My friend and teaching mentor Terry, the one who helped me with the kitchen back splash, was so particular about her pens that she would write her name on a piece of paper and tape it to her pens.
At first I thought that she was crazy but the more I taught I discovered she was brilliant. Students have a way with using a pen and forgetting to give it back. When one of her pens would somehow make it to my classroom, I was able to happily return it to the rightful owner.
When you find a great pen, it is worth holding on to and sharing why you love it with others.
That is how I feel about calligraphy pens.
I have always loved to write in calligraphy. I can barely pass up a calligraphy kit at a craft store. I normally have a few different colors of calligraphy pens with different size tips or nibs on hand for special events that call for pretty handwriting. I even have one in my day planner to write special reminders.
I write in calligraphy for name cards, signs for food at parties, Christmas card envelops, special documents, place card settings, and gift tags. In my opinion, calligraphy, whether you hand-write it or use it as a font on your computer, makes the text elegant.
There have been occasions when I have been hired to write in calligraphy for special documents, wedding invitations, and party announcements. In college, I would address envelops for brides as a wedding gift.
For the holiday season, I thought I’d pass along some nuggets of information that I have learned about writing in calligraphy. I hope that it inspires you to try your hand at this beautiful style of writing.
You can’t get the “look” of calligraphy without the proper pens. There are two ways to write in calligraphy.
First: The traditional pen works with an ink tube that you insert into the tip or nib. You can get this type of pen in a kit which will give you several different colors of ink and tip sizes.
I like the kits because they normally come with an instruction booklet which details how to use the pens. The booklet also gives great tips on how to slant the pen and several different styles of calligraphy fonts.
The down side to using this type of calligraphy pen is that it can get ink on your fingers and paper as you can see in my picture. There is a learning curve to using this type of pen but the results are beautiful. This was how I first got started.
I have selected a few of my favorites in an Amazon affiliate link below for you to browse. You can also shop at your local craft store for a variety of calligraphy books and kits.
Second: If you want to skip the writing lesson and just have a unique look to your own handwriting, then use a calligraphy pen that has a chisel tip without messing with ink tubes. There are a variety of sizes and colors available.
I have a few pens that I purchased that have two different sized tips at either end. This is useful for using the larger tip to write in upper case and the smaller tip to write in lower case.
Sharpie Permanent Markers came out with a marker line that has a chisel tip. The chisel tip, which looks like a 45 degree angle, is what gives your writing the calligraphy look. I love the permanent markers for posters or larger prints.
There really isn’t a downside to using this pen. This pen doesn’t bleed ink on you or your paper making it the perfect pen to keep near your letter-writing supplies.
There are accessories to writing with calligraphy pens such as lined paper for practice and a calligraphy ruler to help you write even-sized letters and straight lines.
I used this article to help me get a jump start with my Thanksgiving place cards. I wrote each guests name in calligraphy to help welcome them and add a personal touch to the table setting. If writing isn’t your thing, try using a calligraphy font for your next letter or place card.
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