[Scriptoris] Calligraphy Questions

Elaine eshc at earthlink.net
Mon Sep 27 08:03:12 PDT 2010

If you want to see how Islamic calligraphy pen points are shaped,  
look at the following site and click on the picture to enlarge it.  
The "ink" looks awfully thick and apparently doesn't cover in an even  
flow. I am not familiar with it. My real love is to patiently grind  
Chinese ink sticks in the medium black color (matte, rather than the  
shiny inks) unless I am on a cream paper, then I think the brownish  
stick ink looks better.


HL Lete Bithespring

On Sep 26, 2010, at 6:15 PM, Sara Rasco wrote:

> A good (and easily accessible) place to start would be the  
> Speedball pens that have a staff and nibs. They're at craft stores,  
> sometimes in with the drawing stuff. They have a set with an  
> assortment or you can get them individually. The C nibs are what  
> you want. Add a bottle of Higgins Eternal ink, and you're in business.
> The cartridge pens are less flexible and responsive, so it's all  
> but impossible to replicate certain things as you've seen them done  
> with a dip pen. I think you'll be pleased with what you can do and  
> how quickly you improve once you switch. If you love dip pens, you  
> can order better supplies and accessories from places like Paper  
> and Ink Books and John Neal Bookseller. I could swear I've seen  
> stuff for Arabic calligraphy in one of those places before...
> Best of luck!
> Penelope de Bourbon
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