This is my second entry about my new hobby, calligraphy. Calligraphy has been an art (for me) that somehow helps me express myself even more.
There are five things that I realized during my first few weeks:
- I was still copying the way others did calligraphy.
- I really needed to practice since a mistake (smudge or blot) could literally and possibly destroy the whole work that you may have been doing.
- Things could get messy and you must be prepared to endure those ink stains and ink blots. Cleaning and preparing the pens is really tricky sometimes.
- You really have to save money for the nibs, inks and other supplies. Paper maybe an issue since there are those that easily tear. (I suggest that you use acid-free papers with at least 90gsm. I use Canson.)
- PATIENCE! Literally lots of patience!
Honestly, I follow users on Instagram and have talked to some that are lefties and do calligraphy.
My fellow lefties are:
- Aileen (@theleftieadvantage)
- Kim’s Art Adventures PH (@kim_artventures)
- Laura Pappada (@laurapappadacreative)
Other accounts that I follow for inspiration:
- Daily Typography Inspirations (@thedailytype)
- Type Kita (@typekita)
- The Word Affair (@thewordaffair)
- Chavelli Tsui (@idrawletters)
Why pursue calligraphy?
The reason I decided to pursue calligraphy is that I could not let my creative side down. It is extreme that I pursued law and sometimes, I just feel that the creativity in me is slowly fading. When that moment was felt, I decided that I should pursue a hobby that would be very easy for me. Music is never a hobby but it is my first love and even though my ukulele is in Manila and I sometimes play it during study breaks, it is still different when I try to use the skills I got when I was still studying how to play the piano. I really do not want to lose it so I decided that I should have another hobby that would keep my hand and creativity live.
The photo is supposed to show my desk as a whole as my calligraphy desk but it seems to be lost. To name the items present:
- Lamp – to see things clearly
- Tissue paper or paper towel – to clean blotches, smudges and stains
- The two Canson pads (one watercolour and one sketch)
- Scribble Kit which practically includes everything from @thecraftcentral
- Cardboards – to test the ink and wipe off
- Paint brushes – 1 for putting ink in the nib and 1 for cleaning the nibs
For the Scribble Kit, check out the page of The Craft Central for more details or you could try to check my previous post here.
|(c) The Craft Central
Generally, I really had a hard time looking for tutorials for left-handed calligraphy. I had encountered some that would say that lefties cannot do calligraphy well unlike those who are right-handed. A part in me felt crushed that time so I really decided to practice and do better. My first few weeks were really tough since preparing the pen and the ink was tricky. Let alone practicing the alphabet. I just needed to be patient. Well, I stretched my existing patience some more and it was really a good thing to do!
In my previous post, I found Aileen who posted something about lefties using oblique pen. It may sound odd but I really looked thoroughly (in layman’s term: stalked) on her feed since she was the first person I knew who is a leftie and does calligraphy. I really followed her tips and did great.
Side note: I knew through research in Instagram and not personally. ☺
Using the oblique pen holder has been tough to almost all lefties but I really disregarded that and proceeded into using one. And now, I use it more than a straight pen holder which they say, is easier for lefties. I usually use Nikko G, Brause No. 361 (or aka Blue Pumpkin) nibs. For finer writing, I use Hunt 22, 66 and Hunt Imperial 0. I recently found out that the Hunt 513L is also good for lefties.
This June marks my second month of practicing calligraphy and I know there are improvements and still there’s a lot of work needed but here are a few of my latest works:
Btw, the photos were taken through my phone. My desk is pretty messy because I practice almost everyday so I do not keep them like the way I keep them when I am in Manila.