Messy calligraphy practise

I thought it was time to have another go at some more calligraphy. Especially because my lovely friend Christine thought of me while on holiday in Venice and brought me back this beautiful venetian pen nib holder. It came with its own nib but the nibs can easily be changed.

I’d bought myself some different coloured inks, and had a play with them. Here are the results. I’m not sure if it’s the inks that are the problem or the nibs… Though I did put my old nib that I’ve used before I and seemed to have similar problems. Immediately after I’ve dipped the nib in the ink that first down stroke releases far too much ink. Maybe I’m just over filling the nib?

I worked on some lettering. I didn’t really enjoy the capital letters but much preferred the look of the lower case letters. Maybe I need to try copying some different styles of lettering. I also didn’t like the look of the words when I wrote them but it’s funny how you get a different perspective when you photograph things (I was really impressed with it when I photographed it!!). I maybe need to learn from this and build in time to step back from my work and look at it with fresh eyes as a whole, rather than each separate letter.

I had a final play with little drawings. I most like the little fish I did!

I can’t say I’m overly impressed with most of what I’ve done here but I’m blogging about it as this blog was always meant to be about keeping a record of all the craft I did… Not about showing off my best pieces of work. Hopefully it will show improvements as they occur 😊