Calligraphy for Beginners: Using a Pointed Pen Have you ever wished you could make beautiful calligraphy like you see on social media? These pointed pen calligraphy basics will point you in the right direction. To make pointed pen calligraphy you will need: a nib a nib holder fountain pen friendly paper and bottled ink. You will also need a cup of water and a non-linty towel to clean your nib as you work. New nibs come with a coating of oil. Remove it with rubbing alcohol toothpaste and soft toothbrush or a flame. The end of the nib holder has one or two circular slots in it. To install a nib hold it near the base to avoid bending the tip. Push the nib gently but firmly into the outer slot. Thin upstrokes and thick downstrokes are the building blocks of calligraphy. Practice with loops, hooks, arcs, and ovals. Concentrate on keeping your strokes consistent Use these basic strokes to build letters. Imitate scripts you admire. Use printable practice sheets for guidance. You can change how your calligraphy looks by altering its angle the width of your strokes spacing or using a staggered baseline. Add flourishes to your calligraphy for extra pizzazz. Learning a traditional script like Copperplate or Spencerian will challenge and improve your calligraphy skills. If your letters aren’t quite right try faux calligraphy or write your text lightly in pencil and trace over it with ink. Rotate your paper and try an oblique nib holder to keep your letters angled correctly. If your hand is shaky or tired you may be holding the pen too tightly. Shake your hands out and only move your arm when writing not your wrist. Clean your nib if you’re having trouble with ink flow. Remove dried ink with pen cleaner and a toothbrush. To switch up your calligraphy try more flexible nibs or different ink colors. Turn your writing into amazing art with pointed pen calligraphy. Check out our blog for recommendations and more detailed instructions.