Nibs, Paper and Ink
There is a steep learning curve when it comes to calligraphy, and everything effects each other! It can be so frustrating, and at least for me, it takes a couple years to really feel like you have a solid foundation established. I'm totally still building my foundation but these are some things I've learned along the way! A nib that fits your style, quality paper and good ink are the essential building blocks for your calligraphy journey! This post contains affiliate links.
The Zebra G is a work-horse nib. It's good all around. Works well when writing small and large. It's great for beginners because it's pretty stiff, so it can handle the heavy hand. They also have an ink-cage version of this nib - less dipping!
This fun little graphic was made with this Zebra G.
This one's my baby! It has less of a pointed tip so it doesn't snag as easily, straighter hairlines and makes squaring off your ends easier. It's also awesome for bigger lettering which is great for names on large envelopes.
This shows the squaring off better than the super quick example up top.
This little guy is super flexy! I love that about it, it makes for dynamic lettering - thicker down strokes and really thin hairlines. You need a much steadier hand and it's harder to square off the ends. But, it's excellent for modern calligraphy!
Baby thin hairlines!
Blank Rhodia Pad
I love using this pad on work that I'll be scanning and making digital. It does snag sometimes on my 'sharper' nibs, but is a total dream with my Brause Steno!
Muji Dotted Notebook
This is great for travel and practice! I love the dot grid to help with consistency and even line heights and the thick notebook cover keeps it from bending.
Canson Vidalon Vellum
If you haven't taken your nib to some quality vellum then you are missing out! It's like writing with butter, it just glides on, no snagging! And is awesome for scanning as well!
What are you favorite nibs, paper and inks?
Leave a comment listing your favorites and why and I'll compile them into another favorite tools post!