Calligraphy Progress - I'm Loving These Nibs!
I came to learn that the pens that came in my calligraphy set are more for old style, italic calligraphy. No me gusta. I like the more whimsical look, where you have lots of swirls, curls, and hairlines.
Back in September I signed up for the Molly Jacques The Art of Modern Calligraphy course on SkillShare (use this referral link to save $10!). I finally got around to trying out my hand at the style of calligraphy I really like thanks to a fun craft date with my pal Alicia!
With our bellies full of delicious sushi, a large folding table taking over the middle of my living room, and all our calligraphy supplies laid out (see the bottom of this page for a list of materials), we got to work.
We started by following Molly's tutorial for following her letters. We decided to freestyle instead of trace her template, just to get used to the feeling of the pen.
All I can say is, it's hard, y'all. There's a reason calligraphers charge a pretty penny to do custom hand lettering. First you have to get used to adding and removing pressure to your nibs. It's what makes your lettering look amazing. Alicia and I learned we each put pressure on our nibs a lot differently. Her letters had nice thick lines, and mine were fairly thin.
Depending on which nib you use, it's also really easy to snag the nibs on the paper. I yelped every time my nib snagged and ink would just explode. I mean, it adds a cool artistic look but if you're addressing envelopes for a job, you could be wasting a lot of envelopes.
Hours went by and we were still writing away. We thought of fun phrases to practice our new talents and I started working on things I'd like to write for my friendsgiving (Thanksgiving + friends) coming up.
Overall, the class was super helpful in learning how to write calligraphy and it was the exact style I had been looking for. I love Molly Jacques' work. I look forward to practicing this craft more often and learning even more calligraphy. The course is just a beginners' course, so it doesn't answer questions like how do you write on envelopes without bleeding, what type of paper stock is best, etc. But it's great for just getting started, which now has me wanting to practice every day.
Will this ever be a professional service that I'll offer. Maybe. But for now I'm just having fun with all the imperfections and just want to work on finding my own style. I know I need to work on consistency with pen pressure and spacing.
PS - I'm totally digging VSCO cam which is what I used to take these phone photos. Thanks for turning me onto it, Alicia!