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How To: Nib & Ink Calligraphy | Easy & Inexpensive

How To: Nib & Ink Calligraphy | Easy & Inexpensive

Hello! Welcome to my channel if you’re new here.
Welcome back if you’re not. Happy Easter for those of you watching this when it goes
up on Sunday. This week I decided that I wanted to make somewhat of a
continuation of a video that I made a couple years ago. Almost two years ago, I
made a video showing you guys how to do calligraphy with Crayola markers, and
when I uploaded that video, I got a ton of requests asking me if I could do a
video showing you how to do nib and ink calligraphy, which at the time that I
uploaded that video, I had never even tried that before, and I obviously did
not want to upload a tutorial showing you how to do something when I had no
idea how to do it either. So, after two years of practicing nib and
ink calligraphy, here we are. This type of calligraphy is probably
some of my favorite calligraphy to do. Once you get it down, it’s incredibly
simple and honestly the concept of it is really simple anyway if you can
get two basic things down. This is exactly what I talked about in my last
calligraphy video: just the two main types of strokes that you need to get
down, and then you’ll be able to do this flawlessly. So the two main components of
anything calligraphy is that whenever you do a stroke up, so whenever you’re
drawing up, it’s a very thin line that you don’t want to put a lot of pressure
onto, and then when you go back down, you put more pressure on the pen to release
more ink to make the line thicker, and that’s how you get calligraphy lettering.
It’s just making sure on your up strokes, it’s a thin line, and then on your down
strokes, you put more pressure on the pen to create thicker lines.
That’s really all calligraphy is. If you can remember those two things while
you’re doing your calligraphy and while you’re practicing, you’re good to go. A
great exercise that I like to do to help get the pattern and the feel of the
strokes down is just to make little bitty hills using that technique: thin up,
thick down, thin up, thick down, thin up, thick down. If you keep practicing that
and you finally get the feel down of how it should feel when
releasing pressure and then adding more pressure, then you can go on into
starting to incorporate that into making letters. Some people like to add a lot of
flourishes to their letters to make it look really really fancy like they’re
designing a wedding invitation or something. I like a more simplistic look
to it, almost kind of a mixture of cursive and just print lettering,
depending on what the letter is. So my calligraphy is a little bit quirkier and
a little bit more simple. That’s just my preference. I’m sure you can find plenty
of people on Instagram – I’ll link some people below on Instagram that
have really cool – lots of flourishes, lots of really fancy lettering, but if
you like my style of lettering, I’ll have my calligraphy Instagram linked below
that you can follow for updates, and videos, and more mini tutorials on all
things calligraphy. The tools that I use for this – I will have everything that I’m
using in this video linked below. I can’t remember the exact model off the top of
my head of the nib, the pen, and the ink that I use. I know that all three of them
are Speedball brand, which is great if you’re just starting out. They’re super
inexpensive, you can get them at Hobby Lobby, and if you buy in store or online,
there’s a 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby that you can use, which will save you
some money. I did get all of my supplies at Hobby Lobby. And for the
paper, I just use regular heavy drawing paper, that way the ink doesn’t
bleed through, and you still get the ink flow that you need. Some paper is
too thin and it bleeds and it just it doesn’t look good. As far as using the
nib, whenever you go to dip it in the ink don’t completely drown it in the ink. You
want to fill it up – at least fill up the well. The well is where
it starts to come to a point after it’s rounded off. You want to fill that up so
that way you can get as much ink flow as possible whenever you write that way you
won’t have to continually dip into the ink. It also
helps after you dip if you kind of tap the excess off of the very tip of the
pen, that way you don’t get a really big pool of ink when you first touch down.
And then you can start writing. Just remember the thin up + thick down trick,
and you’re really good to go. It took me a little while to get the feel down.
It’s a lot different than a brush pen or a marker because you’re taking metal and
scratching paper with it. When I very first started with this kind of modern
calligraphy, I took the heavy drawing paper and I
just wrote (A)s all in a line, B(s) all in a line, (C)s all in line, all throughout
the entire alphabet on about four pages, and then started practicing
making words and connecting letters that way. It’s all personal preference – however
you want to practice. I’m a very visual learner, so if I just watch somebody else
do it, I can kind of pick it up a little bit easier, and try it myself. And really
all of this was just trial and error. A lot of my art is trial and error. I just
practice until I think it looks good and practice until I’m happy with it, and
that’s exactly how I’ve learned. And that’s pretty much it. Again, I will have
people that I’ve learned from on Instagram as well as my Instagrams linked
down below. There’s a lot of things in the description for you to check out. If
you want to sign it for my email list, and all of that good stuff. I have a new
blog post up, so yeah. That’s pretty much it for this video. I hope you guys
enjoyed it. If there are any other calligraphy videos that you want me to
do, any other tutorials that you want me to do, any more paint with me type things
that you want me to do, just let me know in the comments and
I will do my best to make those, and yeah. I will see you guys next week with a new
video! Bye!

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