.As the menu says in the dining room, which is called the refectory in the gymnasium. Children have the opportunity to choose their own dish in advance.

The health of the gymnasium students is scrupulously monitored. Pupils regularly undergo express diagnostics. The gymnasium is supervised by the Research Institute of Hygiene for Children and Adolescents.

“Our children get sick four times less often,” says Vladimir Bazarny. – They grow faster. By the final grade, the average height of guys is 182 centimeters. They do not have scoliosis, their vision is preserved and even improves.

Over a thousand schools and kindergartens operate in Bazarnoye in Russia and neighboring countries, in the Komi Republic alone there are 490 educational institutions. Now the method is being actively introduced into schools in Azerbaijan. While in Moscow only one school №760 named after Maresyev operates on the health-saving technologies of Bazarny.

Watercolor Calligraphy – Simple Technique

Highlight written words with skillful use of watercolor and calligraphy.The watercolor technique shared by Lindsay Bugby has been found to be a step-by-step calligraphy guide for beginners. Thanks to Lindsey for sharing this technique online! Here’s an overview of this method so you can learn as quickly as possible.

Materials used:

  • Pen holder for straight fine calligraphy pen or Rodger’s Pen Box tilted calligraphy holder.
  • Nikko G pointed flexible calligraphy nib or Brause 66 extra fine nib
  • Small Round Brush (Size 0)
  • Long needle syringe or fine pipette
  • Water container
  • Fabric
  • Strathmore Watercolor paper, 11×15, 140lb

Paints:

  • Greenleaf & Blueberry Watercolors: Mayan Green
  • Mayan Red
  • Yellow Ocher (or Orange)
  • Mayan Yellow

STEP 1

When applying this technique to text in one color, Lindsay says, first fill a syringe or pipette with a little water from a container and add 2-3 drops of water in Mayan Green (or turquoise), note at the same time, attention to the fact that this is not a professional paint scale; the student scale is fine too).Squeeze out the excess water from the syringe back into the container, wait a few seconds for the water to absorb into the paint. Use a small brush to mix the paint with water until smooth. What are the benefits? Don’t do this on a work surface (unlike the photo). Spilled ink can stain clean paper. Instead, use a towel or any other surface away from the worksheet.

STEP 2

Using a brush, Lindsay draws watercolor paint onto the tip of a calligraphy pen and using the very edge of the pen.The ink should reach to the hole in the middle, then carefully check that the ink does not drip if the nib is in an upright position. If you think it will drip, hold the pen over the container or briskly shake off the paint to get rid of excess paint. If there is a lot of extra paint, then large blots form on the paper. Unlike the photo above, we recommend adding paint over the extra sheet. This way you won’t spill paint on the canvas.

STEP 3

Start writing the desired words with the pen in the same way as if you were writing with regular ink.Those with a straight calligraphy pen might try to depict Amy’s style of calligraphy, which achieves the desired style with a calligraphic pen. If the pen runs out of ink before you finish writing, fill it in again in the same way as described in step 2.

STEP 4

To achieve the effect of a rainbow color (i.e. gradient) of 2-3 colors, first wash off all the paint from the pen with water, then dry it with a cloth. The brush should also be rinsed.To depict a sunset theme, you need to start with Yellow Ocher (or orange), following the same process as described earlier for a single color. Important to remember: rinse your brush after every color change!

STEP 5

Write the first 1 or 2 letters of your word, then add some Mayan Red underneath the Yellow Ocher (i.e. on the side, closer to the nib opening), repeating the entire process described in the first and second steps. The gravity will help push the red downward so that the red naturally blends with the Yellow Ocher.It is recommended that you experiment with different colors before deciding on the final color scheme, or use the color scheme beforehand in order to achieve consistency in the final version. Avoid conflicting colors! This will ruin the whole effect!

STEP 6

To add a third color, type Mayan Yellow on the nib and continue writing using the same method. To add a pure yellow color, rinse the pen in water and dry it with a cloth before adding the yellow paint, and again make sure the brush is perfectly clean and ready to mix the water with the paint and to draw the paint into the nib.

STEP 7

To add a pure yellow color, rinse the pen in water and dry it with a cloth before adding yellow paint, and again make sure the brush is perfectly clean and ready to mix water with paint and to draw paint into the nib.

STEP 8

If you are using an inclined nib, the paints must be mixed in the same way. If you are using an extra fine nib, it will need to be refilled more often as it may not contain enough ink.

STEP 9

If ink does not run out of the nib, dip it in water to allow the ink to flow. Keep refilling the pen with paint and writing until you have finished all the text.

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90,000 Writing with a pen in the age of computers: a unique experiment was performed in Russia

The 1964 First Grade Exemplary Notebook caused a flurry of reviews on the Internet. Users were divided into two camps.

Some regretted that calligraphy was undeservedly forgotten, that along with it the writing culture left schools.

“Recently at the post office I was filling out a form for a parcel, the receptionist said:“ What a clear, beautiful handwriting. Nowadays, rarely does anyone write like that. And I am from that still Soviet school, where a large number of hours were allocated for calligraphy, – says Lyudmila Vasilievna. – This is the good thing that we inherited from tsarist Russia. The copybooks were our reference book. Forcing us to draw out the same hooks and eyes a hundred times with the pen, we developed perseverance and concentration.I am 74 years old, and no matter how fast I am, I always write clearly and evenly. I can’t do it any other way, they taught me that. ”

“Yesterday I reread my grandfather’s letters to my grandmother, and my father’s notes that he wrote to my mother in the hospital. In the era of ink pens, it seems everyone had great handwriting. In handwritten texts, the emotions experienced by loved ones are better felt, ”says Ivan.

Many in the tape agreed that calligraphy is also an introduction to beauty. “Now this ‘bourgeois discipline’ has disappeared from the school curriculum.What is the result? My daughter is a teacher of Russian language and literature. Checking notebooks at home, sometimes he shows me the compositions of his students. The two of us cannot make out the children’s handwriting. I think that slanting, illegible writing is somewhat disrespectful to the teacher. Calligraphy once “disciplined” the hand and the students in general, ”says Nina Georgievna.

The interlocutors in the feed complained that calligraphy can now be found only on logos, printed postcards and in inscriptions on monuments in the cemetery …

“In the passport on the marriage registration stamp, the registry office employee entered his wife’s surname in a careless handwriting, besides with a ballpoint pen,” Evgeny is indignant.- I began to sort through the documents. Here in the birth certificate, all the information is written in beautiful calligraphic handwriting. It feels like it is a document. It’s nice to take it in hand. ”

Among the users there were many who started to study calligraphy on their own initiative.

“My handwriting is not very good for me, but when I pick up a pen, I write very beautifully,” Anna admits. – While I draw letter by letter, I completely calm down. For me, doing calligraphy is both creativity and stress prevention. “

But lovers of beautiful, graceful writing found many opponents.

“Why is this exotic in our digital age? Writing now with a steel pen is like making dinner in a Russian oven … ”- Gennady said.

“As a child, I was taught to write with a fountain pen. Until the fourth grade, ballpoint pens were prohibited in our country. Impressions – the most terrible, you will not wish the enemy. They said that the handwriting would then be good. It didn’t work out. I write badly, ”Sergei confesses.

Users regretted that it took so much effort and energy worthy of better use to master the technical side of this letter …

So a colleague recalled that Napoleon wrote so illegibly that his letters were deciphered by a specially trained secretary. And Leo Tolstoy’s manuscripts could only be read by his wife. She also rewrote them cleanly. And this did not prevent the commander and writer from becoming great.

Opponents asked: “Why is the ability to write beautifully now?” “Why do we need a pen now, when there is a“ keyboard ”(a keyboard on a computer. – Auth. ), email and printer? In America, for example, in some states calligraphy is generally transferred to the category of optional subjects. ”

But in Germany, writing with a fountain pen in elementary school is enshrined in federal law. It is believed that the ink in it flows into the writing unit smoothly, children get tired less, write more consciously and concentrated.

To understand what is still very important at an early age, together with the ability to write beautifully, I went to the zemstvo gymnasium, in Balashikha near Moscow.

Photo: Svetlana Samodelova

“Learning on the move”

The school is municipal, but very unusual. The idea of ​​a zemstvo school, which previously operated in rural areas in zemstvo provinces, was suggested to the organizers by the writer and public figure Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

– Education with us is carried out in compliance with such principles as nationality and spirituality, – says director Galina Viktorovna Kravchenko.- We put the education and health preservation of students at the forefront.

Schoolchildren master knowledge of special technologies developed by the innovative teacher, Doctor of Medicine Vladimir Bazarny. As a result, students in the process of learning not only preserve, but also strengthen their health.

In this gymnasium, no one will tell the pupils during the lesson: “Don’t turn around!”, “Sit still!”. The Bazarny system is built on emancipation.

– In a regular school, children are forced to sit for hours in one position, bending over a desk.But it has already been proven that when immobilized, the genome does not work, – says the author of the method, academician of the Russian Academy of Creative Pedagogy, head of the research laboratory Vladimir Bazarny. – When sitting for many hours, calcium ions fall into calcium salts, and this is the path to atherosclerosis. Therefore, our lessons are on the move.

Half of the lesson, part of the students are sitting at desks, the other part is behind desks that resemble stands for performances from the stage. Children take off their shoes.They stand in socks on special massage rugs woven from small wooden balls.

After 20 minutes, a bell sounds – a fragment from a classic work – and the students get up to exercise. She’s special. There is a warm-up not only muscular-bodily, but also exercises for the eyes.

The ceilings in the gymnasium classrooms are all lined. Dash-dotted lines show ovals in red and green, squares in yellow and eight in blue. Students follow them – they guide them during the warm-up with their eyes.

The students themselves carry out the exercises. When we dropped by for a German lesson, the student, doing eye coordination exercises, was giving commands to classmates in German. Such is the ophthalmological simulator.

After exercise, those who sat at desks and stood at the desks change places.

“We have learning on the move,” says Marina Anatolyevna Boyarchuk, deputy director for educational work. – There are those who say: “May I not sit down?” And there are children who are slow, they would, of course, like to sit longer.But necessity requires everyone to sit down and stand up. Near the counter, you can change your posture, walk next to it, sit down, massage your legs. With this method, students are not impaired posture and growth is not slowed down.

At the same time, all school furniture is adjusted for the child’s height.

– Did you notice colored stickers on the door at the entrance to the offices? – asks Galina Viktorovna Kravchenko. – These are growth ribbons. The guys stand next to them, measure their height and choose the desk and desk that are marked with the same color.

Photo: Svetlana Samodelova

“Balls for rollers”

The second important point is that all gymnasium students write with fountain pens. Pens, of course, are not dipped into inkpots. Schoolchildren have modern pens with a metal nib and replaceable ink cartridges in their arsenal.

Teachers say that the pen needs to be held at a certain angle, in the right position, otherwise the pen will simply not write.And in this way the child’s hand is tamed to the correct position of the hand.

“Fountain pens are very important,” says in turn academician Vladimir Bazarny. – Our inner life is arranged in a rhythmic order. This is the impulse of the brain, and the frequency of respiration, and the beating of the heart … And these rhythms are just responded by refined, calligraphic impulse-pressure writing.

According to the scientist, in the process of writing with a fountain pen, a child gradually develops motor automatism, consistent with the nature of his endogenous biorhythms: alternating efforts – pressures and relaxations – detachments.

– Our brain is the result of improving the functional abilities of the hand and speech muscles. Our fingers for hundreds of thousands of years, like knitting needles, knit an openwork ligature. Only this ligature is our brain neurodynamics.

Vladimir Bazarny suggests using a fountain pen not all school years. According to the scientist, the main thing is to develop rhythm, plasticity of efforts and relaxation. This rhythm is then maintained when using any knob.

But the ballpoint pen, the mass production of which in the Soviet Union began in the fall of 1965 on Swiss equipment, is considered by Bazarny to be an absolute evil for younger schoolchildren.

– Today, cursive writing and speed reading are at the forefront. The child was pulled by the ears for high-speed informatization without taking into account his potential and development. What is a ballpoint pen with its continuous writing? Go to school today, see how the children write with them. They all sit tense and twisted. Feel their abdominal and back muscles. They’re petrified! With continuous writing, with constant muscle tension, the rhythmic basis in the organization of involuntary motor skills is inhibited and destroyed.Hence, modern children have back pain and a bunch of diseases. As soon as ballpoint pens were introduced, many psychologists and psychiatrists began to sound the alarm. The children’s learning and cognitive abilities fell, their psyche and intellect changed. Such is the tragedy at the tip of the pen.

Gymnasium teachers fully support Bazarny.

– With fountain pens, students write more consciously and competently, the pace slows down, there is time to think, – says the teacher of history and social studies Irina Nikolaevna Pavlova.- The frequency of clicks on the pen coincides with the heartbeat. Everything happens harmoniously, inner calmness appears.

I had to observe how children put pressure on a ballpoint pen so much that a trace from it is printed on as many as three or four pages.

– The fountain pen does not involve such efforts, it glides on the paper itself very smoothly. This removes the load from the hand, – says teacher Pavel Nikolaevich Lozbenev.

In a school museum, I myself tried to write with a fountain pen dipping it into an inkwell.At first, she literally scraped metal on paper. Then I intuitively found the desired slope and determined the amount of ink that was required in order not to plant a blot. The pen sliding along the paper itself suggested where to press to get a thicker line, and where to weaken the pressure. As a result, she wrote: “A spring chaise drove into the gates of the hotel of the provincial town …” The hand actually did not strain, each pressure was followed by a light hairline, during which the hand rested.It was difficult to break away from the mesmerizing letter, but the students were waiting for me.

Photo: Svetlana Samodelova

“Boys offer a story, girls – a description”

Another feature of the gymnasium is separate classes for boys and girls.

According to Bazarny, girls, at the beginning of their education, are spiritually and physically ahead of boys by 2-3 years in their development. They cannot be mixed in classes by calendar age.

– According to studies, if boys find themselves surrounded by stronger girls, then some boys develop female character traits: diligence, obedience, perseverance, the desire to serve, to please, the absence of protest attitudes. Other boys develop a neurotic loser complex, – says academician Vladimir Bazarny. – The most self-destructive experience for boys is being weaker than girls.

Therefore, it is better for them to study separately.

“We have been working on this program for 15 years,” says the director of the gymnasium, Galina Viktorovna Kravchenko. – The content of education is the same, but the requirements are different. As for the boys, we take into account that they follow instructions, do not like repetitions, long explanations. They are impressed by the change of events, all kinds of competitions, they like to look for new ways on their own, to be pioneers. It’s different for girls. They need to explain the topic in detail, give examples and only then offer to solve the problem.Or, for example, in literature, boys usually offer a plot, and girls, a description.

Separate-parallel education was supported with great enthusiasm by Princess Olga Nikolaevna Kulikovskaya-Romanova (widow of Tikhon Kulikovsky-Romanov, the nephew of Nicholas II), who visited the gymnasium.

Teachers believe that children develop better in separate classes. This is especially true for boys who adopt a masculine model of behavior.

– Girls in the lower grades develop faster, but the boys then “shoot”, – says the teacher Pavel Nikolaevich Lozbenev.

– I teach classes for boys and girls. They really grow up in different ways, and we build lessons in different ways, – supports her colleague, history teacher Tatyana Alekseevna Nazmieva.

Deputy director for educational work Marina Anatolyevna Boyarchuk admits that she loves to work more in the boys’ class

– Guys, it seems to me, are more sincere, compassionate, active, open. They are very reliable, principled, independent, truthful, – says Marina Anatolyevna.- For middle-aged and older girls, it often happens that they think one thing, say another, but act in a completely different way.

Teachers say that they even try to select literature for extracurricular reading taking into account the gender characteristics of children.

– For boys we recommend works where there are examples of honor, conscience, nobility, fortitude, courage, – says Marina Anatolyevna. – For girls, we select books where there are examples of purity, girlish modesty, hard work, female fidelity.When we have joint events, and these are holidays, evenings, performances, trips, we all reasonably combine it.

– And I like girls’ classes more, – says teacher Elena Andreevna Kharlamova. – Girls are an incomprehensible world of feminine logic and intuition. It is very interesting for me to watch how they grow up and prettier, how their accents change.

The teacher of history and social studies Irina Nikolaevna Pavlova also shares her observations:

– Boys grasp ideas faster, are good at analyzing and comparing.Discipline in boys’ class is always easier. For girls, the lesson is more measured, with them you have to be distracted. They may be offended, and I have to calm them down. The boys joked at each other, laughed, immediately forgot, and began to work further.

English teacher Maria Evgenievna Zhuravleva continues the discussion:

– Boys are really good at competing with each other. They all want to be leaders, unlike girls. Girls are harder to work with.For example, if one of them does not know the answer to a question, everyone is silent. Girls are afraid to make mistakes, they react very emotionally and sharply to failure.

By the way, the Council of Fathers plays a special role in the life of the gymnasium. And the meetings in the classrooms are held by the parents themselves. As the menu says in the dining room, which is called the refectory in the gymnasium. Children have the opportunity to choose their own dish in advance.

The health of the gymnasium students is scrupulously monitored. Pupils regularly undergo express diagnostics.The gymnasium is supervised by the Research Institute of Hygiene for Children and Adolescents.

“Our children get sick four times less often,” says Vladimir Bazarny. – They grow faster. By the final grade, the average height of guys is 182 centimeters. They do not have scoliosis, their vision is preserved and even improves.

Over a thousand schools and kindergartens operate in Bazarnoye in Russia and neighboring countries, in the Komi Republic alone there are 490 educational institutions. Now the method is being actively introduced into schools in Azerbaijan.While in Moscow only one school №760 named after Maresyev operates on the health-saving technologies of Bazarny.

90,000 I want to do calligraphy. Where to begin? | by Kate Shash

As part of the Ladies, Wine & Design, Moscow project, we spoke with Elena Anfimova, a calligrapher with 15 years of experience and a teacher at La Graphos studio. You can listen to the first episode of our podcast at the link at the end of the article, but now let’s talk about the steps you need to go through to become a pen and ink master.

1. What do you want from calligraphy ?

Let’s say you have some free time and like calligraphy. Great, what do you want: just write beautifully or, after watching cool works on Instagram, you decide that calligraphy is “an easy, not burdensome kind of big money”? If your task is to become a professional calligrapher, then I will immediately disappoint you, eight lessons are not enough. It takes a year or two of daily practice: sitting, writing, and placing your hand.Teaching calligraphy will take a long way to go. It takes several more years of study to learn fonts, techniques, tools, and understand: can you write something in your style or will you copy your teacher?

2. Where to start: theory or practice?

You make a strong-willed decision to engage in calligraphy professionally, and immediately new questions arise: to run for special literature or download a copybook and immediately take up the pen? The best option is an atmosphere of live writing with a good experienced teacher.In the process of such training, the teacher will teach what is difficult to convey during online courses: how to sit and hold the instrument correctly so that your back and arms do not hurt, how to move and how to breathe while writing. The calligraphy course includes both practice and theory: together they will help outline the path for further development. After this experience, you will gain the basic knowledge and can continue to practice at home in copybooks and on-line courses.

3. What style to start with?

The foundation of any knowledge is a solid foundation.The foundation of calligraphy is Cooperplate (sharp nib) or Italic (flat nib). Having got your hands on the classics, you can, for example, go from Cooperplate to Spencerian, and from there to Modern, which is very popular at weddings. From Italic you will go to gothic or ligature. But in order to learn how to write beautifully with any tools – rolling, brush, brush pen – you must first of all learn to write correctly, and you cannot do without knowledge of the classics. Create a solid foundation, and then you can hang any facade on it and decorate it as you like.

Gottfried Pott

4. How to get out of the classics to a new level?

Open Instagram and absorb. I liked the work of some master – try to copy it! First, by studying the work of other calligraphers, you will be able to understand what you would like to see in your own. Secondly, by copying someone else’s work, you change your writing technique. Think about how or what the author did this work, what was he guided by. If you do not understand how or what it is written – do not be shy, write to the author, ask.You will either be answered or not. In the first case, you will add to your knowledge. You can go even further and ask to rate your calligraphy. And it is better to subscribe to a paid patreon for $ 10 and send your work to the masters for analysis. Remember, the learning process is non-stop.

Lena Anfimova’s work

5. Where and how to make money with calligraphy?

Of course, before entering the market, you need to create a portfolio. And in order to make your portfolio noticeable, remember: calligraphy does not end on paper, it can be transferred to any medium, makes the thing purely individual.

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