How the Book Works

So you're up to date on how to re-load your nib, dip your pen in the ink and get the perfect angle for your pen - it's time to take a look at how your new calligraphy workbook is set up! 

The Brand New Alphabet

One of the wonderful things about our new calligraphy workbook is the new-and-improved alphabet. It's laid out both upper and lower case together so you can pick and choose what you feel like practicing, and the arrows are designed to guide you in your practicing - just follow them for perfect letter formation! {this may involve picking up the pen for certain strokes!} 

Flap Design

The biggest and most fun new feature included in our calligraphy workbook is the flap design. As you can see above you've got some options - the flap can fold in under the trace paper if you want to practice tracing the letters, and it can lay flat next to the page if you're ready to jump in and freehand the letters using the arrow guides. The grid is there either way to help you achieve a good angle for your letters. 

Once you get comfortable with each letter of the alphabet you can start practicing words - start small and get used to connecting different letters and you'll be a pro in no time!

Want to show off your calligraphy chops? Share a pic of your inked-up workbook and use the hashtag #happypracticing!


Let's get started!

Hey Y'all! We hope you're enjoying your brand new calligraphy workbook! This special site has been set up to help answer any questions you might be having about how to use your new book, and we'll be posting fun tips, tricks and tutorials {think doodles!} - so check back often! 

The first thing we're going to do is introduce the basic supplies that you will be using with your workbook - ink, pen, nib and {of course} your new workbook. Keep reading for detailed instructions for loading your nib, dipping in the ink, holding your pen and cleaning your nib.

How to load/re-load the nib

Loading the nib looks like a scary task - what if it breaks or is at the wrong angle? Well, question no more! The photos below detail exactly how to re-load your pen with a new nib! First you'll unload your old nib - simply grip it in the center and pull out of the holder {you may have to shimmy it around a little to loosen it!} Next, take your new nib and, also gripping it in the center, load into the same spot. Push the nib into the holder until it's secure and most of the base is inserted into the holder. Gripping the nib in the center will keep you from accidentally bending or breaking the tip. You're officially ready to start writing! 

Dipping in the ink pot

Dipping the pen in the ink pot is another uncertainty for beginners. See the keyhole in the nib? Dip your nib into the ink just past the keyhole - this allows for just the right amount of ink, not too little and not too much. Don't worry if you feel you have to re-dip often - it's totally normal in the beginning to use a little more ink! 

Holding the pen

Knowing how to hold the pen is crucial to calligraphy success. You will want to hold the pen at a 30-45 degree angle to the paper. {see picture below} If you hold the pen too up and down your nib will catch on your paper and cause ink to splatter. For righties, the nib on your oblique pen should be on the left side of the holder when writing. Lefties, you should have a straight pen holder so this won't apply to you - just make sure you have the angle of the nib right to the paper. {turning your paper sideways helps}

Cleaning the nib

Cleaning the nib is super important to do from time to time while working in your book - sometimes the nib can get clogged up with fibers from your paper. Simply wet a paper towel and wipe the top of the nib {it's okay if you don't get all the ink off!} To make sure no fibers from the paper towel get caught in your nib always use a WET paper towel! 

Now that you've read through the basics you're ready to start practicing with your new workbook! Happy Practicing!