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Writing Media: The Ink Test

I finally have a new lappy (laptop), so it will be easier for me to make blogs. But there's the problem with the internet speed. If I can find a new way that this internet speed could be consistent, then I wouldn't be having problems updating my blog. 

But I shouldn't be blaming the internet. I just have time management issues. 
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Here are the inks that I own so far: 

Kuretake Sumi Ink BlackThis ink claims to be waterproof, but not entirely. The ink will still smear when it comes into direct contact with water. But it doesn't react that much when I paint over it with watercolor. Just don't pour too much water. 

I love this ink because its consistency is just right and it flows out of the nib smoothly.




Sumi in writing:


Kuretake White Ink This Kuretake White Ink was a last minute purchase because I had a commission work to address dark colored envelopes. It turns out that it is not a good idea to use this ink as a writing medium at all, bec…
Recent posts

Greetings, for such a long time!

Long time no see, my blog and to all who visited my blog. Great day, isn't it? Even if it's already evening in your place, it is still a great day!
Thank you all for taking the time to visit and read some of my posts. I noticed that a lot of you are reading my Tools and Materials post. I'll be creating a post soon about the tools and materials that I have used mainly so far. It might be on the next post to this one! 
It's been more than a year since my last post. What was I even doing then? 
Just like every human living in this planet, even you reading this, have been going through struggles of life. It has taken quite long enough and I was able to stand on what I believe in. Whatever that is, I will just keep it to myself as of the moment.
When it comes to passion, I took art lessons a couple of months ago to improve my artwork. I know there are a lot of free videos that will teach you how to draw and even paint, but there was something about it that seemed lacking to me.…

How I Dealt With My Densely Black Ink (Winsor & Newton Calligraphy Ink Matt Black)

Warning: Please be extra careful with mixing inks from different makers as there might be reactions that could damage the nibs or discolor paper.-Thanks to +Michael J. Coffey for the warning!

One of the challenges I face when doing calligraphy in black ink is when it doesn't flow out of the nib. I thought that something must be wrong with my nib, but it was the ink - W&N Matt Black Calligraphy Ink.




I love using this ink because it has a very dense black color to it. Since I used Higgins at the time I got this from the mail, I left the W&N ink for more than a year without using or even move the bottle from where I placed it. 

I opened the bottle a few months ago and used it occasionally on practices. I took a look inside and saw something gathering at the bottom. I realized that a part of the ink sank into the bottom and I needed to shake it first before using, which I did not. I shook the bottle a lot so that it would mix well (I read from one book that I should avoid sha…

Playing With Gold

One of my favorite colors is gold. When it comes to jewelry, I prefer gold over silver. Some people find it 'old' to wear gold jewelry, but find it to my liking. Or maybe I just love something that shimmers (◕‿‿◕)

When I started to self-study calligraphy, I've always wanted to have something gold to write with. But the kind of gold compatible with my pen is scarce where I live. Good thing I just acquired one today~! I'm happy that I got to have my dream of writing with gold!
I'm still hoping for more gold, but I will settle with this for now. I have read reviews about this watercolor (yes, it says so in the package Watercolor Pan Set, 6 Pearl Colors) that it's the best for pointed pens, but no reviews with broad edge. So I made some experiments with it to see how well it will go with broad edge pens. 
This pan is Tibet-Gold. I just used the same techniques I do when mixing water and gouache until I get the right consistency. I first experimented it on writing i…

My Progress So Far

When was the last post? I've been slacking with my blog (^^ゞ

But anyway, here it is! My latest post.  -------
Recalling the past two years, I have practiced six scripts: Italic, Gothic, Foundational, Copperplate, Uncial and Carolingian. I haven't practiced much with the last two scripts, but I will be doing that from now. With all these six scripts, I'll be making more challenging projects, just like this one: 
This project was done spontaneously. I originally wanted to give someone a sample of my work (addressing envelopes), but thinking that my recipient is getting married (by the time of this posting, the couple are already getting ready for the wedding), I thought of adding more excitement to this. I think I finished this project for about eight hours or so.
So why is this a challenge to me? Actually, I already had previous projects similar to this. Those were challenging too, but I made that project two years ago. I want to put more illustrations with my work, but aft…

Apache Wedding Prayer

I started practicing Copperplate so that I can create the kind of gift I want to give to my brother and his wife for their wedding. This is the result:


I daresay, I am a bit disappointed ^^; Maybe because I was hurrying in trying to finish this or that there were a lot of mistakes in it. I did not have any special fine papers around to work with, so I only used the Boris Layout Pad (a shame, really) for this project. As with the ink, I only used black gouache paint. The same goes with the blue rose drawing. I did not use the W&N nor the Pelikan black ink I have with me for this project because I do not like the result it makes. 
I did have a previous version made, but it was a practice pad. I don't know what made me choose the bigger flower; I should've sticked with my first choice. Too late, I already gave the gift, anyway. But I'm happy that the bride likes it. I'll try better and work harder on my next project. 


Source: Native American Wedding Vows

Tools and Materials

Most of the tools and materials I have are bought exclusively from Paper & Ink Arts. I vouch for their amazing service, and they answer every question I have, especially when it comes to shipment. There is another site that sells some amazing tools and materials that you cannot find in Paper & Ink Arts: John Neal Bookseller. I have not bought anything from the latter yet, but they are recommended by a number of professional calligraphers, such as Maryanne Grebenstein (CALLIGRAPHY: A Course in Hand Lettering) and Michael Sull (Spencerian penman).I also joined The Flourish Forum recently. You can find a lot of information about the basics and advanced techniques/tools/materials to use for calligraphy.

Overview

Broad Edge nibs (left side, from the top):
Speedball C2
Speedball C3
Mitchell Roundhand Square Nib 4
Mitchell Roundhand Square Nib 2.5
Brause C Nib 1.5mm
Brause C Nib 2.0mm

I mainly use Brause nibs for practice and making fun projects, but I often switch with Speedball since…