Calligraphy is a wonderful skill to learn. You can use it to express your creative side and to create authentic gifts and products that would speak of your own unique art. If you are interested in getting started with calligraphy, we have just the right workshop for you here at Hong Kong. Here at Pyaar, we have classes where we teach aspiring artists how to create their own calligraphy art. 

We begin by discussing the basics, which include the tools and the techniques necessary for your growth in calligraphy. If you want to know more, then here are ways how you can get started with calligraphy with Pyaar! 

Calligraphy materials you should have

The first thing that you need to know about calligraphy is your tools. The pens that are used in calligraphy aren’t the same as the ones you use in your everyday life. Each calligraphy pen comes in two parts and that is the nib and the holder. 

The holder part of your calligraphy pen is the part that allows you to hold the pen and take control of the nib. Sometimes, this part can also be filled with ink, although that is mostly used on modern pens.

Meanwhile, the nib of the pen describes the sharp, metal part of the pen. This is the one that you insert in the holder. Moreover, nibs are created to hold the ink and control its flow while you are writing. Most of the time, nibs have a pointed tip. To get deeper into these tools, please see the details listed below:

Nibs

Nibs are regarded as one of the most important parts of the calligraphy pen. For beginners, it can be difficult to classify which nib would be perfect. To give you a few tips, here are a few beginner-friendly nibs that would be perfect for your first calligraphy work. 

The first one is Brause Steno also known as the Blue Pumpkin. The blue pumpkin has a solid enough tip that allows you to manoeuvre it on paper easily. We also love and favour the Nikko G nibs since they can create hard strokes and have a more defined tip that would provide you with the ability to create detailed calligraphy. These are recommended tips simply because it has less flex, which equates to fewer problems for newbies. 

Holders

Whether you are a professional or a beginner in calligraphy, the only pen holder that we can recommend is the cork holder from the general. This wooden holder has the perfect shape to give you a comfortable grip. Moreover, it has a size that is perfect for universal inserts.

Whenever you purchase a holder, make sure that it is in the universal size to ensure that it would have the right capacity to hold the nib. Getting a holder that doesn’t have a universal insert would limit you to using only one nib. 

Inks

Now that the talk about holders and nibs is out of the way, the next thing you need to invest in when it comes to calligraphy is inks. For beginners, we recommend practising with black inks first since coloured and white inks are harder to work with. Black inks often have a smoother flow, which makes them the easiest to use. 

Some of the inks that we can recommend for you are the Sumi and India ink. The Sumi ink has the perfect bottle that would make it easier for you to pour the product. The colour is also extremely dark and it doesn’t fade at all. This gives your art a lasting impression and appeal. 

Notepad

Of course, perfection comes only by continuous practice. For this reason, we recommend using a notepad where you can practice your skill. In addition to this using notepads can also help you document your progress. 

Ink containers

To make it easier for you to dip your nib in ink, you should acquire an ink container. You can choose from the many aesthetic options in our shop and find a container that would fit your lifestyle. 

Calligraphy techniques 

As a beginner, it can be difficult to find a style that you could utilize properly since there are a variety of options available for you. If you truly want to improve your skills, you first need to start with the basic techniques. Allow us to introduce you to the basic calligraphy styles below and show you which style would suit you best.

Modern pointed pen calligraphy 

The modern pointed pen calligraphy is one of those classics that are extremely nice to look at. It is the type of writing that you would often find in letters and aesthetic designs. From the name itself, it is obvious that this style can only be created by using a pointed pen nib that has a sharper edge. The strokes in this style of calligraphy can go from thin to thick giving each letter a better body and form.

Brush pen calligraphy

Brush pen calligraphy is a style that is often made with pens that has a long and tapered tip. The ink in this type of pen often has a consistent flow, which makes it easier for you to write. However, you also need to have a continuous flow since the ink would pile up in one area if you stop. 

To create a masterpiece using this style, you need to add pressure to the pen. The more pressure you add to the pen, the broader the stroke would be. To create thinner strokes, you need to lighten up your hold on the pen. When it comes to this style, you only need two tools which are pen and paper. 

Among all the styles, this is the most fun and approachable way to do calligraphy. If you are still confused about the style, you can download brush pen worksheets online or attend our class to learn brush pen calligraphy live. 

Faux calligraphy

Faux calligraphy is a type of calligraphy that doesn’t require you to use any special tools. You can use any standard instrument like chalk, marker or ballpoint pen. To start with this style, you can write initially in cursive. Once you are done, you can thicken some of the downstroke areas in your letters using your preferred instrument. 

Faux calligraphy can work on any type of project. However, its use is most often seen on bigger projects like murals and chalkboard signs. Another thing that makes this type of calligraphy amazing is that you can use it for projects that are not suitable for pointed pen works. To learn more about faux calligraphy, you can sign up for our calligraphy class and workshop where you would be given a variety of activity sheets to help you practice.  

Traditional pointed pen calligraphy

Traditional pointed pen calligraphy gives off a sophisticated and classy vibe. Some of our favourite styles under this technique are the copperplate and Spencerian. Both fonts have been around for quite some time. This type of writing uses intricate details. With particular strokes and formations. 

Despite the highly detailed look, this type of calligraphy gives you some room to be creative. However, the freedom to change the fonts is more limited compared to modern calligraphy. Join our class and see the difference between modern and traditional calligraphy styles. We will also provide you with calligraphy style resources.

Our calligraphy class and workshop here at Hong Kong

Eager to get started on calligraphy? Join us and sign up for our class today and we will teach you all the secrets to creating amazing calligraphy arts. Improve your writing style and sharpen your calligraphy skills. For more information about our classes, here are some of the details you need to learn. 

  • The study of tools: Getting deeper into the materials used in calligraphy – This lesson includes getting to know all the tools in calligraphy as well as the specific use of each brush, nib and holder. You will also learn about the perfect papers to use for your work depending on what you are trying to achieve with your art. 

The study of tools lesson also allows you to explore what equipments would work best for your style in art. 

  • Different styles of calligraphy – This lesson would show you all the styles of calligraphy that could go from the simplest down to the most detailed styles. We will even introduce you to popular Victorian fonts that you can use in some of your letters and works. 
  • Practising calligraphy – Test your skills and find the style suitable for you in our practising calligraphy class. For this class, we will give you worksheets to use. This may include stencils that would help you and guide you in creating the proper strokes for your calligraphy.

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