Saturday, October 19, 2013

Welcome, Stellar Camp!

Normally the title of the very first post of a new blog site (or any website) would be 'Welcome to (insert name of blog here)!' but I was thinking of welcoming Stellar Camp into the virtual world so I put it that way.

Stellar Camp is created solely for my love about western calligraphy. The reason why I use the words stellar and camp is that I love watching the starry night sky (stellar).

edit: The truth is the idea of Stellar Camp came from an action RPG game I played: Kingdoms of Amalur Reckoning. There is mission that will invite you to join the Travelers faction, which will take you to their three main camps: the Sun Camp, Moon Camp and Star Camp. I combined the three and came up with Stellar Camp.

I discovered calligraphy when I thought of improving my handwriting because it was complemented by a friend. I opened up YouTube to look for tutorials on about it. After the search, one of the videos featured about how to start on calligraphy. The instructor in that video was Paul Antonio from the channel videojugarts. The moment I saw the video, I fell in love with the craft.

After watching several videos related to calligraphy, I searched through Amazon's list of recommended books of the subject. I choose Maryanne Grebenstein's CALLIGRAPHY A Course in Hand Lettering together with a box of Steadtler's Calligraph Duo Markers.I really wanted to buy dip pens right away but I have no idea which nibs will fit right for me so I settled with these two.

The book introduces the readers on how to use the book, the basic and advanced tools and materials, 5 hands or scripts to practice with, basic lessons about designing layouts and perforated guide sheets for each hand. The part that I love about this book is that the author provided transparent guide sheets for practice. You no longer need to make your own guide sheet but instead place a tracing paper (not ordinary tracing paper!) on top of it and start practicing.

Steadtler's Calligraph Duo Markers comes with 5 colors: Black, Blue, Red, Green and Violet. There is are singles available in Amazon but I preferred having more colors. The one I used a lot is the black one. After a lot of practice with the black pen, I noticed that it no longer produces sharper edges. It must be because I have a heavy hand that I pushed the pen to the paper too far that it produced that kind of result but this do not affect the quality of writing these pen produces. Aside from the black, I love using the violet one.

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