Understanding Calligraphy – Claudia writes 
Calligraphy is like dancing or playing an instrument. Of course, first and foremost, you need a certain love for   aesthetics and an artistic spirit to master it. But the  second most important things are the right “instruments”  and: practice. Yes, a lot of practice. It’s the art of  movement on a delicate surface. Our founder and c reative director Claudia, first a calligrapher (and dancer) and then a papermaker, will be sharing everything she knows and learnt in this blog series. From great nibs and inks to techniques and general thoughts. So in the end the dance on paper will become so much easier for you! 



Those who already know my calligraphy know that I write sweepingly and quickly. After all these years I have found my perfect materials that I can write fast even on handmade paper. Gold and silver were the only colours I still hadn’t found a good solution for.

Although Fine Tec pearlescent colors, as I  already recommended it worked partially, it was not the optimal solution for me. The hairlines kept causing problems if I did them too fast and it takes a lot of practice to keep the consistency of the color when working for a long time.

It wasn't until this year that I came across

Roher and Klingner's Gold and Silver ink

(I bought it here. Advertising, because of brand mention, I paid everything myself).

After my test I was completely enthusiastic. Even with sweeping writing, the hairlines are easy to see, and the ink flows well from the nib. The ink sits on the paper and is not absorbed in.

A new discovery that opens a whole new range of possibilities for me.

I get the most visually pleasing result on darker paper (Graphite, Sage, Dusty Rose). For this test I used our brand-new rolled place cards with glitter. I also recommend using nibs in medium that the spreads become thicker and more legible.

The ink needs to be well shaken before use. I recommend a small stick for this to stir. Shaking causes foam and you can't properly dip the nib until the bubbles have disappeared. The chopstick can also be used to stir and continuously mix the ink when working for longer periods of time. Another option is to transfer the ink to Dinky Dips. (Seen here)

Another tip - empty the ink back into the bottle after working, then it won't dry out in the little Dinky Dip.

Have fun trying it out!

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