Before, I used to practice calligraphy with nibs and holders but lately, I tried using brush pens and I feel quite comfortable using it and here’s why.
Brush Pens & Calligraphy
As I’ve previously said, when I first tried calligraphy I used nibs and holders (oblique and straight) and it was not that easy! I’ve seen so many people do calligraphy with different mediums. Crayola pens, Pitt pens, Artline Stix Markers and other variations of brush pens yet my first brush pen will always be, ZIG Kuretake Fudebiyori.
I learned the basics from Sab of The Sab Stuff way back she started conducting workshops and private classes. So I guess, it’s safe to say that I’m her first pseudo-student. Hahaha! When she was demonstrating it to me, it was just like using the dip pen but somehow more challenging.
There were the usual drills: upstrokes, downstrokes, mix of both, etc. (
I may have to research on this more so I could share it here.) As I browse tutorials on Pinterest, I came across this and it’s a link to a free printable basic brush pen calligraphy worksheet! Hope this helps you!
I’ve been using different brush pens as of now but Fudebiyori will always be the first one or my first love when it comes to this craft. I’ve been frustrated at first since I’m not an expert in this craft and I’m just crawling my way to become better, I’ve never been so inspired by the others who post in a group called GP Calligraphers. I’ve met various people there who share the sentiments as I do (being a leftie, of course) and that we have the same challenges in practicing the craft.
At first, I kept on writing the word: minimum. It’s the ultimate practice word in calligraphy because it’s the shortcut of all the drills that you see in the world wide web. When I felt that I got better, I began sharing on social sites of my progress and that’s why I have this series here on this blog.Colors always relieve us in the most unique way possible. Click To Tweet
Here are sample works:
For the first one, I used:
- ZIG Kuretake Fudebiyori
- Sakura Pigma Brush Pen (waterproof)
- Prang Watercolor
- Water brush pen (Craft Doodle PH)
At first, I really did not know what to do so I just tried out making a similar product to a postcard and here’s what I got. I know it’s not as pretty as the ones you see in bookstores or in craft stores but for me, it’s a masterpiece!
For people who may be thinking of what font I am trying to do, it’s my own font. Seeing various fonts or samples out there made me think what if I create my own that I’m comfortable with. That’s just part of the so many letters.
With these, I tried maximizing the space by coloring the entire card. One shows that I wrote after painting and the other shows I painted first before I write.
- ZIG Kuretake Fudebiyori is not waterproof. When you try writing it then applying watercolor after, it fades away so it’s no good for a brush pen calligraphy x watercolor experiment.
- Sakura Pigma Brush is the best that I could recommend for an experiment like this. Its ink is waterproof (it’s the one I used above) as you can see.
- Drawing lines with pencil is not a bad idea at all!
For this one, I got inspired by my art wall here in the condo. I would stick my drafts or practice sheets inside the condo and would look at them whenever I feel down / depressed / stressed and instantaneously it would lift up my mood! That’s one of the many benefits of calligraphy!
- For the pinwheel sort of rainbow, I used Prang watercolors and a water brush pen (medium tip). This was an experiment yet two of my artist friends told me that I was using the wrong brush for this. I was really shocked because it was a Jon Snow moment for me and I just told them that they should teach me so I could do better.
- For the words, ZIG Cocoiro Letter Pen and Sakura Pigma Brush. Both are of great quality although the Cocoiro may smudge a little when you write on top of a watercolor painted area.
Price Reference for the Materials:
- Prang Watercolor (16 colors) – Php 459 at National Bookstore
- ZIG Kuretake Fudebiyori (non-metallic) – Php 65 each at National Bookstore, Scribe Essentials, Craft Carrot
- Sakura Pigma Brush – Php 85 each at Scribe Essentials (I don’t remember seeing this at NBS)
- ZIG Cocoiro Letter Pen (body) – Php 70-80 at National Bookstore; if you bought from an online shop, price will still vary
- ZIG Cocoiro Letter Pen (refill) – Php 145-200 at National Bookstore or Scribe Essentials; price will depend where you bought it and what tip of tip or ink you purchased
- Water brush pen (part of a set) – Php 500/set at Scribe Essentials (Large size)
- Frame – Php 99.75 at National Bookstore
- Index Cards – Php 20-30 at National Bookstore (price depends on the price)
- Canson Watercolor Papers – Php 60/pack at National Bookstore (but some say it only costs Php 44 at SM Supplies in SM Department Stores)
So, I hope you could use this post as reference if ever you’ll try brush pen calligraphy!