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Written Wednesdays - Getting Started

 
WEEK ONE- What you will need

WEEK ONE- What you will need


If you’re a regular follower of my social media accounts, you will be aware that I have decided to post weekly updates every Wednesday on how to master the art of Modern Calligraphy.
Welcome to ‘Written Wednesdays.’
I often get a lot of questions asking for tips on how to get started and whether I do calligraphy classes (maybe one day..) so, I thought it would be a good idea to run through everything you may need in order to gain some confidence in script writing and eventually developing your own quirky style.

After each ‘Written Wednesday’ update, I will be writing up a blog post (like this one) which will provide more information and guidance with each step. Over the next few weeks, we will be going through the basics of mark making, the alphabet, different techniques and styles and eventually scripting words and including fancy, swirly flourishes. I’m here to give each and every one of you the support you may need, so please feel free to drop me a message and please let me see your progress by either sending me clips, pictures or tagging me in your work. It’s true when they say that practice makes perfect- so, lets start this little swirly journey of modern calligraphy together!


Before we get stuck in, I advise you all to get on Amazon and buy the following few bits of kit (I can assure you that everything is affordable and of good quality- there’s no need to splash the cash) -

- NIKKO G NIB
Ideal to learn with and creates beautifully thin hairline strokes

- PENHOLDER
Down to personal preference on whether you want an oblique pen holder or a straight penholder. I would advise an left handers to use a straight penholder however, just because it will definitely be more comfortable for you

- INK
I’m going to be using both BLACK Higgins External Ink and Windsor & Newton Ink in my tutorials but either are fine to use and are easy to work with

- PAPER
Any high quality cartridge paper should be okay for this but I would advise you to purchase a RHODIA DOT PAD which is the perfect texture and provides a guideline of dots to work with.

- A POT FOR WATER
- A RAG FOR WIPING THE NIB


Once you’re comfortable with the basics, you’ll be able to get stuck into using fancy coloured inks and more advanced nibs etc etc. Obviously, I’m happy to answer any questions on what I’ve found that works best and what some of my fellow calligrapher friends may use too.

I can’t wait to follow your journeys in creating beautiful, swirly hand writing. 

I’m by no means an expert at all and in fact, I’m going to be learning alongside all of you so it would be great to know where you get up to and what you find interesting and what you don’t. Please keep me up to date with your work by using my #WRITTENWEDNESDAY via Instagram and Facebook or if you’d rather private message me, that’s absolutely fine as well!

Let’s get started!

Love, Kate x

 
Kate Mottershaw