Keen on creating elegantly written fancy letterings and sophisticated strokes of swirling scripts? Although it’s true that a pen and paper are the only things you need to magically transform seemingly mundane writings into exquisite works of art, with the right tools and constant practice, you can also be transformed from a beginner to a calligraphy pro.
However, with all the brand options and the wide array of calligraphy tools you can find in the market, finding the right pen and paper is not that easy after all, is it? We know it can be overwhelming, especially if you’re just starting with the hobby but fear not, because here’s a list of the most essential tools you gotta have plus some recommendations, too. Browse on the list and make sure to make a mental note of the items for your next trip to arts and crafts shops.
If you’re doing calligraphy for the very first time, you can literally use any pen-- or pencil -- you are comfortable using. There are calligraphy worksheets online that have ‘faux calligraphy’ pages that you can start practicing with. These pages are calligraphy practice sheets in which you can use any pen when you’re working with them. Using a pen that you’re familiar with helps improve muscle memory that will be helpful when you start using actual fountain pens or calligraphy pens.
Once you think you are ready with using specialized pens for your calligraphy practice, you can buy fountain pens online. We suggest you try these fountain pens for starters:
When choosing a fountain pen, choose a nib that has good flexibility so that all the dramatic lines and strokes that you're trying to achieve will all be attainable.
While choosing between a straight or an oblique pen holder relies largely on preference, choosing one over the other still gives you an advantage over the other in terms of script types you’d want to focus on. If you’re into steep angles like that ofspencerian or copperplate hands it’s best to write with an oblique pen holder. Oblique holders are also easier to use than straight pen holders making it more suitable for beginners.
If you’re a beginner (which you are because you’re here reading this), choose an ink that flows nicely from pen to paper and has no break ins so you can enjoy a smooth writing experience. The ink you’re buying should also be quick to dry so you can avoid smudges or smears. We recommend:
The paper you’re going to use as a beginner calligrapher can make or break your art so make sure you choose super smooth papers. There are a lot in the market for you to try on but you can start with laserjet papers of brands like HP. They’re cheaper than any specialty paper (but no good, either) plus they’re really of good quality!
It’s not an issue which popular calligrapher’s worksheets you want to try - it’s all about your enthusiasm to learn! Try to get the ropes and use faux calligraphy worksheets first and work your way up in terms of difficulty and style.