Calligraphy tools and tips

Inspired by printmaker Linda Cote’s recent post, jam-packed with information on her favourite studio tools, I made a little list of my favourite calligraphy supplies.


Some of these are self-explanatory, while a couple may need a bit more information. A baby’s bath sponge? Well, that’s a great  way to minimise the risk of knocking over your bottle of ink. You just cut a hole through the centre of the sponge with scissors, and put the ink bottle so it fits snugly inside, and the sponge helps to keep the bottle stable.


(In case of emergencies, the plentiful supply of kitchen paper comes in handy.)

Gum arabic is great for helping the ink to flow from the nib. Just dip the clean nib in and wipe off the excess, then start to dip into the ink.

And the last item on the list is the type of heavyweight paper I prefer for finished work. I’ve experimented with lots, but this is the one that I’ve found best for clean lines and easy scanning. For work that is to be digitised, it makes all the difference between a quick tidy up in Photoshop and hours of work cleaning up a file.

If you have any other favourite calligraphy tools, I’d love to know about them.


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